Movies that are slightly off.
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.
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 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.
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.…
Second watch now, and the second Linklater notch in the ''I was wrong'' cinema bedpost, Dazed and Confused will inevitably be the third when I get around to it later. This is another Linklater film that when I first stumbled upon it—knowing very little of its narrative and ideas—I thought would be the kind of dance floor I could really get down on. Yet in peculiar identical fashion, just like his previous film, I adored the ideas but not the execution, quickly palming it off as a failed experiment that somebody else—even myself—could have taken all the way to the bank. Rewatches like this make me very insecure about this here film 'hobby', maybe I should just give up watching…
one of the only good linklaters
... Makes me wanna make shit. Fuck
Richard Linklater has made a name for himself creating 'slice-of-life' films, in which not much actually happens and we just see characters going through a normal day in their lives. Even by those standards, 'Slacker' feels incredibly disjointed. But hey, that's the whole point of the whole thing.
'Slacker' is a really important film culturally, as a film that gave a voice to the counter-culturalists of the time, who lived in the margins of society.
It is filled with characters, many of which only appear once, spouting out their life philosophies, trying to make sense of the world around them. There are stoner philosophers, people who churn out other people's philosophies, conspiracy theories, who all have one thing in common:…
I don't get this movie at all. It's a bunch of boring people wandering around being boring. Is it supposed to be deep and meaningful?
A film quite literally about nothing.
I'm going to call Slacker one of the first films of the 1990s (the other one definitely is Trust). At the time there was strong word of mouth regarding this original film that takes place during one day in Austin, Texas. It was pretty hard to find at first too which of course added to the mystery. Many tropes of Linklater's début have become indie films standards, especially the earnest conversations filled with pop cultural references, but also dysfunctional relationships, the elderly dealing with loneliness, the outsider in general. It's all introduced here but in a whimsical manner, like snapshots of lives. For all its structural originality (which many of us would later learn was already explored by Buñuel in Le Fantôme de la Liberté) and perceived hipness Slacker is above all a very humane film.
phenomenal. loved it. loved the madonna pap smear.
It's very 1991 but you can see the seeds of who Linklater would become and it's really interesting. The camera movements, the dialogue, the authenticity, it's all here.
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