Before there was Freaks and Geeks, we were reintroduced to the outrageous culture of 1970s suburban teens in Dazed and Confused, which today celebrates its 20th anniversary since hitting theaters. Director Richard Linklater - who also brought us cult romance trilogy Before...Sunrise, Sunset, and Midnight - presented the world with his own interpretation of George Lucas' American Graffiti 20 years later, and his themes and quotes have since become memes of subsequent generations. It's difficult to discuss this movie with a serious tone, and I'm beginning to feel like I'm giving a eulogy for an old, high school buddy, but I'm pretty proud to see that the movie that prepped me for high school remains prominent.
The story was carried by actors like Ben Affleck and Matthew McConaughey, however, the film's greatest attribute was its soundtrack, which acted as a character within itself. Songs from Black Sabbath, KISS, and ZZ Top were all brilliantly embedded within the narrative. I'll never forget Wooderson's slow motion glide through the pool hall aka the Emporium with Bob Dylan's "Hurricane"? It's perfect.
How about the cruising montage with War's "Low Rider" that you eventually find out was playing on the radio?
Thanks to Parker Posey, I'll forever have a complex about older women.
And I'll forever think Ben Affleck is a douche.
Happy 20th, Dazed and Confused, we'll see you tonight at the Moon Tower.