Richard Linklater

Review: Bad News Bears (2005)

Review: Bad News Bears (2005)

Year: 2005 | Rating: Look, I'm likely the biggest Richard Linklater fan you'll ever meet, and there's a reason why Bad News Bears was the last feature-length narrative film that I hadn't seen from him. I totally get what drew him to this project; he's a lifelong baseball fan, and after the success of School of Rock (2003), I understand the impulse to strike while the iron is hot and go back to that well. And with the writing duo behind Bad Santa (also 2003) teaming back up with Billy Bob Thornton, I can see why on paper this project seemed like a home-run (shameless…
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Quick Hits: Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers, SubUrbia, Tape

Quick Hits: Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers, SubUrbia, Tape

Quick Hits In the latest edition of Quick Hits, I take a look at a new animation/live-action hybrid comedy on Disney+ and two under-seen (and possibly underrated) works from a definitive voice of the American independent film movement. Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers Year: 2022 | Rating: The plot and story of Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers are pretty flimsy, and the dialogue and animation is not great in places. But the gags and jokes and references are fun! I laughed a lot while watching this. Overall, I don't think this was great, but I mostly enjoyed it, so that's a…
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Review: Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood

Review: Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood

Year: 2022 | Rating: Richard Linklater is back, ladies and gentlemen. I know that this is technically the second day of release of this film and that I should make this a strictly-critical review with proper analysis and all that jazz (and I'll get to that soon..ish...maybe), but you'll have to forgive me for "fanboying out" for a second, because this is a big deal for me. Linklater has been my favorite filmmaker throughout most of my adult cinephile life, but it's an observable fact that it's been a while since we've had a real "Linklater" film (the last one…
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