We watched SLACKER(which is currently on Instant and highly recommended) this past weekend for our weekly movie night. An oddly serendipitous choice with the very recent announcement that Linklater's new film BERNIEwill open this year's L.A. Film Festival. SLACKER is such a great little film though. Love it. Was then inspired to dig out my Linklater DVDs and watch trailers for BEFORE SUNRISE, TAPE and WAKING LIFE. Got me thinking about his other films. SUBURBIA is a film I remember liking but not loving but to be fair it's been a while. I went looking for the DVD and was shocked to find there isn't one(even though a special edition may supposedly have been in the works several years ago). Not even Warner Archive has put it out. Thankfully, it's viewable through instant though(as are TAPE and a few other Linklater films). Very happy to see that. I find that TAPE tends to get lost in the shuffle of Linklater's filmography.Friedkin fans rejoice as his under-rated heist comedy THE BRINK'S JOB is now there for you to enjoy. Makes a nice double with BANK SHOT. In a similar vein(but better), If you've never heard of the Richard Dreyfuss detective flick THE BIG FIX, it is well worth your time(and almost never mentioned). I find it to be a great companion piece to THE LONG GOODBYE, and it's never been on DVD. As for other comedies, I've always been a fan of CAVEMAN. Lasty, I'm told that STANDING OVATION is a WTF movie of the highest order. It seems destined for cult classic status and comes to us from the director of MAC AND ME, ICE PIRATES, & MANNEQUIN 2: ON THE MOVE.
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