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Often film critics throw around such phrases as “unlike anything you have seen before” or “a cinematic marvel.” Since we hear these or similar phrases so often the words and their meaning begin to lose any significance. I tend to over think at times when writing about films to the extent that I don’t want to throw in just any word unless I want its meaning and connotation to be truly felt. The point of me explaining this is because Richard Linklater’s Boyhood truly is unlike any film you have seen before. Much has been said about the making of the film, and rightfully so for that matter. In only 36 days but over the course of 12 years, Richard Linklater gathered the same actors every year to film bits and pieces of the film that we have today. It’s an astounding feat that is all the more impressive since this cinematic experiment works. »
- Michael Haffner
Mark Valley is going to Vegas: The ruggedly handsome TV actor is joining CBS’ CSI.
The Fringe and Human Target actor has signed on for a recurring role this fall as a former detective who now works as a private investigator. When Valley’s partner goes missing, he teams with Finlay (Elisabeth Shue) to try and solve the case. We’re told “while their relationship may be a bit prickly, the attraction between them is undeniable.”
- James Hibberd
Super jam-packed week here at Tfe. We were possibly over-posting which brings us to Icymi because sure you did miss something. I've put the goods under song headers this morning just because.
Tfe got schizophrenic as Amir bitched about superhero franchises just as Anne Marie was celebrating them with live Comic Con coverage.
We gave Sandra Bullock a teensy look-back for her 50th. But I was mostly feeling love in short post form for players who get too little attention these days: Mary Steenburgen is always boss, John Leguizamo is an oft inspired clown, and on a clear day you can see Barbara Harris forever. I'm glad to know there are other fans out there of all three.
I was worried that Ynms efforts were getting stale but the inspiration faucet was suddenly turned back on for Imitation Game. And how about a »
- NATHANIEL R
Boyhood follows the life of Mason, Jr. (Ellar Coltrane) from age six to eighteen. When his parents, Mason, Sr. (Ethan Hawke) and Olivia (Patricia Arquette) divorce, Mason, Jr. and his eight-year-old sister, Samantha (Lorelei Linklater), are up-rooted from their hometown, moved across Texas, and enrolled in new schools. As their father attempts to get his life together and reunite the family, following years of aimless odd-jobs and music gigs, their single mother strives to better herself in academia – in order to provide a more stable life for her children on her own.
Over the course of the next twelve years, father, mother, daughter, and son all grow and change - molded by each other’s choices and challenging life events. Still, from grade school to graduation, Mason, Jr. forges ahead, attempting to find his way in an intimate ...
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- Ben Kendrick
Written and directed by Richard Linklater
Artistic intent is an often-debated mode of dissecting a finished product. What the artist went into the project intending to render presumably dictates the manner in which we, as audience members and general consumers of art, perceive. With film, it’s also common conception that, once the piece is finished and released into the world, 50% of its production now lies in the hands of the audience. The thought is that a movie doesn’t fully exist without someone to watch and perceive it. Both concepts are true, while neither holds predominant sway over the reception of art. What we go into an experience knowing, or not knowing, can drastically alter our perception of any given event. But while in the moment of interpretation, we are subject to a series of perceptions that exist independently of pre-defined knowledge.
- Ariel Fisher
CSI: Cyber is coming to your community. Wait, actually, it’s pretty much the other way around.
Koontz will play Agent Daniel Grummitz, a member the FBI’s task force looking into online-based crimes that’s headed by Patricia Arquette’s Special Agent Avery Ryan. Deadline describes the Grummitz character as a witty, workaholic “tech genius” who rarely goes home and cracks cases even in his downtime.
Ready for more of today’s TV intel? Buckle up, »
Boyhood is coming to St. Louis.
Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason’s parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, Boyhood charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before.
Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay’s Yellow to Arcade Fire’s Deep Blue.
Boyhood is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. It’s impossible to watch Mason and his family without thinking about our own journey. »
- Movie Geeks
For your chance to receive two (2) complimentary passes to see Boyhood at the Landmark Main Art Theater in Royal Oak, Michigan on Thursday, July 24th at 7:00Pm, just look for the “giveaway” box further down on this page.
There you’ll be directed to a variety of methods by which you can enter the contest. You’ll be asked to provide a valid email address, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter, and Tweet the contest. That’s it. That’s all you have to do to enter. We’ll contact you to let you know if you’ve won one of the 25 pairs of passes that we have. But hurry, because the contest ends at 12:00Am on Wednesday, July 23rd!
About The Film
Boyhood: Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, »
Written and directed by Richard Linklater
When a filmmaker perfectly aligns the technical and the artistic, we’re reminded of the transformative power of cinema. Lost amid the genre clichés and computer-generated extravaganzas lies an expansive battlefield called ‘the human condition’, where moments of great power co-mingle with insignificant monotony to shape our lives. Boyhood depicts these moments with startling honesty and grace, bereft of casual judgment or detached irony. It is a meditation on everything and nothing; an acknowledgement that despite the pain and confusion, we’re going to be okay. Because, really, what other choice do we have?
Shot in 39 days over the course of 12 years, writer-director Richard Linklater takes us inside the world of Mason (Ellar Coltrane), a quiet kid who’s more comfortable pondering the troublesome questions lurking in his mind than seeking easy answers from someone else. We watch him grow from a typical first-grader—curious about elves, »
- J.R. Kinnard
July's heat has slowed us down a bit here at Tfe (I'm actually at the beach as you read this) but if you haven't been popping in each day you might've missed some goodies. Herewith a baker's dozen of the most popular and/or best posts from the past couple of weeks.
Just One of the Guys Annie Hathaway
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - reviewish
Catwoman and The Joker - the two best performances ever to grace a superhero movie
Kate with a Side of Bette - a special edition of the podcast w/ Nick & Anne Marie
Flashy Title Sequences, TV - we looked at an undersung Emmy category
Exodus Tease - More of a Cock Block, really
Robin Hood - Disney's »
- NATHANIEL R
Directed by: Richard Linklater
Running Time: 2 hrs 30 mins
Release Date: July 18, 2014 (Chicago)
Plot: The story of a boy’s maturation, shown over the course of twelve years.
Who’S It For? Fans of films about life (yeah, I said it).
Filming the development of a boy’s life over the course of twelve years, Boyhood uniquely captures the wonder of how a person blossoms from the origins of a simple human being. The life of young non-actor Ellar Coltrane, and the character he plays, vividly expresses the way in which we are influenced by the lives of people around us through the gradual passage of time.
Divided into year-long chapters that start its main character at the age of six and leave him when he goes to college, Boyhood follows Coltrane’s character Mason as he, his sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater, »
- Nick Allen
Chicago – Life is made up of moments, as the philosophy of the new Richard Linklater film wants to convey. What formulates a person’s ideals and soul, born in a certain place and time? Over 12 years, the writer and director created a fictional family using the same actors in “Boyhood.”
The film is more than an experiment, it feels seamless – if you didn’t know that Linklater used the same actors over 12 years, you might think brothers portrayed the main character. Using precise time markers, mostly in technology, the director shows the growth, philosophy and aging process of one star-crossed family in Texas, who manage to survive in the way they know how to, with all their mistakes and sacrifices. The film is nearly three hours, but because of how fascinating their story becomes, it seems like a moment.
Mason (Ellar Coltrane, from age six to 18) is a product of a broken home, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Over the next week, your only real duty as a film lover is to see Richard Linklater's Boyhood. Yes, it's almost three hours long. Yes, the reviews are mindblowingly great. Yes, it's the real deal. I attended last weekend's Austin Film Society Q&A screening with Linklater, Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane in attendance and I'm definitely ready to see it again. It's that good.
Speaking of special screenings, Afs is bringing the SXSW hit Road To Austin (Mike's review) to the Marchesa tonight. The documentary examines how Austin became the "Live Music Capital Of The World" and features live performance footage from Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, Delbert McClinton, Joe Ely and over 40 other artists. If that sounds up your alley, so will the Sunday afternoon screening of Tommy Hancock: West Texas Muse. Following the leader of West Texas's premiere western swing band, the film features many Texas musicians including Jimmie Dale Gilmore, »
- Matt Shiverdecker
The passing of time is one of the main draws of Boyhood — to see how Richard Linklater uses the same actors over a 12-year span, as opposed to using actors of different ages who somewhat resemble each other. (We're looking at you, Mad Men Bobbys 1-3.) But why stop there — Boyhood's mom and dad (or Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke) have been in the spotlight for long enough that we can track almost 30 years of their aging. So we gave them the Boyhood treatment, Gif-style, to see the metamorphosis.Here's Ethan Hawke: And Patricia Arquette: »
- Marisa Woocher,Lindsey Weber
Save for two misguided dismissals, Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" has a commanding swath of positive reviews at Rotten Tomatoes yielding a 98% fresh rating at the moment. At Metacritic, the film is enjoying a staggering rating of 99 based on nearly 40 reviews so far. It's quite obvious that the film is pretty much universally acclaimed as the filmmaker's stunt has proved to be, well, way more than a stunt. It's a measured dissection of a life lived with all the mundane grace that populates it. I've had my say on this masterpiece, and Drew McWeeny has offered up one of his most personal reviews to date. At Sundance, we were already on board and we talked to Ethan Hawke while we were there, and since then we've had a lengthy sit-down with the actress who gives perhaps the film's most impressive performance: Patricia Arquette. In short, we've covered it, and now the film is in the marketplace, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Movie moms often get the short shrift in terms of character development: When seen over a number of years, they’re either the immutable rock of the family or a one-dimensional obstacle. But in Boyhood, which director Richard Linklater filmed with the same actors over 12 years, Patricia Arquette’s Olivia is as in-flux, flawed, and complex as the kids who are growing up before the audience’s eyes.
EW got a chance to speak to the actress about her experiences and surprisingly personal inspirations for Olivia.
The interview below references specific scenes in Boyhood.
EW: When did you first see the whole movie? »
- Lindsey Bahr
I don’t know about you, but as long as Ethan Hawke (Before Midnight) is in a movie, talking as quickly as a Gilmore Girl on espresso, I will enjoy it. It helps that his next film, Boyhood, is written and directed by Richard Linklater, who brought the Before Sunrise trilogy into fruition with Hawke and his co-star Julie Delpy. All of this, partnered with the overwhelmingly positive critical response, has us exceedingly impatient to see Boyhood, a film twelve years in the making.
For more Ethan Hawke, see our list of his »
- Sasha James
Peter Travers has been raving about Richard Linklater's new opus, Boyhood, since it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. But now that it's finally hitting theaters across America he's taken to At the Movies to further expound its magnificence, calling the film "a new American classic." Not only is it the best movie of the year so far, according to Travers, the critic says it wouldn't be surprised if it's still at the top of his list come December.
'Boyhood' and 11 More Must-See Sundance »
Chicago – Director Richard Linklater is a great American storyteller. In 2002, he embarked on a filmmaking journey that would be twelve years long, and conceived a fictional tale of a boy as he ages from age six to 18. Using the same actors over all those years, the result is the epic and philosophical “Boyhood.”
The power of “Boyhood” is embraced by the boy’s life cycle – portrayed by Ellar Coltrane through the ages. The ups and downs of his short but eventful existence is experienced as he grows during the 12 years. The basis for his perspective is forged through the difficulties of his estranged parents, two stepfathers and his mother’s dogged determination to keep everything together for him and his sister (portrayed by Richard Linklater’s daughter, Lorelei). Patricia Arquette (Mom) and the venerable Linklater collaborator Ethan Hawke (Dad) are around for the whole ride, and there is a poignancy »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Considering their relaxed, easygoing personas, why wouldn't a conversation between longtime friends Richard Linklater and Matthew McConaughey be genial and delightful? Sitting down for Interview Magazine, the director and actor — who have collaborated on "Dazed and Confused," "The Newton Boys," and, most recently, "Bernie" — start off discussing critics' fave "Boyhood," from the film’s novel approach to time to doing promo duties, and move on to the story of Linklater's Austin ranch burning down. Check out Toh's interviews with Linklater, Ethan Hawke, Eller Coltrane and potential Best Actress nominee Patricia Arquette as well as this scene clip from "Boyhood" — which may seem small, but is one of the film’s bigger dramatic moments. This isn't the kind of movie that burns down a ranch. »
- Nick Newman
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