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Boyhood by Richard Linklater

Watched Richard Linklater's Boyhood last night and still marveling about it today. It's a small film in terms of what takes place on screen, and really the 12-year timeframe is certainly no more "epic" than any number of movies, but it's amazing to me how a nearly three-hour film can pass so quickly without any real action scenes, major conflicts, villains, twists, or really anything that would normally be on a narrative checklist. Maybe it's because I grew up in Texas myself and because the two kids at the start of the movie match my own exactly in terms of age and gender, but I felt more more connected to the characters in this movie than anything I can remember seeing in a long, long time. On paper, there is almost nothing to drive the movie along - it just does, like life. Seeing the characters grow and evolve almost imperceptibly for three hours, you find yourself at the end reflecting that, as cliche as it may be, life does move pretty fast even without anything noteworthy happening. I've seen the word "seamless" used a lot in reviews for this film, but that's exactly how the story unfolds with no dates or even major dramatic arcs to disrupt the flow of the characters' lives. I've liked every Richard Linklater film I've seen, particularly Dazed and Confused, which came out when I was a young adult barely removed from the characters in that film. Seeing Boyhood now as a parent to two young kids, I can't think of another director who's better at chronicling and celebrating the unexceptional. Cannot recommend this film enough.

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Old 07-21-2014, 01:32 PM
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I'm looking forward to it when it makes it to Netflix. I think he's certainly one of the best directors out there. He has a number of films in my all time favorites list. Dazed and Confused could be my bio-pic. Before Sunrise/Sunset are modern classics. I really liked Slackers, Waking Life, A Scanner Darkly, and Suburbia as well.

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Still at 99% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is extremely well-reviewed (to say the least):

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/boyhood/
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This does look interesting. I watched Mr. Linklater talk about his film on the Jon Stewart Show.

http://www.imdb.com/video/hulu/vi2546576409/

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Clearly worth seeing, even at 2 hours 44 minutes. Never seems to lag, although it is fiction, but perhaps an inside look at a Texan family and the problems that occur over 12 years in very recent times. The lead actor, Ellar Coltrane, has a promising future. Surprisingly, R rated, by those geniuses of the rating board, most likely because of too much profanity or drug usage, that is not exactly overwhelming or even close, for their ultra puritan bias. Horrors that an unaccompanied 17 year old should see this film.
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This is a great film. There really has been nothing like it before; the closest would be the ...Up documentaries from Michael Apted. Watching the characters age is fascinating, though it might be just a bit top-heavy on the later years of Mason and Samantha. I was not bored for a minute, though some people might be.


This should win the "best picture" Oscar. It's the most stunning and singular cinematic achievement since Russian Ark, being its absolute antithesis. The Oscars being what they are, it probably won't win.

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Now, to top this, someone will have to do a 12 year long movie Russian Ark style.

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