All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1187. 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.
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.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.
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.…
Loved this thing. It was everything it could have been or should have been and I can't believe a film like this can sustain over 30 protagonists and seperate storylines. The only complaint I may have is the fact that it never elevates to an opus stature in any storyline or it doesn't come full circle, but overall, incredible and extremely excellent.
Awesome indie flick.
long take love
Seeing this film for the first time recently, you can tell that this film set the stage for indie films of the 1990s. Like Kevin Smith's entire career. You can also see the blueprint of this movie to make the entire genre of mumblecore films, except Slacker does what those films do, but just so much better and intelligently. While there is a lot of intellectualizing in Slacker, the film also admits such behaviors as frivolous. Even with the title of the film, it shows that for however smart the characters think that they are, they are still slacking off and underutilizing themselves. Put this in contrast to a millennial mumblecore film that tries to have greater meaning or take…
"Who's ever written a great work about the immense effort required in order not to create?"
The epitome of everything that makes Linklater great. Zero plot, fascinating characters, dialogue that is both nonsensical and incredibly riveting. If I could live in this movie, I would.
Richard Linklater's OUR TOWN.
Say what you will about Kevin Smith, but Clerks is great, and Slacker is pretty much responsible for Clerks, so on that ground it deserves credit. Not that it isn't also a great movie on its own, and directed by a much more interesting man, but it's worth bringing up in the conversation.
enchanting. It has the logic of a dream and is a beautiful time capsule of Austin, Texas. A great debut by Linklater.
Probably the best example of a period piece ever made as it completely ignores the idea of a coherent story and only does what a period piece initially intends to do: create a sense of the time period. It only takes an hour and a half for Linklater to show the most random scenes on a most random day of one of the most random decades of the past one hundred years.
As the film starts with a beautiful Linklateresque monologue by the (young) man himself, we get whirled into what could best be described as a visualization of a…
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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