Thursday, September 4, 2008

The Last Picture Show

Dir: Peter Bogdanovich, 1971, bw (9.2*)

AFI Top 100
Coming of age tale of Timothy Bottoms in Larry McMurtry’s sequel to Horseman, Pass By (filmed as Hud), taking place in the town of Anarene, Texas in the 50’s. Best friend Jeff Bridges has the town’s prettiest girl, Cybil Shepherd, as his steady, to the chagrin of her mother Ellen Burstyn. Timothy's brother Sam Bottoms plays his little brother, an autistic kid who works for pool hall owner Ben Johnson, known as 'Sam the Lion', once a local ladies man, now the wise town elder. He and Cloris Leachman, as a high school coach's unloved wife to befriends Timothy, both won supporting Oscars. Larry McMurtry (Terms of Endearment, Lonesome Dove) at his best, perhaps America’s best living novelist, finally won an Oscar for adapting Brokeback Mountain from another author’s short story; now, that is irony. The title refers to the town’s only movie theater, which, like the town, seems to be dying a agonizing, slow death. 8 nominations, 2 Oscars

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These are the individual film reviews of what I'm considering the best 1000 dvds available, whether they are films, miniseries, or live concerts. Rather than rush out all 1000 at once, I'm doing them over time to allow inclusion of new releases - in fact, 2008 has the most of any year so far, 30 titles in all; that was a very good year for films, one of the best ever.



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