Note: Originally written in September 2014
The centerpiece of this endearing film is Jack Nicholson's emphatic monologue where he says, "I'm getting away from things that get bad if I stay". "Five Easy Pieces" skillfully captures the frustrations of a generation that's coming into life, finding jobs, lifestyles, partners and above all, identities that suit them. Beyond that, there's always that urge to undertake that lonely sojourn to nowhere, only to find oneself. It's a rare thing to stumble upon a movie that you've seldom read about and find it on your 'Great Movies' list. That is probably because what this movie depicts, the helplessness of a generation in the 70s, is rather decently applicable today too!
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Call me by your name
If paths were to align, there is passion and love, a hurried cascade of affection for the other one
A Quiet Place
What deserves dwelling upon is how the film works as a Rube Goldberg machine, a wonderful contraption