Friday, September 4, 2009

My Top 5 Richard Linklater Films...

Richard Stuart Linklater (born July 30, 1960) is an Academy Award-nominated American film director and screenwriter. Linklater was born in Houston, Texas. He studied at Sam Houston State University and left midway through his stint in college to work on an off-shore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. While working on the rig he read a lot of literature, but on land he developed a love of film through repeated visits to a repertory theater in Houston. It was at this point that Linklater realized he wanted to be a filmmaker. After his job on the oil rig, Linklater used the money he had saved to buy a Super-8 camera, a projector, and some editing equipment, and moved to Austin. It was there that the aspiring cineaste founded the Austin Film Society and grew to appreciate such stylized auteurs like Robert Bresson, Yasujiro Ozu, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Nagisa Oshima, and Josef Von Sternberg.

(in order)

1. Dazed & Confused (1993)

2. Scanner Darkly (2006)

3. Waking Life (2001)

4. Slacker (1991)

5. Before Sunrise (1995)

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