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Slackers
Here's an image I'll never get out of my head: Michael C. Maronna (“Stuart” from those Ameritrade commercials) singing a duet of “She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain (When She...

Film Review  February 1, 2002, by Marrit Ingman
"...Maronna (“Stuart” from those Ameritrade commercials) singing a duet of “She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain (When She Comes)” with a lip-synching sock puppet -- worn over his penis -- framed by ginger-colored pubes shown at length in a close-up. Like much of Slackers, a singularly distasteful campus romp, the scene is pointless and painfully unfunny, another example of how outré bad taste stands in for comedy in the youth-oriented formula farce..."

Viva Les Slackers!
Viva Les Amis and Slacker 2011 double-team
DAILY Screens  August 8, 2011, by Marc Savlov


7 Chinese Brothers
Jason Schwartzman stars in this comedy from droll Austin auteur Bob Byington
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Film Review  September 4, 2015, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The humor is less arch than in his previous comedies (among them Somebody up There Likes Me, Harmony and Me, and RSO [Registered Sex Offender]), and it’s plentiful and less diffuse than in his earlier works. And even though Austin slackers have become a familiar character subset in modern independent films, Byington and Schwartzman have created a personality who stands out despite himself...."

Bellflower
Hellaciously original, this low-budget, post-apocalyptic film looks like no other in recent memory.
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Film Review  August 12, 2011, by Marc Savlov
"..."You can run, but you can't hide," spieled the Mohawked leatherman Wez in the latter, which is about as apt a description as you're likely to find of the testosterone-and-Max-fueled friendship at the heart of the hellaciously original Bellflower. Southern California slackers Woodrow (writer/director Glodell) and Aiden (Dawson) are fixated (well past the point of normalcy) on Miller's post-apocalyptic, Eighties-era scenarios..."

'The Last Supper'
Chainsaws, Slackers, and Spy Kids: 30 Years of Filmmaking in Austin, Texas: an excerpt
Screens Story  February 26, 2010, by Alison Macor
"...From the book Chainsaws, Slackers, and Spy Kids: 30 Years of Filmmaking in Austin, Texas by Alison Macor. Copyright 2010 by Alison Macor..."

Slacker, the Map
It's been over a decade since Slacker premiered at the Dobie Theater. Since then, the lifestyle it celebrated is largely gone, along with the locations it helped make famous. In this "Slacker map," we look at what's disappeared and what's endured.
Screens Story  January 26, 2001, by Marc Savlov
"...Slacker cameraman Clark Walker wrote -- also in the Slacker book -- that the term had become a handy catch-all word. "In a sense, we were all slackers," he writes..."

The Aliens
This fierce work of theatre feels like unrehearsed life at its most casual and intense
Arts Review  April 6, 2012, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...That's The Aliens, Baker's Obie-winning comedy from 2010, currently turning HPT's stage into the backyard of a Vermont coffeeshop called the Green Sheep (designed here by Ia Ensterä) wherein two early-30s slackers (KJ and Jasper) hang out interminably and ... well, that's really all they do: hang out..."

Moving Pictures
Alison Macor charts 30 years of Austin history, one film at a time
Screens Story  February 26, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"..."I'd been covering the Austin film scene at that point for about six years or so," Macor said, "and I just thought, 'Well, is there a story here that I want to write?'" That was 2001. Nine years later, on the eve of the publication of Macor's Chainsaws, Slackers, and Spy Kids: 30 Years of Filmmaking in Austin, Texas (UT Press), the answer, it seems, is a qualified yes..."

Slack Where We Started
Richard Linklater and John Pierson Ponder 'Slacker' and Its Aftermath
Screens Story  June 29, 2001, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The first was published July 27, 1990, when Slacker opened at the Dobie, and contained a story, review, and interview with Linklater by Chris Walters. The second appeared on September 20, 1991, and contained Walters' profiles of some of the movie's slackers (an idea spawned by Chronicle editor Louis Black, who also has a role in Slacker), which were later expanded into book form..."

Split Screen and Nineties Indie Film
AFS celebrates John Pierson’s seminal IFC show
Screens Story  June 8, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...Episode 1 opened with John – shaggy hair, big, round glasses – hanging out with Spike Lee in front of the old Bleecker Street Cinema, talking about changing the sign on the front and hunting mice in the back. It was the TV spin-off of Pierson's book Spike, Mike, Slackers & Dykes: A Guided Tour Across a Decade of American Independent Cinema, allowing him and his cohorts and collaborators to further champion the indie scene..."

Song to Song
Malick takes on the Austin music scene (sort of)
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Film Review  March 24, 2017, by Kimberley Jones
"...But to quote young Faye, “any experience is better than no experience,” and Song to Song offers two virgin experiences to willing viewers. We’ve seen the slackers, the cosmic cowboys, all that onscreen before, but this is an entirely different Austin being put down for posterity: moneyed Austin..."

Love & Friendship
What took Whit Stillman and Jane Austen so long to find each other?
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Film Review  May 27, 2016, by Kimberley Jones
"...Back in the American independent film movement of the Nineties, Whit Stillman’s bemused comedies about the affluent, or affluent-adjacent – Metropolitan, Last Days of Disco, and Barcelona – were exotic outliers. Indie film only cared about class in relation to class warfare, and Stillman’s deb balls and Hampshire College grads were odd bedfellows with the era’s ascending slackers, clerks, and small-time crooks..."

The Way We Ate
'Historic Austin Restaurants': an excerpt
Food Story  November 1, 2013
"...In her newly published Historic Austin Restaurants: Capital Cuisine Through the Generations, longtime Austin Chronicle contributor Melanie Haupt traces the history of Austin through the lens of its iconic restaurants and dining trends. When we asked Melanie for an excerpt from her book, she chose a passage on the evolution of campus-area eating in the Nineties, explaining, "Because my entrance into the Austin restaurant scene was via UT and the Drag, the changes in this particular area are particularly poignant." The 1990's: Slackers and Techies and Rising Rents..."

Knocked Up
Although it’s extremely funny in bursts, Judd Apatow's new comedy flirts once too often with schmaltz before toppling into melodrama in its third act.
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Film Review  June 1, 2007, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...Ben Stone (Rogen) is such a male: a scruffy, round-faced, good-natured schlub who uses his deadpan wit as a defense mechanism against a world that often doesn’t put much stock in being scruffy or even good-natured. To give Ben some friendly cover, writer/director Apatow surrounds him with a juvenile band of like-minded slackers, played by actors from his cult-favorite TV shows Freaks & Geeks and Undeclared and his 2005 movie, The 40 Year-Old Virgin..."

Page Two: Things Blow Up for No Reason
Still weekly, free, and a little stunned, we enter our 25th year
Columns  July 21, 2006, by Louis Black
"...There was no holy vision or tremendous sense of destiny, no celestial visitation or moment of true clarity. The evolution was so mundane, so of a bunch of older slackers (in Richard Linklater's film's sense of the word) who dabbled and dawdled..."

Chapter 1: Before the Beginning
The Austin Chronicle is founded and struggles quite a bit.
Features Story  September 7, 2001
"...And I never once saw the man wear a pair of long pants, not even in the dead of winter. These two, as editor and publisher of a biweekly publication? I had my doubts.Mark McKinnon In the late Seventies at The Daily Texan, Nick Barbaro and Louis Black were slackers before slackers were cool..."

Strange Brew
Bob and Doug McKenzie, SCTV's beer-guzzling Canadian brothers, broke out of their TV-sketch format to star in this feature-length movie written and directed by their alter egos, Thomas and Moranis.
Film Review  May 11, 2000, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Starring: Dave Thomas, Rick Moranis, Max Von Sydow, Paul Dooley, Lynne Griffin and Mel Blanc. You remember the McKenzie Brothers from SCTV, Bob and Doug, those beer-guzzling Canadian slackers who broke out of their TV-sketch format to star in this feature-length movie written and directed by their alter egos Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis..."

Public Notice
Welcome to Austin; Now Go Home
Columns  March 20, 1998, by Kate X Messer
"...AAA (maps for the way home...): 444-4757 They May Be Slackers... But They're Our Slackers..."

The View From Here
John Pierson's Split Screen
Screens Story  March 7, 1997, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...His track record, acumen, and perspective are exceptional. Last year he published Spike, Mike, Slackers & Dykes: A Guided Tour Across a Decade of Independent Cinema (Hyperion), an anecdotal and entertaining account of his experiences in the indie film world that nevertheless analyzes and distills much of what he has learned about the business along the way..."

Also Starring Austin Makes ATX the Star
Mike Blizzard’s cinematic history finds more than just slackers
Screens Story  October 25, 2018, by Julian DeBerry


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