Too much time and effort in Cinemaland is wasted turning film into a game of winners and losers; Movie X made Y dollars so it matters more than Movie Z. But a film is way more than its box-office total. Some of the best movies released in 2016 failed to meet their financial expectations.
Everybody Wants Some
ScreenCrush Editor-in-Chief Matt Singer handpicks three new titles you can watch at home this August from Movies on Demand.
In what is surely a first in the 120-year history of movie marketing, the poster for Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some advertises the film as a “spiritual sequel” — specifically to Linklater’s classic high school movie Dazed and Confused. But Dazed and Confused chronicled a day in the lives of a variety of Texas teenagers: Nerds, athletes, stoners, hipsters, rockers, and bullies. Everybody Wants Some focuses almost exclusively on a bunch of boorish jocks; the rowdy members of the baseball team at an unnamed Texas college. In other words, its spirit is nothing like Dazed and Confused’s. It’s more like a spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused if every character was Fred O’Bannion, the obnoxious a-hole played by Ben Affleck who cruises around town looking for incoming freshmen to beat with a wooden paddle.
So far, the 2016 South By Southwest Film festival has a good amount of sci-fi, a little bit of nostalgia and even the Boogyman. After previously announcing the opening night film as Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some, the fest has unveiled six more film and television titles debuting in Austin this March.
What separates Richard Linklater’s crowning achievement Dazed and Confused (unless you consider his crowning achievement to be the generation-spanning Boyhood, or the rocket of pure joy that is School of Rock, or the minor miracles of the Before...
We have not one, but two pieces of Richard Linklater news today. First, the director's next project, sometimes described as a "spiritual sequel" to his classic Dazed and Confused, has acquired a 2016 release date. In addition, now that Linklater is finished with that project, Sony is eyeing him for The Rosie Project, the new romantic dramedy starring Jennifer Lawrence.