With Summer 2014 approaching its conclusion, its time to look back and inventory the blockbuster season. For the last few years, the Summer movie season has been filled with a lot of disappointment. This year, however, a lot of great films hit theaters. My top twelve best movies of Summer 2014 list is comprised of a mix of big Hollywood blockbusters and some smaller independent films which played Sundance and other film festivals earlier in the year. Some of these may have flown under your radar. Which films made my top ten movies of Summer 2014? Hit the jump and find out.
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Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood was born of such a simple, smart idea, it begs an equally simple question – could he just keep going? Every year for 12 years, the writer/director shot the same actors to tell the story of a boy named Mason (Ellar Coltrane) and his life from the age of 6 to 18. It’s an idea that, obviously, could be extended to tell the character’s story for years to come. There are other extremely formative times in a person’s life, outside childhood.
When posed with this question in a recent interview, Linklater didn’t dismiss it. Instead, he offered up an absolutely perfect idea. Basically, he suggested he may have already made the sequel. Read the Boyhood sequel quote below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 by Angie Han
Sure, Richard Linklater might be the first to make a coming-of-age movie by shooting a single actor over a twelve-year period. But even as he was shooting his ambitious Boyhood, audiences around the world were breathlessly watching a different boy sprout up, fill out, drop his voice, fall in love, and endure a veritable parade of misguided father figures on the big screen.
That boy of course was Harry Potter, played by Daniel Radcliffe. Over ten years and eight films, we saw him grow from an innocent kid, into a gawky adolescent, and finally into a brave man. (And then into a brave man terrorized by bad old-age makeup, but let’s try to forget about that.) It seems only fitting that he should get his own Boyhood, so here’s the Potterhood parody trailer to help remedy that.
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David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss Richard Linklater’s latest cinematic achievement, Boyhood.
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One of the best and most buzzed about movies of the year is still expanding in theaters across the country. That movie is Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood, the epic and amazing story told over 12 years with the same cast of characters. No matter how many people find, and fall in love with, Boyhood during its theatrical run, though many more will find it when it eventually hits the home market. And when that happens, it’ll get a release deserving of such an amazing film.
In a new interview, Linklater confirmed the film would be getting a Criterion Collection Blu-ray release some time in the near future with special features including footage shot over the 12 year production. Read more about the Boyhood Criterion below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by Angie Han
As current cinematic offerings go, Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood seems like good bet. It’s got a respected auteur behind it, not to mention the enthusiastic support of dozens of critics. That said, there are only so many hours in a day, and Boyhood isn’t exactly brief.
So for moviegoers worried about wasting their time, producer John Sloss is (jokingly) offering a “Time Back Guarantee.” If Boyhood leaves you dissatisfied, Sloss will make it up to you by doing the chores you could’ve been doing instead. Hit the jump to read his promise.
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We usually put mash-up trailers in our link blog round-up Page 2, but I think this one is worth a breakout because it combines the two best movies of 2014 (so far, at least in my opinion), Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Richard Linklater’s Boyhood. Nelson Carvajal has edited the two movies into a trailer titled “Apehood” (which also includes footage from Rise of the Planet of the Apes). Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Both Dawn and Boyhood are in theaters now, make time to see both of these films on the big screen.
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This Boyhood TV spot opens with something that communicates the unusual scope of the Richard Linklater film in just a few seconds.
A set of photos of the central character, Mason Jr. (played by Ellar Coltrane) flashes by in quick succession, illustrating his growth from age 6 to age 18. While the feature itself is a terrific vision of the growth of the boy and the family around him, that parade of images is a perfect way to condense the film into just a few seconds. The spot continues from there, of course, and you can watch the whole thing here. Read More »