Richard Linklater has truly created something special with his new film Boyhood – a remarkable, beautiful, cinematic achievement, like nothing you have ever seen before. Filmed over short periods from 2002 to 2013, the film chronicles a family over the course of 12 years, with the actors reprising their roles through the progression of time.
At the center of the story is Mason (Ellar Salmon), who with his sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater), makes the journey from childhood to adulthood. As the film begins, we see that they are living with their single mother (Patricia Arquette) and that their father (Ethan Hawke) has long since left the family. The film takes us through their evolving relationship with their mother and father over many years, moves, and life changes.
I don’t want to give away many specifics or plot points, and keep this as more of a reaction than review. After the jump you can read more or watch a video blog I recorded after the screening with Russ Fischer.
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2014 will be the second year in a row to host the premiere of a highly-anticipated Richard Linklater movie. Last year it was Before Midnight, which continued the story told in Before Sunrise and Before Sunset.
This year, the film is Boyhood, the ambitious and unusual film that Linklater shot over the course of more than a decade. The film stars Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane and Lorelei Linklater. The festival describes it as follows: “Filmed over short periods from 2002 to 2013, Boyhood is a groundbreaking cinematic experience covering 12 years in the life of a family. At the center is Mason, who with his sister Samantha, are taken on an emotional and transcendent journey through the years, from childhood to adulthood.” Read More »
There are long-gestating films that take forever to make due to complications and circumstance. Then there’s the rare one that takes years by design.
Richard Linklater has been making Boyhood since 2002. The film isn’t delayed or in trouble or anything like that. Boyhood is designed to chronicle the growth of a boy from age 6 to his last year of high school at 17 or 18. Ellar Salmon plays the boy through the entire film, because Linklater has shot the movie essentially in sequence, creating new scenes each year since ’02 as Salmon grew.
Ethan Hawke plays the boy’s stepfather and Patricia Arquette his mother. There are similar projects to this one — Paul Almond and Michael Apted’s Up series qualifies — but no dramatic narrative quite like Boyhood. We’ve known about the film for a long time but didn’t know when we’d be able to see it. Now, Hawke says it should hit next year, in 2014. Read More »
Posted on Monday, April 15th, 2013 by Angie Han
Happy Monday! After the jump you’ll find the following TV news:
- Patrick Duffy would do a Step By Step reunion
- Boardwalk Empire adds Patricia Arquette
- Homeland loses Virgil as a series regular
- The Newsroom gets a return date and a teaser
- AMC sets a date for Hell on Wheels
- When are your other faves returning?
- House of Cards Season 2 is about to start shooting
- See Veep‘s Veep meet the real Veep
- The Office says farewell via a web series
- See the first footage from Dexter Season 8
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Roman Coppola‘s last film — and his first film — was CQ, released in 2001. While he has been a creator on several big movies since thanks to work with his father (Tetro, Youth Without Youth) and Wes Anderson (The Darjeeling Limited, Moonrise Kingdom) I’ve been hoping to see more development from him as a director.
Coppola’s second feature is A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, featuring Charlie Sheen as the title character and supporting work from Bill Murray, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Patricia Arquette, Aubrey Plaza, and Jason Schwartzman. Like CQ, the movie takes place within a skewed world that isn’t quite our reality (as the title implies) and shows what happens when Swan’s girlfriend (Katheryn Winnick) dumps him and he starts to unravel.
The film has just been dated for February 2013, and we’ve got the first two photos from the film, along with some explanation from Coppola of just what we can expect to find in Swan’s head. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, January 4th, 2012 by Angie Han
Today’s Casting Bits all revolve around true stories, though the nature of the tales vary wildly from project to project. After the jump:
- Adam Goldberg enters final negotiations to play porn star Harry Reems in Matthew Wilder’s Inferno
- Patricia Arquette gets cast as Reeve Carney’s mom in Jake Scott’s Jeff Buckley biopic
- Matthew Fox boards Peter Webber’s “inspired by true events” political thriller Emperor
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It’s been a decade since Roman Coppola directed a feature film (CQ, released in 2001) but he is preparing his second movie as director, A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III. The movie is at least partially inspired by the public meltdown of Charlie Sheen, and Sheen will play the title character. Aubrey Plaza, Jason Schwartzman and Katheryn Winnick have been cast over the past few weeks, and now Bill Murray, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Patricia Arquette are signing on, too. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 by Angie Han
Richard Linklater has put out several films over the last decade — School of Rock, Before Sunset, Me and Orson Welles and the upcoming Bernie, just to name a few — but during all that time, he’s been slowly working on another, quietly epic project as well. Linklater began shooting Boyhood (formerly called Growing Up) back in 2002, following one young actor (Ellar Salmon) as he ages naturally from first grade to the start of college. Linklater recently reported that he has three more years of shooting left to go, which, yup, sounds about right — a six-year-old in 2002 would be eighteen in 2014. Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette also star Salmon’s parents. Read more about the project after the jump.
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