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…
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…
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…
Welcome to a small Texas town where there isn't much to be hopeful for, and there's less everyday. Enter a town where the radio only plays Hank Williams and most adults have no qualms about sleeping with people 20 years their minor.
While, on paper, this place could seem pretty cliche and over the top, The Last Picture Show, paints the picture of a town where anything good just seems to keep leaving and leaving. What used to be good and enjoyable loses its shine, gets out of town, or dies. It's a great movie about growing old and not being able to hold onto hopes, dreams, and the things we love.
There are several fantastic performances, but the one…
"Last night me and Kate we laid in bed
talking about getting out
Packing up our bags maybe heading south
I'm thirty-five we got a boy of our own now
Last night I sat him up behind the wheel and said son take a good look around
This is your hometown" -Bruce Springsteen
In the early 80s, pop music explored the loss of the small town in the Springsteen song above and in Allentown by Billy Joel and others. But Larry McMurty was more than a decade ahead of them, and explored these themes with characteristic complexity and personal impact.
The story focuses on two boys, just getting out of school, Sonny and Duane. They've got girlfriends, and are planning…
Like the small town which it depicts, not much of great interest really happens in The Last Picture Show ... at least, I thought so. I know this movie's regarded in very high esteem, and for the first half, I really was quite into it, but then I simply began to lose interest, to the point where the movie went from being really good to just okay. I think I can mostly chalk that up to the fact that I could either guess how the arcs of certain characters would play out or after a while, they just fizzled out. I mean, I get what Peter Bogdanovich is going for here, but it never managed to fully matter to me.…
Genial y maravillosa película llena de contenido e intención. Habla del cine. Otro crepúsculo de los dioses desde el punto de vista de un anodino pueblo sin vida en las calles pero repleto de vida interior.
Set 20 years before its 1971 release, a lot of the contemporary praise heaped on this centred how much it looked and felt like a real 1951 movie (eh, aside from the on-screen sexuality, I guess). If that happened now and somebody made a movie that was as 1994 as a bleached-blonde goatee and Ray-Bans, would we even notice?
Set in one of those most depressing places - the town on its way out, with a population that isn't going anywhere. But it's a coming-of-age movie with a good amount of life to it and a hugely appealing cast. And if you're sad about how it dead-end it looks for some of them, well, it got a sequel 19 years later - regrettably, without Clu Gulager.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
So, I have this habit of waiting for just the perfect time & place to see a classic movie. I've heard great things about the Last Pictue Show and have wanted to check it out for years now. But how do I just choose to rent it on Apple TV one Sunday afternoon? Where there are so many distractions and other flashier films to choose instead? It just doesn't seem worthy of such banality. So instead I bide my time and wait. Wait for what you ask? How about waiting for when my semi-local awesome indepentant movie theatre makes it the opening film to their yearly film festival this year. Projecting in wonderful 35mm film. With Larry McMurtry in person for a Q&A! Yup, that's the perfect time and place for this perfect coming of age film that lived up to all its praise.
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A look at small town life, a peek at teenage curiosity, and proof that the simpler time could be plenty complex. Everyone was an absolute delight, especially Bridges and Shepherd.
It really captures how even smaller events can cause seismic waves in the life of a community.
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