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Top 5 Richard Linklater films

The King of the One Day MovieI might not be qualified to do this list, seeing as though I haven't seen Slacker or Tape, but I'm doing it anyway. If you have a problem with it, do your own Linklater list. He's the director of two of my favourite movies, but I wouldn't say he's one of my favourite directors. And that would be because I could only sit through 10 minutes of Waking Life before shutting it off. It was like sitting through one of those philosophy courses that I always slept through. Ugh. His other films I haven't seen are Live From Shiva's Dance Floor (which isn't really a film anyway), The Newton Boys, and It's Impossible To Learn How To Plow By Reading Books. So, I've only seen five of his movies, which should make picking five easy!

5. SubUrbia (this movie had it's moments, but was kind of dull. Just like suburban life, so it works! I'm a city kid, so I can't really relate, but it did mirror what I've seen visiting other suburban areas)
4. Dazed and Confused (this was THE movie when I was in high school that made the rounds as the funniest thing ever. I watched it again a few years ago, and it wasn't as funny)
3. The School of Rock (I liked this movie. Great use of Jack Black and child actors. They stole scenes from each other!)
2. Before Sunset (one of my favourites, and one of my Top Five Sequels of all-time. The original created such well-rounded, fleshed out characters that it was a treat to visit them again ten years later)
1. Before Sunrise (one of my Top Five Movies of all-time. I've loved it since I first saw it. Co-written by Linklater, many of the thoughts and feelings in the film echoed my own. The movie condenses all those conversations you have with someone while getting to know them and falling in love into one evening. And it's pitch-perfect. If there's any kind of magic in this world, it must be in the attempt of understanding someone, sharing something. I know, it's almost impossible to succeed, but... who cares, really? The answer must be in the attempt)

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