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The New York premiere of Richard Linklater's acclaimed new film "Boyhood" will open the 2014 BAMcinemaFest. The Festival, which celebrates the best of American independent cinema, will take place June 18th - June 29th. "Boyhood" has been 12 years in the making, spanning the real lives of its actors, and has already received very favorable reviews and awards during its film festival circuit run. Indiewire's own Eric Kohn gave the film a glowing review, rewarding it an "A" and writing, "Epic in scope yet unassuming throughout, Linklater's incredibly involving chronicle marks an unprecedented achievement in fictional storytelling." The Playlist talked to Linklater about the making of the film in this interview. Shot between 2002 and 2013, the film is another example of Linklater's unique mixture of experimentation and classical narrative, with elements of realism -- long takes, improvisation, and location shooting -- melding with his signature dreamlike, poetic style. It takes »
- Melina Gills
The Austin Film Society has a very special event tonight at the Marchesa to kick off another week of marvelous screenings. The Sound Of Silent Film Festival will feature short films accompanied by musical performances from Chicago's Access Contemporary Music organization. Several Austin musicians will join Acm for this collaborative and unique evening.
The Afs spotlight on New Romanian Cinema continues this week at the Marchesa with Cristian Mungiu's critically acclaimed Beyond The Hills on Sunday (presented digitally) and his emotionally devastating 2007 feature Four Months, Three Weeks and Two Days (presented in 35mm) on Tuesday. On Wednesday night, Richard Linklater will present Cutter's Way starring Jeff Bridges and John Heard. As is the case for his entire Jewels In The Wasteland series, there will be an introduction and post-film group discussion led by Linklater himself. David Pulbrook's 2012 effort Last Dance will be featured on Thursday night as part »
- Matt Shiverdecker
We’d heard back around Sundance that the title for Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” would likely change. Guess that’s not happening. “Boyhood” now has a poster and it’s, well…. not very different from the three scant photos we’ve seen. In fact, it’s the exact photo of the boy in question (Ellar Coltrane), just in poster size. Still, Linklater’s movie is worth celebrating. Shot over the course of 12 years with the same four actors Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette and the filmmaker’s daughter, Lorelei Linklater, “Boyhood” is a terrific cinematic experience chronicling the life of a family over more than a decade. It’s a journey that’s both emotional and even transcendent as the family’s center, Mason (Coltrane), goes from childhood to adulthood over the course of almost three hours (our review here). "I bet the whole farm on that property of storytelling, »
- Edward Davis
A dreamy new poster has arrived for Richard Linklater's award-winning festival favorite "Boyhood." Shot over short periods from 2002 to 2013 with the same four actors -- Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette and Lorelei Linklater -- the film spans the emotional journey of a family over the course of 12 years, and through the eyes of the young son Mason (Coltrane). Linklater will soon be feted at the San Francisco International Film Festival. IFC Films will open "Boyhood" stateside on July 11, ahead of the Oscar pack. Read our glowing review of the film here. Poster below. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
As promised last week, here I am again with some more up to date Oscar predictions. They’re not amazingly different from what I debuted with, but they do already show a change in focus, at least in terms of some of the second tier contenders. We’ve still got a long way to go and these new predictions will likely be completely wrong anyway, but I feel ever so slightly more confident in backing these sorts of horses as opposed to other ones. If nothing else, this sort of shows where I’m going from as the months pass and the race begins to evolve into something actually competitive… The big difference that you’ll notice besides the changes that I made in each category is that I’m also listing predicted winners now. As such, you can see that films like Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, »
- Joey Magidson
Besides making lots and lots of money, "The Conjuring" solidified the fact that, even in whatever you're supposed to call this decade, you can still make a scary movie that doesn't rely exclusively on buckets of blood and extreme sexual violence. Instead, you could tell a classy, subtle, emotionally engaging tale of everyday people faced with an otherworldly presence... And that people would actually show up.
The same line of thinking is involved with this weekend's "Oculus," which we first saw back at SXSW --it's the tale of a pair of adult siblings (Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites) who confront the haunted mirror that was responsible for a seismic family tragedy many years earlier. Yes, that sounds like a very silly horror movie. But sometimes, in the words of George Michael, you've got to have faith.
But does "Oculus" actually bring it? Or does it leave you screaming... for more? »
- Drew Taylor
If you’ve struggled to wait out the three months before Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood gets a theatrical release, a) don’t read our review, and b) instead enjoy this unusual source of the director’s varied tastes. As hosted by the Austin Film Society, that city’s proudest son has guest-programmed “Jewels in the Cinema: A Trip Through ’80s [...] »
- Nick Newman
The Los Angeles Film Festival (Laff) is gearing up for a bow this June, having already announced Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer" as the opening night premiere. Today Film Independent, which puts on the fest, announced this year's guest director and a special honor for two all-timers in the indie game. First off, "The Kids Are All Right" helmer Lisa Cholodenko has been tapped as Guest Director for the 20th annual. Past Guest Directors have included David O. Russell, Kathryn Bigelow, William Friedkin, Guillermo Del Toro and Alfonso Cuarón. Cholodenko will attend the 13th annual Filmmaker Retreat at the Parker Palm Springs, a gathering of festival filmmakers and honored artists. "Lisa's work exemplifies our mission of supporting artists who are diverse, innovative and have a unique point of view," Laff Director Stephanie Allen said. "We're lucky to have her share her insights and process with us at our annual retreat." Meanwhile, Sony Pictures Classics »
- Kristopher Tapley
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is expected to rake in record dollars at the box office this weekend, but star Chris Evans still needs your help. He’s looking for a better title for his directorial debut, tentatively called “1:30 Train,” a placeholder name that he doesn’t like.
Evans describes the film as a cousin to Richard Linklater’s “Before Sunset”– it tells the story of a young woman (Alice Eve) who misses her train home and spends the night talking to a stranger (Evans) at Grand Central Terminal. He recently finished editing the movie-not-called “1:30 Train,” and expects that it will enter the festival circuit next year.
“I got to think of a new title,” Evans told Variety last month, during an interview at his house in the Hollywood Hills. “Any ideas?” Here are some deal-breakers: he absolutely doesn’t want the new name to include the words night, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
The Austin Film Society's series on New Romanian Cinema continues this weekend with Corneliu Porumnoiu's When Evening Falls On Bucharest Or Metabolism. It plays this evening and again on Sunday night at The Marchesa. Tuesday night's featured theme is Doc Nights, turning the spotlight on Blood Brother. Steve Hoover's documentary about a young man's trip to India working with HIV-infected children won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at last year's Sundance Film Festival. If you're up for a German WWII epic, Richard Linklater will be presenting a 35mm print of 1981's Das Boot on Wednesday night. Finally, Essential Cinema on Thursday night will be the 2012 Turkish film Watchtower.
Heading over to the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, the theater is bringing us the Marx Bros. starring in Animal Crackers on Saturday and Tuesday afternoon, a few screenings of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom in 35mm happening from Saturday-Monday, »
- Matt Shiverdecker
Now that we’re officially a quarter of the way through 2014, I figured I’d debut my year in advance Academy Award predictions. These are actually the ones that I came up with back in March the night of the Oscars, so they’re not the most up to date, but they’re a good starting point for the season. I’m also excluding winners this time out, just so we can start slowly. Depending on how the season progresses, these can evolve into weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly posts, so for now we’ll play it by ear. I’m always keen to share predictions though, so it’s safe to say that this won’t be an infrequent series. Basically, I see this season as one that could really favor Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, David Fincher’s Gone Girl, Jason Reitman’s Men, Women, »
- Joey Magidson
A marvelous little unpacking of the meaning of happiness, precisely what constitutes it, and how to know whether you’ve found it. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Nick (Jim Broadbent: Closed Circuit) and Meg (Lindsay Duncan: About Time) have been married a long time. We’re not sure how long, as Le Week-end opens with them on the train from London to Paris for a getaway, but the practiced ease of their togetherness, all reflexive sniping and easy intimacy, is plain. You know these people… but you don’t see them in movies often. Apart from the simple pleasure of spending cinematic time with intriguing yet realistic people exploring the conundrums of life in an engaging and sympathetic way, we have here the pleasure of seeing a couple of fresh, funny 60somethings having little »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Whether you’re new to Tap, or have seen them in concert (like me), it’s hard to argue with free, and the Yeah! App from AMC Networks is offering This is Spinal Tap – The Special Features Version for free through April 11th.
Far more than just a ‘Pop Up Video’ version of films, the Yeah! App gives you a completely unique experience, and none of the films is packed with more awesome than This is Spinal Tap, which not only pulls in hundreds of cool notes, but gives you some incredible insights from a variety of legendary rockers… and Jack Black.
Check out the full details below, and make sure you don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy this truly special viewing experience.
- Marc Eastman
The 57th San Francisco International Film Festival has revealed its lineup for the 2014 fest, set to kick off April 24 and run through May 8. Along with unveiling its various premieres, the festival will be handing out a few key awards. The 2014 George Gund Craft of Cinema Award will go to Pixar chief John Lasseter on May 1; the Mel Novikoff Award will go to film historian David Thomson on May 4; and the Founders Directing Award will go to Richard Linklater ("Boyhood"). Gia Coppola's "Palo Alto," which arrives in theaters May 9, is the fest's centerpiece gala. At a glance, this year's edition of the fest will host 168 films (74 of which are narrative features, 29 documentaries and 65 shorts), with 56 countries represented and 40 different languages; 3 World Premieres, 5 North American Premieres and 5 U.S. Premieres; with 200 filmmakers and industry guests expected to attend. The full schedule is available on Sfiff's website. List of »
- Beth Hanna
Well, Magic Mike 2 is just around the corner and will reportedly be titled Magic Mike Xxl with Steven Soderbergh's first assistant on the first film, Gregory Jacobs, taking over the directorial reins. Channing Tatum wrote the screenplay and is obviously expected to return for the sequel along with the likes of Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer and Matthew McConaughey. The film begins shooting this fall with Tatum previously saying it would be a road-trip comedy, but things could have changed since then. Collider, The Playlist IFC Films announced yesterday that Richard Linklater's Boyhood will open in Us theaters on July 11. With a screenplay by Linklater, Boyhood was filmed over short periods from 2002 to 2013, and stars Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and Lorelei Linklater in a story covering 12 years in the life of a family. At the center is Mason, who with his sister Samantha, is taken on »
- Brad Brevet
The Austin Film Society will begin a series this weekend spotlighting the best in New Romanian Cinema with Child's Pose, which won the Golden Bear for best film at last year's Berlin Film Festival. The film stars Luminita Gheorghiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) and plays tonight and again Sunday afternoon at the Marchesa.
Meanwhile, Richard Linklater's incredible Jewels In The Wasteland series continues this week with Godard's Every Man For Himself on Wednesday night. Linklater will introduce the film and lead an audience discussion after the screening.
On Monday night, Tiger Tail In Blue is screening at the Marchesa thanks to Afs. Local filmmaker Andrew Bujalski will moderate a post-film Skype Q&A with director and lead actor Frank Ross. The indie film was nominated for a Gotham Award for "Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You" and we're lucky to have a theater to bring movies like this to town. »
- Matt Shiverdecker
After some debate about how to release writer-director Richard Linklater's fest hit "Boyhood," a unique chronicle of a boy's life, the film's backer IFC Films will open the film in stateside theaters on July 11. The film tracks Mason (Ellar Coltrane) from age six through his graduation from high school at age 18. His parents are played by Ethan Hawke ("Sunrise" trilogy) and Patricia Arquette, with Lorelei Linklater as his sister. Linklater filmed the story for two weeks every year for 12 years, from 2002 to 2013. IFC Films chief Jonathan Sehring greenlit the audacious project, and every year, footed the bill. After "Boyhood"'s enthusiastic reception at the Sundance Film Festival, Linklater went on to win the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival. The film also played well at Austin resident Linklater's hometown SXSW. There was some discussion of selling the film to another distributor, but financier IFC opted to. »
- Anne Thompson
The Guardian a deleted pre-coronation scene between sisters Anna and Elsa in Frozen
Antagony & Ecstasy Tim on Muppets Most Wanted. I liked the movie more than he but this is why I hired him for Tfe. Such an incisive film critic.
Playbill offers up "top ten reasons why we love Sutton Foster" I cosign on all of them except for maybe #10 since I didn't see that one.
NPR on the recent spate of bible movies
Kotaku Joss Whedon already apologizing for Avengers Age of Ultron filming chaos
Pajiba you haven't forgotten about Tom Hardy have you?
The Playlist ranks 20 great continuous shots in film history from The Earrings of Madame D (1953) through the opening of The Player »
- NATHANIEL R
Briefly: One of the best films of 2014 so far, Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood, will now get a release right in the middle of summer. IFC, which has backed Boyhood for over ten years, has given the film a July 11 release date. Linklater began shooting the film in 2002, and brought the cast together once […]
- Russ Fischer
Back in 2002, Linklater had the idea to make a movie about childhood — but rather than telling a story about a singular moment or chapter from growing up, he decided to cast a 6-year-old (Ellar Coltrane) and film him a little bit every year until he went to college. Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette play the boy’s parents, and Linklater’s daughter, Lorelei, plays the boy’s sister.
IFC Films agreed to produce and distribute the film at the outset, and their faith was rewarded when Linklater’s daring, »
- Jeff Labrecque
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