SCHOOL OF ROCK
2003, Paramount, 108 min, Dir: Richard Linklater

Jack Black turns it up to 11 in one of his best performances. In this hit musical comedy, the Tenacious D frontman plays a down-on-his-luck musician who bluffs his way into a teaching gig at a prep school and decides that the kids need some lessons in rock & roll. While Joan Cusack and Sarah Silverman offer some resistance, the young band Black nurtures proves a formidable force.


EVERYBODY WANTS SOME
2016, Paramount, 116 min, Dir: Richard Linklater

Writer-director Richard Linklater initially attended college on a baseball scholarship, and he revisits those freewheeling days in a spiritual sequel to DAZED AND CONFUSED. Freshman Jake (Blake Jenner) enjoys the freedoms of college while hanging out with a motley group of teammates at a Texas university in 1980. With a young ensemble cast that no doubt includes some future stars, this loose-limbed comedy captures a moment in life when good times and good friends are the only things that matter.


BOYHOOD
2014, IFC Films, 165 min, USA, Dir: Richard Linklater

Among the most remarkable films of recent memory, BOYHOOD was shot over a 12-year period to follow the fractured family life of Mason Evans Jr. (Ellar Coltrane) as he moves from grade school to college. As his divorced parents, Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke are equally affecting despite taking different approaches to raising kids. Impressive as the logistical hurdles Linklater and his team surmounted, what’s most memorable about this coming-of-age drama is how right it gets the little moments of this boy’s life - a sad stare as mom drives him away from his hometown for the last time, an encouraging note passed to him at his new school, or an early morning walk with a girlfriend.


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