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 »
Posted on Monday, December 30th, 2013 by Angie Han
2013′s given us all it has to offer at this point, but 2014 is just around the corner with a whole new slate of promising films. The movies I’m most looking forward to are all over the map, running the gamut from provocative arthouse flicks to big-budget superhero movies. After the jump, check out the ten titles that have me giddy with anticipation for the next twelve months.
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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 »
Richard Linklater gets lots of love for his smaller movies like Dazed and Confused, Before Midnight, Bernie and Waking Life. Rightfully so. But one of his films that is sometimes overlooked is also, by far, the biggest grossing film of his career. That would be 2003′s School of Rock.
Written by Mike White and starring Jack Black, the film follows a slacker who poses as a substitute teacher, then turns his class into a world-class rock band. It’s one of those crowd-pleasing films that don’t really exist anymore; I dare you to turn it off if it’s ever on cable. The film’s 10 year anniversary is coming up in October and, to celebrate, Odd City Entertainment has commissioned artist NE to immortalize the film in screenprint. It’ll be exclusively available at an Austin-based anniversary screening of the film.
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Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke have an easy, familiar chemistry on screen; it’s no wonder their third pairing, Before Midnight, stands out as one of the best films of the year so far.
Now the two have been recruited (along with their offscreen cinema partner Richard Linklater) to take part in a “don’t talk or text” PSA for the Alamo Drafthouse theater chain. The result is great, as it features the two perfectly in character as seen in the Before films, but also because it plays with the fourth wall and expresses some of the vitriol that many audience members feel when someone else is being inconsiderate in a movie theater. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
To steal a line from The Most Interesting Man in the World, Richard Linklater doesn’t always make sequels, but when he does, he makes some of the most vital sequels a film lover could ask for. One of those, Before Midnight, is about to slide into theaters this weekend with with almost unanimously positive reviews. Not bad for the second sequel to a movie that few thought needed a sequel in the first place.
Now the director reveals that he’s making plans to shoot a “spiritual sequel” to another of his hits, Dazed and Confused, this fall. Additionally, he reveals that Growing Up — his 12-year-long effort about childhood and adolescence — could hit theaters as soon as 2014. The next couple of years are gonna be a pretty sweet time for Linklater fans. Hit the jump to read his comments.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 by Angie Han
After trying for the better part of a decade, Robert Redford may finally be able to bring Bill Bryson‘s travel memoir A Walk in the Woods to the big screen. Richard Linklater has just signed on to direct the project, which boasts a recent draft from Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Richard Russo. Redford remains attached to produce and star as Bryson, opposite Nick Nolte as Bryson’s friend Stephen Katz. Hit the jump to keep reading.
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