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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…
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…
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…
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…
It's all great but Cloris Leachman is astonishing.
Film #8 of the Scavenger Hunt Challenge!
Task #12 : A film from your birth year!
"One thing I know for sure. A person can't sneeze in this town without somebody offering them a handkerchief."
Wistful, melancholic and imbued with the loss of a bygone time, this is a near-perfect portrait of a dying town. Shot like a Western, filled with damaged people, desperately in search of human connections but inevitably doomed to fail.
It helps that there's a stellar cast giving fantastic performances, one and all - Cybill Shepherd, Jeff Bridges, Cloris Leachman, Timothy Bottoms, Eileen Brennan, Ben Johnson and Ellen Burstyn. Leachman in particular is so good, her unhappily married wife of the school coach who finds new…
I think I really liked this, but I'm not 100% sure to be honest. I was interested in a lot that was happening, and not so interested in some other stuff, but I think I mostly enjoyed the film. It's very very different than whatever it was that I expected going in.
Ese blanco y negro es eterno.
Devastadora de principio a fin te va dejando poco a poco sin ninguna esperanza. Vas luchando, creyendo que alguno de los personajes puede escapar a su destino y entonces pierdes la esperanza y todo se precipita hacia la soledad y el desencanto.
Es en si misma una metáfora sobre lo inhóspitas que pueden ser las personas en un territorio tan hostil como ellas mismas.
This is one strong piece of classic American cinema. It's a film I have wanted to see for a very long time and today I finally watched it.
It is a strong drama about a small town in thr 1950's. It's about friendship and love and sex and growing up and where you belong and what will come of the future and about how times are changing, or are they?
It features fine performances from everyone involved, amazing cinematography, a fantastic screenplay, a gripping and moving plot and solid direction. It also hasn't aged a day, feeling like it could of been made yesterday (minus that fact that Jeff Bridges and Ellen Burystn and such look younger than they do…
Pretty damn perfect. Love the music, the cast, the characters. Everything.
I realize that coming of age stories generally involve some awkward sex for someone at some point, but at times this film feels like a succession of awkward sex scenes with no real point. The acting (including impossibly young versions of Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd and Randy Quaid, the last of whom was somehow even less appealing forty years ago) is solid, though perhaps never quite deserving some of the accompanying plaudits, but for the most part, the pacing is slack in a film tha never gets anywhere, and not just in the metaphorical small-town-that-never-gets-anywhere kinda way. There's apparently a sequel (...why?), which from the synopsis sounds like it undoes pretty much everything reasonable about this one.
Overdirected yet still vague, broad. Nails listless rural Americana, but even The Misfits had something compelling to say, Hud even more. Surely this requires another viewing. [B-]
Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show is, on the surface, a very simple movie. And the fact that this film fully indulges in that simplicity is at the heart of what makes it a great film.
Set during the 1950s in a small sleepy Texas town, The Last Picture Show invokes a feeling of nostalgia that is quite hard to generate, simply based on its realness. This isn't the sugarcoated world that we see on television or in films of that heavily censored era. This is, I think, far closer to what the actual 1950s were like rather than our usual pop culture perspective of them. It's a brutally honest film to be certain.
Based on the semi-autobiographical novel by…