In the winter of 1995 Richard Linklater’s transcontinental love trilogy premiered with the eternally perfect Before Sunrise, breaking hearts everywhere. And since, that film and it’s following Before Sunset and Before Midnight have played out as the epitome of rare requited love thwarted by time and space. We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again that when you watch these films, for all the tears you cannot help but shed, you’re always left with the pangs of hopefulness. It excites something in you and tickles your heart to know that somewhere on a tram in Europe, your ideal soulmate could be pensively starring out a window wondering if there’s something he’s missing.
But before those, there was Linklater’s now beloved Dazed and Confused and Slacker. And in the video below from 1995, you can see watch the director in an hour long interview in which he talks philosophy, independent cinema, youth, and more. Enjoy.
Hey, man: self-promotion is tough. And if you’re the PR point person for a few different bands, that’s even tougher. Toughest of all might be trying to generate PR buzz for all eight of the bands you represent, all of which are performing twice at SXSW next week. Unfortunately, I can’t help. You see, I’m not going to SXSW. Not to see films, or hear music, or gawk at new technology. None of it.
“But,” you will interject, “aren’t you a pop culture writer? And isn’t SXSW, for the briefest of moments, going to be the undisputed epicenter of American pop culture?” Yes, exactly: who could stand to be in such a place? And I’ve seen Slacker enough times (once) to want to avoid Austin, Texas, for completely separate reasons.
I’m really sorry, though: I know a lot of you strangers had your hearts set on “meeting up” or “getting together” or “checking in,” mostly because you keep emailing me about it. I’m not entirely sure what we would do once we made contact—stand on line outside a crowded bar and wait to get arrested for blocking a fire lane, I’d guess—but it’s just not in the cards. Maybe next year.
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