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 has a really cool premise in that your changing who the main character is every time someone walks by. In fact I loved the idea a lot more than the execution of this. My main gripe about the whole thing is the dialog. It's not that they talk too much its that its all some weird conspiracy nutjob talk about JFK, anarchy, existence or some other weird discussion that just goes on and on and on. This was a huge influence on Clerks which is definitely apparent from the way Clerks has a similar dialog. Except in Clerks the dialog is funny where this just drones on and on with the worst kind of people talking. It's pretty much a couple hours of drunks at a bar rambling on about whatever comes out.
Any film involving a conversation about Madonna pap smears deserves to be fucking cherished.
Much rather would have preferred a yearly SLACKER opposed to a film that condenses twelve years of film time into three hours. City folk will never quite understand the tedium of wandering a small town, looking for something, ANYTHING, to do in order to waste the day away. You don't live, you exist.
Vignettes on humanity
Encapsular una serie de sensaciones, dibujar un mapa a partir de los relatos de personajes marginales, explorar la cotidianidad usando lo mundano y, a la vez, lo exagerado; un cómic underground al estilo de Harvey Pekar o Daniel Clowes hecho película; un tío de Texas que descubre que su pasión es esto, que el cine puede ser esto... eso es lo que me gusta de Slacker. Eso, y su secuencia final.
"Remember, the passion for destruction is also a creative passion."
"And remember: the passion for destruction is also a creative passion."
I had to watch the Richard Linklater classic that inspired Kevin Smith to make Clerks. This low budget film is fucking brilliant. There isn't much of a plot. I guess the plot is that there's no plot, I absolutely loved the camera work, the way the camera follows behind the people and it's sort of like the camera gets passed on as it shows you what people go through in their daily life living in Austin Texas.
I can see how this film inspired Kevin Smith, the use of an barely there plot with great dialogue and quirky character. Thank god for this film though. Without this film Clerks maybe wouldn't have been made.
Richard Linklater's debut is an audacious and experimental effort that hints at his career ahead, where he will shine a light on the outcasts and fringe-dwellers of society and their philosophical and existential musings and ramblings, often in abstract and interesting ways. In this package he deals out a flow of intersecting vignettes in which we are never with the same person/people for more than a few minutes and most of what is heard from their lips is interesting enough in short bursts to never suffer boredom and what could be interpreted as mumblings over nothing (Seinfeld fans should tune in). A fresh and vital first film that impressed me more than his acclaimed follow-up Dazed and Confused, even though it's a little shaggy at times.
"Withdrawing in disgust is not the same as apathy."
Essay to come. This movie is what the kids would call major.
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