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Presents a day in the life in Austin, Texas among its social outcasts and misfits, predominantly the twenty-something set, using a series of linear vignettes. These characters, who in some manner just don't fit into the establishment norms, move seamlessly from one scene to the next, randomly coming and going into one another's lives.
Richard Linklater's Slacker is a film about nothing. People who do nothing. A town that feels like nothing. And yet, I can see why some get angry when others say that there isn't any point to the whole thing.
Basically, that the film has no point is the point. These characters, lost in a state of disillusionment, are living their lives; and Linklater made a movie out of it. And for most of the running time, It's pretty brilliant.
Sure, the film meanders at some points, and some characters are more interesting than others; but the rest is so enthralling that you don't really care.
Linklater is becoming one of my favorite directors, and Slacker is a prime example why.
It says so much about the ultimate destination of Kevin Smith's career that it began when he watched Slacker and felt like it was so tin that it proved he could do the same. Granted, Smith's conception of slacker culture, of people stagnating when they reach their 20s and realize they have no idea what to do and ultimately just bullshitting about Star Wars and sex talk is, on the whole, perhaps more accurate a portrait of youthful wheel-spinning. Linklater's film, on the other hand, is less about a specific generational angst than the collective drain of people of all ages who are just a bit off, who never really got with the program.
"Slacker," then, is more of a…
Richard Linklater's debut shows almost everything he aspired to do with his next films, both technically and in terms of topics covered, Slacker is a real intrinsic and geniune first film from one of the best directors of his generation. If someone had told me that I would actually like to see an infinite number of characters babbling and rambling around for more than ninety minutes, I would not believe it but the truth is that, as time began to pass, this film started to gain my privileged interest.
I wasn't kidding, this film is literally about a bunch of guys who talk and talk and never shut the fuck up, it's a film that's constantly shifting from character to…
A bunch of pretentious, unlikable dicknozzles wander around Austin for 90 minutes talking about stupid stuff.
And I loved it.
I just watched Slacker, then started it over and listened to the commentary. I love this frantic, lazy, wry, clever, weird-ass movie. I love every moment of it.
I love this movie because it makes me want to be a filmmaker. I am a senior in high school, and right now I am in the middle of my biggest film project to date. We are making a documentary. I look forward to shooting it each week. It is insanely fulfilling, challenging, and enjoyable. Every time I have been a part of making a short film, the process has been simply romantic. Even with the fighting on set, the script disagreements, and the painstaking process of editing, the process is magic.…
Richard Linklater's feature debut Slacker, features the walking and talking style made famous in his Before Trilogy of films. In those films it worked for me because the conversations were very interesting and I cared about the characters. Here I just couldn't get into it. It was like how it might be if you could replay all the random conversations you might hear during the course of a day. Some may be interesting while others are boring as shit. This film was like a collection of those conversations and sadly most of them were of the boring as shit variety. Interestingly enough I felt the same way about Before Sunrise the first time I saw it only to love it on a re-watch. So Slacker I guess that means I'll be seeing you again some day.
Usually in films that are based around the vignette structure, there are a few segments that fall short compared to the rest of the film. Even in the best anthology films, there's at least one section that isn't as great.
Every segment in "Slacker" is amazing. Every segment in "Slacker" is simultaneously unbelievably real, and laughably fake. Every segment in "Slacker" feels like a conversation with Sepand.
And that is the greatest compliment I could give a film.
I didn't expect much from Slacker, actually. All I knew about it was that it was the film that inspired Kevin Smith to make Clerks (one of my favourite indie films).
I was expecting (and honestly hoping) to follow Should Have Stayed at the Bus Stop because of his nonsensical babble about dreams (that is not dissimilar to the bizarre dreams and ideas I have constantly). I didn't realise it would be a character study that almost plays hot potato with people who enter frame at will. Just seeing how you get from point A to B is a trip, and I had a great time with it.
Funny, ironic, existential, plotless. All the things I love in a film.
Wow! Interesting. Some similar ideas to Boyhood in that it is not centered on one story per se but more focused on these vignettes. It is really indie! I kept wondering when I was watching it why I haven't just made a movie to submit to festivals, this guy did and now he's awesome, and he did it before digital videos. All that to say, this was a really good idea for a movie and well executed for the budget.
It's easy to observe the DNA in this movie which would populate his later efforts and lead to his tremendous success with Boyhood. Slacker is pure slice-of-life cinema, and though it's not always terribly engaging, it is a singular work if I've ever seen it.
As is a problem with some of Linklater's lesser films, his profound dialogues can be pretty inconsistent, ranging from fascinating and funny to overly literate and really quite dull.
The anthology-like nature of the various stories guarantees an uneven movie, but it's still worth watching if you're fan of the director's.
First time on BluRay. Finally fell in love with this movie. If it's not perfect, it's close.
Another awesome brainstorming film by Richard Linklater, here we see the blooming of a style he would later use on "Waking Life" as well. There is weirdness, philosophical conversations and even jokes, but what can we call "Slacker" other than life itself? I personally loved the 90's vibe the movie soaks us with.
A day in the life of Austin.
Slacker does away with plot, it does away with protagonist/antagonist, it does away with conflict, and in a way does away with setting. That only leaves us with the theme (see title of the movie.)
Richard Linklater is the king of gimmicks. And it starts with this movie. I'm not saying he's not a visionary director, because he his. He pushes what is a normal movie and makes it more art than movie by putting constraints on the final product.
Slacker: Removes all basic elements of a story.
Waking Life: Slacker 2.0 with rotoscoping.
A Scanner Darkly: Refining his rotoscoping technique.
"Before" trilogy: Filming the same 2 actors 9 years apart for 3 movies.
Boyhood: Filming the same…
Honest and funny drama with really great characters.
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Number I've Seen: 186/760 (24%)