A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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…
This is one of the saddest films I've ever seen, that I can remember...
I'll admit that I wasn't the biggest fan of this film when I first saw it, but that was like three years ago. A lot of things has change for me, and this film runs deep with me. It tackles regret, loss, experimentation, and the tragic case of failed love. Peter Bogdanovitch's early masterpiece is look at contemporary life through a Classic Hollywood lens. Though the film is set nearly twenty years prior in a remote Texan town, it deals with everything that was going on in the seventies. The loss of freedom as maturity becomes ineptly apparent is close to the heart of everyday teenagers…
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…
they don't make em like this anymore
Sometimes I find myself looking ahead and really anticipating something that's weeks or months away. And I'll think, "I wish that day would just hurry up and come." But then I also mourn the idea of losing that space in between now and then. Like I'll think about a trip I'm excited to take next summer, but then I'll think about how it'll be the middle of 2017 when that trip comes and I get scared of that much time passing. I don't know how much other people get that feeling, but I'm always torn between anticipating checkpoints and wanting to savor the roads in between.
That idea crossed my mind alot while watching this film. In many ways, it's…
oh wow, this american masterpiece.
Every shot is a masterpiece laid onto celluloid!
My heart aches for this small, humble Texan town. Such a close-knit community, yet every individual seemed to take their feelings of isolation as an inevitability. Change can be a cruel thing, especially in a time when your future seems bleak and foggy. I am overwhelmed by the film's portrayal of Sonny, a recent high school graduate. A great guy who just didn't really know what he needed or wanted. His mistakes were easy ones to make, only furthering the depiction of an all too fragile transition in life to adulthood.
A stunningly beautiful portrait of a handful of genuinely good yet deeply flawed individuals. It's almost eerie holding the Johnson, Leachman, and Burstyn characters up against those of Bottoms, Shepherd, and Bridges.
Maybe the best American film of the 1970's.
Includes Kitty Cameo.
There's an innumerable flow of moments in Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show that paints the minute town of Anarene, Texas as a dwindling memory. An assortment of forlorn vignettes could easily be chosen to represent this facet; Sam the Lion's impactful monologue quickly comes to mind. Nonetheless, it's a simple horizontal pan of the town's predominant architecture that evokes the passing of time and the effect it has on a community with nowhere to go.
I wish I could love this film, yet the lack of chemistry between characters―likely a side effect of its deep rooted, pneumatic detachment―left me deterred. Maybe had its characters been more captivating (like they so often are in these kinds of films) it all would come together.
I just can't help but compare The Last Picture Show to its classic, coming-of-age peers, of which are just so much more fun.
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