Tag Archives: Richard Linklater

Before Midnight

EVERYTHING’S BETTER WITH MATURITY. 18 years after Jesse and Celine (Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy) met for one night in Vienna in Before Sunrise (1995), we meet them again and things have changed. Now they’re a couple, with twin girls, on holiday in Greece. They are middle-aged and the conversations obviously look different, arguments revolving around … Continue reading Before Midnight

Boyhood: 12 Summers with Mason

12 YEARS IN THE MAKING.   The story of Boyhood takes place over 12 years, but the novel thing about it is that Richard Linklater shot the film over the course of 12 summers. In other words, the time span is real. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, co-producer John Sloss talked about the … Continue reading Boyhood: 12 Summers with Mason

Bernie

A STORY SO UNBELIEVABLE IT MUST BE TRUE.   In Carthage, Texas, a local mortician (Jack Black) becomes a companion to a much older, wealthy and generally disliked woman (Shirley MacLaine); when she disappears, the town’s sympathies are not necessarily with her. Richard Linklater based his black comedy on a newspaper article (written by Skip … Continue reading Bernie

A Scanner Darkly

WHAT DOES A SCANNER SEE? In the near future, an undercover cop posing as Bob Arctor (Keanu Reeves) shares a house with two slackers (Robert Downey, Jr., Woody Harrelson), but falls victim to a mind-altering drug, Substance D. Versatile director Richard Linklater’s take on the Philip K. Dick dystopia is oddly enough made with rotoscoped … Continue reading A Scanner Darkly

Bad News Bears

THE BASES ARE LOADED… SO IS THE COACH. Former NBL pro Morris Buttermaker (Billy Bob Thornton), who is now an alcoholic, unenthusiastically takes a job coaching a failing team of 12-year-olds. Thornton went from playing the coach in Friday Night Lights the previous year to doing this Bad Santa-nized remake of a 1976 Walter Matthau comedy. His character is quite similar … Continue reading Bad News Bears