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 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 character…
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.…
A.V. Club review. Evidently I have a soft spot for movies that amount to a collection of shorts by the same filmmaker (as distinctly opposed to omnibus features)—see also 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould, Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari, etc. Not as raggedy as I'd misremembered, though—Linklater put more care and purpose into each shot than the vast majority of Sundance neophytes manage even today.
This is pretty good. It works as a trial-run for Dazed & Confused.
A showcase of Richard Linklater's potential but ultimately aimless to a fault.
Slacker follows different interactions between "slackers", rarely staying with a single person for long before moving on to the next one. This structure is in line with the way these people live, with them not having a concrete life goal.
That's a nice idea, however, it gets old quickly. Even though some of the interactions are interesting, most of them start feeling repetitive, as all the characters seem to believe they know more about the world than they actualy do.
Being very low-budget, the actors aren't the best part. However, most of them are believable and natural enough. The cinematography is also good, and Linklater has obviously put some care into it, even though he had very limited equipment.
Not a film i completely apreciate, but it was still well-crafted.
Linklater made a movie all involving characters that if they were talking anywhere nearby, you'd leave and go at least five miles away to not be around anyone that socializes with them or even excuses their behavior. It's a movie about nothing but the nothing isn't a "there's really no plot but the characters have a way of keeping you interested in their world of nothingness" type of nothing, it's completely inhabited by the most bland and uninteresting characters I've ever seen on film. Everyone in it plays characters they swear are smarter than they actually are. If I had started from the beginning of Linklater's filmography, I would have stopped right here and never made the slightest attempt to watch anything he put out afterwards. Thankfully he got better with time and makes films with characters that don't produce eyerolls and mid-day naps from any audience that watches it.
No, I am an anti-artist.
You should quit traumatising women with sexual intercourse, I should know I'm a medical doctor.
The brilliance of Richard Linklater's Slacker is not immediate. It takes some time for the film's totally unique and unprecedented style to really sink in and grab your attention. But after a little while, it does just that. The film switches from person to person constantly and you're never with a certain character from more than a few minutes. Everyone is simply hanging out, having philosophical discussions, and trying to enjoy life. Nobody seems to have a job or any kind of responsibilities whatsoever. Everyone is quirky and weird and almost always likable in one way or another. Linklater is the king of hangout movies and he is able to say more in 100 minutes with no story than most…
why is everyone so fucking annoying in Austin? and stupid... and boring...
i want to make an animatronic version of the bar dialogue with the two guys talking about smurfs and install it in a chuck e cheese.
the only thing i like about this is that it exonerates a generation. the plebs of generation x had no sense of irony. the people in this movie were hideous but nowhere near as bad as millenial hipsters.
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