Dazed and Confused

Dazed and Confused ★★★★

Jerry Seinfeld made a TV show about nothing, but Richard Linklater has made a career out of films about nothing.

This didn't have quite the depth that I loved in "Everybody Wants Some!!", and it didn't feel like such an enjoyable time either, but it's still such a fun movie. The only real complaint I have is that the ending felt a little weird, and I don't know why it wasn't like 20 seconds shorter. Beyond that, it's basically just that the movie should've also never ended. That's what I love about these movies, there's no urgency or anything and it feels like they could go on forever if they wanted to. That's something I loved about "Boyhood", it was a 3 hour long Linklater movie. I feel like these should all be super-long, maybe even made into TV shows or at least a mini-series kind of thing. You can just chill out and throw on a Linklater movie and let it take over, you get involved in the characters and soak into the atmosphere while they just happen around you. These people really don't feel like they're characters in a movie, you feel like these are genuine people having fun times you're just witnessing. It's such a unique approach to film making that is never truly duplicated. Either you don't do it at all, you do it really badly, or you're Richard Linklater.

I've been kind of thinking about why I like movies a lot lately, and I feel like I've really been figuring out exactly what my tastes are. These Linklater movies have been a big part of that, especially compared to filmmakers who I see constant praise for but I personally don't understand (ex. Paul Thomas Anderson, David Fincher). I've come to some kind of realisation about this, and seeing just how much heart and soul are poured into Linklater's films in comparison to what I feel I get out of PT Anderson's really put into perspective just what a movie is to me. This is just a rambling tangent about what's been on my mind lately, but I don't know. These kind of movies Linklater makes really do leave a significant impact on me in a way similar directors don't tend to, and it really makes me respect the level of feeling and craftsmanship put into these movies in particular. They're just great.

And I also figured out Linklater is basically the same person as Terrence Malick but that's something for another day.

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