Quick-Thoughts: Peter Bogdanovich’s The Last Picture Show (1971)

Damn, for those kids who like to backhandedly say, “I wish I was born a normal life in the 70s,” just show them The Last Picture Show and they might finally zip-it. 

A casual story of a small town that literally reeks of depression, The Last Picture Show is Peter Bogdanovich’s attempt to dip into the gloomiest corners of the first-world lifestyle. While I’m not that astonished by the film’s gimmick of it being basically just this hopelessly endless stream of simple-minded, melancholy incidents, it’s indisputable that I connected to a scary amount of the material on screen, and I can only assume that many others will too. This movie’s a HUGE mood. 

Furthermore, are we not going to mention that this movie’s key message is when in doubt, bang an older person? What wise words.

Verdict: B

“The Last Picture Show” is now available to stream on Vudu, Amazon Prime, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, and The Criterion Channel.

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