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It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books (2004)

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NOTE: This commentary is only available on the second disc of the Criterion Collection edition of Linklater's "Slacker."

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Screenwriter/director Richard Linklater Rating:7.4/10 (7 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by scroll2b on December 9th, 2004:Find all reviews by scroll2b
Richard Linklater relates a lot of history and detail on the events leading up to his first feature film, and gives us a good idea of what his aesthetics and inspirations were as a first time filmmaker. In this sense, for any future filmmaker looking for inspiration, the track is a better commentary than the one he did for his second film, Slacker.
Reviewed by sedna on September 24th, 2012:Find all reviews by sedna
I agree, this is a very good, detailed commentary mostly about what Linklater was going through in his 20's. The film in a nutshell is a time capsule of his youth and how he perceived life, what it actually was like. It starts off really nice as well, hooking you in - especially if you can definitely relate to what he's saying. Like being able to understand first time filmmakers, or just youth in general - the extended existential crisis. He recounts how he went about learning filmmaking at the time, being a student of "Stanley Kubrick Film School" . Along the way he gives you a background of information on how he shot the film. It is definitely a very inspirational and motivational commentary. Linklater comes off very genuine and talks about relatable topics that young people can connect with. If you just want to grasp the film a bit more then check this one out. If you're an aspiring filmmaker, you definitely want to listen to this. While there may not be "shot analysis" or secrets of how things were shot, you'll come out inspired and fulfilled, wanting to continue treading a path of filmmaking.