Summer, 1984: 30 years after Duane captained the high school football team and Jacy was homecoming queen, this Texas town near Wichita Falls prepares for its centennial. Oil prices are down, banks are failing, and Duane’s $12 million in debt.
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35mm, rewatched. "it's no use worrying about Time/
but we did have a few tricks up our sleeves/
and turned some sharp corners" (Frank O' Hara) It's so sad Timothy Bottoms aging, from a crystalline beauty to this alienated entrainment - although it's in him that the ruins of time find its visions. The magnificence of Bogdanovich's dialogues, relapses of an almost screwball...
Quite possibly the most underrated movie of the 1990s. A wonderful follow-up to THE LAST PICTURE SHOW. Who knows what people expected, but Bogdanovich offers up a very welcome update on the lives of that film's characters. Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Timothy Bottoms and Annie Potts are excellent.
Paradoxically, "The Last Picture Show" was the work of a young man: it's bleakness, oddly enough, a burst of unsustainable youthful energy. "Texasville", by contrast, bears the imprints of the disillusionment and compromise of a mature director most of all in its awkwardly comic moments.
On revisiting Texasville I found it funny, subtle and commanding in equal ways, full of startling and precise emotional touches. Bogdanovich's occasional tendency for farce gets the upper hand only in a few shots. It aged wonderfully.
Such a non movie. I know the Last Picture Show didn't have a plot, but at least it builds; this doesn't. It's too episodic and erratic to really get invested into anything. There's a mood of confusion and monotony in this movie, largely due to Dwayne's character, but it doesn't make for a good movie. I did find it interesting that in LPS, it was mainly Sonny's movie and this was Dwayne's movie.