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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…
No my cup of tea. I think I may need to revisit this movie later.
A film better on paper than as an actual experience, Slacker is an unguided series of vignettes centered around strange people bullshitting around. It captures the tone of Generation X decently well and is really an interesting concept. It didn't grab me simply because most of the individual characters weren't compelling (or realistic) enough for me.
The structure of it was by far the most interesting part, and leads me to want to write. Cool film for filmmakers, the general public not so much.
This was SO GOOD!! I love these types of movies and as a writer this movie is so so so inspiring
W Richard Linklater's commentary
Slacker is the perfect debut for Linklater, reminiscent of the way Hemingway framed generational disillusionment in his own debut, "The Sun Also Rises." Films like Waking Life, the Before trilogy, and even Boyhood feel like a natural extension from this. Throughout his career, Linklater's films have striven for a specific combination of realism, Vonnegutesque philosophical banter, and universality. Here, he documented both his place in the world while ambitiously attempting to depict an entire city of similarly aimless twenty-somethings. This isn't news twenty-five years later, but this is obviously an essential film when it comes to understanding Linklater's incredible career.
It's Linklaters "Waking Life" prequel film. But more in the same vein as "A day in the lives".
It plays out very much like the Simpsons Episode 149 "22 short films about springfield"
Capitalizing on the cross sections and oddities of a bunch of "Slackers" in a deadbeat town.
Worth a watch for "Waking Life" fans, don't expect an actual story.
but it was boring
I consider this to be Richard Linklater's second best film next to "Dazed and Confused."
I know many of the purists prefer the "Before" trilogy of films or *shudder* "Boyhood*, but this one is second best because it has a gimmick and it milks said gimmick perfectly.
Here's the gimmick: you are introduced to two characters. They have a conflict about something. Then they split up and one of them has a conflict with another. Then that other character meets someone else, repeat.
This is actually a lot more interesting than it sounds, especially because it's like getting a bunch of little movies for the price of one, with that one character you've already met to give you some degree of familiarity with the conflict.
It's simple, but it's still interesting to watch. Linklater's at his best when he plays around with the language of cinema like this. More of this, please.
Slacker doesn't really asks you to concentrate on what the characters are talking about, like in linklater's Before Sunset or Boyhood.
It is a film about the mundanity of life, a film about losers and liars, those having no big goals but a shitty life with little significance. These people are stupid, wannabes, thieves, some of them are funny, some makes a few noteworthy points.
It is a film about nothing, the plot of nothingness travels across in a city where nothing really happens. But Slacker is a prime example that you can definitely make something out of nothing. Literally.
And Richard Linklater made a film with a series of pointless conversation look meaningful and valuable. A brilliant work by a true genius.
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