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  At-A-Glance Film Reviews: Diner (1982)
In terms of its entertainment value, Diner is a mixed bag.
The film is uneven, but most of it is good, particularly the frequent moments of understated humor.
The script has moments of brilliance, but the film's most crippling flaw is that it lacks heart.
www.rinkworks.com /movies/m/diner.1982.shtml   (85 words)

 "Diner" by Deborah H. Holdstein
The film's structure and deceptively simple technical style belie the suffering and trials that go along with being a man or woman in the capitalist world, as well as realizing an unarticulated but desperately obvious need for a comprehensive male and female release from a constricting status quo.
DINER presents men in their early twenties who apparently have been so discouraged from truly interacting with other human beings, women, that Shrevie finds his only true marriage with his buddies at the diner.
DINER is a funny, warm, often poignant, ultimately human film in its implied plea for human freedom from the "blessings of civilization." Through its numerous parallels and apparent dichotomies, its particularly interesting use of the media as metaphor reveals a film that goes beyond the "personal memoir" genre to which it has been allocated.
www.ejumpcut.org /archive/onlinessays/JC28folder/Diner.html   (3926 words)

It's one of those films that just makes you smile and yearn for the days when friendship was the only thing that mattered.
I think this film is Levinson's best, maybe because it's the one closest to his own life.
His antics give the film some of its' greatest laughs, though it's obvious his character is in more mental pain than he'd ever admit.
crazy4cinema.com /Review/FilmsD/f_diner.html   (794 words)

 DVD Review - Diner   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-02)
The test itself is one of the highlights of the film; friends and family mill about the basement, eavesdropping and keeping score while Eddie grills the poor woman behind a closed door.
This print of Diner is presented in a matted, enhanced widescreen format.
The main attraction is a new documentary, Diner: on the Flip Side, which is most of the major stars (Mickey Rourke is conspicuously absent) and Barry Levinson reminiscing about their experiences during the production.
www.dvdreview.com /fullreviews/diner.shtml   (1292 words)

 Daily Record News - Taste of Hollywood in Boonton   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-02)
The 20-year-old college student and Boonton Township native is aiming to use the diner as the primary backdrop for his film, "Diner Coffee."
The diner acts as the "unifier" for the characters.
The script for "Diner Coffee" is a finalist in this year's Dover Film Festival, which was held on Saturday, and Crivelli hopes to have the film ready for next year's festival.
www.dailyrecord.com /news/articles/news4-boonfilm.htm   (799 words)

 Emanuel Levy : Profile - Barry Levinson: Profile
One of the film's distinctive aspects is that the marginal characters (the adult world) are also fully rounded--the parents are not the one-dimensional, villainous caricatures one encounters in most youth movies.
The elegiac mood was reinforced by opening--and closing--the film with images of a boy-playing ball with his father in golden wheat fields.
Diner alone brought to the forefront a whole new cohort of eccentric actors: Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Daniel Stern, Steve Guttenburg, Ellen Barkin, Paul Reiser.
www.emanuellevy.com /article.php?articleID=2564   (1497 words)

 Barry Levinson - Films as Director:, Other Films:
Diner, the film that launched his directing career in 1982, was based in the Baltimore suburb of Forest Park, where he grew up.
The film might better be regarded not as an adaptation but as an interpretation, able to stand on its own regardless of its source.
The fourth in the cycle that began with Diner, and something of a companion piece to Avalon, it is set at the social crossroads of the mid-1950s and explores themes of race, class, and religious division from the perspective of a Jewish family.
www.filmreference.com /Directors-Ku-Lu/Levinson-Barry.html   (1576 words)

 MovieFreak.Com - Seattle Film Festival Coverage
The film is about young, Puerto Rican Elena (Lisa Vidal) who has a small stroke completely erasing her knowledge of Spanish, her first language and a vital link to her own heritage.
Diner has yet to find a U.S. distributor due to fears that the film is too ethnic a won’t play to a broad audience.
Diner is full of perfectly sublime quirks in personality that keep the viewer on their toes.
www.moviefreak.com /features/siff2001/seattlefilm06.htm   (1554 words)

In spite of their inexperience, Diner was so extremely well acted, it seemed to be done by long-time pros.
Diner is one of those feel-good movies which is reminiscent of days gone by that takes you back to a much simpler place and time when friendship really mattered..
Diner is a pure period piece, and the characters portray people you know and can relate to.
www.mickeyrourkeonline.com /diner.html   (1070 words)

 iFMagazine.com Features - BARRY'S BAWLMER BUNCH
DINER, the mother of all ensemble casts and pop references scenes.
The vernacular of DINER, Barry Levinson's first ode to Baltimore in what became a four film series (to date), is an intrinsic part of our family discourse, as much for its humor as for its familiarity.
But all in all, these films are a treasure trove of wit, warmth and the kind of careful introspection that comes from a deep love of that fabled 'simpler time' and the steps that led us inexorably away from it.
www.ifmagazine.com /feature.asp?article=1010   (1323 words)

 RIFC Films Home   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-02)
The 48 Hour Film Project folks, it seems are looking for local producers to start their Providence version.
The Rhode Island Film Collaborative is a filmmakers clique that pools talent and resources for short films, and creates a networking base for filmmakers around the New England area.
Film Synopsis: Diagnosed as lacking in "company spirit", a disillusioned office worker is promptly pitched into a world of prescriptions, drug tests and health screenings, until an alternative voice suggests his problems are bigger than his pills can cure.
www.pfcfilms.com   (517 words)

 DVD Review: Here On Earth
After stopping at a small-town diner, the film leads to a race that ends up destroying the diner, which belongs to Samantha(Sobieski)'s mother.
The film has some wonderful country scenery, but is filmed in such a soft nature that it takes away from the the enjoyment of the picture.
The film relies on music to an almost silly amount, and when the music arrives in the scene, it's loud and takes too much of a focus.
www.currentfilm.com /dvdreviews/hereonearthdvd.html   (709 words)

 Massachusetts Film Bureau - Massachusetts Information   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-02)
When a film shoots entirely in one region, studios estimate that 40% of the budget is injected into the local economy.
Film business has become a highly lucrative industry competitively sought after by more than 350 international film commissions.
A key film incentive program was created and implemented in 1994-1995, called "Fee Free Locations." This provided filmmakers with office and stage space at no cost except for utilities in vacant state-owned properties.
www.massfilmbureau.com /html/MAInfo.html   (805 words)

 Amazon.com: Diner (1982) (Spec): Video: Barry Levinson,Steve Guttenberg,Daniel Stern,Mickey Rourke,Kevin Bacon,Timothy ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-02)
According to Levinson, he shot the diner scenes last so that, by then, the six lead actors would have gotten to know each other and be more comfortable with each other...if not bond as tightly as the characters they portray in the film.
DINER has been receiving a lot of unkind remarks in recent years, and much of it is undeserved.
This is a remarkable tribute to adolescence in the age of diners, the edge of the 60's.
www.amazon.com /Diner-Spec-Barry-Levinson/dp/0790744546   (2864 words)

 Interview with "The Blue Diner’s" writer and producer, Natatcha Estébanez, 4/01
The film centers on the relationship between a Puerto Rican mother and daughter, Meche and Elena, (Miriam Colón and Lisa Vidal) living together in Boston.
Egleson, the director of the film, is a writer and director for film and television.
One of the people in that film was a woman who just broke my heart in pieces.
www.newenglandfilm.com /news/archives/01april/bluediner.htm   (1329 words)

 Film Production Notes
When casting the film, Levinson was primarily concerned with being true to his conception of the characters, rather than with securing box-office names.
As personal as the film's subject matter is to Levinson, the actors found a universality in it that spoke to each of them in a deeply moving way.
Filming "Avalon" was quite literally a family experience for the filmmaker and some of the cast.
www.levinson.com /bl/avalon/prod.htm   (5360 words)

 Film History of the 1980s
The films were entertainment geared for teenagers and younger pre-teen audiences (both were becoming sizeable segments of movie theatre attendance).
Writer/director Barry Levinson's debut film Diner (1982) was a bitter-sweet, rites-of-passage tale of five male buddies in their twenties growing up in late 50s Baltimore and hanging out in the local diner.
His first directed film was the attractive and real Sixteen Candles (1984) with Molly Ringwald as a sensitive teen turning sixteen and having a horrible birthday, upstaged by her sister's wedding week.
www.filmsite.org /80sintro2.html   (2020 words)

 Diner (1982)
By the end of the film, we feel we are part of the gang, and we almost wish the film wouldn't end and we will have an opportunity to meet them next week at the Diner.
In Diner, one of the characters eventually decide to become a tin man, and Michael Tucker stars as the same character (Bagel) in both films.
As you would expect, this is a very dialogue focused film and the dynamic range as well as frequency spread of the soundtrack is not that wide.
www.michaeldvd.com.au /Reviews/Reviews.asp?ReviewID=4214&SID=2&PID=225144   (1298 words)

 Earl's Diner
Even in small towns and rural areas, diners serve as the local gathering place and are vital for the community.
The diner building used by the Hollywood is fairly new and not the structure used by Earl's.
Earl's Diner was also the location for a series of classic photographs taken in February of 1943 by Farm Security Administration photographer John Vachon.
www.route40.net /bannerlinks/earlsdiner.shtml   (294 words)

 Welcome to the Heartland Film Festival
On the eve of his fiftieth birthday, Morris Casanova is faced with the decision of his life—whether or not to confess his love to Candice Vauxhall, a waitress at the local diner.
This film reminds us that it’s never too late to make a fresh start, and that love, romance and adventure are always possible, even during middle age.
Bruce Marchfelder’s first film, The Artist’s Circle, was one of six shorts selected for screening at the International Critics Week of the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.
www.heartlandfilmfestival.org /2004/film_details.aspx?filmID=75   (218 words)

 Capital Heartbreak & Sweetness: 17 DC Poets (Wild Diner Films) - Film Sales Distributors Market - Film TV Production ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-02)
Film is currently being submitted to film festivals.
The film is a celebration of creativity and Washington, DC.
If you have a completed film seeking distribution, create a shop window for it here.
www.mandy.com /1/film3.cfm?id=2919   (163 words)

 Club Ed
Travelers on 150th Street East, in the open desert east of Lancaster, might imagine they are approaching such a place, despite the unlikely location (Route 66 never came near here - 150th Street is part of a grid carved out of the desert as part of development plans for subdividing the Antelope Valley).
In fact, what they are approaching is one of several motel/gas station/diner film sets in the area, a place called "Club Ed" which was built from scratch for a Dennis Hopper film (Eye of the Storm) in 1990.
Instead of striking the set after filming was completed, the set was bought and has been used as a desert location and production services center ever since.
ludb.clui.org /ex/i/CA3272   (167 words)

 Blood Diner (1987)
This is the sort of film that Troma kept seeming to want to make but perpetually lack the ability to do.
The gore is hilariously absurd - when a guard is whacked over the head his eyeballs go flying out, a scene where the whole diner is sprayed in vomit, the diner owner trying to drive with his hands severed at the wrist.
The film was originally intended as a sequel to Herschell Gordon Lewis's Blood Feast (1963).
www.moria.co.nz /horror/blooddiner.htm   (253 words)

 Old Fashioned Pictures • "The Least Of These"
The fading, isolated life of a diner owner and the dull routine of his late night crowd are forever changed by the unusual proposition of a stranger.
While there, she directed and produced a number of short films including her thesis project, FOCUS ON ME, which received a CINE Golden Eagle Award and is proud to have been a co-producer on Old Fashioned Pictures' multiple award-winning short film entitled THE LEAST OF THESE.
This heartwarming film about the reunion of 15 men from the Bronx who have been friends for an astounding 65 years was purchased by HBO/Cinemax and aired as part of their “Reel Life” documentary anthology series.
www.oldfashionedpictures.com /the_least_of_these.html   (2179 words)

 Untitled Document   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-02)
Many great films including The Vest and Kinetic Sandwich, which Artscape audiences got to see six months prior to their showing at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, played in our air-conditioned tent.
Diner Guys (Rare screening of Barry Levinson's documentary on his friends who inspired his breakthrough film, Diner.
Many of the "diner guys" were on hand for the screening, which was part of the Jewish Museum of Maryland's Entertaining America exhibit.
www.mdfilmfest.com /2004/fof-2003events.htm   (531 words)

 Guardian Unlimited Film | Reviews | Diner de Cons (The Dinner Game) (1998)
Some scenes were reminiscent of the old Abbott & Costello routines but the whole shebang ran out of steam before the final fade.
Le Diner cleverly turns the tables on our host and his "idiot".
I didn't realise this was a one-room farce, but that's OK when it's done this well.
film.guardian.co.uk /Reader_Review/0,4163,-76162,00.html   (257 words)

 The Enterprise Newspapers - Local filmmaker honored at festival   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-02)
The film was developed as a parable, based on the Bible verse Romans 13:7.
The 168-Hour Film Project is a competition where all films are created simultaneously during one week or 168 hours.
Already packaged as a Bible study, the film "The Diner" is available at www.elstonross.com.
www.enterprisenewspapers.com /index.cfm?action=story&storyid=200632312283634   (519 words)

 Daily Record News - Aspiring filmmaker puts Boonton on indie screen   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-02)
The 21-year-old Boonton Township native and aspiring filmmaker was preparing to film scenes last week for his debut project, "Diner Coffee," set in the Boonton Diner on Main Street, when the movie's sound recording caught a snag.
The two hit men wind up at the diner, where their boss meets them, leading to an eventual conflict.
The setting for the story grew out of Crivelli's own experiences talking with friends at Paul's Family Diner in Mountain Lakes, but he chose the Boonton Diner, where the vintage atmosphere of its Formica countertops was as palpable as the indie-movie tone of Crivelli's production.
www.dailyrecord.com /news/articles/news5-movie.htm   (1026 words)

 William Hurt @ Filmbug   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-02)
In the film, an average family is thrust into the spotlight after the father commits a seemingly self-defense murder at his diner.
The film is about a troubled man (Bernal), recently discharged from the Navy, who returns to his childhood home in Texas to reunite with his father (Hurt).
Varian's War was directed by Lionel Chetwynd, produced by Barbra Streisand's Barwood Films and co-starred Alan Arkin, Julia Ormond and Lynn Redgrave.
www.filmbug.com /db/20740   (596 words)

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