Posts Tagged ‘austin’

Review: Richard Linklater’s 12-year project “Boyhood”

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Mason (Ellar Coltrane) as a five or six year old boy

Mason (Ellar Coltrane) as a five or six year old boy

Few directors have come to be known and associated with a place and culture the way Richard Linklater has with Austin. Since releasing “Slacker” at Sundance in 1991, following it up with “Dazed and Confused” in 1993 and “Waking Life” in 2001 as well as founding the Austin Film Society, the director has helped to create a culture that still permeates the city to this day.

This year at Sundance, Linklater released his most recent effort, “Boyhood.” Although it was submitted too late to be included in competition, I daresay it would have had a very good chance at winning the audience or Grand Jury award in the U.S. Dramatic category. It has been 3 days since I saw the film and the sense that it may be one of the best and most near-perfect films I have ever seen remains.
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23 Years Later, Reexamining Richard Linklater’s “Slacker”

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

The Madonna Pap Smear scene is probably the funniest and most widely remembered of the films roughly 20 different vignettes.

The "Madonna Pap Smear" scene is probably the funniest and most widely remembered of the film's roughly 20 different vignettes.

“This town has always had its share of crazies. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.”

“Slacker” is one of two films - the other being “Dazed and Confused” - that established Richard Linklater as one of the premiere indie filmmakers of the early ‘90s and put Austin’s film scene on the map. The 1991 film, made with a budget of $23,000, has aged like a fine wine and is now thought of as somewhat of a cult classic. Just last year, the Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.
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