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3 thoughts on “The Good Son, The Program, A Bronx Tale, Bopha, Dazed and Confused, 1993

  • The Good Son is another movie that Roger took a moral stance by rejecting it immediately just because of its subject matter. I do think it’s a bad movie, but it’s because it was poorly written, with “idiot plot” elements, and no depth into Culkin’s character. I think it could’ve been good with better writing and I can’t really blame Culkin for taking a different role. Given Roger’s soap-boxy commentary, I’m surprised he didn’t mention it on the “Worst of 1993” show.

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  • Oh BOY did they get it wrong with Dazed and Confused! Wow. They both profess to like the film, but they seem to like it because (they believe) Richard Linklater was showing how hopeless and empty the teenagers’ lives were in the 1970s. Wrong, guys!! They’re right to compare it to American Graffiti, but Linklater clearly has the same reverence and nostalgia for 1976 that George Lucas (and Gene & Roger) had for 1963, the time of their own youth. They think the teenagers of 1976 had nothing to inspire them, but that’s only because they didn’t like the music or the cars or the girls of 1976. They like their own music. Sure, everybody does. I like the music of 1985, the year I graduated high school. We all have our own version of youthful paradise; for George, Gene, and Roger it was cruising and listening to Wolfman Jack. For Linklater, it was driving down the highway to get tickets to Aerosmith and smoking a doobie. But it’s all the same thing, and both movies are loving portraits of a bygone era. Disappointing that Gene and Roger missed that.

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