The flipside of THE MATRIX in the "Are We Awake, or Is Life Just a Dream?" discussion, this animated treatise from SLACKER-generation spokesperson Richard Linklater is all talk and no action. Never, however, has pedantic navel-gazing been so beautifully drawn. A collection of interconnected vignettes shot as live-action digital-video footage which is then "fed into" computer-animation software (a modern version of the "rotoscoping" developed by Max and Dave Fleischer in the 1910s for their legendary "Koko the Clown" and "Betty Boop" cartoon series), Linklater's latest film is an audacious, ambitious undertaking. Structured as an apparent series of dreams-within-dream...