All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
Suddenly, life was more than French fries, gravy, and girls.
Set in 1959, Diner shows how five young men resist their adulthood and seek refuge in their beloved Diner. The mundane, childish, and titillating details of their lives are shared. But the golden moments pass, and the men shoulder their responsibilities, leaving the Diner behind.
Barry Levinson's "Diner" is a dialogue-driven slice of late 1950s life. With characters who would rather talk to each other than push further into adulthood, the film's focus on conversational character interaction over plot makes plenty of sense. There may not be a lot of forward motion here, but "Diner" manages to be affecting and engaging nontheless.
Steve Guttenberg, Daniel Stern, Mickey Rourke, Paul Reiser, Timothy Daly, and Kevin Bacon star as a group of pals trying hard to shrug off the responsibilities of adulthood as long as they can. With jobs, marriages, and grownup life calling, the friends would rather shoot the breeze at their favorite Baltimore diner than really growup. Through their interactions, the audience is able to…
'What's that John Wayne movie called? The one with the stagecoach...'
So that's Pop's Secret
This has been on my list of shame for some considerable time. Probably since I started watching it in my teenage years and gave up after the humorous popcorn cinema scene. My attention span was not what it should have been back then. Diner is a wonderful film with great music and a killer script and the relationships between the main actors (all at the start of their careers and varying in ability but all delivering) are perfect.
The only reason I don't love it more than I do is that they're all so reprehensible. From Mickey Rourke's womanising gambler to Steve Guttenberg's insistence at making his girlfriend take a test on Gridiron Trivia in order for them to get…
If American Graffiti made us rediscover drag racing, drive-ins and the promontory cliffs of Inspiration Point, then Diner simmers down the infectiousness by adding a more thoughtful approach to its proceedings. Don't get me wrong, there's still Dion & the Belmont's wonderful Doo-Wop, an iconic rock n' roll soundtrack, those chrome-trimmed cars and a sexual divide in late 50's Americana. But it's primarily about the passing elegy for this era and not a fetishistic adoration of its time. Five guys hang around in a Baltimore diner during 1959. One of them’s about to get married. One is already married. All of them are restless and unsure which paths they’re going to take through life. They relive old times, smoke too much,…
The single best Paul Reiser film I have ever seen.
The only good Steve Gutenberg film I have every seen.
In the same class as American Graffiti and Dazed and Confused. A wonderful "group of friends" movie that balances comedy and poignancy perfectly.
SIFF played two older tributes to Kevin Bacon, who is accepting an award, one being this and the other being Footloose. Since I work in the mornings, I got stuck with Diner, a movie I wasn't that excited to see (I'd never seen either, but want to see Footloose), and as I expected, it was dated in several ways I wasn't a huge fan of, mainly its treatment of women. That said, the 35mm print looked nice, and I did come away kinda bummed out thinking that Steve Guttenberg could've had a much different career than one he ended up with.
I honestly don't get it.
I think the people are are one step too far for identification and one step too close for reassessment. I felt the same remove with American Graffiti, where I just can't get under its skin.
"We'll always have the diner"
Set in Baltimore in 1959, "Diner" is the tale of a group of young men struggling to leave adolescence behind. It is the holiday season and Eddie Simmons (Steve Gutenberg) is getting married. Billy Howard (Tim Daly) returns from college for the wedding. The other major members of the pack are Shrevie (Daniel Stern) who is already married but on whom the role of husband sits uneasily, Boogie (Mickey Rourke), a womanizer and gambler who works in a hair salon but tells people he is going to law school and Timothy Fenwick (Kevin Bacon), a trust fund kid who seems to have no purpose in life other than pulling immature pranks and being more clever than everyone else.
While watching Diner, I realized most ensemble nostalgia comedies take place before adulthood starts - as in American Graffiti or Dazed and Confused - yet Diner takes place right at the period where adulthood is beginning. Unlike those other films though, that means that pretty much all of our ensemble is at a point in their lives where they are unbearable people.
That's not to say I didn't like these characters or connect with them, but their position in their lives does make the film a bit more difficult than I expected. As I watched Diner, I was thinking I was sort of surprised there was never a sequel to Diner, since the entire cast became pretty big stars. But…
American comedy-drama set in the last part of 1959 as six friends , Eddie , Shrevie , Boogie , Fen , Billy and Modell get together for one of there friends wedding while there are coming to terms with adulthood , trying to keep hold on there youth as long as they can.
This was the first feature film for Levinson on the big screen , he did make a Tv feature a few years earlier called Peeping Times ,but this is still his best for me just ahead of Wag the Dog and Bandits.There was a pilot in 1983 for a TV show based on this film focusing on wives , Elise and Beth who complain that…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…