Thursday, August 23, 2012

100 Movies That Make Me Love Film: 67. Dazed and Confused

There are a few movies that are now cliche’ college dorm poster requirements. Scarface is a big one, Boondock Saints is another, however one of the more popular ones is Dazed and Confused... specifically the weird Smiley face.

I remember hearing the soundtrack for years before I actually saw the movie, and it’s a great soundtrack. I was always familiar with the VHS case but it really didn’t make me immediately interested in the film. It was around the time that I discovered Clerks that I started seeking out films of a similar “all in one day” vibe. I assume it was a student that recommended this particular film but I’m glad they did.

Not much happens in the movie (like many other Richard Linklater films) as far as plotlines go. The film follows a group of students on the last day of school, specifically the Juniors turned Seniors hazing the 8th graders turned Freshmen.Eventually the hazing turns into drinking, smoking joints and listening to rock’n’roll around the town. 

That’s literally the whole movie. There’s no major character developments, assholes remain assholes, a few relationships blossom but in general it’s just a snapshot of someone’s day. 

The Film has the bragging rights of casting many future superstars including Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Parker Posey and Matthew McConaughey. The film has a few memorable quotes and moments but mostly it’s just how much it stinks of Nostalgia. Films like this are Linklater at his best.

Matt Kelly can also be found hosting The Saint Mort Show, Co-hosting the Reddit Horror Club Podcast, Writing for Geekscape,Tweeting and running Dollar Monday Promotions.

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