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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…
The Last Picture Show is a really good coming-of-age movie. It was made in the 70s, but people say it shows the 50s brilliantly. I wouldn't know, my parents weren't even born then. However, I think it really looks good, and it portrays a small-town perfectly.
The characters are interesting, some more than others. Sonny and Duane are the best of them, and Jacy is pretty good too. I really loved the performances here, all of them are nice.
The movie is kinda slow and a little boring in the beginning for me, but as it progresses it gets more and more interesting. The scene at the "tank" was really great. It took us…
Super late to the party on this but at least I made it after all. This is a film that transports you back to this time and makes you want to live in it. I can't wait to watch this quintessential film about growing up and letting go again. I'm so glad I own this masterpiece.
Seemingly the originator of the coming of age film. Made in the 70s, but smartly shot and produced to seem like the 50s. Couldn't recommend it more.
film #15 of scavenger hunt 14 (2016)
task #24: any film from roger ebert's 'great movies' list
this was really good... it had a nice, slow pace and allowed for a good exploration of many characters without feeling cluttered. ALSO THERE IS AN HONEST TO GOD TUMBLEWEED FLOATING THROUGH THE TOWN AND I LOVED THAT.
It's fascinating to see someone grow up, it almost always is. And that's exactly what is depicted in The Last Picture Show, this classic coming-of-age story that of course included the clumsy sexual awakenings, the misunderstood emotions, the alienation from the world around and the nostalgic first encounters with adulthood. It's almost always those same elements and it almost always ends the same way. But this film of course has another element to it. There's no way that The Last Picture Show won't get under your skin. Showing complexity with such simplicity, there will surely be a relatable element to this film. Even if your life, up until this point, has been quite the opposite of every single character in…
The Last Picture Show takes place in a small town and begins and ends with talk of high school football, just as life begins and ends with talk of high school football in small towns across North America. The town in the movie is a fictional one called Anarene, Texas, but it could be any real-life, wind-blown, dusty town anywhere. It is dry and still drying up, shrivelling up and drying out its inhabitants. New ones grow but they dry out too, usually towards the end of high school, and some stay dry their whole lives, while a few escape to get swallowed in the big city or killed in a war. The movie was released in 1971 but takes…
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Timeless - made me nostalgic for a time I never lived through.
This is the most Fordian film I've seen that wasn't directed by John Ford himself. It has the exact same feel to it as many of Ford's westerns, with a mix of nostalgia and modernity. Though nothing much really happens for most of the film, it perfectly captures the feeling of being stuck in a place in time where the world around you seems to move forward, while you yourself aren't going anywhere.
The cast does a fine job in conveying their characters' emotions, with most of the characters going through the same struggle of being stranded in a desolate place with little to no sign of a future. The real standout, though he only appears on screen for a…
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