December in the Noble Theater means that it’s time, once again, for the return of one of our favorite original programs! We are thrilled to announce the sixth annual installment of Museum Films’ holiday series: “Merry Christmas, Mr. Linklater!”—a career survey of one of the true powerhouses of American independent filmmaking, Richard Linklater.
Opening with a 35mm screening of all-time cult classic Dazed and Confused (1993), “Merry Christmas, Mr. Linklater!” includes the director’s iconic indie breakthrough, Slacker (1990); the entirety of his much-loved ‘Before trilogy’—Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004), and Before Midnight (2013)—which each star Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy at very different stages of their relationship; and the trippy, animated Philip K. Dick adaptation, A Scanner Darkly (2006), presented in 35mm and starring Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey, Jr., Woody Harrelson, and Winona Ryder.
And that’s just the beginning. “Merry Christmas, Mr. Linklater!” also features the director’s beloved, Jack Black-starring musical comedy, School of Rock (2003), and a trio of more recent highlights, including: his return to ‘Dazed’ form, Everybody Wants Some!! (2016); his recent lyrical road movie, Last Flag Flying (2017), led by Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, and Laurence Fishburne; and this year’s most misunderstood and undervalued new release, the warm and emotionally engaging Cate Blanchett vehicle, Where’d You Go, Bernadette (2019).
Oh, and on the occasion of the end of the twenty-tens—we think that’s what we’re calling them—perhaps the most universally lauded film of the last ten years, Linklater’s masterpiece, Boyhood (2014). Now certainly seems to be the time for this Oklahoma City-exclusive celebration of the Austin-native auteur. (Holiday series all-access passes are available, and make a wonderful gift for the film lovers in your life.)
While we can’t wait for our holiday series, there are three additional appetizers that are too good to pass up in the next couple weeks, including a pair of out-there Oklahoma premieres: art-world icon Matthew Barney’s engrossing and visually stunning foray into modern dance and the Idaho Rockies, Redoubt; and buzzworthy Cannes Competition highlight, Jessica Hausner’s one-of-a-kind, mother-son-centered sci-fi psychodrama, Little Joe, starring Ben Whishaw and Cannes Best Actress winner Emily Beecham.
Speaking of buzzworthy, and Cannes Competition, and fine, the only foreign language film anybody is talking about this year, Museum Films is very proud to be bringing back Bong Joon Ho’s beyond remarkable, Palme d’Or-winning Parasite. If you haven’t seen it, you must; if you don’t know anything about it, don’t read another word. Just come and see one of the year’s (and the twenty-tens’) most unforgettable films.
Click to view and print the December 2019 Film Schedule. Printed film schedules will also be available in the theater lobby.