66. Richard Linklater
DAZED & CONFUSED, SLACKER, SCHOOL OF ROCK, WAKING LIFE
Prolific and low-key, Richard Linklater has spent the last 20 years making this whole “filmmaking” thing look easy. From stage adaptations to experimental animation, this unassuming Texan moves between styles and techniques with effortless grace, perfectly unafraid of outsized ideas. Part bongload philosophizer, part perpetual grad student, Linklater asks the sorts of Big Questions most other American filmmakers are content to only hint at. His best films—Slacker, Waking Life, Before Sunrise—are warm, heartfelt meditations on life and existence that appeal as much to the heart as they do to the head. And if his quest sometimes exceeds his grasp, it’s only because Linklater’s overriding curiosity is as big as the lone star state itself.
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