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Confessional 3: Casablanca

Written by: Tony Lazlo, CC2K Staff Writer

In the case of Casablanca, I offer a similar excuse to my Schindler’s List argument on the previous page: No one will watch it with me. Even a guy I used to know who was an inveterate Bogart fan refused to watch it with me, brushing me off with the cryptic excuse, “You can only watch Casablanca with a girl.” (Looking back, I suspect that this guy harbored a thermonuclear fear of being perceived as gay.) Besides that, though, I also must confess to some prejudice against old movies. If a movie was made before the 60s and before the Spencer Tracy/Marlon Brando revolution in acting, I often have a hard time watching it. Old-style, 50s-era performative acting drives me up the wall, and seeing as how Casablanca has most of the same cast as The Maltese Falcon — a perfect example of an overrated old movie filled with crappy 50s acting, including a shitload of bad 50s acting by bad-50s-acting-zen-master Humphrey Bogart — I dread watching it for the first time. {mos_sb_discuss:4}


Author: Tony Lazlo, CC2K Staff Writer

Robert J. Peterson is a writer and web developer living in Los Angeles. A Tennessee native, he graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He’s written for newspapers and websites all over the country, including the Marin Independent Journal, the Telluride Daily Planet,, Offscreen, and He co-hosts the podcasts Make It So and Hiram’s Lodge. He’s appeared as a pop-culture guru on the web talk shows Comics on Comics, The Fanbase Press Week In Review, Collider Heroes, ScreenJunkies TV Fights, and Fandom Planet. He’s the founder of California Coldblood Books.

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