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Everybody Wants Some!! Review

Excellent

Richard Linklater loosely follows on from two of his most acclaimed films with this lively university comedy set in 1980. It's billed as a "spiritual sequel" to his high school classic Dazed and Confused, which was set in the late 1970s. And it also represents an exploration of the next stage in the life of the central character from Boyhood. But even without those connections, the film is a fresh, funny, involving look at how young people react to that first flush of freedom.

It opens as Jake (Glee's Blake Jenner) arrives at his Texas university three days before classes start. He moves into a house with the rest of the baseball team, who immediately start tormenting him as the newbie. The alpha male is the swaggering star player McReynolds (Tyler Hoechlin), usually accompanied by his good-time sidekick Finn (Glen Powell). Over this raucous weekend, Jake navigates the rules of the house, including pranks, macho posturing, initiation rites, excessive alcohol and even a baseball practice session. There are also, of course, a series of colourful parties. And along the way he makes a connection with sexy theatre student Beverly (Zoey Deutch).

The film is packed with memorable characters, and the charming Jake is a terrific entry point for the audience. Jenner plays him as a smart, nice guy who isn't afraid to stand up to both the chucklehead jocks and the idiotic party boys. All of these guys are hilariously entertaining as they jostle for position in the house. The standout is Powell's talkative Finn, who is smarter than he looks. And Wyatt Russell has terrific presence as a woolly stoner with a secret. It's a lot of fun to watch the interaction between these guys, who are all in their late teens or early 20s, flexing their newfound independence by obsessing about drinking, drugs and sex.

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Everybody Wants Some Connects With Other Richard Linklater Films


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Everybody Wants Some follows a group of friends navigating their way through their first weekend of independent university life in the 1980s. But the film is also a sort of follow-up to Boyhood, picking up where that movie ends. 

Linklater picked a relatively unknown group of actors to star in the film

Linklater admits to both of those facts. "At the very beginning of Boyhood I felt the character would be going to college, but I had no idea," Linklater says. "And then here I had this script written about halfway through Boyhood that's about that first weekend of college. So they are kind of related. They're cousins. And this one sort of picks up right after that one ends."

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How Richard Linklater Drew On His College Experiences For 'Everybody Wants Some'


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In Boyhood Richard Linklater documented a family over 12 years to critical acclaim and an Oscar nomination. Now he’s drawing on his own past for Everybody Wants Some, a college movie following a group of freshman baseball players in the week before classes begin.

Richard LinklaterDirector Richard Linklater.

The idea for Everybody Wants Some first came into Linklater’s head around 2002, when he was thinking about the unique experience of college and how it shapes your life. “I was thinking about this period in my life, being in college and I felt a college movie kind of emerge from my thinking and my own experience,” the director explained.

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Richard Linklater - Everybody Wants Some Interview


An interview with Everybody Wants Some director Richard Linklater

Richard Linklater talks about his latest movie Everybody Wants Some. The Dazed and Confused director has called the film the 'spiritual sequel' to his 1993 coming-of-age cult classic. Once again the film centres around a group of young friends but this time they're all freshmen looking to make their way in college. 

With the freedom that college brings, the new members of the frat house are sure to have as much fun as they possibly can. The director talks about some of his memories and gives us an idea of what to expect from his latest movie. 

Everybody Wants Some premiered at SXSW '16

Richard Linklater - London Theatre Circle Awards held at the May Fair Hotel - Arrivals. - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 18th January 2015

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Richard Linklater - Actor Ethan Hawke poses at his hand-print and foot-print ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 8th January 2015

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'Boyhood' Leads Oscar Nominations, But 'American Sniper' Is Strong


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As expected, Richard Linklater's innovative drama Boyhood - filmed with the same cast over a 12 year period - dominated the Oscar nominations, announced on Thursday morning by Alfonso Cuaron and J.J Abrams. Wes Anderson's comedy-caper The Grand Budapest Hotel also picked up a slew of nods and is the clear second favourite to win Best Picture in February.

BoyhoodBoyhood looks the likely winner of Best Picture at the Oscars

In the category of Best Picture, Boyhood and Budapest will go up against Birdman, Foxcatcher, The Theory of Everything, Whiplash, Selma, The Imitation Game and American Sniper.

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Richard Linklater - A host of stars were snapped as they attended the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) Los Angeles Tea Party which were held at The Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 10th January 2015

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Sarah Snook, Michael Spierig, Jason Blum, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater - Photographs of the American actor Ethan Hawke along with actress Sarah Snook as they attended the actors hand and footprints Ceremony which was held at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX in Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 8th January 2015

Sarah Snook, Michael Spierig, Jason Blum, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater
Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook
Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook
Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook
Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook
Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook

'Boyhood' Beaten By Godard's 'Goodbye To Language' In Major Movie Award


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Boyhood, Richard Linklater's award-season heavyweight that looks most likely to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards come February, has been beaten in one of the final major awards hand-outs before the Globes and Oscars. The National Society of Film Critics decided to award its Best Picture gong to Jean-Luc Godard's Goodbye to Language, catching many commentators by surprise.

BoyhoodBoyhood is the clear favorite to win Best Picture at the Oscars

In fairness, Linklater's movie almost snatched the award, needing one more ballot in the first round of voting to secure it. In the end, it was beaten by Godard's movie 25-24.

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Richard Linklater and Chaz Ebert - Shots of a host of stars as they attended Variety's Creative Impact Awards and 10 Directors to Watch brunch which was presented by Mercedes Benz and was held at Parker resort in Palm Springs, California, United States - Sunday 4th January 2015

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Richard Linklater and Chaz Ebert
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Richard Linklater

Richard Linklater - A host of Hollywood's biggest stars were photographed as they arrived at the Palm Springs Film Festival Gala 2015 which was held at the Palm Springs Convention Center in California, United States - Sunday 4th January 2015

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Richard Linklater

Richard Linklater - A host of Hollywood's biggest stars were photographed as they arrived at the Palm Springs Film Festival Gala 2015 which was held at the Palm Springs Convention Center in California, United States - Saturday 3rd January 2015

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Richard Linklater

Richard Linklater's Next Movie Will Link 'Boyhood' And 'Dazed And Confused'


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Richard Linklater, whose movie Boyhood is likely to win the Oscar for Best Picture in February, has announced innovative plans for his new film. His forthcoming movie That's What I'm Talking About is a "spiritual sequel" to his classic 1999 teen comedy Dazed and Confused, but will also incorporate themes from his latest work.

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Speaking with Creative Screenwriting, Linklater elaborated, saying, "I just shot it and wrapped it recently, and it has nothing to do with Dazed and Confused other than it would be set four years later, when one of the younger characters went off to college."

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'Boyhood' Storms Back Into Oscars Race After NY Film Critics' Awards


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IFC Films and Richard Linklater may well have been shooting each other nervous looks after the National Board of Review named A Most Violent Year it's best film of 2014 last week. The gritty drama starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain had not previously figured in discussion about potential awards winners and the bookmakers duly responded, cutting its odds of winning Best Picture at the Oscars to 20/1.

BoyhoodRichard Linklater's Boyhood remains the favorite to win Best Picture at the Oscars

However, order appears to have been responded after the New York Film Critics Online named Boyhood its movie of the year. Linklater's drama also won four prizes at the LA Film Critics Association Awards, including best director, best actress for Patricia Arquette and best editor. Arquette has now found herself in a position whereby it would be unthinkable for her to lose out on the Oscar for best supporting actress (should she be nominated in the category instead of best actress, where she would face stiffer competition in the form of Julianne Moore and Reese Witherspoon).

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21 Years: Richard Linklater - Clips


Indie filmmaking is one of the best niches to find super-talented directors and writers; and none more so than Richard Linklater. Having recently received a flood of praise for the extraordinary and innovative 'Boyhood' - a movie filmed over thirteen years with the same actors - actors and movie makers everywhere join this appraising documentary marking 21 years of amazing cinema from this artist. With works including the decade spanning romance trilogy 'Before Sunrise', musical comedy 'School of Rock', animated thriller 'A Scanner Darkly', crime drama 'Bernie' and underdog flicks 'Slacker' and 'Bad News Bears', the Texan cine-hero continues to produce imaginative and totally unique, genre-crossing stories with comedy 'That's What I'm Talking About' and a 'School of Rock' TV series marking his upcoming projects.

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'Boyhood' Leads Gotham Independent Film Awards As Oscars Loom


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In the first insight into how the nominations for Best Picture might look at the Oscars in February, the Gotham Independent Film Awards has announced its picks for 2014. As expected, Richard Linklater's Boyhood were do battle with Alejandro G. Inarritu's Birdman, though there were also nominations for Love is Strange, Under the Skin and Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel.

BoyhoodEllar Coltrane [L] scored an acting nomination for his performance in Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood'

Linklater's remarkable drama was 12 years in the making and Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane also picked up acting nods. Birdman has been generating considerable Oscar buzz for several months and Michael Keaton - the current favourite to win Best Actor at the Academy Awards - picked up a nomination for lead actor at the Gothams.

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Boyhood: The "Tremendous Risk" That Came Good At This Weekend's Box Office


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The box office was dominated by big budget blockbusters this weekend: Dawn of The Planet of The Apes finally usurped Transformers: Age of Extinction’s dominance at the top of the pile. But the real evolution story was told in Boyhood, as Mason became a young man and Richard Linklater proved his worth as one of the most of innovative auteurs working in cinema today.

Ellar Coltrane and Lorelei LinklaterEllar Coltrane and Lorelei Linklater star in Boyhood

Linklater’s scripted coming of age movie, shot intermittently over 12 years using the same actors (Ellar Coltrane, Lorelie Linklater, Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke) indulges in the familiarity of domestic life. As we see the characters grow emotionally (via Linklaters incredibly relatable and organic screenplay) and physically (via simple biology – something Linklater managed to turn into a cinematic tool) we relate to the ostensibly forgettable nuances of childhood and adulthood, culminating in an intensely watchable modern masterpiece.

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'Boyhood': Luck, Innovation And Bundles Of Talent Mean Cinematic History Will Be Made This Weekend


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This weekend marks a monumental release in the history of cinema. Richard Linklater, already lauded for his magnificent ‘Before’ trilogy, debuts his film ‘Boyhood’ in UK theatres.

BoyhoodCo-stars Ellar Coltrane and Lorelei Linklater in 'Boyhood'

Taking place over 12 years, using the same actors, ‘Boyhood’ has unparalleled power when it comes to connoting story through time, especially in the case of Ellar Coltrane who, aged 6, started filming ‘Boyhood’ and didn’t wrap until he was 18.

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Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater, Richard Linklater and Patricia Arquette - 'Boyhood' New York premiere at Museum of Modern Art - Arrivals - New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 8th July 2014

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Ethan Hawke
Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette
Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette

A Week In Movies: Star Wars Cast Announced, Festivals Bring Out Stars In London And New York While Efron And Rogen Hit L.A


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Star Wars Read Through

Of course the biggest movie news this week was the official announcement that Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher will be back for Star Wars Episode VII, along with the performers behind C-3PO, R2-D2 and Chewbacca. Newcomers to the saga include Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, John Boyega, Andy Serkis, Max Von Sydow and Daisy Ridley. JJ Abrams starts filming this month in London. For all the cast info and to see the, now infamous, first cast reading photo for Star Wars Episode VII click here.

This past week in London, the Sundance London Film and Music Festival took place with a flurry of filmmakers and stars attending, including Ryan Reynolds and Gemma Arterton, who were on hand to present their offbeat serial killer black comedy The Voices. Browse our arrivals gallery for 'The Voices' screening at Sundance London.

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Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood' Premieres First Trailer To Show A Film 12 Years In The Making


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Richard Linklater's new drama flick 'Boyhood', which has been in the making since 2002, is one of the most unique film project that has ever been attempted.

The 53 year-old filmmaker, who is credited as the writer and director, began working on the movie twelve years ago and cast a 6 year-old Ellar Coltrane in the lead role at that time.

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Co-stars Ellar Coltrane and Lorelei Linklater in 'Boyhood'

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"Black Coal, Thin Ice" And "Boyhood" Make A Splash At The Berlinale Film Festival


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Black Coal, Thin Ice (Bai Ri Yan Huo) – a Chinese noir film by director Diao Yinan impressed the Berlinale festival jury and won the coveted Golden Bear on Saturday. The film follows the classic plot - a perpetually drunk, jaded former detective (Liao Fan) begins to investigate an old unsolved homicide case after a series of mysterious new murders in a northern Chinese factory district. In a deviation from tradition, Fan won the Silver Bear at the festival for his performance, bringing Black Coal’s award total to two, Variety reports. It’s the only film to win more than one award this year, with the jury spreading the love between several features.

Watch Yinan accept the Golden Bear.

Richard Linklater’s highly anticipated Boyhood, filmed over the course of twelve years, nabbed the Silver Bear for best director. Accepting the award, Linklater thanked the entire crew in making the film: “This prize is for best director but I’ll accept it for best ensemble.” Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize, adding yet another incentive for anyone who hasn’t seen it to get a ticket ASAP. Japanese actress Haru Kuroki was honored for her performance in Yoji Yamada’s Japanese family drama The Little House.

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Richard Linklater and Lorelei Linklater - 64th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) - Boyhood - Photocall - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 13th February 2014

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Richard Linklater and Patricia Arquette
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Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater - Celebrities attend the 19th Critics' Choice Movie Awards Ceremony LIVE on The CW Network at The Barker Hangar. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 16th January 2014

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Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke
Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke
Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke
Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke
Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater - The 19th Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Press Room at The Barker Hangar - Santa Monica, California, United States - Thursday 16th January 2014

Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater
Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater
Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater
Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke
Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke
Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke

Richard Linklater, Mike White, Miranda Cosgrove and Jack Black - AFS (Austin Film Society) presents 'The School of Rock' 10-Year Reunion - Austin, Texas, United States - Thursday 29th August 2013

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Richard Linklater, Mike White, Miranda Cosgrove and Jack Black
Richard Linklater, Jack Black and Mike White
Richard Linklater, Jack Black and Mike White
Richard Linklater, Jack Black and Mike White
Richard Linklater, Mike White, Miranda Cosgrove and Jack Black

Richard Linklater Apparently Planning On A Dazed & Confused Sequel


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Filmaker Richard Linklater is apparently planning something of a 'semi-sequel' to the cult hit Dazed and Confused. Linklater has mentioned before that he wants to follow up his 1993 film and in a recent AMA on Reddit, he once again relayed his plans and promised that he could beging work on the film by the end of the year.

During his chat with the online community, he said that he was planning on starting work on a college comedy that might not be directly linked to the original film, but could be connected to the cult classic some how. He said, "Hoping to make it this fall, actually. A college comedy. I feel like mixing it up with a big ensemble."

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Richard Linklater is planning a 'semi-sequel'

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Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke - Los Angeles premiere of 'Before Midnight' held at DGA Theater - Arrivals - Los Angeles, AL, United States - Wednesday 22nd May 2013

Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke
Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke

Richard Linklater - Los Angeles premiere of 'Before Midnight' held at DGA Theater - Hollywood, California, United States - Tuesday 21st May 2013

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Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke
Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke

Director and Richard Linklater - 2013 Tribeca Film Festival - 'Before Midnight' - Arrivals - New York City, New York, United States - Monday 22nd April 2013

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Robert Rodgriguez and Richard Linklater - The Texas Film Hall Of Fame Awards held at Austin Studios - Austin, Texas, United States - Thursday 7th March 2013

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Robert Rodriguez and Richard Linklater
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Richard Linklater, Anthony Rapp, Joey Lauren Adams and Nicky Katt - The 20 year reunion presentation of the 1993 coming of age comedy film 'Dazed and Confused', held at the Marchesa Hall and Theatre - Austin, Texas, United States - Wednesday 6th March 2013

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Matthew Mcconaughey and Richard Linklater - Matthew McConaughey and Director Richard Linklater Thursday 16th June 2011 at Los Angeles Film Festival Los Angeles, California

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Jack Black, Matthew Mcconaughey, Richard Linklater and Shirley Maclaine
Camila Alves and Matthew Mcconaughey
Camila Alves and Matthew Mcconaughey
Camila Alves and Matthew Mcconaughey
Camila Alves and Matthew Mcconaughey

Richard Linklater Wednesday 18th November 2009 Me & Orson Welles UK premiere held at the Vue cinema - red carpet arrivals London, England

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Me and Orson Welles Trailer


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Fast Food Nation Review


Very Good
A few weeks ago, it was announced by McDonald's that it would be making an unprecedented push towards "class." Amongst other things, it will be installing wireless internet in a large amount of its restaurants and changing décor into a mellow, art-friendly utopia for college students. Basically, it's tired of Starbucks being the only double-edged sword in the drawer. Sounds nice, but these aesthetic changes won't matter much in the face of the horrors depicted in Richard Linklater's Fast Food Nation.

Adapted from the inadaptable investigative best-seller by Eric Schlosser, Fast Food Nation sets a whirlwind of brouhaha in a small Colorado town. The town in question, Cody, doesn't really exist but neither does the fast food chain that started there, Mickey's (God that sounds familiar). Mickey's flagship meal is The Big One, an extra-large patty processed and shipped at a local meatpacking plant that employs illegal aliens like young couple Sylvia (the excellent Catalina Sandino Moreno) and Raul (a shockingly restrained Wilmer Valderrama). The Big One was thought up by Mickey's marketing whiz-kid Don Henderson (Greg Kinnear), who has been sent to Cody to investigate a high amount of fecal matter being found in the product that made him a success.

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Dazed And Confused Review


Extraordinary
This film started a number of careers, and it's definitely a classic and a high moment in the career of director Richard Linklater (also known for Slacker, the disappointing Before Sunrise, and the new Waking Life).

It is an entertaining fictionalization of high school graduation weekend of the senior class of 1976 in Linklater's former home city of Austin, Texas. Jocks, rednecks, cheerleaders, stoners, frosh, and the other high school demographic groups are all lovingly and respectfully rendered on Linklater's canvas. Though I didn't graduate until the mid-'80s, I'm pretty sure that the amount of pot smoking is this film is not exaggerated. And as evidence of the director's commitment to brutal realism, Foghat's "Slow Ride" is heard not once, not twice, but three times before the end of the movie. Rock on.

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Fast Food Nation Review


Very Good
A few weeks ago, it was announced by McDonald's that it would be making an unprecedented push towards "class." Amongst other things, it will be installing wireless internet in a large amount of its restaurants and changing décor into a mellow, art-friendly utopia for college students. Basically, it's tired of Starbucks being the only double-edged sword in the drawer. Sounds nice, but these aesthetic changes won't matter much in the face of the horrors depicted in Richard Linklater's Fast Food Nation.

Adapted from the inadaptable investigative best-seller by Eric Schlosser, Fast Food Nation sets a whirlwind of brouhaha in a small Colorado town. The town in question, Cody, doesn't really exist but neither does the fast food chain that started there, Mickey's (God that sounds familiar). Mickey's flagship meal is The Big One, an extra-large patty processed and shipped at a local meatpacking plant that employs illegal aliens like young couple Sylvia (the excellent Catalina Sandino Moreno) and Raul (a shockingly restrained Wilmer Valderrama). The Big One was thought up by Mickey's marketing whiz-kid Don Henderson (Greg Kinnear), who has been sent to Cody to investigate a high amount of fecal matter being found in the product that made him a success.

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A Scanner Darkly Review


Weak

When Richard Linklater released Waking Life in 2001, he became the granddaddy of a whole new kind of filmmaking process. The film had been shot and edited like a normal feature, then sent to computer jocks who basically painted over each frame, giving the images a surreal quality of undulating colors that fell somewhere between photography and animation -- an acid-trip philosophy lesson.

Linklater returns to the same technique once again (and for the last time, from what he has said, due to rampant production difficulties) for a much more literal acid trip. Based on the Philip K. Dick novel of the same name, A Scanner Darkly is a feature-length PSA on the evils of drugs and the potentially-as-damaging efforts to ferret them out of society.

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The Newton Boys Review


Very Good
Soon after we walked into the theater on opening night of The Newton Boys, I feared we had made a mistake. It seemed that the Leonardo's fan club had gotten lost, and instead of marching like lemmings into another screening of Titanic, these pre-ten girls had packed themselves into our cozy theater. The cries of "Oh baby" as soon as Matthew McConaughey appeared on screen, however, made me realize that they were simply looking for another cute young guy (or four) to gawk at.

The four young guys that our lovable preteens came to gawk at are McConaughey, Ethan Hawke, Skeet Ulrich, and Vincent D'Onofrio as Willis, Jess, Joe, and Dock Newton respectively. The Newton boys are you're stereotypical cowboys turned bank robbers who have decided that a home on the range isn't enough for them.

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Before Sunrise Review


Good
The hype surrounding this film by local wunderkind Richard Linklater has been hitting Austin for the past month, and I was really expecting Before Sunrise to be a great movie. The story is simple: Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) meet on the Eurail. They talk awhile, then Jesse woos her into getting off the train, where they spend his final night in Europe together in Vienna. Their relationship develops into a deep friendship, perhaps even love, over the course of the night. The next morning, Celine returns to the train station, and Jesse heads for the airport, and the movie's story is complete.

I have scarcely seen such genuine emotion portrayed on the screen, and the blooming romance between the two actors is absolutely believable. Unfortunately, often the dialogue is not. The hallmark of any Linklater film, people talk out of character as often as not, causing a number of the vignettes to fail with the audience. Also, the film's gruelingly slow pace made me check my watch far too many times. Thankfully these flaws don't detract from the film overmuch, but there are a few blemishes on this otherwise nice work.

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It's Impossible To Learn To Plow By Reading Books Review


Good
Richard Linklater's first (and little seen) film is as mentally unwieldy as its title. But under the cryptic title and Jarmusch-like non-narrative is an interesting -- if far from classic -- narrative on the boringness of daily life (at least for Gen X slackers). A direct precursor to Slacker, Linklater's characters here are far more unmotivated in life. At least in Slacker people are trying to do something -- even if it's fixing a car. Plow's characters are content to ride busses and watch TV, while Linklater's unblinking camera captures it all. As a meditation on life, solitude, and how mundane traveling can be it's got a little something to it, but as a narrative it offers a mere taste of what Linklater would become capable of. Shot on Super 8 and packaged on DVD with Criterion's release of Slacker.

Dazed And Confused Review


Extraordinary
This film started a number of careers, and it's definitely a classic and a high moment in the career of director Richard Linklater (also known for Slacker, the disappointing Before Sunrise, and the new Waking Life).

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Before Sunset Review


Excellent
Nine years ago, Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) turned a chance meeting on a train into a romantic 24 hours wandering the streets of Vienna. At the end of Richard Linklater's engaging Before Sunrise (1995), the young one-night lovers go their separate ways -- Jesse back to the U.S. and Celine back to France -- their hearts captured and the promise of their separate futures ahead of them.

Now, the pair meets again in this unlikely sequel that reunites the two stars with writer/director Linklater, returning to his do-it-yourself roots after the wild commercial success of his School of Rock. In Before Sunset, he stays true to his original characters while bringing them into an updated world where their lives may not be what either expected.

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30th July, 1960

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Richard Linklater Movies

Last Flag Flying Trailer

Last Flag Flying Trailer

After hearing about the tragic death of his Marine son during his service in the...

Everybody Wants Some!! Movie Review

Everybody Wants Some!! Movie Review

Richard Linklater loosely follows on from two of his most acclaimed films with this lively...

Everybody Wants Some Trailer

Everybody Wants Some Trailer

Dazed and Confused was a cult classic movie and now its director, Richard Linklater writes...

21 Years: Richard Linklater Trailer

21 Years: Richard Linklater Trailer

Indie filmmaking is one of the best niches to find super-talented directors and writers; and...

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21 Years: Richard Linklater Trailer

21 Years: Richard Linklater Trailer

Richard Linklater is well known in the film industry as one of the stand out...

Boyhood Movie Review

Boyhood Movie Review

By shooting this film over 12 years, writer-director Richard Linklater is able to explore family...

Boyhood Trailer

Boyhood Trailer

When Mason was an unwitting 6-year-old boy, he had no idea - like the rest...

Before Midnight Movie Review

Before Midnight Movie Review

It's been 18 years since Hawke, Delpy and Linklater introduced us to Jesse and Celine,...

Before Midnight Trailer

Before Midnight Trailer

Jesse and Celine return, though their love life is not what it once was. They...

Bernie Movie Review

Bernie Movie Review

Richard Linklater mixes comedy, drama and documentary to tell a frankly outrageous true story, and...

Bernie Trailer

Bernie Trailer

Bernie Tiede is a local mortician in a small town in Texas. He is a...

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