Directed by Richard Linklater
Rivaling American Graffiti in capturing the essence of an era, Linklater’s reverie about the last day of high school in 1976 consists of episodic teenage escapades set against a booming rock-and-roll soundtrack. “I wanted to make a film that captured the energy of what I remember: driving around, not much happening but everything happening at once,” says Linklater (Sight and Sound). As smooth as a rhapsody, the film includes freshman efforts by Ben Affleck, Parker Posey, and Joey Lauren Adams, and the superb Matthew McConaughey as the lecherous graduate hanger-on with this raison d’être: “You just gotta keep on livin’, man. L-I-V-I-N.” 1993, 35mm, 103 minutes.