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.
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…
Re-watching this it's easier to see some of Linklater's ticks and traits. How about that long-shot of the son hitting into his mother with his car and the chaos that ensues as a result? It displays all of the director's, humour, wit and technical brio. The film wobbles a bit towards the end, but it's a generally entertaining slice of life, even if it's only ever as likeable as some of the rather irritating characters it puts on screen.
A bunch of random people talking about random things. Why does this works? because Richard Linklater can write.
Best watched immediately after Waking Life, if only for the synchronicity of Slacker's opening line being "I just had the weirdest dream."
Linklater's vehicle for personal philosophy is entertaining and novel, though towards the end it starts to become a little tedious. Still an amazing film and an obvious forerunner to Waking Life, which totally bored me.
after heaven and earth magic with the boys. night of cinema.
Linklater is so good with creating memorable characters that feel like weirdos you would meet on the street and doing it in 5 minute sections. Some scenes work better than others but I dig these weird people and the pointless, dumb, interesting things they blabber about.
Really interesting how when watching this, you can clearly see the filmmaker Linklater will become.
With Shannon, Chris, Max and Brian (for a while until he had enough and walked).
So much focus has been on Boyhood recently, i decided to delve further back in the Richard Linklater back catalogue. Slacker set in Austin, Texas doesn't really follow a story line as such but is filmed over the course of a day. With no real narrative the camera moves across different parts of the city focusing on whoever happens to be nearby. Linklater has a real knack for creating an intimate setting between characters and this is shown particularly well in Slacker as all the misfits, geeks,clubbers and bar owners of Austin bare their souls.
- 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: 168/753