Remedial Reading: The Next Richard Linklater Movie

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Buoyed by the news that there’s a “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused on the way, GreenCine’s Vadim Rizov looks at the development of Richard Linklater‘s career. He casts his eye over some under-appreciated (and under-seen) movies:

What we have is a filmmaker who, after years of rejecting conventional narrative tools and building his own, has suddenly shown he’s actually quite apt at using those tools if he feels like it. The essential Linklater theme hasn’t changed at all: one person (or group of people) struggles to achieve individuality in an environment actively or passively hostile to that kind of self-definition. It’s the urge which drives Slacker, makes Pink such a pissed-off iconoclast for nothing in Dazed And Confused, and pushes Jack Black in School of Rock; above all, it’s actively turned into a system-vs.-individual plot in Scanner.

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