EVERYBODY WANTS SOME
2016, Paramount, 116 min, Dir: Richard Linklater

Writer-director Richard Linklater initially attended college on a baseball scholarship, and he revisits those freewheeling days in a spiritual sequel to DAZED AND CONFUSED. Freshman Jake (Blake Jenner) enjoys the freedoms of college while hanging out with a motley group of teammates at a Texas university in 1980. With a young ensemble cast that no doubt includes some future stars, this loose-limbed comedy captures a moment in life when good times and good friends are the only things that matter.


BOYHOOD
2014, IFC Films, 165 min, USA, Dir: Richard Linklater

Among the most remarkable films of recent memory, BOYHOOD was shot over a 12-year period to follow the fractured family life of Mason Evans Jr. (Ellar Coltrane) as he moves from grade school to college. As his divorced parents, Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke are equally affecting despite taking different approaches to raising kids. Impressive as the logistical hurdles Linklater and his team surmounted, what’s most memorable about this coming-of-age drama is how right it gets the little moments of this boy’s life - a sad stare as mom drives him away from his hometown for the last time, an encouraging note passed to him at his new school, or an early morning walk with a girlfriend.


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.


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