Friday, September 08, 2006

Movie Pick :: Slacker.

Over the past couple nights I took in Slacker - I don't know how I didn't know about this movie in college. There should be a city-wide bi-law that you have to watch this movie sometime during your stay in Austin. It is basically Linklater's ode to Austin. This is Linklater's (Scanner Darkly, Waking Life, Dazed and Confused) first film - it was made in 1991 and wow has Austin changed since this came out. West Campus is all over this movie (The Castle is in a ton of shots). Tons of background campus shots and a scene in the Continental Club as well. This movie is kinda hard to wrap your head around - tons of idealist dialogue - it's sometimes hard to swallow. If you have seen Waking Life, you know what I am talking about.
The one thing that echoes throughout the whole film is it's sincerity. The nature of the dialogue is almost as unique as the characters that inhabit the film. If you have spent any considerable time Austin... you can instantly identify characters in the film people you have encountered. You should definitely check it out. It's a solid film, and interesting to see such an intricate study of Austin.


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