Richard Linklater

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5.0 It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books (1988)
6.0 Slacker (1991)
7.0 Dazed and Confused (1993)
6.8 Before Sunrise (1995)
6.0 SubUrbia (1996)
6.2 The Newton Boys (1998)
7.0 Waking Life (2001)
6.8 Tape (2001)
6.5 School of Rock (2003)
6.8 Before Sunset (2004)
5.0 Bad News Bears (2005)
6.4 A Scanner Darkly (2006)
6.0 Me and Orson Welles (2008)
6.9 Bernie (2011)
6.8 Before Midnight (2013)
7.0 Boyhood (2014)
5.8 Where'd You Go Bernadette (2019)

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Slacker (1990) e` una serie di storie di adolescenti cucite insieme da una serie di coincidenze. Il film, modellato sulla falsariga di Le Fantome de la Liberte`, presenta uno spaccato della giovane generazione.

Un ragazzo appena arrivato alla stazione vede un'auto investire una donna e poi fuggire. Il ragazzo si avvicina al corpo senza vita per prestare aiuto, ma una donna che sta facendo jogging gli intima di non toccare il corpo e di chiamare la polizia. Un uomo scende da un'auto, si disinteressa presto della vittima ma offre un passaggio all'attraente jogger.
L'auto che ha investito la vecchia parcheggia nella stessa strada. Il ragazzo che la guidava entra in casa in tempo per rispondere al telefono, in cui gli comunicano che la donna e` stata investita. Il ragazzo accende ceri a un'altare prima di essere arrestato.
Poi il film prende a girovagare per le strade. Un personaggio porta all'altro, ogni storia rimane incompiuta ma ne apre un'altra. Di ciascun personaggio Linklater mostra uno spaccato della sua vita e dei suoi amici.
Un ragazzo che tenta di impressionare una ragazza con le storie sul complotto per assassinare Kennedy porta a un esperto meccanico che sta riparando la sua auto che porta a un ex detenuto senza lavoro che porta a una giovane ladruncola che porta a un anziano bonario che offre un caffe` al nevrotico che tenta di rapinarlo... e cosi` via.
Richard Linklater

Dazed and Confused (1993)

Before Sunrise (1995)

SubUrbia (1996)

The Newton Boys (1998)

Waking Life (2001)

Tape (2001)

School of Rock (2003)

Before Sunset (2004) was a sequel to Before Sunrise (1995).

Bad News Bears (2005)

A Scanner Darkly (2006)

Me and Orson Welles (2008)

Bernie (2011)

Before Midnight (2013) was a sequel to Before Sunset (2004) that was a sequel to Before Sunrise (1995).

The very long Boyhood (2014), filmed between 2002 and 2013, follows a child's family from his boyhood till he enters college. It is impressive how the director managed to grow the characters over the years without losing the thread of the story, that flows smoothly like it was filmed in one take. The most interesting dimension is actually the technological one: throughout the years the devices change, from the videogame played on a computer with the big monitor via Facebook to the video chat on the smartphone.

Olivia is a divorced mother raising two children, Samantha and little Mason. Olivia has a boyfriend but has not time to date and blames it on her bad job, so she decides to move to a big city where she can go back to school and get a degree. She falls in love with one of the professors, Bill, who has two children of his own. They get married and all the children move into Bill's mansion. Bill, who drinks too much alcohol, is authoritarian and Olivia doesn't care because she's busy studying. Olivia's politically-leftist chronically-unemployed aspiring-musician chain-smoking ex-husband takes his children out for a day and they like him better than Bill. Bill eventually becomes an alcoholic and starts beating Olivia and harassing the children. One day Bill takes all the children in his car and starts driving like a maniac. Olivia has had enough: she takes Mason and Samantha and moves out, without even packing their belongings. They move into a friend's small house. Olivia's ex takes Samantha and Mason to a restaurant and, finding out that Samantha has a boyfriend, explains to the children how to avoid pregnancies, regretting that he became a father so early in life. Then he takes Mason to a wilderness where they camp. Mason in his high school goes through the usual routine: boys bully him and girls are attracted to him. Olivia teaches psychology at a college and has a boyfriend who is a war veteran, Jim. Soon Mason begins drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana and kissing girls. Olivia's ex remarries and has a baby from his new wife, and seems to have finally a good job. He actually likes Olivia's new boyfriend Jim. He takes the teenagers Samantha and Mason with his wife and the baby in his new van. Mason is actually disappointed that his father sold the old car: the father forgot that he promised that car to Mason. They visit his wife's parents who live in a farm. It's Mason's birthday and the old conservative couple gives him a special edition of the Bible and a shotgun that has been passed down the generations. His father has clearly changed, no longer the reckless liberal but a responsible average citizen. The family moves into Jim's house, who has a stable job. Jim, a former soldier who believes in hard work and discipline, disapproves of Samantha's and Mason's manners: Samantha is disrespectul of her mother and Mason is the bohemian artist. Mason has a girlfriend, Sheena. When Mason comes home late, Jim yells at him, reminding him that he's the one who pays the bills. Olivia breaks up with Jim and buys a house. Samantha is in college. Mason works a humble job washing dishes in a restaurant. Mason and Sheena drive to Samantha's college and crash at her dormitory's room. Samantha has a boyfriend. Mason is preparing to go to college, thanks to a prize that he won for photography, when he breaks up with Sheena. After a graduation party with the whole extended family, Olivia, having lost both Samantha and Mason to colleges, decides to sell the house. An immigrant recognizes Olivia as the woman who once advised him to get an education: he did so and now he has a good job and thanks her for her advice. When they pack to move, Olivia starts crying: the children are gone and she's going to be alone. Mason is in college now and bonds with his new friends by hiking in the wilderness.

Where'd You Go Bernadette (2019) was a mediocre adaptation of Maria Semple's best-selling novel.

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