"...Once upon a time in what seems like a galaxy far, far away, George Lucas knew how to tell stories about real people in real settings. He hit one out of the ballpark with the magnificent American Graffiti, whose prescient use of a before-they-were-stars cast and interwoven stories made this filmmaker seem like one of the great hopes of modern cinema..."
"...If you happen to have the relationship/money combo, or are just extremely into food and/or American Graffiti – George Lucas' nostalgic classic from 1973 about a group of kids on their last night before college in 1962 – you'd be doing yourself a favor to check out Deutsch's presentation of the two at Central Market this Saturday, April 6...."
"...When Jon Reiss started filming Bomb It 2, the sequel to his 2007 graffiti documentary Bomb It, he had two intentions: 1) keep chronicling the evolution and variations of global street art, and 2) get to Australia...."
"...From the outset, it’s necessary to ask if these students are a truly representative lot or whether they’re stereotypes that fit Burstein’s preconceptions. Burstein’s judgment also becomes an issue, as we watch the occasionally despicable behavior of the teens (as during the plastering of hate graffiti on an opponent’s window or the merciless mocking of a defenseless newcomer whose naked torso has been IM’d throughout the town), while her unyielding camera practically spurs further action with its rapt attention..."
"..."Then you'd go over to the One Knite and see Jimmie Vaughan's band. I remember in the men's restroom there, the graffiti read, 'We aim to please..."
"...And during this weekend, the local Wolfman Jack-ish deejay is broadcasting his final show live from Pop's before he makes the switch from AM to FM. Structurally, There Goes My Baby will remind you of American Graffiti (and, to some extent, Dazed and Confused in its “school's out for summer, school's out forever” structure)..."
"...Starring: Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Patrick Renna, Chauncey Leopardi, Marty York, Brandon Adams, Grant Gelt, Shane Obedzinski, Victor Dimattia, Art La Fleur, Denis Leary, Karen Allen and James Earl Jones. The Sandlot is a movie with a comfortable working knowledge of the term “family entertainment.” Told as the recollection of a long ago summer by a now-adult narrator, The Sandlot combines elements of nostalgia, kids' adventure, roots reflection a la American Graffiti, and that unique American sub-genre known as baseball movies..."
"...When he's not pulling late nights with the family janitorial service or pining for ghetto-stunner-with-a-secret New-New (London), he's struggling to keep his more volatile brother out of the clutches of the neighborhood gangsta/drug dealer. It's only at the Cascade roller rink – which acts much as the burger stand in American Graffiti did – that Rashad and his posse can cut loose and pitch the proverbial woo restlessly circling their glittering, flat-track dreamland..."
"...More American GraffitiD: Bill L. Norton (1979); with Cindy Williams, Ron Howard, Candy Clark, Paul Le Mat, Mackenzie Phillips, Charlie Martin Smith, Doug Sahm. Trying to re-create the magic of George Lucas' American Graffiti was a risky venture for director Bill Norton and not altogether successful, mainly because the sequel employs split-screen imagery..."
"...The film bombed. The first time most of us noticed George Lucas was with the release of American Graffiti in 1973..."
"...When I was an undergrad at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, students were sent into a frenzy over a graffitied mural tagged on the wall of the newly opened, Renzo Piano-designed Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago. "MODERN ART...," the letters said..."
"...The movie is a fun, well-assembled and -performed slice of life that requires no special affinity with the subject matter in order to -- ahem -- get one's groove on. This debut feature by film editor Greg Harrison tells the story of one important night in the lives of a group of young people, and in this it has a greater resemblance to such classic films as American Graffiti and Dazed and Confused than it does to recent rave flicks like Human Traffic and Better Living Through Circuitry..."
"...American GraffitiD: George Lucas (1973); with Richard Dreyfuss, Cindy Williams, Ronny Howard, Candy Clark, Paul Le Mat, Mackenzie Phillips, Charlie Martin Smith, Wolfman Jack. Blame American Graffiti for the nostalgia craze that permeated the early Seventies. In 1973, America was steeped in the Vietnam War and Watergate -- what could be more appealing than the good old days of 1962? George Lucas' paean to teenagers before the war and before the Beatles changed rock & roll was so on-target that over 25 years later it remains a heartachingly accurate portrait of the past as well as a remarkable piece of filmmaking..."
"...Dazed and Confused (1993): When I first saw Dazed and Confused, I felt that it was in American Graffiti country, even though I thought some people might argue that statement was going way too far. Rightly regarded as one of the classics of American cinema (and my favorite George Lucas film), Graffiti had always seemed the definitive portrait of that time when, after graduating high school, one's adolescent self accelerates the uneasy but unavoidable transition to adulthood..."
"...But James Medrano's El Barto, okay, it's a guy making some graffiti, I get it, because Mexicans are into graffiti. We like to tag stuff..."
"...Dazed and Confused, his second film, combines football, high school, music, and lifestyle into a very American yet still transcendent tale of growth and change (both personal and generational). Over the years the film seemed its generation's American Graffiti..."
"...He suggested to a young fellow car enthusiast that he get into film. This friend then gave him a visual consultant credit on his second directorial feature, American Graffiti (George Lucas, 1973)..."
"...It's just too easy to poke fun at the Small Business Group. The pseudo-libertarians inveigh against needless government spending on things everyone can get use out of – "parks, libraries, puppies, and sunshine" – but demand more money be spent fighting graffiti and panhandling – not exactly what I'd call urgent priorities in the Austin of 2007..."
"...continued on p.8 relationships are either about sex (no matter the affectations with which they are rendered) rather than intimacy, communication, interaction, or affection or so predictably trite as to be barely one-dimensional. Is there a realistically rendered relationship in any of the films of Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, Brian De Palma, Roland Emmerich, Michael Mann, Oliver Stone, George Lucas (except for American Graffiti), or John Woo, among so many others? Not to mention the complete absence of any sexuality in so many popular movies, ranging from Shrek to The Matrix to The Terminator to the Harry Potter series and so on..."
"...Maybe yes, maybe no -- that debate's outside this sphere. But what is true is that Richard Dreyfuss is no Everyman -- this is the Dreyfuss who Ahab'ed a shark in Jaws, who led us to the “monolith” in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and who originally left American Graffiti-ville to write the Great American Novel..."