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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…
Y'see? You shouldn't have come here. I'm around that corner now. You've ruined it and it's lost completely. Just your needing me won't make it come back.
Growing up sucks. You lose all your carefree spirit, you get more and more responsibilities, and your life just changes completely that makes you feel uncomfortable. Wouldn't it be nice if we all could've stayed 16 and carefree for the rest of our days? Not a worry in the world? No bills, no kids, no commitments? It's all just a hassle, am I right?
Auteur Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show beautifully personifies this stage of life, with a deteriorating 1950's small town as its backdrop. Like the characters, the town itself is…
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…
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…
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…
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…
I am a homosexual young lad with gender identity problems who lives in Toronto, Ontario and has never stepped foot in Texas in my life. I have never hired a prostitute nor have I had sex with a woman in her 50's. I have never skinny dipped in a Southern mansion full of strangers oogling me (though I wish I had), and I have never ditched my boyfriend at the local squaredance.
The point is, although literally nothing in my life is at all similar to this movie whatsoever, somehow I can still relate to it. Having graduated my final year of highschool a few weeks ago, this movie was something I needed to see. At a time of great…
When I die, it will be Cloris Leachman, Ellen Burstyn, and Eileen Brennan who will welcome me into heaven.
One of the best American films of the 70s.
The first time I saw this film, I really did not understand it. The second time I watched it, I understood it much more, but did not really like it. This time I watched it, understood, and loved it! I think the main difference here is realizing how much genuine humor there is in the movie. I guess my memory of it (from many years ago) was so firmly rooted in the last half hour or so that I had forgotten that there is much that is funny in the movie. This only enriched my experience of a movie that overall is still a remarkably stark and realistic vision of a dying Texas town and the people who are dying with it. A remarkable achievement on all fronts!
Well, that was pretty incredible. A persistently bleak mood throughout the film. Those sad eyes of Tim Bottoms. That empty smile from Cybill Shephard. The twanging beauty from Hank Williams' songs. It all comes together perfectly. Glad I've waited so long to see it; feel as though it made me enjoy it that much more.
Oh and Cloris Leachman rocks my world.
Jacy: Well, put your clothes on, you think I wanna sit around here lookin' at you naked? I might've known you couldn't do it. Now I'll never get to not be a virgin. What'll we tell everybody? The whole class knows! I just want to cry! You're about the meanest boy I ever saw!
Pleasantville lied to me.
Fifth time seeing this, I think. And for the first time, I was struck by its resemblances to Bertolucci's BEFORE THE REVOLUTION, right down to the RED RIVER references. (BtR's Puck would be LPS's Sam the Lion in this scenario, and Adriana Asti would be Cloris Leachman.) Those two would make a pretty great double bill.
Film #2 of isa's How To Be a Feminist... challenge.
Task 9: a classic movie you feel slightly guilty you haven't seen yet
A film that simply left me devastated. Devastation not in a conventional sense but a gradual progression, the slowly-taking-over-your-soul kind. Loss for words at how marvellously made this was. Honest and authentic in its portrayal of a small Texas town. A decaying and erosion of both structures and the people that populate them. People who have no other way to retaliate out of boredom and limitations than to simply sleep around. The heart desires warmth that it looks for everywhere but is hard to find. It is still sought after by the characters, wherever they can find…
This is a good movie, no doubt about it. Great acting, good story. I can see why it is an american classic. Another day I probably would have given it more stars.
A list that, if nothing else, proves the day-to-day usefulness of applied statistics.
Between 2015 and 2016, a series of…
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…