Best Coming of Age Movies

Last week, the fantastic adaptation of Me and Earl an the Dying Girl hit theaters in a limited run, and this week the lively Dope also arrives on the big screen. Both are spectacular coming of age tales from two very different sides of the spectrum, but they both have wonderful young characters, engaging relationships, and are special in their own ways.

And with these two magnificent coming of age movies hitting the big screen recently, we thought it was a good time to look back at some of the great films to come out of this subgenre. But since everyone has gushed over films like Stand by Me, The Breakfast Club and Say Anything for years, I decided to put a more modern focus on coming of age films by counting down my picks for the Top 25 Best Coming of Age Movies of the Past 25 Years. That means you won’t find anything on here from before 1990. Do your favorite movies make the cut?

Check out my list of the Top 25 Best Coming of Age Films of the Past 25 Years after the jump! Read More »

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Boyhood BTS - Richard Linklater and Ellar Coltrane

When we last saw Mason Jr., he was contemplating a future full of possibility on the first day of college. Now Boyhood director Richard Linklater says we may yet get a chance to see what comes of that future.

The filmmaker reveals he’s considering a sequel to Boyhood which would follow Mason Jr. through his 20s. Unlike Boyhood, though, it probably won’t take 12 years to shoot. Read Linklater’s comments on a possible Boyhood sequel after the jump.  Read More »

Independent Spirit Awards 2015

The Independent Spirit Awards were handed out in Santa Monica this afternoon, and the crop of winners includes two accolades for Nightcrawler, two for Boyhood, and three for Birdman, including Best Feature. Whiplash also did well, and in general the Indie Spirit awards this year lined up very strongly with the Oscar predictions we and many other people have made. Check out all the winners for the Independent Spirit Awards 2015 below. Read More »

boyhood honest trailer

One of the biggest complaints we hear about Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood is that it doesn’t have a story. There’s no real strong narrative. If made this script in 12 weeks instead of 12 years, it would be terrible. Maybe all of that is true. But the movie was made over 12 years. It’s not a movie about the story. It’s a slice of life, a film whose form is saying as much, if not more, than the narrative. Either you buy into that or you don’t and that’s probably the line between people who think Boyhood is a masterpiece, or a piece of something else.

The Honest Trailer team seems to fall into that latter camp. There’s some appreciation in their Boyhood Honest Trailer but, mostly, it’s judging the film for something it isn’t. Nevertheless, they’ve made a pretty funny parody of the song Hero by Family of the Year that makes the Boyhood Honest Trailer worth watching. Check it out below. Read More »

The Best Movies Of Sundance Film Festival History

Yesterday I posted part one of my two-part look at the best movies of Sundance Film Festival history. Today I return with the second installment, which takes a look at the best movies from the last 15 years of the festival as Park City became not only the mecca of American independent film but the launching pad for hundred million dollar award contenders.

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boyhood song

If you follow movies, you’re certainly familiar with Family of the Year‘s “Hero.” Only there’s a good chance you just know it as “the Boyhood song.” It’s the wistful ballad that plays over all the trailers, and that got played again and again Sunday night as Boyhood was celebrated at the Golden Globes.

“Hero” wasn’t written for Boyhood, and in fact had already charted before Boyhood came along. But Family of the Year has decided to lean into the connection, issuing a new music video that’s all about Boyhood. Watch the Boyhood song music video after the jump. Read More »

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2015 DGA Nominations

The Director’s Guild of America released its nominations today for awards that will recognize achievement in feature film directing from 2014. The list features two biopics, The Imitation Game and American Sniper, and one film, Boyhood, that was made under circumstances that all but turn it into a biopic of its cast and director, Richard Linklater. But the biopic love ends there, and the DGA has no nomination to spare for Ava DuVernay and Selma. The full 2015 DGA nominations list is below. Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy headphone alien

The producers, the actors, the editors, and the costume designers have already weighed in on their favorites of 2014, and today it is the writers’ turn to nominate their fellows for achievements in 2014. The Writers Guild of America has announced its nominees for the 2015 awards, and they run the gamut from Boyhood to Guardians of the Galaxy. Get the full 2015 WGA nominations list after the jump.  Read More »

birdman

At this point in the awards race each year, support has already crystallized around some of the frontrunners. This year, that group includes Boyhood, Birdman, The Theory of Everything, and The Imitation Game, and the Producers Guild followed the rest of their industry in nominating those titles for this year’s PGA Awards.

It’s more interesting, however, to see which dark horses did and didn’t make the cut. American Sniper and Nightcrawler emerged as two of the more surprising inclusions, while Unbroken and Selma got left out in the cold.

Meanwhile on the TV side, the PGA is all about Fargo, True Detective, and Orange Is the New Black, while shows like Parks & Recreation and Homeland went overlooked. Hit the jump for the full list of the 2015 Producers Guild nominations.  Read More »