All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
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.…
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…
Definitely a unique film, but... not a really interesting one.
Every time I watch this I gain something new to appreciate, especially as a result of Linklater giving (not just) the marginalized ramblers of Austin a voice and allowing them to speak for as long as they like to. Although the many vignettes are scripted, his utilization of nonprofessional actors helps to give the illusion of casual observation between random people as opposed to a film production. And the many philosophical and societal concerns that are mentioned are not exclusive to granola hippies: car buffs and petty thieves also get a voice. In this way, he does not focus on any one group but the societal collective.
The recurring glorification of shooters by the radicals in the film is also…
Wow it reminded me a lot of Waking Life in a way.
The first time I saw Slacker I thought it was just OK/nothing special. After watching it for the second time over a year later, I have completely changed my mind about it (Probably because I've matured more/ can relate to it & understand it better). The subject matter and the style of the film are both brilliant and very true to Linklater. And really, whats there not to like about it? It is funny, relatable and underneath the humor it deals with some interesting philosophical concepts and questions. This film is a great experience and I highly suggest you watch it. If you already have, let me know what you think about it!
Exercício de aleatoriedade e sonho. A frente de seu tempo.
Hoje em dia, por exemplo, existem diversos filmes e vídeos que brincam com a ideia de zeitgeist de uma hora, de um dia, de um país, ou de uma cidade ou de um bairro (como neste).
Desde iniciativas do Youtube e Google até o interesse pelas histórias do Snapchat, seriam uma forma de perceber isso, contemporaneamente.
Pela estética e pelo visual anos 90 já é interessante de se ver. Mas em si, em si, não é genial como os futuros Walking Life, por exemplo, que leva esse conceito à frente, tendo mais exercícios de linguagem visual.
I love the idea and execution -- it deserves its cult status. However, in going from one seemingly random encounter to the next, and letting these strangers talk and talk about whatever they're particularly obsessed with, we don't get much that feels substantive individually. A larger picture is painted about youth who don't fit into the system, who have similar concerns about government and politics, but to watch this get illustrated means having to sit through five-minute monologues amounting to dinner table philosophizing over and over and over again. I wonder how rewatchable this is -- when the talk isn't funny, it's not especially stimulating. I recognize this to be an essential indie work, but I might never have the urge to sit down with it again.
10/10 fav movie
The film that inspired Clerks? Really? It's a film to admire, I guess, but you can't call this entertaining. Slacker just follows random people spouting out random crap that I don't care about, Also for all the different segments, all the characters were the same, nobody was different. It just repeated itself over and over and over. I admire the effort but nothing else.
Linklater at his finest.
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