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Today’s film is the 1985 short Woodshock. A documentary covering the 1985 incarnation of the Woodshock music festival, the short is co-directed by Lee Daniel and Richard Linklater. Over the course of a career spanning nearly 20 years, Linklater has amassed critical and commercial acclaim for numerous features, including Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight, Waking Life, and School of Rock. His newest feature, titled Boyhood, opened in limited release in American theatres this weekend.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Critics are labeling “Boyhood” a masterpiece and those rave reviews are translating into strong ticket sales.
The Richard Linklater drama debuted to $359,000 from five locations in New York and Los Angeles this weekend, giving it the second biggest debut this year and of Linklater’s career from a per-screen average standpoint.
“The film seems to be being embraced as much by ticket buyers as it has been by critics and in my experience that’s a rare thing and a great thing,” said producer John Sloss.
It’s a reward that was more than a decade in coming. Linklater’s story of a young man navigating his way to adulthood, past broken homes, schoolyard bullies and failed romances, was shot over a 12 year period for $5 million. It’s a unique accomplishment that has few parallels in the history of movies — Michael Apted has attempted something similar with his “Up” documentary series, »
- Brent Lang
Well, last week's "What I Watched" column suffered a setback when the site was getting hammered with traffic from people reading my article about getting rid of MPAA ratings, I don't think we'll have a similar issue this weekend so hopefully the conversation will return to its typical, lively nature. As for me, a bit of a slower week with me watching Dazed and Confused for my latest Best Movies article, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes my review here and last night I watched True Lies as well as the first 30 minutes or so of The Raid 2, which I'll be reviewing later this week, but I will already say is a vast improvement over the first film. Other than that, I didn't watch much. I did go to the horse races on Friday night and the Mariners game the night before that as it has been nice »
- Brad Brevet
Richard Linklater has had quite an illustrious career so far, spanning the iconic stoner comedy Dazed And Confused to emotionally touching movies like Before Sunset and Before Midnight, but no project meets the ambition of his latest cinematic triumph - Boyhood. Wanting to capture every essence of adolescence during the maturity of one lucky actor, Linklater met with his cast and crew for a few weeks each year for twelve years and developed a story about one child’s exploration into manhood from the humble beginnings of a wide-eyed toddler. Yes, this is a project over 12 years in the making – and it’s undoubtedly worth the wait.
There’s something about growing with actor Ellar Coltrane and actress Lorelei Linklater (yes, Richard’s daughter) that ensures a strong connective bond, harkening back to our very own childhood experiences. Every phase is captured, from rebellious times to more mature glances of puberty, »
- Matt Donato
The one thing I can rely on Richard Linklater for is his uncanny ability to produce a vision of an era and show it in subtle detail both in language and in visuals. He is able to take dialogue and twist it around the very essence of his characters to the point where it feels entirely natural and completely real. His previous films, such as the “Before…” series, Slacker and Dazed and Confused have taken the element of time, of the past, and of the potential future and created a brilliant symphony of storytelling inside of them, and this film, this film does even more than that.
A true work of passion, writer and director Linklater began work on Boyhood back in 2002 after wanting to make a film and tell a story about childhood, and about growing up. »
- Chris Cummings
‘Boyhood’ movie review: Richard Linklater has created ‘conceptually brilliant new film’ (photo: Ellar Coltrane in ‘Boyhood’) Director Richard Linklater once said, “The most unique property of cinema is how it lets you mold time, whether it’s over a long or a very brief period.” Indeed, time — and our relationship to it both philosophically and practically — has been an ongoing theme in Linklater’s work over the course of his now lengthy career, and it is once again at the center of the writer-director’s conceptually brilliant new film, which took more than twelve years to nurture: Boyhood. When we first meet Mason (Ellar Coltrane), he’s six years old and living with his mother (Patricia Arquette) and sister (Lorelei Linklater, the filmmaker’s daughter) in a small town in Texas; his dad (Ethan Hawke) is a better-than-average weekend-warrior of an absentee father. Mason is a quirky kid with an »
- Tim Cogshell
Filmed intermittently but with the same actors over a period of 12 years, Boyhood is a coming-of-age film not quite like any other. It has the same relaxed, life- as-it-happens naturalism as many of Richard Linklater's other films – Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise and its sequels – but this one is also novelistic in its richness and scope, and really does seem effortlessly to capture life as it is happening. »
Justin Chang: Andrew, if you’ll allow me a brief (sort of) digression before we get down to business: A few nights ago, as part of our foolhardy mission to rank the films of Richard Linklater, I watched “Waking Life” for the first time since I’d seen it at a college screening in 2001. Back then, we were both sophomores at USC (though we didn’t know each other at the time), and presumably of the ideal age and mindset to groove on the film’s kaleidoscopic visuals and similarly trippy discourse. I recall having been more bored than seduced at the time, though I’m happy to say that my very different reaction following this second viewing — which began around midnight, all the better to cultivate the optimal bleary-eyed dream state — was enough to move “Waking Life” a few notches up my own list.
At a certain point late into the movie, »
- Justin Chang and Andrew Barker
Even though it’s only July, it’s hard to imagine watching a better-made movie in 2014 than “Boyhood.” Shot in secret over 12 years, director Richard Linklater captures the journey, and struggles, of growing up — his lead actor Ellar Coltrane ages in real time, from 6 to 18 onscreen. No other film has ever been made this way. Coltrane could have bailed from the project once he hit puberty, since even the strictest contract couldn’t keep him on a project for so long, but he stuck it through to the end (along with Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke, who play his parents).
For millennials and movie buffs, Linklater, who is 53, is one of the most influential directors of the arthouse boom of the early ’90s. When I recently interviewed Chris Evans, he said he modeled his upcoming directorial debut, “1:30 Train,” on “Before Sunset.” You could argue that Linklater, who was influenced by the French New Wave, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Yes, the current cinematic landscape is filled with giant, towering transformers that can handily destroy large swaths of both Chicago and China, super-intelligent apes leading a revolt against humanity, and dueling, computer-generated dragons. But the most epic film of the summer, maybe the entire year, is entering into limited release this weekend, available only in boutique cinemas or art house theaters. And that movie is "Boyhood."
This is a movie that has literally been filming for 12 years. Writer/director Richard Linklater, previously responsible for "Dazed and Confused" and "School of Rock," would gather his actors once a year and film for a few days, with the ultimate goal of chronicling how a young boy grows up. But this isn't some stodgy documentary; this is a fictionalized account of adolescence that is full of very dramatic moments.
But is this something that impenetrably artsy? Or something that is worth leaving the multiplex for? »
- Drew Taylor
While Richard Linklater was making "School of Rock," "Bad News Bears," "Before Sunset" and "Bernie," he was also quietly making "Boyhood," a film that's production spanned 12 years. It's an unprecedented experiment, one that's met with unqualified raves as Linklater follows one boy, Mason (newcomer Ellar Coltrane) from age 5 to 18.
Much of the film is inspired by Linklater's own life and he cast Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason's divorced parents, and his own daughter, Lorelei, as Mason's sister. All agreed to the unconventional project, which Linklater had mapped out but was never sure exactly where it would go.
The director sat down with Moviefone (while an exhausted Coltrane took a nap in the same room) at the film's Los Angeles junket to discuss how his own daughter wanted to bail on the film, forcing Ethan Hawke to wear Dockers, and waiting to see what kind of kid Mason was »
- Sharon Knolle
I can't remember if I saw Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused when Universal unceremoniously dumped it into only 183 theaters on September 24, 1993, but seeing how it topped out at 191 theaters I have to assume I was among the masses that caught it on video shortly thereafter. No matter when I first saw it, I do remember when I fell in love with it. It was 1995, my freshman year in college and while I wasn't a teen of the '70s, it didn't take much to find a connection. My college roommate and I would damn near have this film playing on a loop, and while I can't speak for him, for me it hit home because while the film is centering on a junior high student's initiation into high school, I had a similar experience transitioning from high school to college. While many aspects of Dazed and Confused are teenage dreamworld scenarios, »
- Brad Brevet
I suppose it’s not surprising that I had such a visceral reaction to Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood,” since I remember deeply identifying with “Dazed and Confused,” whose stoner ’70s teenagers were the exact same age as me in the year it was set.
I’m the same age as Linklater, and though many of his films have a queso-drenched Texas patina that’s alien to me, clearly we’ve lived through many of the same cultural references.
But I related to “Boyhood” on a whole new level. The kids in the movie are the same age as my kids, and watching them grow up through the 2000s was a wrenching three-hour tour through our lives. It was as if someone had been filming us the whole time — all the bad along with the good — not just the Christmas present-unwrapping or Halloween costume parades that usually get taped, but the day dad moved out, »
- Pat Saperstein
For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at a bit of an indie A-lister, though far from an unknown. It’s filmmaker Richard Linklater, a writer and director who has managed to consistently do things in a unique way and bring audiences along with him at the same time. As heralded as he already is (especially this week with Boyhood hitting theaters), he still sometimes seems underrated to me. For a man with a pair of Oscar nominations, he still manages to work decidedly outside of the box and still cultivate an audience. Even his studio outings have been memorable. Frankly, Linklater is one of a kind. Linklater has always done things his way, from his fly on the wall debut Slacker to Dazed and Confused to the Before trilogy (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight). Throw in Boyhood and you have five near classics from one filmmaker, »
- Joey Magidson
My just posted interview with Richard Linklater took place on May 31 and when I asked him about his long-gestating remake of the live-action/animation hybrid The Incredible Mr. Limpet starring Zach Galifianakis all he said was essentially at a loss for words saying, "Yeah, I don't think that's happening... You know, studios, eh, they're so full of sh*t, you know, it's just, nothing, nothing..." Now, a couple days after that interview posted The Wrap has a story suggesting Jon Hamm is circling a live-action role opposite Galafianakis, who has long been attached to play Larry Limpet, a bearded beach bum trying to save the fish population. When he's turned into a fish, Limpet sets out on an adventure to save his town and the sea world, learning valuable lessons along the way. Did something happen in the month since I spoke with Linklater that turned this project aroundc After all, »
- Brad Brevet
Written and Directed by Richard Linklater.
The life of a young man, Mason, from age 5 to age 18.
Filmmaking doesn’t get much better than Boyhood. It’s a unique experience and if there’s one thing which will make you happier than the film itself, it’s the very fact that it got made.
Seriously, we should be truly thankful for Richard Linklater and the films he gives us. I see his work as gifts rather than simply film releases; whether that is Dazed and Confused, SubUrbia, Tape, or the incomparable Before Trilogy, his films transcend expectations of what can be achieved when a director works on his own terms and strives to be different whilst never being untrue to himself. He makes the films he wants to make and the stories he wants to tell, never taking »
- Gary Collinson
Most often when you hear a movie took twelve years to make it's because a director couldn't find financing or some other industry-related issue(s) caused a delay in production, not because that's how long it has taken to film all the necessary footage. When it comes to Richard Linklater's Boyhood, its twelve-year production timeline is exactly as it was intended and I think we'll be hard-pressed to see a better film this year. Beginning in 2002, Linklater came up with the idea to capture individual moments in the life of Mason, a young boy played here by Ellar Coltrane from the time he was only eight years old. From fighting with his sister (Linklater's own daughter Lorelei Linklater), looking at his first adult magazine, an unwanted haircut, first girlfriend, first beer and dealing with the separation of his parents (Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke), the film bounces in and »
- Brad Brevet
This Friday is a significant date for the cast and crew of Richard Linklater's "Boyhood." After 12 long years of production on one of the most unique film projects of all time, the film will finally be unleashed on the movie-going public. For Patricia Arquette, the anxiety mostly came at the end of shooting, when she realized this clearly life-altering experience was coming to a close. In the film, she stars as the mother of Mason (Ellar Coltrane), a headstrong woman already dealing with the effects of a broken home at the beginning of the story who is challenged with finding her way through the ups and downs of life as much as her son. The film could just as easily have been called "Motherhood," and indeed, you come away sensing that Arquette delivers the film's stand-out performance. Recently I sat down for lunch with Arquette at Hollywood's Musso & Frank Grill. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Richard Linklater on the set of BoyhoodPhoto: IFC Films If you're not yet familiar with Richard Linklater's new film Boyhood that's something you're going to want to remedy sooner rather than later. Filming began in 2002 when Linklater cast seven-year-old Ellar Coltrane as Mason and began work on a project that would take twelve years to complete. Coltrane stars as Mason as snapshots of the young boy's life were captured each and every year with Ethan Hawke playing his father who, before the film even begins, has divorced his mother (Patricia Arquette). Mason lives with his mother and sister (Richard Linklater's own daughter, Lorelei Linklater) and the film bounces through time as Mason goes from elementary school to his very first day in college. It's a film as unique as they come and another showcase for the writer/director that brought us films such as Dazed and Confused, School of Rock »
- Brad Brevet
After Slacker and Dazed and Confused but before Bernie, Before Midnight and the soon-to-be-released Boyhood, Richard Linklater made a charming little movie called The Newton Boys. Filmed in Texas and featuring a band of charismatic actors (most of whom have gone on to considerable success in film and/or television), this true story depicts the bank-robbing exploits of four entrepreneurial and adventure-loving brothers in the early 20th century.
Raised in Uvalde County, Texas in a cotton farming family, the Newton brothers are an unruly bunch whose lives tell a one-of-a-kind story of American idealism and brash (but mostly non-violent) outlaw behavior. After Dock and Willis, the oldest two brothers (Vincent D'Onofrio and Matthew McConaughey), experience various real and perceived injustices (including class-based discrimination, wrongful imprisonment and general mistreatment by authority figures), they give up on trying to live lawful lives and instead decide to take what they think should be theirs. »
- Caitlin Moore
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