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21 Years: Richard Linklater (2014)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography | 7 November 2014 (USA)
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It's been said that the first 21 years defines the career of an artist. Few directors have single-handedly shaken up the film establishment like the godfather of indie, Richard Linklater. From the groundbreaking SLACKER to his innovative BOYHOOD, Linklater has just reached the 21-year mark and has unapologetically carved his signature into American pop culture. This compelling documentary takes you on a behind the scenes tour into Linklater's style, skills, and motivation via his friends, actors, and other directors. Get a raw and honest perspective on Richard through candid conversations with Ethan Hawke, Jack Black, Keanu Reeves, Billy Bob Thornton, Matthew McConaughey, Jason Reitman, Julie Delpy and others, and see their stories brought to life through hilarious animated sequences. For a guy who became famous for celebrating the cool and casual, Linklater emerges as a surprisingly strategic and visionary director who has already established a legacy and perfected a style that can't... Written by Anonymous

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A solid documentary on one of the premier directors in independent cinema
3 March 2015 | by (San Antonio) – See all my reviews

This documentary focuses on the filmography of Richard Linklater who is possibly one of the most influential names in independent cinema in the United States. His career has spanned two decades and he has delivered an eclectic array of films from Slacker, School of Rock, A Scanner Darkly, and Boyhood. This documentary has plenty of interviews of his constant collaborators like Matthew McConaughey, Jack Black, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy.

Good: This is a fun documentary as it talks about Linklater's most influential and popular films. It combines some fun animated skits between the interviews as the actors discuss Linklater and their roles. It is very informative and it might possess you to watch his films whether you have seen them or not.

Bad: If you know about Linklater's films, then this will be nothing new. I would have also loved to learn more about the man himself on a personal level.

Overall, if you are a fan of Linklater, this is a good documentary to get to know about the man even if its superficial in terms of information.


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