Movies You May Have Missed: Part 3

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Anyone who attended a U.S. high school in the late 1970s or early 1980s should see Dazed and Confused.  Even those who weren’t in school in 1976 should still see the movie.  Director Richard Linklater’s day-in-the-life of a group of friends on the last day of school ranks among the best high school movies ever made.  You’ll see early performances from Matthew McConaughey and Ben Affleck, and it’s great to see Affleck play a jerk rather than a square-jawed hero type.

The movie has no plot to speak of, but the characters keep things interesting and the soundtrack rocks (Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, War, Steve Miller Band, etc.)  Not just a 1970s nostalgia-fest, the film manages humor and introspection in equal doses.  Jason London’s character Randall “Pink” Floyd offers up a perfect example with “All I’m saying is that if I ever start referring to these as the best years of my life, remind me to kill myself.”  Don’t miss it.


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