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…
So that's Pop's Secret
'What's that John Wayne movie called? The one with the stagecoach...'
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.
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…
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The school, the picture show, the pool hall, the beauty parlor ... there's always the diner.
Great energy in cast and conversation. This is a very inspired screenplay from Barry Levinson. It feels a personal pulse.
I appreciate how writerly and character-driven it is in the same way I like the work of John Hughes and Quentin Tarantino.
I took my time getting to this "supposed '80s gem" as it was always sold to me as taking place entirely in a diner. And after struggling through the interesting-yet-(come on people) stiff "My Dinner With Andre," I only assumed a movie called "Diner" would be the same, but with more talking heads.
Fonz, the Movie.
"You never ask me what's on the flip side."
A star studded cast talk about a bunch of stuff, occasionally in a diner.
Barry Levinson recalls the past in a slightly enjoyable and nostalgic way, but nowhere nearly to as great of an effect as he did with Avalon. While that was executed perfectly in almost every single respect including characters, tone, and engaging retelling of the past, this feels more like something the director created for a specific demographic audience and himself, while everyone else is left feeling only mildly amused.
It's got a good ensemble cast of up-and-coming actors and to some degree revolves around them meeting at a diner before they move on with their lives, but other than than that, there's no real strong focus to the film. It's about relationships, moving on, coming of age, all the things…
A dialogue-heavy movie from Barry Levinson about dudes and their love of their bros and Baltimore and diner food.
Good: It is fitting that a character has memorized "Sweet Smell of Success" as they both have similar volume and cleverness of dialogue.
Bad: Fries with gravy, gross.
Meh: Some of these dudes are mostly dicks...or most of these dudes are somewhat dicks.
"You know what word I'm not comfortable with? Nuance. It's not a real word. Like gesture. Gesture's a real word. With gesture you know where you stand. But nuance? I don't know. Maybe I'm wrong."
So that's Pop's Secret
All that young talent in the hands of Barrry Levinson delivers a really good movie with a great soundtrack.
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…