Richard Linklater was the first director I fell in love with and didn’t even know it. He directed a movie in 2004 that really opened my mind to not only movies, but to music as well. School of Rock is considered Linklater’s most well rounded film as it combines all of his strengths: dialogue, characters, music and wonderful cinematography.
Linklater is an out-of-the-box thinker. He doesn’t do things like most directors and he was successful which makes him so special. There is nothing Linklater hasn’t done; from romantic dramas, to children’s movies, he has done it. He has even invented or expanded several dramas himself.
Without Richard Linklater, I wouldn’t love movies the way I do, so here are some required viewings if you are unfamiliar:
A beautiful movie that reminds me of a stage play, where two strangers spend a night in Paris together. The chemistry that Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke is almost too believable. They are the couple I wish were together in real life.
School Of Rock
Linklater’s most complete film really shines as he puts his love of music front and center. With Jack Black putting together a should-be award winning performance, this is a must watch for the whole family. Plus the soundtrack is amazing, blending classic rock with early punk, it’s a 10/10
Dazed and Confused
This was Richard Linklater’s first commercial hit and boy was it great. He took such a simple and relatable topic like the last day of school and created fantastic characters to be in it. This movie was the start of so many careers including Matthew McConaghy, Anthony Rapp, Ben Affleck, Adam Goldberg and so many more. A wonderful feel good film.
Don’t be afraid to check out his lesser known hits as well such as Bernie, Everybody Wants Some!!, A Scanner Darkly and the legendary independent, Slacker. Boyhood goes in its own category because I believe it’s something everyone must see. If you haven’t seen it, please watch it as soon as possible