Last Night At The Alamo

The events on the last night in the existence of a little suburban Houston pub. It has to be closed down for development reasons but one of the regular customers, Cowboy, seems to have friends in high places.

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  • ★★★½ review by nrh on Letterboxd

    dead end sad sacks drink to commemorate the last night before their beloved bar gets torn down. with each drink a layer of delusion is torn away, the kind of delusion that's almost an article of faith, the kind that gets you through the day.

    as a long night of the soul narrative inside a barroom the closest comparison is iceman, but where o'neill's space is a notional one this is physical; you can smell the stale lone stars and the sweat, the years on the walls.

    this isn't as strong as pennell's great the whole shootin' match, which is one of the great american films, but it is hard to shake the feeling that he wasn't getting at something with these, a kind of true american vernacular art filmmaking. this has the rhythm of a rambling conversation that turns into a confession and then maybe something worse. strange strange work of the highest order.

  • ★★★★★ review by Graham L. Carter on Letterboxd

    Why don't you go throw a cat off a bridge or something.

  • ★★★★★ review by Graham L. Carter on Letterboxd

    Still the greatest

  • ★★★★ review by Hayden Lewis on Letterboxd

    I had to watch this for a class, but I was blown away, the jokes hold up and the realism still makes you feel to this day. Plus I got to meet THE Sonny Carl Davis

  • ★★★½ review by Jason Pollard on Letterboxd

    OAK CLIFF FILM FESTIVAL | Screening #1

    I work most of the weekend, so I won't be able to make it to everything I want to (looking at you, restored Phantom of the Paradise) but I'm super glad I was able to make it to the opening festivities tonight to catch this restoration of a seminal piece of Texas indie film.

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