The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week: NYC Repertory Cinema Picks, June 24-30

06/24/2015 8:15 AM |


Slacker (1991)
Directed by Richard Linklater
Linklater’s shoestring debut transformed the American independent film scene of the 1990s and established his career-long inquiry into the nature of time, dreams, and alternate realities. Here he examines a day in the life of a community of young, over-educated and under-employed artists, beatniks, and eternal students living in Austin. The camera floats along in a hazy daydream, drifting from one character to the next like a conversational relay race. The topics of their pseudointellectual ramblings range from moon landing conspiracy theories and government mind control tactics to the cultural significance of a Madonna pap smear. Linklater captures the proceedings with an amused curiosity, like an inquisitive tourist transcribing the colorful conversations overheard in a local coffee shop. A.J. Serrano (Free outdoor screening June 25, 7pm in Brooklyn Bridge Park, presented as part of BAMcinemaFest’s repertory program)