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The Last Picture Show (1971)
An American Masterpiece
An overlooked gem, this classic film has aged well. Having never been to Texas, by the end of the movie, I felt as if I'd grown up in Anarene along with Sonny, Duane, Jacy, and Sam the Lion.
Timothy Bottoms is letter perfect as the only teenager in town with a conscience. Jeff Bridges hits the right notes as the clueless jock, and Cybill Shepherd is effective as the rich tease. Ben Johnson gives another fine example of "less is more". In smaller but crucial roles, Ellen Burstyn, Eileen Brennan, and Cloris Leachman are outstanding.
As a nostalgia piece, this far surpasses Summer of 42. The only other movie that comes close to this, imho, is Racing with the Moon... a completely neglected film. (Rent it!.) The Last Picture Show is Bogdanovich at the top of his game.
Heartwarming and heartbreaking, understated acting, and the bleak cinematography of a dying town combine to make this a truly unforgettable experience.
Dazed and Confused (1993)
THIS MOVIE SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!
If somebody told me I'd sit thru a movie where they do little else other than drink and smoke pot, I'd say they were nuts. I could not believe hardly anything else happened! A chimp could write a better screenplay! What passes for tension or a story line here is so lame and ridiculous, I cannot believe anybody involved in the making of this movie got paid for their efforts. High school movies have achieved much more than this drivel, such as Fast Times at Ridgemont High. This movie is about losers, for losers. Barf.
Uncle Buck (1989)
Thoroughly delightful from start to finish!
This movie is sheer joy and a pleasure to watch. John Candy is at the top of his game here. Anyone who thinks Chris Farley or any other SNL losers even belong on the big screen should watch a master comic actor at work. We really lost a major talent with Candy's passing. Along with PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES, these two films highlight his comic genius and vulnerability. Buy this one and keep it!