The Lovefest that is 21 Years: Richard Linklater
21 Years: Richard Linklater
Directed by Michael Dunaway and Tara Wood
A lovefest about the first segment of Richard Linklater’s career which takes us through the Before movies, but cuts off before Boyhood .* It’s mostly men talking** but a lot of good stories are told and many of them are animated in an amusing style.*** Aside from hearing new things about movies that I love, I felt by the end that I had a greater appreciation of the variety of films Linklater makes.
The verdict: Good
Assuming 1) You are familiar with most of Linklater’s films, and 2) You like them.
Cost: free via Kanopy
Where watched: at home
Consider also watching:
- If you like Tarantino there’s a 21 Years retrospective of his work by Tara Wood, one of the directors: QT8: The First Eight
*Which they were still calling the twelve-year project.
**This makes sense given that most of his films focus on the male experience, but I could have used more from Julie Delpy (probably quoted the most) Parker Posey, and Joey Lauren Adams. Or, how about instead of the Duplass brothers, Kevin Smith, and Jason Reiteman (as much as I enjoyed them) interview some female directors to hear how Linklater’s films influenced them.
**Ethan Hawk knows how to tell a story as do Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, and Billy Bob Thornton.
- What’s your favorite Linklater film?
- What do you think is his most offbeat offering?
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