All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. 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
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.
As a Baltimore native, I appreciate "Diner" in some ways that other people may not -- its churches, restaurants, bars and neighborhoods are all places I am familiar with (it was shot on location). But this is a man's world in "Diner", a world I am not entirely comfortable with, which keeps me from fully enjoying the movie. A very well-done, clever film with great dialogue, but it's a "boys club only" movie at its core.
As a dude that loves film, I can't believe I had yet to see this. It was a long time coming.
Not only was it well made and spectacularly scatterbrained, it was a fantastic look at actors in their first roles.
OF COURSE I thought of AMERICAN GRAFFITI when watching this.
And of John Waters, too!
Have never been very interested in DINER Before. Almost accidentally I picked up a copy. Then it lay on the shelf some time until I watched it because I couldn't find the other film I was looking for.
It was surprisingly INTERESTING. And CAPTIVATING, too!
Then I even got a bit ENGAGED in it. That is still hard to believe!
What a strange experience! I did not believe that I was interested in films like that. The soundtrack was almost UNBELIEVABLY good, too!
Cinema is made for moments like the strip club musical sequence in this film.
Mickey Rourke actually looked like a human once.
Diner is an entertaining movie with a great cast, but the story lacks a dramatic punch to take it from being a good movie to a great movie.
The soundtrack is unbelievably good; Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bobby Darin, Chuck Berry, Howlin' Wolf, Fats Domino and more. Wow!
The soundtrack bumps this up to four stars (from 3.5).
that's the smile of the week!
It strays a few times, which is a shame
this a definitely a new favorite.
"Without good dreams, all you have is nightmares"
Dialogue driven movie, that doesn't really go anywhere, but provides a very ncie glimpse into the 1950s Baltimore in six young adult guys lifes, the same as American Graffiti did some years before. It is witty, feels always true and is helped by spot-on performances from the six leads, although one would hope that there was at least one character which wasn't deeply flawed.
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…