If you’ve struggled to wait out the three months before Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood gets a theatrical release, a) don’t read our review, and b) instead enjoy this unusual source of the director’s varied tastes. As hosted by the Austin Film Society, that city’s proudest son has guest-programmed “Jewels in the Wasteland: A Trip Through ’80s Cinema,” and has thus far participated in both introductions to and post-screening discussions of a fascinating collection: Jean-Luc Godard‘s Every Man for Himself, Sam Fuller‘s White Dog, Jonathan Demme‘s Melvin & Howard, Warren Beatty‘s Reds, and Bob Fosse‘s Star 80.

This is certainly not just some film figure who’s been nabbed to sell a couple of extra tickets, but a passionate, greatly informed voice who seems capable of stepping outside his own position to unreservedly speak from the heart. The notion of intellects proving strongest when facing their favorite work radiates here; how much it might speak to informing his own work is a question I hope some take the time to dig into. If you’d only like a thoughtful collection from one of today’s most-respected cinematic voices, have at it still.

Watch them all below:

What did you make of these videos? Did Linklater’s input leave any impact for yourself?

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