Richard Linklater on Alex Jones: "I just thought he was kind of funny”

Alex Jones was a novelty, once upon a time, a powerless, conspiracy-spouting nutter livening up the local fringe on public access. You’d get stoned, tune in, and quietly marvel at his passion while laughing at the absurdity of his words. That was the Alex Jones who strolled into an audition for Richard Linklater’s…

Our film critics dive into Richard Linklater’s latest, Last Flag Flying

On this episode of Film Club, A.V. Club critics A.A. Dowd and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky talk about Last Flag Flying, Richard Linklater’s spiritual sequel (of sorts) to the classic Hal Ashby film The Last Detail. It’s billed as the hangout-flick master’s first proper road movie, a 2003-set drama about three Vietnam veterans…

Richard Linklater takes on war and grief in Last Flag Flying

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The films of Richard Linklater, small miracles of humanism and ambivalence, ask simply, “How do we live? What does it mean? Where did it all go?” Many of them are to some extent about America—the leisurely national pastimes of baseball, conspiracy theory, and drugs—or at least Americans, usually southeast or central…

Matthew McConaughey deconstructs his signature phrase in this exclusive clip

PBS’s award-winning American Masters series is famous for delving into the creative processes of a wide and varied list of esteemed artists, and the upcoming season features everyone from Edgar Allen Poe to Bob Hope to film director Richard Linklater. The Linklater segment, entitled “Dream Is Destiny,” will feature…

Steve Carell and Bryan Cranston go on a sad road trip in this trailer for Last Flag Flying

The melodramatic, life-affirming road trip is primarily a young person’s game, since only young people have the time and healthy bladders necessary for spending an extended period of time in a car, but that doesn’t mean older people can’t have their own melodramatic, life-affirming road trips. That’s what happens in…

Judy Greer to quietly be the best part of Richard Linklater’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Richard Linklater has added a cinematic secret weapon to his latest comedy, Where’d You Go, Bernadette, with Deadline reporting that actress Judy Greer has joined the cast. Greer is something of a favorite around here, injecting shows like Arrested Development and Archer with a comic chaos that rarely gets to shine in…

Billy Crudup joins Richard Linklater’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette

It’s been a few years since we heard about Where’d You Go, Bernadette, a Richard Linklater film based on Maria Semple’s book of the same name, but now Deadline is reporting that Billy Crudup has just joined the cast alongside Cate Blanchett and Kristen Wiig. The film is about a woman named Bernadette who goes…

Robert Downey Jr. cast in Richard Linklater film about goat testicle doctor

Apparently deciding he needs something other than Marvel and the occasional Sherlock Holmes movie to creatively sustain him, Robert Downey Jr. is linking up with Richard Linklater for a new film. Variety reports the project is based on a recent installment of the Reply All podcast called “Man Of The People,” which…

Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell, and Laurence Fishburne join Richard Linklater film

As reported by Variety, Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, and Steve Carell have signed on to star in Last Flag Flying, the next film from Richard Linklater. The movie is an adaptation of Darryl Ponicsan’s 2005 novel of the same name, which was a sequel to his 1970 book The Last Detail. That book was previously made…

Read This: Are these the best films of the 21st century?

If there’s one thing that pop culture obsessives love doing, it’s making lists. If there’s another thing they love doing, it’s dissecting and arguing about a list made by another pop culture obsessive. What was included? What was overlooked? What ranked way too high and what should’ve ranked higher? These are the…

Richard Linklater looks back on his life so far in Dream Is Destiny

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Even devoted fans of filmmaker Richard Linklater might question the need for Louis Black and Karen Bernstein’s bio-doc Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny. Only in his mid-50s—and arguably at the peak of his career after the major awards and box office success of 2014’s Boyhood—the writer-director has so much work…

What movie is missing from our list of the best comedies since 2000?

This week’s question: What movie is missing from our recent list of the best big-screen comedies since 2000?

The 50 best comedies since 2000

Sixteen years in, our new millennium looks like a banner age for big-screen comedy, as eclectic as any that came before it. This is when Will Ferrell transformed the multiplex into a deliriously Dadaist screaming match; when Edgar Wright and David Wain perfected the art of the spoof, even as the Epic Movie crowd…

Everybody Wants Some in Richard Linklater’s new feature-length party

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There’s little room for villains in a Richard Linklater film; when the guy throws a party, even the assholes make for good company. Which is fortunate, because for a little while, just about every character in Everybody Wants Some, Linklater’s new timewarp of a hangout movie, comes across a bit like a douche bag. When…

Get some in the red band trailer for Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some!!

By now, anyone who’s paying attention has probably heard that Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some!! is a “spiritual sequel” to the 1993 stoner classic Dazed And Confused. But just in case: This is a movie that’s thin on plot and heavy on characters just hanging out, ingesting chemicals, and being…