"...Starring: a cast of hundreds. Slacker: The title of Richard Linklater's stroll through a day in the lives of a hundred-odd Austin limbo dwellers started as a joke shared by the first-time director and his tireless, unpaid crew -- “Get to work, you slacker!” -- and grew into a code word for the world the movie describes, the term that summed it up best..."
"...Austin freakrock legends Ed Hall are no more but that didn't stop Scott R. Meyers, the director of the Alamo Drafthouse's Slacker 2011 team, from re-weirding up the iconic Continental Club pickup scene...."
"...A couple of weeks ago, I referred to Slacker 2011 as a "potential trainwreck," to which co-producer Daniel Metz mock-sniffed, "That's not very nice." Well, he was right, and my speculation turned out to be totally wrong: Slacker 2011 was not only not a train wreck, but a very tender tribute indeed...."
"...With the world premiere of Slacker 2011 just a few days away, we thought it would be cool follow up our cover story with a few one-on-one interviews with some of the directors and actors involved in this uniquely complex production. First up, longtime Austin filmmaker and sometime Austin Chronicle contributor, Spencer Parsons...."
"...Back in May, we got the message: Flashmob at Mt. Bonnell to film the final scene for Slacker 2011..."
"...Richard Linklater's Slacker is among the 25 films added today to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Other films included on this year's list are Breakfast at Tiffany's, Dirty Harry, A Christmas Story, Born Yesterday, The Times of Harvey Milk, Two-Lane Blacktop, and The Matrix...."
"...Of all the scenes in Richard Linklater's Slacker, it's that last, celebratory sequence of loaded and functioning cameras being tossed over the edge of Mt. Bonnell that lodged in people's memories the most..."
"...Yeah, we know: Slacker is, like, so 1991 and so now. Fittingly, Slacker 2011 is just as zeitgeist-accurate as the film it pays homage to..."
"...We saved the best – or those interviews with the most spoilers, actually – for last. Following last night's enthusiastically received premiere of Slacker 2011 at the Paramount Theater, we conclude our series of Slackerchats with "TV Room" segment director Geoff Marslett and actor Heather Kafka...."
"...You might have seen the scads of Austin's finest filmmakers hitting the pavement, re-creating scenes from 1991's Slacker in service of the homage feature that premieres in August. But for now, let's go back to the source...."
"...What do you get when you mix an Austin classic, 23 of the freshest homegrown talent, and a very good cause indeed? Slacker 2011...."
"...slacker (slak'er), n. One that shirks work or responsibility, especially one that tries to evade military service during wartime...."
"...At last night's 20th anniversary screening of Slacker at Austin Studios, the trailer for Slacker 2011 premiered. As you may recall, it's a scene-by-scene redo of Richard Linklater's slack-classic..."
"...Starring: A Cast Of Hundreds. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the release of Slacker, all the old cast and crew members have been invited to turn out for the special Austin screening of a newly struck print..."
"...During the summer of 1989, Richard Linklater and a merry band of Austin filmmakers shot the movie that was eventually to become known as Slacker, a film that has over the years earned a reputation as a landmark American independent work, a narratively inventive and culturally significant film whose stature and influence is still widely felt. During the summer of 1990, Linklater booked the finished film into the Dobie Theatre for a self-supported run, where it continued to play to enthusiastic local audiences for an entire year..."
"...Like the city it depicts, Richard Linklater's Slacker sees no need for a traditional beginning, middle, and ending. It is instead a series of beginnings, repeated and added to over and over, continually redefining and reinterpreting itself..."
"...– "Dostoyevsky Wannabe," Slacker..."
"...On the occasion of Slacker's 20th anniversary year (profiled in this week's issue), we look back at 20 years' worth of Chronicle coverage...."
"...Just added to the official lineup of the January 2013 Sundance Film Festival is El Mariachi, the debut film by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and his talented producer Elizabeth Avellán. This screening from the Sundance Film Collection follows on the heels of the festival's commemorative screening of Slacker in 2011...."
"...Slacker 2011 may have been put together by a new generation of Austin film talent, but the original Slacker's helmer Richard Linklater took time at last week's premiere at the Paramount to acknowledge – and party down with – members from the original cast, pictured here. The prolific writer/director had some news of his own to share last week: Besides an anticipated fall release of his latest film, Bernie (starring Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine), the L.A..."
"...Ten years ago this summer, in 1989, Richard Linklater and crew took to the streets of Austin and filmed the now-classic movie Slacker. Little did anyone realize at the time that the movie would evolve into one of the defining landmarks of Austin's cultural history..."
"...Running out of gas is a bitch; running out of booze is murder,” warns a cryptic Texan in Pallotta’s first feature The High Road, and this character’s words provide the anthem for a group of four friends whose ennui probably will strike a familiar chord for more than a few Austinites, let alone the nation’s general population of twentysomethings. (Following its screening at the SXSW Film Festival, The High Road was also included in Lincoln Center’s prestigious Independents Nights series in New York City.) While its dialogue doesn’t move much beyond the scope of the gas/booze analogy, The High Road often captures those precarious moments when a slacker lifestyle seems both hazily glamorous and a little pathetic..."
"...Sal and his buddies may have had much of the spit and vinegar knocked out of them over the years, but they’re still standing and seeking to find their grooves within the contours of time. In Last Flag Flying, Richard Linklater – the director of Slacker, the Before trilogy, and the 12-years-in-the-making Boyhood chronicle – resumes his romance with the mysteries of time and maturation..."
"...When it’s brain-achingly frustrating (which it often is), that’s utterly deliberate. An arch commentary on both worthless indie ramblings and soulless studio sequels, it’s also oddly charming, marbling its indie intellectualism with Osborne’s goofy humor and aging slacker mournfulness...."
"...It’s possible while watching the enjoyable slacker comedy 7 Chinese Brothers, which stars Jason Schwartzman, to have the feeling of watching a loose follow-up to Wes Anderson’s 1998 film Rushmore, which also stars Schwartzman appearing in his screen debut as the film’s main character. The resonance is caused by the presence of Schwartzman, rather than being due to any similarity between the character the actor plays in each film or their plots or indistinguishability between the directors (though both Byington and Anderson share a fine ear for accompanying music choices and wry senses of humor)..."
"...Not only did it take a lot of trust for Linklater to undertake this project, which could have capsized in any number of ways over the years, credit must be given both to his cast for sticking with the film and carving out erratic but dedicated time in their schedules to make it happen, and to his distributor, IFC Films and its president Jonathan Sehring, for the unconventional financing, which offered no avenue for immediate gratification. The originality of Boyhood clearly extends beyond what we see up on the screen, and it’s this film – even more so than the career landmarks of Slacker and the Before trilogy – that will earn Linklater a place of immortality in the history books...."
"...More fresh meat for the Slacker nostalgia meal we've been happily snacking on all year: Criterion posted earlier today a series of Polaroids taken on set circa 1980...."
"...Hop moves forward with the same kind of insistent drumbeat that drives the film’s theme song, “I Want Candy.” Brand voices the animated rabbit E.B., the Easter Bunny in training, who aspires to become a famous drummer instead of a magical egg-delivery agent like his father before him. (Curiously, E.B’s dad, who is voiced by Laurie, explains that the Easter Bunny’s lineage goes back 4,000 years, a movie factoid that will come as news to those who witnessed Jesus’ resurrection some 2,000 years ago.) Marsden, as Fred O’Hare, heads up the live-action portion of Hop as a slacker whose disinterest in gainful employment disappoints his parents (the woefully underused Cole and Perkins)..."
"...You can easily imagine the pitch as something along the lines of "Things to Do in Philly When You're Black, Brown, or Dead," plus or minus a few stray ricochets from the Guy Ritchie and Quentin Tarantino schools of utterly improbably coincidence (not that Next Day Air features either the the roguish gutter panache of Ritchie or the psychotronic smarts of QT). Long story short: Sinsemilla fiend and package-delivery driver Leo (Scrubs’ Faison) drops off a snootload of blow to the wrong apartment, which is good news for slacker ne'er-do-wells Guch (Harris), Buddy (McCrary), and Brody (Epps), who stupidly assume they can get away with selling it to minor drug kingpin Shavoo (Hardwick)..."
"...With its frenetic car chases; its near-erotic fascination with explosions, gadgets, and guns; and its improbable and, in the end, totally disposable storyline, it’s the very definition of a summer blockbuster: good, manic fun plus a heavy dose of political intrigue adding up to two hours of clamorous, mind-numbing nonsense. Had Will Smith agreed to play the role of Jerry Shaw, a sweet-talking slacker with a chip on his shoulder who gets dragged pissing and moaning in to a violent conspiracy against the U.S..."
"...Together the two lonely souls wander the streets of Los Angeles (lovingly captured in stunning black and white by cinematographer Robert Murphy, who shoots L.A. the way others used to shoot New York: with awe) talking and talking and talking – about life and love and family and all those other things characters in post-Slacker indie films love to talk about..."
"...Step Brothers arrives with assorted choice crew members from Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby in place, including writer/director McKay, cinematographer Oliver Wood, and current comedy godhead, producer Judd Apatow. Ferrell and Reilly play Brennan and Dale, slacker layabouts with the hypercompetitive temperaments of 12-year-old bully-magnets who reluctantly become best stepbrothers forever when Brennan's mom (Steenburgen) marries Dale's dad (Jenkins)..."
"...In this follow-up film by Baumbach, however, it’s difficult – sometimes impossible – to find any rapport with someone like Margot (Kidman), a caustic short-story writer who frequently refers to others as stupid, including her own adolescent son, Claude (Pais). Shortly after arriving at the Long Island family home for the wedding of her estranged sister, Pauline (Leigh), to a hopeless slacker (a miscast Black), she begins to wreak emotional havoc with everyone within her sphere of contact: family, friends, even total strangers..."
"...The fact that it's tolerable at all owes much to the amiable nerd panache of chunky lead Fogler (School for Scoundrels). As the former pingpong prodigy Randy Daytona, he's such a sweet-natured slacker that you can't help but root for him when he gets a chance to beat down some personal demons by going ball-to-ball with childhood nemesis Karl Wolfschtagg (Lennon, wielding a Werner Klemperer accent as though it were a clever comic gambit, which it is)..."
"...Starring: Dane Cook, Jessica Simpson, Dax Shepard, Efren Ramirez, Tim Bagley, Andy Dick, Harland Williams and Brian George. Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle proved that the stoner/slacker comedy genre can generate films of sublime humor, if only once every 10 years or so..."
"...But who wants education advice from the creators of such a witless, uninspired excuse for a college comedy? Said school, dubbed the South Harmon Institute of Technology (uh oh, look what the acronym spells!), is the brainchild of Bartleby Gaines (played by Long, from those PC vs. Mac commercials), a slacker who received rejection from every college to which he applied..."
"...As the titular college student drifting through his seventh collegiate year, he's the go-to party guy, the scammer, the BMOC with all the angles and the wherewithal to play them. Reynolds is best known for his work on ABC's Two Guys and a Girl, and he uses the same easy smile and laconic grace here; he's the anti-frat, a slick, know-it-all slacker with just enough good fortune to make the grade and keep out of the dean's way..."
"...However, the standout is Vilches, a former circus performer who makes his film debut here. He's a fine discovery, with the goofy, hollow-chested aplomb of an authentic teenage slacker and a face that's neither dorky nor graceful -- yet is often both..."
"...And Bill Murray's Polonius is so delightfully coy and self-satisfied that this performance is reason alone to see the picture. Hawke plays Hamlet as a slacker prince, clearly affected by his youthfulness and callow emotional state..."
"...Melissa Joan Hart makes her big-screen debut as Nicole Maris, an adorable teenage fuss-budget agonizing over who will take her to the upcoming “Centennial Celebration.” When her best-laid plans go, you know, awry or whatever, she transforms her cynical, floppy-haired prankster of a next-door neighbor into the “perfect prom date.” With moussed hair, plenty of Gap attire, and singing REO Speedwagon in the car, Chase (Grenier) looks more like the perfect prom date for George Michael, but never mind. Even stripped of his flyaway locks and slacker good looks, Grenier is undoubtedly the best part of the movie, exuding a sly confidence and charm that simply deserves a better film..."
"...Like nearly all Sandler's characters to date, Sonny is a chronic underachiever with a kid-sized chip on his shoulder, content to drift through life shooting hoops, ogling women, and hanging out with his sad-sack pals day after day after day. For Sonny, though, it all changes when two things occur almost simultaneously to reverse his uber-slacker attitude..."
"...This sort of moist laff-in recalls the early, gooier work of Kiwi auteur Peter Jackson (Bad Taste, Dead/Alive) but with a more Americanized view of things. Sawa plays Anton, a dead-end slacker whose daily grind consists of little more than eating, sleeping, and watching cartoons on television while staying blissfully stoned 24/7..."
"...Starring: Lyn Vaus, Sandi Carroll and Job Emerson. Brillo-haired, lizard-lidded Lyn Vaus is what you might call the definitive slacker: homeless, jobless, scamming free meals off Hare Krishnas, trudging around Boston's bohemia shooting video of his layabout friends for a dubious-sounding movie that will “define our generation.” His ultimate dream in life? Trekking to remote Patagonia for a bonding experience with -- but of course -- the Giant Sloth of Indian legend..."
"...Another in what may be a steady stream of films shot in Austin and featuring the exploits of those lovable goofs, the twentysomething Generation, Shameless is the story of three friends caught up in a very Austin love triangle. Rhodes (whom you may remember from Richard Linklater's Slacker) is an architecture grad student who meets Nogales and winds up falling for her spacey, kleptomaniac roommate (Karp)..."
"...Not just any Fifties Teen Idol, mind you, but one personified by the gospel according to that Travelin' Man, Dream Lover himself, Rick Nelson. Johnny's spiritual quest away from the malaise of moldy mayonnaise and withered carrots in his dingy fridge, and his slacker subsistence derived from painting buildings with a buddy (Levels) takes to the high road when he is divinely bestowed with the hippest, coolest black suede shoes this side of rockabilly heaven..."
"...Sometimes it works, but more often than not, it's just cute. In the editing, the characters, general style and attitude, Crowe seems to have drawn heavily from Slacker for inspiration, but in his insecure reliance on traditional narrative and Hollywood convention, he undermines his more interesting experimentations..."
"...Another entry into the burgeoning ranks of the American New Wave, ...Prophets is a road movie for the Nineties that recalls the archaic escapades of Bob Hope, Easy Rider, and others while also fitting neatly into the ranks of the New Wave -- right alongside W.T. Morgan's A Matter of Degrees, Hal Hartley's The Unbelievable Truth, and Rick Linklater's Slacker, among others..."
"...Perrhaps it's just me, but it seems as though there's some sort of new wave sweeping through American independent filmmaking. Small, no-to-low budget films such as Three Bewildered People in the Night, The Unbelievable Truth, Trust, and yes, even Austin's own Slacker are proving that you don't need millions of dollars and “name” actors to create a compelling (or at least marginally interesting) film..."