Last night, Kelly and I watched Casablanca. She’d seen it before, I had not.

(Pause to allow shock and dismay.)

What a wonderful movie! While I hadn’t seen it before, it seemed as though I knew about 25% of the dialog because it has entered our language as almost cliche phrases since the movie was released. Of the top of my head:

“Here’s looking at you, kid.”

“We’ll always have Paris.”

“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walked into mine.”

And of course, “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

I thoroughly enjoyed the film. I think I annoyed Kelly because I kept pausing it every time there was a quote that I recognized and pointing it out excitedly, like a little kid. Bogart was terrific and Bergman was stunning. It’s definitely in a class by itself, a true “motion picture” that makes today’s “movies” simply pale in comparison.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.