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God Help the Girl is a tale of love and despair through the medium of song and dance, starring Emily Brown and Olly Alexander. Written and directed by Belle & Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch, the film in part follows Alexander’s bewitched James and his adoration of Eve (Browning,) a troubled, medicated songwriter.
To celebrate the film’s release we take a look at some of the best proclamations of love via the magical form of song in cinema.
Admittedly this sequence is mimed, but mimed to Otis Redding and with such panache that Jon Cryer’s Duckie is easily forgiven. Besotted with his best friend and sadly not as bold with his feelings as he is with his sense of fashion, Duckie’s extravagant routine is as a means of impressing his audience; a bewildered Andie (Molly Ringwald)and the quietly impressed Iona. »
- Beth Webb
While often viewed as the very definition of the derivative, repetitive and unimaginative, the much-maligned sequel has a long and illustrious history in Hollywood and beyond, with some prime specimens widely regarded as matching, or even bettering, their forebears.
On the occasion of the new 4K digital restoration of Francis Ford Coppola's lauded "The Godfather Part II," Tiff Bell Lightbox is looking back at some of the finest follow-ups in film history, paired with their predecessors in order to make the comparison complete -- from "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset" to "Batman" and "Batman Returns."
Specific showtimes can be found in the slideshow below. Second Comings: Cinema's Greatest Sequels runs from August 8 to August 31 at Tiff Bell Lightbox. »
- Chris Jancelewicz
Another day, another new category as I continue to open the doors to my 2015 Oscar predictions, today exploring the other half of this year's screenplays with 19 contenders for Best Original Screenplay and in this category there may be a little more to discuss as more of the films on my list have actually been seen. To begin my #1 is Richard Linklater's screenplay for Boyhood. Twelve years in the making and to see the finished product makes me wish I was privy to his notes from the very beginning to see how it all ended up. Linklater has seen his screenplays for Before Sunset and Before Midnight (both co-written with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy) nominated in the past and given the overwhelming love for this film I think it's safe to assume a third nomination is in the offing and right now I see it as the definite front-runner »
- Brad Brevet
Richard Linklater might be an auteur, but he’s not a snob: One year after releasing Before Sunset in 2004, for example, he directed a remake of the Bad News Bears. Still, there is a certain degree of artistic whiplash in going from Boyhood, his current critical hit that he spent 12 years making, to a remake of The Incredible Mr. Limpet, a Warner Bros. project he’s been attached to for more than three years. The original Limpet was an animation/live-action hybrid that starred Don Knotts as a man who turns into a fish and helps the Navy destroy Nazi submarines. »
- Jeff Labrecque
In Guardians of the Galaxy, Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill slowly unwinds his middle finger like a jack-in-the-box as men gaze at him from the other side of smart glass warning of his imminent “obscene gesture.” Flipping the bird has now become interstellar, the latest in a long history of imaginative fingering. The gesture has evolved beyond a simple way to say “fuck you.” It’s the obvious and subtle threat between the fingers, no longer happy to simply pop up, now it dances in many forms. Some fling it in anger, some let it tease, and some see theirs blown off. It can be bloody, robotic, disembodied, Tank Girled and adamantiumed. If Hollywood put half as much effort into storytelling as they put into creative uses of the middle finger, many of the industry’s problems would be solved. For now, we have the following 10 birds, some of which are part of the “Movie Middle Finger »
- Monika Bartyzel
Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" is a remarkable film in many ways. First, it once again solidifies the iconoclastic filmmaker's reputation as a compelling filmmaker, one who often uses time to frame his narratives. Whether it's the narratives that take place over a single day like "Dazed and Confused," or films that age over decades like the "Before Sunrise"/"Before Sunset"/"Before Moonrise" triptych, Linklater shows a remarkable capacity to use cinema to encourage audiences to look at the passing of time.
No other project more overtly demonstrates this than "Boyhood." Shot over a half-dozen years, we literally see the character grow up before our eyes. Much like Michael Apted's "Up" series of docs that trace a group of kids over many years, Linklater's documentary-like tenacity is reason enough to applaud the film.
Yet "Boyhood" is more than mere than just its filming style -- with wonderful, rich performances and an engaging narrative, »
- Jason Gorber
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)
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
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
Mad Men star Jon Hamm is looking to join the remake of the 1964 Don Knotts film, The Incredible Mr. Limpet. Other actors in talks to come on board include Kevin Hart, Danny McBride, Sarah Silverman, Josh Gad, and comedy duo Key & Peele. If cast they will join Zach Galifianakis.
The movie is being directed by Richard Linklater (Boyhood, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, After Midnight) from a script based on the novel by Theodore Pratt. Warner Bros. has been trying to get this movie made for the last 20 years, and it looks like it's finally coming together.
The original story followed "an everyman who is transformed into a fish and goes on to fight Nazis." In this new version, Galifianakis is expected 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, »
- Joey Paur
‘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
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
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
Friday Am Update: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes earned an estimated $4.1 million from Thursday night shows beginning at 10 p.m. That's a significant improvement on Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which earned $1.25 million at midnight.Unfortunately, it doesn't compare favorably to recent releases. That number is less than half of the Thursday night openings for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Godzilla and Transformers: Age of Extinction. Godzilla and Spider-Man benefited from 7 p.m. showtimes, though Transformers was essentially in the same position as Apes.Another unflattering comparison: on the same weekend last year, Pacific Rim scored $3.6 million from late Thursday shows. For the weekend, the movie wound up with just $37.3 million.Apes should still be safely over $50 million for the weekend. But the odds of it breaking out to over $75 million now look slim.Forecast: Coming off the slowest Fourth of July in over a decade, the »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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
Director: Richard Linklater.
Synopsis: The life of a young man, Mason, from age 5 to age 18.
Boyhood is an ambitious piece of film-making, as it was made over twelve years with the same actors used for every stage. Richard Linklater, the man behind Before Midnight, Before Sunset and Before Sunrise, offers viewers the chance to experience the true journey of boyhood as the star of the film, Ellar Coltrane, grows up before your very eyes.
In the film, Mason (Coltrane) and his family are forced to move a few times, deal with the acrimonious relationship of the divorced parents and new people who come along and join the family. There is the issue of girls to consider when he becomes old enough to care and that first time he tries alcohol and smoking a joint. There are also hilarious cultural references throughout the film, »
- Amanda Keats
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
It was just a couple of years ago, around the time of “Bernie," that we first ran our retrospective of the films of Richard Linklater. But in the brief period since, he’s made not one, but two films that feel like they, in fact, mark exactly the kind of caesura that should by rights have us looking back in assessment: Linklater’s last two titles deal in time passed and time passing and have slightly transformed the shape of his filmography, certainly bringing us to a newfound appreciation for his insight and intelligence, even though we were fans before. The first of the two was “Before Midnight,” the third film in the ‘Before’ trilogy which showed us Jesse and Celine a decade on from the events of “Before Sunset,” their new life stage reflected in very different pressures and concerns from those they’d shown before. But the true »
- The Playlist Staff
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
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