The Stranger

The Stranger. International Pictures 1946.

Before watching the movie:

As much as personalized algorithmic suggestions tend to point me toward things I want to watch, they tend to get trained more narrowly than my tastes actually are, and they’re limited by what’s been made available based on what the userbase as a whole wants to see. So sometimes it’s a refreshing change of pace to just go to the library and see what jumps off the shelf.

Perhaps a learning AI trained on the entire back catalog of my blog and having the entire history of Hollywood movies to choose from might suggest a 40s Orson Welles thriller about searching out an escaped Nazi officer, but it doesn’t seem likely.

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A Slight Case of Murder

A Slight Case of Murder. Warner Bros. Pictures 1938.

Before watching the movie:

For once, Edward G. Robinson isn’t playing a gangster. He’s an ex-gangster trying to climb the social ladder. And it’s a comedy.

For once, I’m looking forward to an old black and white film without any misgivings. It sounds mad and hilarious.

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