Richard Linklater Sortedby chilogy | created - 11 Mar 2012 | updated - 23 Sep 2012 | Public
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1. Dazed and Confused (1993)
R | 102 min | Comedy
The adventures of high school and junior high students on the last day of school in May 1976.
Votes: 136,158 | Gross: $7.99M
I like hanging out with these guys. In so many ways they are me and my friends growing up. I watch this film every few years and it always feels me and my buddies reminiscing about one crazy night. The dialogue, acting, and direction are all quiet and confident.
2. Waking Life (2001)
R | 99 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy
A man shuffles through a dream meeting various people and discussing the meanings and purposes of the universe.
Votes: 53,931 | Gross: $2.89M
Unlike Slacker, most of these conversations are interesting. Also, the problem of how to make a bunch of over-the-shoulder talking head shots visually interesting is not only handled brilliantly, but handled in a way that makes sense to the story and helps tell it. Never seems as pretentious as it probably should.
3. Bernie (2011)
PG-13 | 104 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime
In small-town Texas, an affable mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when she starts to become controlling, he goes to great lengths to separate himself from her grasp.
Votes: 50,880 | Gross: $9.20M
4. School of Rock (2003)
PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Family, Music
After being kicked out of a rock band, Dewey Finn becomes a substitute teacher of a strict elementary private school, only to try and turn it into a rock band.
Votes: 227,710 | Gross: $81.26M
Pretty basic story, but all the characters are likable and all the jokes land. It wasn't fantastic, but lived up to everything it tried to be. Fun.
5. A Scanner Darkly (2006)
R | 100 min | Animation, Crime, Drama
An undercover cop in a not-too-distant future becomes involved with a dangerous new drug and begins to lose his own identity as a result.
Votes: 95,672 | Gross: $5.50M
It definitely evokes paranoia. The animation is great. The acting is descent. Unfortunately, it doesn't all come together in the end. I honestly found it a bit tedious, even as many aspects of it impressed me.
6. Tape (2001)
R | 86 min | Drama
Three old high school friends meet in a Michigan motel room to dissect painful memories from their past.
Votes: 16,877 | Gross: $0.49M
Better dialogue and pacing could have made this much better. As it is, it's claustrophobic and messy. Made for cheap and looks it. Great concept, though.
7. Slacker (1991)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama
A day in the life of Austin, Texas as the camera roams from place to place and provides a brief look at the overeducated, the social misfits, the outcasts and the oddballs.
Votes: 16,701 | Gross: $1.23M
Some of the conversations are interesting, but most are dull and uninspired. If your film is all about dialogue, it has to be a bit better than this.