Thursday, August 21, 2008

You just gotta keep livin' man, L-I-V-I-N.

Oh man, more film posts. More film posts about the 70s. Oh well, what you gonna do? You're inspired by what you're inspired by, right? And this time, I made a collage so that has to be worth something!

Dazed and Confused. Classic high school movie. Classic stoner movie. Classic. It's another movie that I rewatched in recent weeks due to the fact that it came out when I was 7, and I probably saw it for the first time when I was 10 (bad parents!) and didn't quite grasp it. My dad had the soundtrack (he was a 70s teen) and the music was what made a lasting impression, until I saw the film again.

Course, the soundtrack is still the centerpiece, but when watching this time around I soaked up all the '70s goodness that Linklater (who wrote the film based on his own high school experiences) evoked. The clothes are pitch perfect...especially the men's wardrobe. There's Don Dawson's overalls, Mitch's adidas shirt, but most amazingly Randy "Pink" Floyd's party ensemble: a purple flowy-sleeved blouse and white flares...eep! As for the ladies, again high waisted wide leg loveliness throughout...

The film is ambling, rambling, playful, yet serious. It's unstructured and lingering, and has got to have one of the best music-fade-to-black endings ever.

3 comments:

kirsten said...

yes! spot on. this movie is hilarious, and inspirational too!

Ringo, have a banana! said...

Love love love love love! Oh manohman how I love this movie. Did you know that it is so closely based on Linklater's life that three of his friends sued him after it came out because he didn't even change their names in the film? The Criterion Collection edition has been on my wishlist for a billion years. Maybe this Christmas I'll finally score!

cpc said...

A personal favourite of mine too. Great collage though I think I do detect a slater and pink bias. They are of course the most charming so I will let it go.