BEFORE MIDNIGHT
2013, Sony Pictures Classics, 109 min, USA, Dir: Richard Linklater

The third film in Richard Linklater’s trilogy (following BEFORE SUNRISE and BEFORE SUNSET) is quite possibly the best in its hilarious, devastating, and ultimately poignant depiction of the complexities of long-term commitment. Eight years after we last saw them, Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) have left their previous lives behind to be together at last - but does getting everything they wished for bring them happiness? In answering the question, Linklater crafts his most romantic and unblinkingly truthful film to date.


WAKING LIFE
2001, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 99 min, USA, Dir: Richard Linklater

Director Richard Linklater filmed his actors and then rotoscoped the footage to produce this surreal and cerebral animated wonder. Philosophical conversations between a young man (Wiley Wiggins) and the unusual characters he encounters cause him to question whether he is actually asleep or awake; among the actors, artists and thinkers heard here are Steven Soderbergh, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. “A work of cinematic art in which form and structure pursues the logic-defying (parallel) subjects of dreaming and moviegoing.” - Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly


DAZED AND CONFUSED
1993, Gramercy Pictures, 102 min, USA, Dir: Richard Linklater

The last day of class at a Texas high school in 1976 brings together jocks, nerds and stoners in this cult teen comedy set to a classic rock soundtrack. Jason London, Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich and Renée Zellweger are among the students gearing up for the summer; Matthew McConaughey is unforgettable as the older guy who still parties with the kids.


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