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You’ve never seen a movie like Boyhood before because, until now, no one’s had the patience to make one.
“We’ve been working on it for 12 years,” explains Ethan Hawke, who co-stars in the film directed by Richard Linklater, his collaborator on the Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight trilogy. “It’s a film about childhood. We shot a short film for about four or five days every year for the last 12 years. When we started, the boy was six and now he’s 19.Patricia Arquette plays his mom and I play his dad. It follows the development of this one young man.”
“What? How? Where? Wtf?” Linklater jokes about his achievement, arguably the most audacious in a long line of unusual movies that began in 1991 with Slacker and has continued through Dazed and Confused, Waking Life, Tape, School of Rock, Fast Food Nation, A Scanner Darkly, Bernie and the aforementioned Before films. »
- Bob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine
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
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
Director’s pet projects are often described as a labour of love, but Richard Linklater’s new film Boyhood (released in both UK and Us cinemas today) is perhaps the most pertinent example of that phrase, having experienced an incredibly long birthing period in cinematic terms. Shot using the same actors (lead Ellar Coltrane makes the leap from ethereal 6 year old, awkward adolescent, and finally, insightful young adult with effortless ease) over a couple of weeks and spread over 12 consecutive years, this is filmmaking without a safety net.
Already laden with superlatives from those who have seen it (and justifiably so) it’s a bravura effort which gently compels you to reflect on your own life, and the staggeringly swift passage of time that seems to pass as you increase in age (the then-twelve year-old Coltrane reflecting on the best films of 2008 with screen father Ethan Hawke makes that year »
- Adam Lowes
It's been over three years since director Richard Linklater was revealed to be attached to a remake of The Incredible Mr. Limpet, the hybrid animated and live-action film from 1964 that starred Don Knotts as a man who is turned into a cartoon fish. Earlier this year we learned that Linklater was still involved after all these years with the filmmaker's Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly collaborators Femke Wolting and Tommy Pallotta working on the animation side of things. Now the cast around leading man Zach Galifianakis is starting to fill out with names like Jon Hamm, Danny McBride and more comedy gems. The Wrap also pegs Sarah Silverman, Josh Gad, Kevin Hart and sketch comedy masters Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele ("Key & Peele"). The original story has been changed slightly as this version will follow Galifianakis playing Larry Limpet, a bearded beach bum trying to save the fish population. »
- Ethan Anderton
You would be forgiven for not instantly recognising the name The Incredible Mr Limpet. It comes from a novel – ‘Mr Limpet’ – written by Theodore Pratt in 1942, about a shy bookkeeper falling off a pier and turning into a fish. Unfazed, he embarks on a life assisting the Us Navy in locating Nazi U-boats during World War II. The novel was adapted into a film in 1964, with Don Knotts in the title role, Arthur Lubin as director, and the story presented in a mix of live-action and animation. Now, phenomenal filmmaker Richard Linklater is bringing Limpet back to the big screen, and it all sounds very exciting.
This re-make has been in development at Warner Bros, in various forms, for some time. An attempt at production in the 1990s had Jim Carrey in the lead role and Steve Oedekerk (Bruce Almighty) calling the shots. After apparently spending time and money on animation tests, »
- Sarah Myles
Jon Hamm has entered talks to play the villain in Warner Bros' The Incredible Mr Limpet remake.
Zach Galifianakis will take on the title role of Henry Limpet, who is granted his wish to be transformed into a fish.
He fights to protect the underwater population of a small beach town threatened by an unscrupulous businessman (Hamm).
McBride and Silverman are up for live action roles while Gad, Hart, Key and Peele would take on animated parts.
Director Richard Linklater has long been a pioneer of experimental filmmaking, with revolutionary movies such as Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly under his belt. Those projects almost pale in comparison to Boyhood, which took a whopping 12 years to shoot.
IFC Films has released a new featurette for this upcoming drama, where Richard Linklater explains that he wanted to make a movie about growing up, using the same cast (Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke) over a 12-year period. The production was shot in brief increments every year to show how the cast members literally age over this timeframe, telling the story of this fictional family. We also hear from Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke as they describe this historic filmmaking journey in Boyhood, debuting in limited release on July 11.
Filmed over short periods from 2002 to 2013, Boyhood is a groundbreaking cinematic experience covering 12 years in the life of a family. »
Fittingly enough for a film about a long, unhurried process of discovery, it wasn’t until near the wrap of production that Richard Linklater decided he would call his 16th feature “Boyhood.” That was in the summer of 2013, more than a decade after he and his cast and crew had shot the first frames of their movie about an East Texas kid named Mason Evans Jr. and his journey through childhood and adolescence. Seeking a title that would suggest not only the picture’s narrative scope but also its lengthy shooting history, Linklater settled on “12 Years” — a seemingly perfect choice, at least until the writer-director discovered there was a similarly named, soon-to-be Oscar-winning prestige picture on the horizon.
“I was like, not ‘10 Years a Slave?’ Not ‘15 Years a Slave?’ Are you kidding me?!” Linklater says with a laugh. “I was like, Ok, the world is telling us to stay out of numerical titles. »
- Justin Chang
One of the truly nagging difficulties with indie films is that it is often quite a while before you actually get the chance to catch them. Such is the case with Radio Free Albemuth, which made the festival rounds a few years ago now, and is finally getting released. If nothing else, it should be enough for many to know that it is based on a Philip K. Dick work. If that isn’t enough, it managed quite a lot of praise from those who caught it during that festival tour.
Any Sci-Fi fans out there need to take a look at this one, and make sure you get to it if you can. Philip K. Dick stories may sometimes get twisted around in the film adaptation, »
- Marc Eastman
In case you missed it, check out the trailer.
It’s 1985 in an alternate reality and Berkeley record store clerk Nick Brady (Jonathan Scarfe, Perception) begins to experience strange visions transmitted from an extra-terrestrial source he calls Valis. He and his wife (Katheryn Winnick – Vikings) move to Los Angeles where he becomes a successful music executive with a secret mission to overthrow the oppressive government led by Us President Fremont (Scott Wilson – The Walking Dead).
- Michelle McCue
We're holding a free screening of a crime classic of your choice next week. Here's a look at the last option: Minority Report...
On the 5th June, we're holding a free crime classic cinema screening to celebrate the launch of the videogame Murdered: Soul Suspect. You can find out details of the screening, and how you can vote for the film you most want to see, here.
Nb: This article contains spoilers.
Near the beginning of his career, Tom Cruise was a hair’s breadth away from playing the lead in Terry Gilliam’s sci-fi classic, Brazil. Gilliam, casting around for a decent 20-something actor to play the lead role of Sam Lowry, saw Cruise in his breakthrough film, Risky Business, and was immediately impressed by the performance. »
Whoa - where did this come from? A press release has announced that Gravitas Ventures has acquired Us release rights to release a documentary about the filmmaking career of Richard Linklater, who just debuted his 12-year project Boyhood at Sundance earlier this year. Titled 21 Years: Richard Linklater, the feature-length doc "examines the first 21 years of Linklater's career and includes intimate interviews with many of the filmmakers' longtime collaborators and animation by Austin-based Powerhouse Animation Studios." His first 21 years of work includes classic films like Slacker, Dazed & Confused, Before Sunrise & Sunset, Waking Life, School of Rock, Bad News Bears, Fast Food Nation and A Scanner Darkly. Read on. The documentary is made by Paste Magazine's movies editor Michael Dunaway and Tara Wood. Here's the full description of the project direct from the press release, detailing some of the people interviewed: Drawing on the idea that the first 21 years of work defines the career of an artist, »
- Alex Billington
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes casting details on The Chair, Camp of the Damned, and Love Sick, trailers for Chimeres and Phantasmagoria, production and distribution news on Australian film, The Pack, and much more:
Exclusive Casting News for The Chair: We’ve been told that Travis Love (Shumpert from The Walking Dead) has been added to the cast of the upcoming horror/thriller, The Chair. Love will play the Commanding Officer in a flashback scene that features Jimmy (Jacob Banser) and Sullivan (Brian Thompson).
Synopsis: “Based off of the Alterna Comics graphic novel of the same name, The Chair follows the story of Richard Sullivan, an innocent man struggling to escape execution on death row. Witnessing the torture and murder of his fellow inmates at the hands of the prison’s sadistic and psychotic Warden, »
- Tamika Jones
Philip K. Dick novels have had a tumultuous realization on the big screen. His novels have been the inspiration for classic scifi like Blade Runner and Minority Report and faithful adaptations like A Scanner Darkly, but his less mainstream works have struggled to find a home on the big screen. A prime example is the acclaimed novel Radio Free Albemuth. Adapted independently in 2007 as to maintain the subversive messages within the story, Radio Free Albemuth has had a seven year journey to »
- Alex Maidy
With a filmography that includes Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight, and A Scanner Darkly, writer-director Richard Linklater has garnered critical and commercial acclaim over the course of his career. Fans of Linklater were thus excited to learn of the unveiling of his latest feature at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Titled Boyhood, the film is notable for having been shot over the course of 12 years, with Linklater and the film cast and crew getting together annually to shoot it in between other projects. Linklater once again takes on writing and directing duties, working with a cast that includes Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Lorelei Linklater, and Ellar Coltrane. The first trailers for the film have now been released, and can be seen below.
(Source: First Showing)
- Deepayan Sengupta
IFC has officially released the first trailer for Richard Linklater's Boyhood, a movie following one boy's life as he grows from boy to young man, filmed in bits and pieces from 2002 to 2012. There is no movie coming out in 2014 that I've been anticipating more than this one, and the trailer only ups the ante for me. Few writer/directors working today capture the mundane beauty of modern life better than Richard Linklater. His movies are often filled with "real" people talking about everyday issues (growing up, the difficulties of a relationship, living in a small East Texas town), and are usually presented via experimental film techniques that are easy to take for granted. Whether it's using actual Carthage, Texas residents and creating a fictional narrative/documentary hybrid in Bernie, using rotoscope animation in Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly, making a trilogy of movies in which actors Ethan Hawke, »
- Matthew McKibben
So as promised I watched the first episode of From Dusk Till Dawn the series and….pretty damn good actually. It starts off with a scene that will come to mean more as the series wears on and which calls back to the second straight to DVD From Dusk Till Dawn sequel Hangman’s Daughter which dealt with the origins of Salma Hayek’s Santanico Pandemonium head vampire character. After this we are back in sort of familiar territory with Don Johnson playing a suitably grizzled and weary Texas Ranger Earl McGraw on the look out for the Gecko Brothers who are on the lam and headed for Mexico.
Basically when it comes down to it, From Dusk Till Dawn is like a faithful adaptation of the original novel that the first film was based on if that were the case and it wasn’t an early Tarantino script. So »
- Chris Holt
Richard Linklater will receive the 2014 Founder's Directing Award at the 57th San Francisco International Film Festival this May. The award recognizes a varied career that has encompassed coming-of-age comedies such as “Dazed and Confused,” commercial exercises such as “School of Rock” and science-fiction films such as “A Scanner Darkly.” Linklater helped kick off the art house renaissance of the 1990s with his low-budget film “Slacker,” a funny and cerebral look at “Generation X.” His screenplays for “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight” scored him Academy Award nominations and form two parts of a relationship trilogy that began in 1995 with »
- Brent Lang
FilmBuff has announced it will release the SXSW documentary “Last Hijack” in theaters and on VOD this summer. Directed by Tommy Pallotta (producer of “Waking Life” and “A Scanner Darkly”) and Femke Wolting, the film combines animation and documentary filmmaking to portray the powerful story of a Somali pirate as he hijacks ships off the coast of Africa while also struggling to become the father figure that his family needs. The film was produced by Wolting and Submarine's Bruno Felix. Also read: SXSW: Watch Live Interviews With Seth Rogen, Robert Duvall, Emmy Rossum, Paul Wesley, Kathryn Hahn and More (Video) “Last Hijack” takes an. »
- Jeff Sneider
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