DINER: 1982 (Available for streaming on Prime Video for $1.99 rental) Writer/Director Barry Levinson was an Emmy-winning writer for "The Carol Burnett Show" before moving to film making. Diner was the first of many wonderful films he either wrote or directed or both: Good Morning, Vietnam, Tin Men, Rain Man, and Bugsy to mention a few. Diner transports audiences back to Levinson’s hometown of Baltimore in the 1950s. He put together an ensemble cast of unknown actors and the low budget film launched many successful careers in Hollywood. Kevin Bacon, Ellen Barkin, Paul Reiser, Tim Daily, Mickey Rourke, Daniel Stern, and Steve Guttenberg are a few names you may recognize. They tell a poignant tale of friends trying to recapture their lost innocence as they try to cope with the mounting responsibility of adulthood. A gang of old high school pals gathers nightly in a diner to joke about the changes in their lives—settling down, getting married. This film is nearly forty years old, but Barbara and I were surprised how well it holds up. It may have had a profound influence on later films. I don’t think I will give it a grade but it certainly deserves an enthusiastic thumbs-up.