10 items from 2014
“The truth will only be told over a career.” This quote by Richard Linklater opens a new documentary on the filmmaker and also could be applied to another that just hit Netflix Watch Instantly this week. The first is called 21 Years: Richard Linklater and follows a career spanning more than two decades, beginning with 1991’s Slacker and ending with Before Midnight — there’s no mention of this year’s Boyhood. The second is Altman, about Robert Altman, whose long career ended eight years ago as he was scouting for locations for his next feature, at age 81. Linklater’s statement isn’t saying a life story is told over a career (you can see the context in the Reverse Shot interview it comes from), but with both films it’s hard not to expect some sort of biographical portrait of their subjects through their work. The lives of artists, Linklater and Altman included, are »
- Christopher Campbell
Matthew McConaughey cleared some misconceptions and shared a few lessons he’s learned in 22 years in Hollywood at the American Cinematheque gala Tuesday at the Beverly Hilton.
“I did not get offered the ‘Titanic’ role,” said the night’s honoree, clearing that out of the way before getting to some of his lessons.
“No. 1: The same script with $10 million attached is funnier than the same script with $1 million attached to it,” he said.
Secondly, “you have to prepare, that structure helps you play,” he added relating the story of how early in his career, carried away with the thought of being a “natural actor” he didn’t read the script till he got on set. “Then I found out it was a two-page monologue in Spanish.”
The third lesson he wanted to share was about bringing his kids on set. When he was younger he’d thought that was a bad idea. »
- Shalini Dore
In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, »
- Jeff Labrecque
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
Ethan Hawke and Richard Linkalter must have a great relationship. Since the actor starred in Linklater's film Before Sunrise back in 1995, the pair have teamed up for two Before sequels and a handful of other projects (The Newton Boys, anyone?). They've also spent every summer for the past twelve years together.
Each summer, Linklater has reunited a cast and crew to film the movie Boyhood, which hits theatres this Friday. The fictional film documents the life of a young boy as he grows and matures from age 5 to 18. Hawke and Patricia Arquettestar as the parents of Mason (Ellar Coltrane) in this unique and original film, who have watched the young star grow in front of their eyes, both on and off screen.
With almost 30 years of acting under his belt, Hawke has treated us to everything from sci-fi and real-life dramas such asAlive, to Shakespearean adaptations and comedies like Reality Bites which define a generation. »
- Rachel West
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
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
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
Sure, Matthew McConaughey's mom is thrilled her son took home the Best Actor Oscar last Sunday. But in Kay McCabe's book, McConaughey was already a winner. "Matthew makes me proud because he is very humble and sincere and a very thoughtful person," she tells People. "He is just a great son." Not to mention a natural family man. As husband to Camila, 31, and father to their kids Levi, 5½, Vida, 4, and 15-month-old Livingston, Matthew, 44, couldn't have had a better role model than his own dad, James, a gas-station owner who died in 1992, says Kay. "I had no doubt when he decided to marry, »
- Elizabeth Leonard
10 items from 2014
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