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Richard Linklater , James Goodwin , Richard Linklater    R (Restricted)   DVD
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Richard Linklater's debut film about the eccentric student subculture in Austin, TX is a very unique film. There's no plot, but the action focuses on character A, with character B coming in, usually with some interraction, and the action being focused on the character B, who meets character C and/or D, and so forth.
The director himself comes in describing a dream of alternate realities to a cab driver. "Everything thought you have creates its own reality. For every choice or decision you make, the thing you chose not to do fractions off and becomes its own reality." He even says that we'll never know what would've happened if Dorothy and the Scarecrow went down one of the other crossroad paths because TV traps us in one reality." Or what if Linklater talking to the cabbie was a dream from a different reality projected into that one? Interesting stuff right there.
I will not bother to list all the characters and subplots, that'll comprise a book. But apart from the students or dropouts who don't seem to be doing anything, there are paranoid conspiracy theorists, anarchists, intellectuals, philosophers, post-modernists, guys who are on the guest list on local bands trying to round up audiences, and people who intellectually critique Scooby Doo and the Smurfs(!!)
The conspiracy theorist on UFOs is a crackup, a nutty, chatty guy who talks about suppressed transmissions and that the moon landing, Mars landings, and missing people being abducted and experimented on with psychosurgery is a government conspiracy.
The female huckster who excitedly describes the elderly man waving a gun in his car, leading police on a chase is unforgettable, as is the guy working on his JFK conspiracy book, and the man who runs over his own mother!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full On Idle March 27 2000
When the film "Slacker" opened in 1991, it wasn't long before its director, Richard Linklater, found himself in the spotlight, fielding questions about the generation portrayed in his movie. This enlightening companion book was published a year later and not only addresses some of the media hype surrounding the film, but includes a wealth of additional information, insights, and trivia for fans. There's a brief section on Texas' slacker past, a bit on why Austin was the perfect backdrop for the film, and Linklater describes the ideas that led up to its creation. An early 'roadmap' of the script lays out the basic action of each scene, followed by the full transcription of the final film (which is very handy for quoting the dialogue). There's also actor profiles, providing over 70 entertaining bios of each of the folks who appeared in the movie, as well as a section of notes from the crew. The pages often recall the feel of a fanzine, filled with numerous photos, stills, clip art, and flyers from Austin rock shows and film festivals. The sidebars are peppered with Linklater's diary entries, chronicling the "Slacker" project from the beginning brainstorming stages to the eventual screenings and publicity. All in all, this is a fantastic book for both aspiring directors and devotees of the cult film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SLACKER ON DVD. AMAZING. THANK YOU CRITERION. June 8 2004
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I am so happy Slacker is finally getting a dvd release, and the fact it's going to be released as a special two disc set, as part of the Criterion collection, is awesome. Dazed and Confused, and Waking Life were great, but Slacker is Richard Linklater's best film. Strange, funny, and sad, it is the most unique film I have ever seen. If you have seen it, then your probably just as stoked as I am. If you haven't seen it, holy cow, your in for a treat. One of the best films of the 90's. I still don't understand why Slacker has been under the radar for so many years, it's a classic. There is a free flowing structure that works perfectly for the characters, (there are about 80) and locations. The only way I can describe this movie, is that it takes place in Texas, bounces from character to character, getting to know a little about each one along the way. Like all Richard Linklater's movies, It has a very dream like quality. This is a great film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic March 19 2004
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This movie is an absolute classic. Definatly in my top 5. Its proof that where there is a will, there is way. It has the fluidic motion of a Pink Floyd album from the 70's while still managing to stick to the under lying theme: Anarchy. But with a warm and fuzzy slant ;)
As mentioned, its too bad its not availible on DVD, wonder what the hold up is on that?
I doubt if we will ever see a movie quite like this one made. It marks the beginning of a short lived era, refreshed with Clerks and jumping the shark with blair witch project. No "homemade" type movie will ever grace the big screen. Heck it even inspired me and my friends to attempt a movie, but only so much you can do with super-8 without being crap.
I highly recommend the companion book to Slackers. Throw it on the back of toilet or coffee table, very enlighting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a day in the lives March 7 2004
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As _____ (add your own adjective) as this movie is at some points, you cant help but feel some strong positive emotion, like enlightening, when you realize how genius the premise of the movie is, how interesting. There is no real plot, i don't think, the movie is too busy jumping around to form a plot, but thats the beautiful part. However, i'm not too sure how the movie would hold up over many viewings, i watched it twice, the first was great, the second was pretty good, mainly because i caught somethings i didn't the first time, but i really doubt itll hold much longer. I WILL SAY that everyone should see the movie, once or twice. Proof you don't need ahuge budget or special effects (cliche, but honestly, what can you say that hasn't been said before, but you know, you gotta repeat the truth, or else it will be forgotten) to make a good movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally on DVD, and a double-disc Criterion no less!
Linklater's brilliant debut done in one continuous shot. You've never seen anything quite like it. If you loved Waking Life, then here's the more organic live people... Read more
Published on June 15 2004 by acumen pro
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing.
I thought I would like this one. The subject appeals to me. I've enjoyed some of Linklater's other films. Read more
Published on May 28 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars looking for the dvd?
i had been looking for that dvd hi and lo, and well, it's not available in region 1 (ie: the u.s.), but it's available on a uk edition (ie: region 2, make sure your dvd player is... Read more
Published on April 1 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect anything like 'Clerks'
I rented this movie after reading that Kevin Smith was inspired by it to shoot Clerks. I'm a big fan of the dialogue, characters and originality of Clerks, so I thought Slacker... Read more
Published on Dec 8 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars WORST MOVIE EVER!!
Slacker... Ahh Slacker... How can I describe the tourment I felt while witnessing this travisty of a feature film in merely 1000 words? I shall begin with just one word: immoral. Read more
Published on Oct. 12 2003 by Yanni
5.0 out of 5 stars a fun little companion to the movie
This is a great book to get if you've seen Slacker, and want to know more about a slacker's lifestyle. Read more
Published on Aug. 2 2003 by mr_moth
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just a Published Screenplay
For me, this book brought home with road-to-damascus force the idea that you could shape own own life, and not automatically follow the mind-numbing back-breaking path that your... Read more
Published on June 16 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars The chain smokers, insomniac bible
I regret "loaning" this book to another slacker a few years back, who loaned it to yet another slacker, who drifted to the west coast with it et al...never saw it again. Read more
Published on Dec 22 1999 by alex jager
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