Classic Movie Of The Week: Slacker (1991)

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Starring: Richard Linklater, Rudy Basquez, Jean Caffeine, Jan Hockey

Director: Richard Linklater

Writer/Director Richard Linklaters second film, it depicts one day in Austin, Texas, following a bunch of 90’s space cadets around town as they spout diatribes about JFK assassinations, UFO sightings, government conspiracies, and discuss a jar that may contain Madonna’s pap smear.

You might know Linklater for his later work on the Before Sunrise trilogy with Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke or for Boyhood. Here he is finding his feet and certainly his tone, though it’s a very different film than those.

What I love about it is that it sums up the 90’s so well, though this wasn’t his intent (it couldn’t have been as it was released in 91, at the start of the decade). All the paranoia about government conspiracies and aliens are here, which would come to fruition in series like the…

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