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…
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…
Life is full of enduring, innately unsolvable mysteries: Why do you only find one shoe beside the road? Why do doctors have terrible penmanship? How come yawns are contagious? Do my friends and family deliberately call me whenever I'm in the bathroom? How long do hummingbirds sleep? Why are glue sticks so delicious? Who first conceived the idea of heaven being full of harp players on clouds? How did an ascot-wearing elitist teetotaling yankee uber-douche from the big city manage to direct the greatest movie ever made about Texas?
Magnificent. Very lucky to see this for the first time at the Prince Charles today on 35mm. Properly wonderful film. Small town big (American) dreamers. Cybil Shepherd is incandescent. Wow.
What a brilliant film, I've forgotten just how many enormous talents were involved. So beautiful, funny and sad. A pleasure to watch it on film even if the copy wasn't great.
Although I'm from a medium-size city, I used to spend the summertime in a tiny village surrounded by olives. So for me, it's inevitable not to feel kind of identified with Sonny in that windswept southern town of The Last Picture Show.
Anarene crambles slowly, and so do its people, trapped in a cage they can't escape of except when the Death knocks on their doors. In the greatest scene of this picture show, Sam the Lion - who's the soul of the village - goes to the "tank" for fishing, even though there's no fish out there. Actually, he doesn't even like fish: he goes there for feeling free, for remembering his first and only love. In The Last…
Haven't seen this in 15 years and it feels like someone just sucker-punched me with a pair of brass knuckles.
Up there with the best coming-of-age films.
Life's tough, man.
The Last Picture Show is an accurate depiction of a small, declining, dull town in the middle of nowhere. Shot in 1971 by Peter Bogdanovich, but set in the early 1950s the film focuses on young Sonny Crawford (Timothy Bottoms) and his best friend Duane Jackson (Jeff Bridges). If the film does one thing for all its viewers it will definitely make you understand the physical and emotional isolation of living in such a detached place as small-town Texas, America in 1951-52.
It is a reminder of the hardships and simple pleasures of a time gone by. Unsurprisingly, love and sex are at the centre of the young males' lives and gossip travels quickly in small towns. The film has…
love the small-town atmosphere
This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…