Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
The Last Picture Show
Anarene, Texas, 1951. Nothing much has changed...
The coming of age of a youth named Sonny in a small Texas town in the 1950s.
I'm going to save some time and space here and just say that The Last Picture Show might be the greatest coming-of-age movie I've ever seen. I cannot come up with a single aspect about it I could find fault in, and the amount of content it packs into its two hour run-time is incredible. Heartbreaking, hilarious, moody, moving, Bogdanovich and McMurtry capture that small town feel, and (like Stand By Me or even A Christmas Story) manage to authentically and honestly date the film in a way that nostalgia for a time and place I've never experienced was overwhelming. There's a good deal of humor to go along with the almost physical growing pains Timothy Bottoms goes through. While…
Peter Bogdanovich's 'The Last Picture Show' serves as a time capsule for the '50s in a way that none of the censor-influenced films of the decade truly could. 'TLPS' is sexual and emotionally raw and a far cry from the eternal optimism of Hollywood. Instead we witness the death of a small Texas town that never really appeared to be living in any real sense anyway.
A young cast perfectly display the frustration of growing up in a town which culture has bypassed almost entirely - the closing of the town's cinema marking the end of its connection with the rest of the world. Without any real entertainment, sex is used as a game, which inevitably fractures relationships between friends…
Sam the Lion: "If she was here I'd probably be just as crazy now as I was then in about 5 minutes. Ain't that ridiculous?... Naw, it ain't really. 'Cause being crazy about a woman like her is always the right thing to do. Being an old decrepit bag of bones, that's what's ridiculous. Gettin' old."
There's an old saying that "all you have in life, are the experiences". I can go with that, absolutely. Anything that is memorable, worth cherishing or something you can learn from is always a great experience and something to look back on with fondness. Maybe I'm all sentimental because I just got back from the NHL Winter Classic at The Big House - me…
I've been meaning to get around to this movie for about 5 or 6 years. I've read some great reviews and as it often comes up on "best of lists" , I'm glad I finally got to it this morning.
Peter Bogdanovich's stunning look at a small Texas town in the early fifties is fascinating. Not just the story and the coming of age of most of the characters, but for the actual cast. A baby-faced Jeff Bridges, a craggy faced Ben Johnson, a young Eileen Brennan not to mention Timothy Bottoms and a jail-bait Cybill Shepherd. Shot in black and white, this is a movie that suits that aesthetic. Everything looks old, musty, dusty and dark. From the pool-hall…
An undead town in Texas. Growing pains galore. Sexual tension pulses like blood and everybody seems to be in love with everybody. Dust and wind and dried leaves coat everything, even the places untouched by nature. A town that dies and resurrects at the start of every football season.
A great film.
The longing and desire felt by the central character, Sonny, hit way too close to home. He wants so desperately to escape his dying hometown but can never bring himself to do it. He hurts the people who love him without even realizing it. He drifts around the streets like a sunburnt ghost, dreaming of better days but knowing that they probably won't come. That hit close. Too…
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Film #8 of the December Challenge 2
There are echoes of cinema long dead and gone in The Last Picture Show. The ghosts of Ford and Hawks inhabit the landscape. Lang's spirit sinks its way into the camera giving the desert town a grunge and unnatural look. Even if you listen closely, you can hear the French poetic realists cry out. And this is because the cinema of the past, much like Sam the Lion, lives on long after both he and the town has died. It's just one of those things that is.
Beyond acting simply as a way of mourning the loss of cinema past, it is about the filmmakers of the…
Portrait of a generation realizing they're living alongside their future echoes, becoming disquieted when they notice the souls of those echoes have been chipped down to nothing. The stress magnifies as they're unable to decide whether sex is recreation or life-or-death, and as anything in their town that's not perpetually moving dies.
Somehow I managed to watch Paper Moon and this within a few days of each other. I honestly had no idea they shared a director, so there I was drawing up all these links in my head - the beautiful and nostalgic black & white, the heightened interest in relationships, the setting in small-town America - between the two. Well duh, they're from the same doggone guy.
It might already be completely known to you, but this was interesting to me because I'm so clueless about the history of film and how it relates to us sociologically. It's starting to become clear. The 60s and 70s were a time of the American New Wave, or New Hollywood. A time when young…
One of the best sexual coming of age films I've seen, that layers the story with class and gender issues. It was a great decision to film in black and white, that really enhances this dusty, and gritty town. The performances are down to earth and believable, and Bottoms monologue is inspiring.
It's has a few things going for it, but after the first 30 minutes my goodness does it drag. Frankly, it's rather boring. And fuck Cybil Shepherd.
Directed by Peter Bogdanovich
Starring Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman, Ellen Burstyn.
118 minutes, rated R.
Additional Info: Eight Oscar nominations included nominations for Best Picture and Best Director. The film was also nominated for four Best Supporting Actor or Actress Oscars (two of each) and won in both categories, with Ben Johnson winning Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Cloris Leachman winning Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Jeff Bridges and Ellen Burstyn were the other nominees.
Incredibly solid coming of age drama set in a dying town in early 1950s Texas. I didn't feel like I could personally relate to much of it, which I think knocked it down some for…
It didn't really live up to my expectations.
Fantastic coming of age drama with misogyny, fighting and driving cars around a dead end town, Jeremy Kyle would love it.
The concept is very simple, almost plot-less yet there is always something interesting happening with the characters and is very reminiscient of my local town where everyone knows everyones business and to while away the boredom the kids hang out in bars and pool halls, chatting up the girl that your mate has already chatted up a few weeks ago.
Excellent social drama.
A coming of age film. Small town Texas. Nothing much has changed...
Edgy. Lots of sex. Great cast across the board.
It got a bit dusty a few times in this Texas town. Great cemetery sequence. I like Bogdonovich's use of close ups and dissolves, especially in the closing moments.
This star rating may be a bit low but I'd rather underrate it and see if my appreciation grows over time
i'll see you in a year or two if I don't get shot
Don’t know why it’s taken me this long to see another Bogdanovich movie. I loved his Paper Moon so much. This was amazing too. Sad and lonely and dusty and windswept small town drama, with an epic slant to its nostalgic melancholy.
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