Enjoying iconic and new-ish films

The Way I See It

 

 

I was talking with a friend the other day and they asked what was the last movie I saw in a theater. I had to think a bit about this.

I realized that it was “Coco” which I saw with my son and daughterin law for our November birthdays. It seems I don’t get out much to see movies. I love movies on the big screen, and though I have seen movies by myself, I don’t particularly enjoy going to the movies alone. I have both Netflix and Amazon Prime plus satellite TV and yet, I find that I don’t watch many movies there either.

This weekend I saw two movies I had wanted to see for a while. One I had seen back in the 70s and the other was released just last year.

If you haven’t seen “The Last Picture Show” with Cybill Shepherd and Jeff Bridges, you really should. This 50s style film is about teens coming of age in a small town in Texas that is slowly dying. I had forgotten so much of this movie based on the Larry McMurtry book and directed by a young Peter Bogdanovich. The cinematography (black and white) was great and ahead of its time.

Thanks to my daughter who brought the movie plus my son-in-law and our friend for sharing.

While I was on a roll, I thought that I may as well watch “Lady Bird” another movie that I had been wanting to see. Again, a movie about teens coming of age and them not wanting to be in a “nowhere” town – albeit Sacramento, CA is not the same as Archer City, TX.

The way I see it, these movies were decades apart but I found that teen angst is still angst. Peer pressure, first love, overprotective parents – they are all a common theme – in 1950 or 2017.

SUE BROWN is the editor of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at sbrown@pleasantonexpress.com or write at P.O. Drawer 880, Pleasanton, TX 78064.

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