Richard Linklater’s Slacker presents a day in the life of a subculture of marginal, eccentric, and overeducated citizens in and around the University of Texas at Austin. Shooting the film on 16mm for a mere $23,000, writer/producer/director Linklater and his close-knit crew of friends eschewed a traditional plot, choosing instead to employ long takes and fluid transitions to create a tapestry of over a hundred characters, each as unique as the last, culminating in an episodic portrait of a distinct vernacular culture and a tribute to bohemian cerebration. Slacker is a prescient look at an emerging generation of aggressive nonparticipants, and one of the keynote films of the American independent film movement of the 1990s. Continue reading
In 2002, six-year-old Mason Evans, Jr. (Ellar Coltrane) and his older sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater) live with their single mother Olivia (Patricia Arquette) in Texas. Mason overhears Olivia arguing with her boyfriend, saying she has no free time.
Olivia moves the family so she can attend the University of Houston, complete her degree, and get professional work. In Houston, Mason’s father, Mason Sr. (Ethan Hawke), takes the children bowling. When he drops them off at home, he argues with Olivia while Mason and Samantha watch from a window.
In 2004, Olivia takes Mason to one of her classes, introducing him to her professor, Bill Welbrock (Marco Perella). Olivia and Bill marry and blend their two families, including Bill’s two children from a previous marriage. Olivia continues her education and is supportive of Bill’s strict parenting style. However, Bill becomes abusive as alcoholism takes over his life. After he assaults Olivia and endangers the children, Olivia moves the family into a friend’s house and files for divorce. Continue reading
Before Sunrise is a passionate and intelligent romance between a young American (Jesse) and a French student (Celine). A chance encounter on the train incites intrigue,
and Jesse provocatively suggests that Celine postpones her return to France and embarks instead on a spontaneous expedition to Vienna. In the course of their 14-hour relationship, the two share in their love for the unrehearsed and their appreciation for the unexpected as they explore in a powerful meeting of hearts and minds. Dawn breaks. Sad in silence, they make their way to the station. As they bid each other farewell, Jesse is seized by another impulse – another encounter?
Richard Linklater returned to the semi-improvised approach and philosophical themes of his debut feature Slacker while embracing a new and groundbreaking visual technology in his sixth feature film, Waking Life. Linklater and cameraman Tommy Pallotta shot the film on location in Austin, TX, using digital video equipment. Linklater and digital animator Bob Sabiston then used newly developed computer software to transform the images through a process called “interpolated rotoscoping”; the result merges the naturalism of live action with a stylized look that resembles a cartoon or a painting in motion. Waking Life’s flexible, non-narrative approach follows a young man (Wiley Wiggins) who arrives in Austin and hitches a ride with a stranger, who engages him in a conversation about rarely considered facets of existentialism. As the visitor drifts through the city, he encounters a variety of people and finds himself absorbing their views on art, philosophy, society, and numerous other issues of contemporary life. Linklater’s cast is dotted with well-known actors (Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Adam Goldberg, Nicky Katt) and pop-culture notables (filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, Martin Scorsese associate Steven Prince, comic Louis Black), alongside a large number of relatively little-known players. Waking Life received its world premiere at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival; Linklater’s next film, Tape, was also screened at the same festival.by Mark Deming Continue reading
The plotline follows separate subplots that all coalesce around the meatpacking industry. From the meat company executive sent to investigate charges of shoddy processing, to the processing plant use of illegal immigrant labor, to all the lives that are collaterally touched by each participant in the food chain, the movie examines the entire US ethic of providing a packaged experience better, faster, and cheaper. The movie does not leave out gory details, but instead lets the viewer decide what the end result should be by providing no neat conclusions, nor happy endings, but more importantly imparts a series of possible topics for discussion with a background of how the problem developed and the interdependent parties involved. In total, the film could easily be shown as an instructional video for a college level course in corporate responsibility.
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Not a movie but life. Amazingly simple and deep! They were in love 9 years ago. Now when they’ve met again, there’s a lot to remember and tell each other. Jess (Ethan Hawke) is already married and more — he’s a father and Celine (Julie Delply) is dating a guy she really loves who’s fortunately out of town right now. At least this is what they tell each other.
You see, some parts are really left to our imagination. Perhaps Celine’s just trying to prove she’s a strong girl to live without Jess saying she has had many lovers after him and each of them after getting married said “thank you” to her for “teaching love” as she says. Perhaps Jess lies either about kids but his marriage and Julie’s new love are probably true. The question is could they refuse all that for each other. And here imagination’s again switched on — how can they be sure they really should do it. I mean 9 years is a long term, taking into account they didn’t really get known each other in the past. Depends on what you’d like everything to turn out. From the very beginning we don’t even hope they’ll do anything but cup of coffee together because Jess usually watches the time not to miss the plane. At first they behave just like friends, realize very soon what they really need from each other and later regret they couldn’t get in touch all that time. In the end we’re almost sure they’ll make love at least, but for a movie without a single kiss-scene it’ll be over before the culmination starts. Continue reading