Slackers, Stoners and Scanners: Richard Linklater's Films, Ranked

In honor of his epic 'Boyhood' hitting theaters, we rank all of this pioneering indie filmmaker's work from worst to best

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'Inning by Inning: Portrait of a Coach' (2008)

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You can see why Linklater was drawn to chronicle the life and career of University of Texas Longhorns baseball coach Augie Garrido, besides the obvious Austin connection and the director's lifelong love of the game. (He attended Sam Houston State on a baseball scholarship until a heart condition forced him off the diamond.) Garrido is a guy who likes to play mind games with his players, and he's also something of a dugout philosopher. Indeed, the best parts of this ESPN Films documentary on the "winningest coach in Division 1 NCAA history" lie in watching the subject's unique (and often profanity-laced) ways of inspiring his team. At the same time, the in-house, talking-heads doc format makes this film seem curiously anonymous; it feels like it could have been made by anybody, rather than an artist who usually excels at complex, funky stories of complex, funky guys.

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