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.
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…
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…
A bunch of pretentious, unlikable dicknozzles wander around Austin for 90 minutes talking about stupid stuff.
And I loved it.
Richard Linklater's feature debut Slacker, features the walking and talking style made famous in his Before Trilogy of films. In those films it worked for me because the conversations were very interesting and I cared about the characters. Here I just couldn't get into it. It was like how it might be if you could replay all the random conversations you might hear during the course of a day. Some may be interesting while others are boring as shit. This film was like a collection of those conversations and sadly most of them were of the boring as shit variety. Interestingly enough I felt the same way about Before Sunrise the first time I saw it only to love it on a re-watch. So Slacker I guess that means I'll be seeing you again some day.
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…
Basically random conversations, the movie.
Finally knocked this off my list of shame. I loved it! Definitely reminds me of Jim Jarmusch's "Night on Earth" from the same year, as both are examinations on life through the eyes of regular folk. This one is more isolated, focusing solely on a day in the life of slackers in Austin, Texas, but it's more potent than Jarmusch's film. Maybe it's because I find the viewpoint of life's lesser individuals more fascinating. What I do know is this film is consistently engrossing.
Liquid smooth but the pretension of some of the conversations (intentional or not) rubs the wrong way
-Like many of the indie films of the 80s and 90s, this movie gets by on its staggeringly original approach to filmmaking. There is no protagonist or central group of characters. There is no plot. The camera just seems to float from person to person, checking up on their lives for 10 minutes before going to the next one. While that sounds boring, Linklater’s mastery of transition and time manipulation keep the pace consistent. His gift of writing banter also helps. While nothing impressive happens camera-wise (save for some trippy moments filmed on 16mm handhelds), we get a surprisingly comprehensive tour of a very particular subculture living in a very particular town. People of all age groups are shown, to…
Captures the college vibe, ya dig
As I am about to make my first short film, this movie is just what I needed to see.
Extremely chill, very similar to Clerks. The best text-only credits in any movie I've seen
Oh, wow. I just loved this. And I didn't expect to. At all. Of course I was roundabout the same age as these people—actually a little bit younger—at this time, and I guess that I was a part of the 'slacker' generation. And we all know that when you identify with a certain kind of style of life (a.k.a. lifestyle), you hate to see it represented in film and thereby 'co-opted' by the 'system.' So it's probably for the best that I didn't see this movie in 1991 (at which time I would have surely hated it and railed loudly against it for these and other convoluted sociological reasons) and instead waited twenty-three years to appreciate it as both an…
It's a student film.
Some scenes are stronger then others, and of those scenes there's a handful that are truly memorable.
The last quarter of the film lost it's flow, and just seemed to ramble.
Esspecially the very last scene. It seemed like a "fuck it, we've gotta fill another 5 minutes. Just uhh.. run around some"
Why does every Linklater film have a character who speaks like him.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- Donnie Darko
- Morvern Callar
- Irma Vep
- Miami Blues
- Babe: Pig in the City
For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…
- Grand Illusion
- Seven Samurai
- The Lady Vanishes
- The 400 Blows
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 165/748