The Last Picture Show ★★★★

The Last Picture Show may not be a charming film, but it's certainly a powerful example of great filmmaking.

The first thing you hear is a howling wind. The hollow sound combined with an image of an empty, desolate street transports you to a small Texas town in 1951 right off the bat.

Also, there is something interesting to note about camera movement in this film. Static shots employed repeatedly in every scene (if I remember correctly) seem to suggest that the main character is getting nowhere in life and will be trapped in the town forever. The use of black-and-white footage underscores the colorless lives of the characters as well.

I have only watched the film once, but it struck me so deeply. Weeks after the viewing, I can still recall the feeling the film gave me.