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Culture, The Exhibitionist Richard Linklater Talks About His <i>Boyhood</i>

Richard Linklater Talks About His Boyhood

Indie stalwart Richard Linklater's new movie Boyhood is an insouciant epic -- a 12-year slice of life that actually took 12 years to shoot. It's such a simple idea, yet also unprecedented, perhaps because it needed Linklater to come…
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Film, "Boyhood": The Neverending Story, Told Quietly

"Boyhood": The Neverending Story, Told Quietly

In Richard Linklater's marvelous new film, a Texas schoolboy, played by Ellar Coltrane, grows up right before our eyes. He's 18 when the movie ends, and it transparently took a dozen years to make. Where does the time go? Maybe…
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Calendar, Night&Day Independent Boyhood

Independent Boyhood

The San Francisco International Film Festival has been with Richard Linklater from the beginning. When Slacker screened in 1991, its triumph — from a former oil-rig worker in Texas, no less — heralded a new era for independent film.…
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Film, "Computer Chess": The Whole Technology Debate, Circa 1980

"Computer Chess": The Whole Technology Debate, Circa 1980

Andrew Bujalski's thought-provoking Computer Chess is a throwback to an era when computers were still abstract to the general public, bulky beige machines with mysterious and possibly sinister applications. Shot on a 1969-vintage video camera with mostly non-actors, the picture…
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Film, "Before Midnight": Married, With Beauty

"Before Midnight": Married, With Beauty

Ever notice how when someone mentions that they've been married for a decade or more, the general reaction is not, "Well, of course you're still together, because marriage is a sacred covenant with God which no man may put asunder,"…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist New Travel Series Features S.F., Is Like <i>Sesame Street</i> Orchestrated by the Beastie Boys

New Travel Series Features S.F., Is Like Sesame Street Orchestrated by the Beastie Boys

In The Cruise, a 1998 documentary about a double-decker bus tour guide, we meet Timothy "Speed" Levitch, a precocious, frizzy-haired, motor-mouthed eccentric who roams the streets of Manhattan on a quest for existential answers. He comes off almost gimmicky at…
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Calendar, Night&Day Situationist Comedy

Situationist Comedy

"Religion undoubtedly surpasses every other human activity in sheer quantity and variety of bullshit," Ken Knabb wrote in 1978. It's Knabb's own lack of, er, bunk that's helped him rally would-be radicals around his area of expertise, a Paris-born, Marx-bred…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Me and Orson Welles</i>

Me and Orson Welles

Orson Welles lives on not only in posthumously restored director's cuts of his movies but as a character in other people’s novels, plays, and films—notably Richard Linklater's deft, affectionate, and unexpectedly enjoyable Me and Orson Welles. Adapted from a novel…
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Film, Richard Linklater's <i>Orson Welles</i> puts on quite a show

Richard Linklater's Orson Welles puts on quite a show

The most significant American artist before Andy Warhol to take "the media" as his medium, Orson Welles lives on not only in posthumously restored director's cuts of his rereleased movies but also as a character in other people's novels, plays,…
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Film, After Sunrise

After Sunrise

Back in 1995, Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise gave flesh to a Yank's fantasy of worldly European womanhood: Julie Delpy's Celine, a sprite who materialized on a passenger train for one sweet Viennese night of courtship and flirtation, as if willed…
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Film, There's the Beef

There's the Beef

Fast Food Nation, directed by Richard Linklater from Eric Schlosser's 2001 best-selling exposé of the McDonald's conspiracy, is an anti-commercial. It's designed to kill desire and deprogram the viewer's appetite. Linklater — who, along with Steven Soderbergh and Gus Van…
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Film, Truly, Madly, <i>Darkly</i>

Truly, Madly, Darkly

Slipped into the summer movie season like acid in your happy meal, Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly is a blockbuster of counterprogramming. No matter that the dude from The Matrix is its star — or would be, if he weren't…
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Film, Bad News

Bad News

Going to the theater this summer has been like stepping into a time machine in which your fondest childhood memories are retooled by cynics and sadists. Bewitched, Herbie: Fully Loaded, last week's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and now Bad…
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Film, Hell of a Catch

Hell of a Catch

There are at least three movies contained within the covers of H.G. Bissinger's best-selling 1990 nonfiction book Friday Night Lights. One is concerned with the socioeconomic life of a small West Texas town built on the wobbly foundations of oil…
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Film, Wide Awake in America

Wide Awake in America

If you're a college freshman, don't read this. Just grab your newfound peers and go see Richard Linklater's latest movie, Waking Life, then head off to one of those ethereal late-night dining establishments for which you'll desperately pine once the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Fingerpickin' Good

Fingerpickin' Good

The tuba confuses the punks, and the Iggy Pop covers tend to baffle the old folks, but by the end of their live shows, Austin's Bad Livers have usually won everyone over, whether they're playing a bluegrass festival or a…
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Suburban Renewal

I'm sitting there in the dark of the movie theater, slightly confused, wondering what's wrong in Suburbia. Richard Linklater's new film captures hauntingly well the sick-of-it-all restlessness and cruelty of bored post-adolescents trapped in a world of strip malls and…
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