The Last Picture Show ★★★★

Only rarely can a film simultaneously capture a culture and create one that is entirely its own. The individual crises are kin to just about anyone at this point in their lives yet the rich characters bring them to life with so much nuance and care that they might as well be the originators of the tropes.

This movie parallels Cinema Paradiso far more than I was expecting, even if it doesn’t go the route of adamantly attaching itself to the cinema so much so as the person responsible for it. This slice of life narrative is admittedly compelling in its execution because reality often serves more comfort to a lost soul than all the broken pieces inexplicably coming together- picturesque is nice but it isn’t hearty.