All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. 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…
Finally watched the Criterion of this early this morning, haven't watched any of the extras ... yet.
I'll never forget seeing the first time with my best friend from high school when we were 16 or 17. It is minimal, confusing, makes no sense, and yet we were both intoxicated by it, from its rambling first scene all the way through it's Cook's Tour of Austin's underbelly.
What is said of Velvet Underground and, to a lesser extent the Pixies regarding them being the band(s) that inspired a generation of musicians to start bands, so it is with Slacker inspiring anyone with a camera and dream wanting to make movies. It's not Link's best, not even close - Dazed & Confused…
Linklater used to be so damn grunge!
Linklater delivers an aimless film that follows a bunch of strange characters who spout varying philosophies as best they can.
The high point is the way in which it captures a strong feeling of its time and place.
|King Costanza|: Numerous attempts to escape awkward conversations.
Floats from one bizarre situation to another throughout a Texas town. The plot structure is just as strange- Linklater seems to gravitate towards more experimental story structure. And I can respect that, I admire people who try something different. And what makes the 'pointless' story engaging is the feeling of genuineness. Despite containing bizarre events and characters it feels honest, honesty only goes so far in my mind though.
My biggest problem with Slacker is how one note it is. Most of the characters are practically the same: stoner counter-cultural college minded adolescents. It makes the town feel the same. With so many characters only related by geography there should be a vast range of personalities…
"Man, I just had the weirdest dream back on the bus there.
Do you ever have those dreams that are just completely real? I mean, they're so vivid, it's just like completely real. It's like there's always something bizarre going on in those. I have one about every
two years or something. I always remember 'em really good. It's like there's always someone getting run over or something really weird. Uh, one time I had lunch with Tolstoy. Another time I was a roadie for Frank Zappa. Anyway. So this dream I just had, it was just like that... except instead of anything bizarre going on... I mean, there was nothing going on at all. Man. It was like The…
"The typewriter isn't the point. The point is, it symbolizes the bitch that just fucked him over. It symbolizes the bitch that fucked me over six months ago. And it symbolizes the bitch that's gonna fuck YOU over!"
Cinema Nicostra #24: Film 4
Not a good choice for the marathon. I blame Brad/Dom/Sarge/Richard. Should have gone Over The Edge... Although it may have helped lift the appreciation for the other 6 films.
It’s not wildly entertaining, but I liked it. Nostalgically charming in how indie and 90s it is; it set the standard. The woman on the poster (who was a drummer for Butthole Surfers) is the best.
For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…