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.
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.
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.…
Set in the weird and wonderful world of Austin, Texas, Slacker is special in that it doesn’t have a traditional plot or storyline. Instead, it is a causal chain of connected characters in a vibrant, sociable environment. Slacker is engaging and interesting – I kept wondering how the next character will be weirder than the next. There is an accepted and relaxed environment around the “Slacker” community of Austin where obscurity flourishes.
The film is very much similar to its subjects – appearing to have no objective. However that’s much of the film’s charm. Many of us don’t tend to live in the moment, so it can be very refreshing to see people who do.
The characters are University drop-outs,…
Never has talking about nothing been so interesting. 35mm
Linklater ya nos muestra un monton de conversaciones en las que trata temas de lo mas interesantes alguno mas que otro.
Una pelicula coral en la que se hace un recorrido por la ciudad con los personajes de lo mas variopinto.
Not my favorite Linklater film, but this set the groundwork for not only his admirable career but for every indie filmmaker since.
Considering the class of films that make the camera into a character, I'd have to say this film contains one of my favorite characters in all of cinema. Linklater's camera in SLACKER is curious, sly, grinning, bemused, empathetic, humanistic & sarcastic. It's a boring film to some – to me, it's an ingenious way to connect a bunch of first-rate short stories, all of them a defiant celebration of smart losers. My favorite movie.
(Cast Comm) Gathered from the comm that those involved with the making of the film seem to resent the Gen X brush it's painted over with. Referred to as a comedy but there's some dark stuff here...kinda bleak. Linklater is a master of the form.
Really wasn't something that worked for me in high school when I first saw this. However now, along with something like "Waking Life," it is far more up my alley. Personally though, what makes this even cooler is that for the last 5 months I was living on West Campus and recognize so many of the locations this was shot at. A lot has changed but a lot is also the same. Same Subway at 24th and Nueces, although that coffee shop is now a Starbucks. Still, it's kind of cool to know that I lived 2 minutes walking distance away from the Castilian, the spot where the mom was hit by the car at the beginning of the movie.…
I can appreciate this for the fact it was one of the granddadies of indie filmmaking, but it felt sloppy. The only part that really captured me was the conversation between the normal guy and the conspiracy guy talking about how we've been to the moon since the 50s. Otherwise, it as well-constructed narrative as his next film Dazed and Confused. Dazed and Confused was an ensemble movie like this one but it actually went between character because they were connected to each other and continued their separate stories. Slacker just zooms through a million people and you happen to hear their small conversation, even though their is little importance to what their saying.
Vignettes, sometimes interlinked. Characters not narrative. Dialogue not action. Several times philosophy falls on deaf ears, probably rightly.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…