Movie Diary 4/5/2016

Everybody Wants Some!! (Richard Linklater, 2016). Is it actually a spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused? In some ways yeah, but as an exercise in non-judgmental empathy, the feat is even more impressive, because here our main characters aren’t the cool misfit kids – any coming-of-age movie can do that – but the absolutely average Joes (mostly jocks) of college. This movie accepts everything. I can also attest that the summer of 1980 is accurately recalled. (full review 4/8)

The Young Lions (Edward Dmytryk, 1958). Thinking about Brando lately, and this movie popped up. I hadn’t seen it since I was 15 or so. Not exactly great stuff, but some interesting WWII material, and Brando has his share of fine moments. The basic-training hazing of Monty Clift goes on longer than it should, probably because of From Here to Eternity (which, it’s amazing to note, came out only five years before this – Clift looks incredibly aged from that movie, even beyond his accident). Dean Martin’s in it, too.

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