- Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)
- Trainspotting (1996)
- Rain Man (1988)
- Fatal Attraction (1987)
- Targets (1968)
- An Education (2009)
- Mirror, The (1974)
- Fargo (1996)
- Fight Club (1999)
- Do The Right Thing (1989)
- Report (1967)
- Is "The Sting" The Best Gambling Film Ever Made?
- Pink Flamingos (1972)
- Ox-Bow Incident, The (1943), Or 28 Angry Men
- Rome, Open City (1945)
- Spring in a Small Town (1948)
- Drive (2011)
- Vinyl (1965)
- Seconds (1966)
- Rosemary's Baby (1968)
- A Hollywood Invasion of Casino Halls
- Thin Man, The (1934)
- In The Heat of the Night (1967)
- All In: The Poker Movie, Player’s Best Tricks
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
- Lone Star (1996)
- Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)
- Slacker (1991)
- Shame (2011) Or Who the Hell is Steve McQueen?
- Wicker Man, The (1973)
Lost Weekend, The (1945)
Loving that French title
Genre: Film-Noir Drama
Overview: This is the story of a hopeless drunk on a four-day long-weekend bender.
Don: Two bottles of rye... The cheapest....None of that twelve-year-old, aged-in-the-wood chichi. Not for me. Liquor is all one, anyway.
Don: Don't wipe it away, Nat. Let me have my little vicious circle. The circle is the perfect geometric figure. No end, no beginning...
Don: Nat, are you ever scared when you wake up? So scared the sweat starts out of you? No, not you. With you it's simple. Your alarm clock goes off and you open your eyes and brush your teeth and read the Daily Mirror. That's all. Do you ever lie in your bed looking at the window? A little daylight's coming through, and you start wondering: is it getting lighter, is it getting darker? Is it dawn or dusk? That's a terrifying problem, Nat. You hold your breath and you pray that it's dusk, so you can go out and get yourself some more liquor. Because if it's dawn, you're dead. The bars are closed and the liquor stores don't open till nine. You can't last till nine. Or it might be Sunday. That's the worst. No liquor stores at all, and you guys wouldn't open a bar, not until one o'clock. Why? Why, Nat?
Nat the bartender: Because we got to go to church once in a while. That's why.
Don: Yes, when a guy needs it most.
Performance: 8 Cinematography: 8 Script: 9 Plot: 7 Mood: 8
Overall Rating: 80% (Immerse Yourself!)
I like tragic films quite a bit. Tales of deep and difficult human suffering appeal to me in that 'learn the lesson the easy way' fashion. Requiem for a Dream is by far my favourite of them, and I found that although The Lost Weekend could have been a tiny bit more poignant, Wilder and Brackett did a wonderful job of bending Hollywood's censorship rules enough to keep out the realm of something too fluffy. Billy Wilder also said about The Lost Weekend, his fifth feature as a director, "it was after this picture that people started taking me seriously."