Like many of writer-director Richard Linklater‘s films, Last Flag Flying moves with grace. The smooth rhythm of the dialogue, the lived-in settings, and characters you want to spend hours with – these well-known qualities found in Linklater’s body of work are on full-display in his latest drama, based on Darryl Ponicsan‘s novel. The film stars Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, and Steve Carell as veterans and old war buddies on a road trip and despite a tragic core, the film contains the sense of joy we often get from Linklater.
Characters talking in a contained space, like on a train in this instance, is filled with such character, personality, tragedy and laughs. How much he’s able to subtlety communicate in a single scene – sometimes a single shot – is remarkable. We recently had a chance to discuss one of those slyly dense scenes with Linklater, who’s now a few weeks into post-production on his next film, an adaptation of the excellent Where’d You Go Bernadette?, which apparently has a rather lengthy first cut.
Below, read our Richard Linklater interview.
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Posted on Thursday, October 5th, 2017 by Karen Han
There’s one thing that Richard Linklater said while attending this year’s New York Film Festival that’s stuck with me: “To me, time and cinema are so intertwined that you can’t even separate them.” It’s a sentiment that’s similarly inextricable from his latest film, Last Flag Flying. There’s no escaping time. The movie is a snapshot of a very specific moment in American history — one that we’re still recovering from — and constantly reminds us of the passage of time despite how stuck its characters seem to be. In the moment, the big picture Linklater’s getting at is hard to see, but that’s the nature of time, isn’t it? It’s only hindsight that’s 20/20.
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Much like how Richard Linklater‘s last film Everybody Wants Some! was a spiritual sequel to his 1993 classic Dazed and Confused, his newest film is an official sequel to the 1973 Hal Ashby movie The Last Detail.
Last Flag Flying teams the Oscar-nominated director up with Bryan Cranston, Steve Carrell, and Laurence Fishburne in a melancholic veteran meditation about three Vietnam War vets who reunite under tragic circumstances.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 by Angie Han
Robert Downey Jr.‘s got a lot of Iron Man coming up on his to-do list, but his next new role’s got nothing to do with Marvel at all. He’ll be teaming with director Richard Linklater for an adaptation of the Reply All podcast, specifically the episode titled “Man of the People.” The fact-based tale centers on an early 20th century con man, which sounds like a perfect fit for both Downey and Linklater.
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Posted on Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 by Angie Han
Last month we got the very welcome news that Richard Linklater‘s Before trilogy would be joining the Criterion Collection. While the director’s Slacker, Dazed and Confused, and Boyhood are all part of the lineup already, it took Criterion a while to get around to tackling this one. But then again, Before fans are surely used to waiting — after all, it took nine years to get from each chapter of Jesse and Celine’s love story to the next.
Now, the wait is almost over. With just a couple of months to go until the trilogy hits shelves, Criterion has released the cover art for all three movies as well as the box set. Check it out below. Read More »
Three of the best romance movies of all time make up what is known as Richard Linklater‘s Before Trilogy. Released over 18 years, the films Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004) and Before Midnight (2013) reveal the love story of Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy), who meet one day in Vienna and share mere hours together before they leave each other, only to see their relationship blossom into something that is simultaneously beautiful and complicated. Now all three films are coming to the Criterion Collection in February of 2017.
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Here’s a sequel you probably didn’t expect to read about anytime soon, even though we first heard about this sequel a decade ago. In 2006, Richard Linklater revealed he wrote an adaption of Darryl Ponicsan‘s Last Flag Flying — a sequel to The Last Detail, which director Hal Ashby and screenwriter Robert Towne adapted into an incredible film in 1973. Linklater’s goal was to bring most of the original cast back, but Randy Quaid would only return if Jack Nicholson did, and unfortunately Otis Young passed away in 2001.
So Linklater is now instead now making a “sort of” sequel, possibly starring Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell, and Laurence Fishburne. Below, learn more about The Last Detail sequel.
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Not nearly enough people saw Richard Linklater‘s Everybody Wants Some!! It’s another great hangout movie from Linklater, and it’ll likely age well and catch on more with time. Linklater has made a few movies that didn’t click with audiences right away, but like his financial hits, they’ve so far proven to have a staying power.
The 55-year-old, who rarely ever seems to age, has had a career driven by variety. He’s always trying new things as a storyteller, even in the instance of his Bad News Bears remake, but of course, the most well-known example is his 12-year project, Boyhood. Linklater has made a series of wide-ranging and ambitious choices, and if you want to hear him explain some of those choices, then you may want to check out a tease for an upcoming documentary on the filmmaker in the Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny trailer.
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Ryan Reynolds keeps getting busier and busier. Following the massive success of Deadpool — and let’s not forget his excellent performance in Mississippi Grind — the actor is very in demand at the moment. Reynolds currently has the sci-fi thriller Life lined up, which was co-written by Deadpool scribes Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, and a fall shoot for the Deadpool sequel is likely.
Now, the actor might star in The Rosie Project. Learn more about the adaptation below.
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Richard Linklater‘s newest film, Everybody Wants Some, recently premiered at the ongoing South by Southwest, and Linklater fans should be pleased to learn the spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused is already a hit with critics. Our own Jacob Hall called Everybody Wants Some “Linklater’s funniest film in years,” and most reviews have echoed that sentiment.
If you’re a fan of the director and you’re in Austin, then this must be a good week for you, because, in addition to the debut of the filmmaker’s latest work, Mondo is currently celebrating his filmography with a show called “No Longer/Not Yet.”
Check out the posters below.
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