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American Graffiti
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...
Film Review  August 16, 2000, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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..."

Chef du Cinema Presents 'American Graffiti'
Also: Bourbon root beer
DAILY Screens  April 3, 2013, by Joey Keeton
"...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...."

Jon Reiss Drops a 'Bomb' on Graffiti World
'Bomb It 2' screens at the Drafthouse Aug. 7
DAILY Screens  July 31, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

American Teen
A princess, jock, rebel, heartthrob, and geek: It could be The Breakfast Club, but American Teen is instead a documentary that ducks the consequences of its own making.
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Film Review  August 8, 2008, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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..."

American Boy
Chris Isaak's drummer Kenney Dale Johnson: From Soap Creek to Showtime
Music Story  July 5, 2002, by Margaret Moser
"..."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..."

There Goes My Baby
Summer school has just let out at Westwood High in Los Angeles, casting the last stragglers from the graduating class of 1965 out into the grown-up world. The movie takes...
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Film Review  September 9, 1994, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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)..."

The Sandlot
The movie is a grown man's memory of his first, awkward summer in a new neighborhood in 1962 and the importance of baseball as a bonding activity.
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Film Review  April 9, 1993, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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..."

ATL
Wicked smart examination of black kids in modern Atlanta features talented young actors navigating the circuitous path to adulthood while spending their downtime at the local roller rink.
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Film Review  March 31, 2006, by Marc Savlov
"...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 Graffiti
Screens Review  December 3, 1999, by Margaret Moser
"...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..."

Scanlines
Star Wars
Screens Story  May 13, 1999
"...The film bombed. The first time most of us noticed George Lucas was with the release of American Graffiti in 1973..."

"Nathan 'Sloke One' Nordstrom: Another Side"
At its best, this solo exhibition captures the swagger of graffiti on the street and the introspection of the gallery
Arts Review  March 9, 2017, by Sam Anderson-Ramos
"...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..."

Groove
At the risk of sounding like a complete blurb whore, let me start off by saying that if you're planning on seeing only one rave movie this year, make it...
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Film Review  June 30, 2000, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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 Graffiti
Screens Review  December 3, 1999, by Margaret Moser
"...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..."

Page Two: Masters and Commanders
Meditations on moving forces
Columns  December 11, 2009, by Louis Black
"...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..."

"Young Latino Artists 21: Amexican@"
This exhibit is about being Mexican-American, but it will make things happen for you whatever your ethnicity
Arts Review  July 14, 2016, by Sam Anderson-Ramos
"...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..."

Batter Up
Richard Linklater's 'Inning by Inning: A Portrait of a Coach' debuts on DVD
Screens Story  May 29, 2009, by Louis Black
"...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..."

Page Two
The artistic genius of 79-year-old cinematographer Haskell Wexler is only the beginning of his story; the passion and eloquence of his lifelong political commitment stand equal to his cinematic achievements
Columns  June 10, 2005, by Louis Black
"...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)..."

Giving City Hall the (Small) Business
Small Business Group raises some serious concerns about the city's finacial forecast – in between all the hand-wringing.
DAILY News  May 9, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...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..."

Page Two
Prelude to a column on cinematographer Haskell Wexler – by way of defending the ideological, political, and philosophical passions of John Sayles and Maggie Renzi against the intellectual bankruptcy of most current film criticism
Columns  June 3, 2005, by Louis Black
"...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..."

Mr. Holland's Opus
Mr. Holland's Opus is the kind of movie that only a person who really doesn't like movies could love. It's a movie whose grandiose swagger is meant as compensation for...
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Film Review  January 19, 1996, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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..."

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