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Change can be swift over the course of 12 years. Opinions are formed, relationships sour, and unused gift cards expire. 12 years is also quite a risky timetable to film a movie, but that didn't stop director Richard Linklater (director of "School of Rock," and "Bernie"). "Boyhood" is one of the most frustrating films I've had to explain my opinion on in a while. For one, it's a milestone in cinematic history, the early stages of a life captured in real time with one cast over the course of one film. On the other hand, it's hyperbolic in its minimalism and boring in spots and its overall narrative reach often exceeds its grasp. Even still, it's one »
- Dylan Green
Everything’s coming up roses for Richard Linklater these days. After stumbling slightly during the mid–2000s, the Texan's filmography is in great shape following the triptych of “Bernie,” last year’s swoon-worthy “Before Midnight” and this year’s fantastic and much-discussed “Boyhood.” With that “time sculpture” finally released, Linklater is looking for another project, and it may be one that’s been percolating for as long as “Boyhood.” During the run-up to the release of “Bernie,” Linklater was eyeing a return to the studio system, circling a remake of the 1964 Don Knotts-starring live-action/animation hybrid “The Incredible Mr. Limpet.” The project developed in fits and starts, but "that project's not happening. The financing kind of went away," the director said last month. "That's the thing with those announcements. You never know the reason why it gets announced, but it's usually someone on the financing or sales side trying to. »
- Cain Rodriguez
Richard Linklater, one of his generation’s best and most influential filmmakers, has chosen That’s What I’m Talking About as his next project. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, it looks like Linklater has chosen his next project after the highly successful Boyhood. Since 2011 the director has been attached to direct a remake of the Don Knotts’ classic The Incredible Mr. Limpet, but he has now reportedly left the project for the more personal That’s What I’m Talking About.
The film is said to be semi-autobiographical and, as stated by THR, “follows freshmen as they navigate through the first year of college life, while trying to make the baseball team”. Set in the 1980s, the film seems like a spiritual successor to 1993’s Dazed and Confused. The film is said to be shooting this fall.
After helping create the indie boom of the late 80s/early 90s, »
- Max Molinaro
That expansive query kicked off one of the most daring experiments in film history: a 12-year odyssey to capture on the bigscreen the development of one young boy into manhood. Every year, the filmmaker and his cast would shoot for three or four days, and then Adair would splice together the footage over a three- or four-week period. That helped a project that might have seemed overwhelming become more manageable.
“The rhythm of the film came from having all these ordinary moments captured in the script,” Adair says. “I just tried to find the most natural rhythm, because the performances are so grounded in reality.”
The drama examines one Texas family through divorces, graduations, bowling outings and dinner-table confrontations — the flotsam and jetsam of ordinary life. »
- Brent Lang
The legendary Michael Caine has joined the cast of Lionsgate's The Last Witch Hunter which also stars Vin Diesel and Rose Leslie. Diesel is also producing the film alongside Mark Canton and Bernie Goldman.
The Last Witch Hunter is a supernatural action film, it tells the story of an immortal witch hunter (Diesel) having to team up with his enemy, a witch (Leslie), to prevent the witch covens of New York City from unleashing a deadly plague on all of humanity.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Kelly McInerney)
In the upcoming Goosebumps movie, comedian Jack Black stars as spooky storyteller R. L. Stine, whose ghoulish creatures—previously confined to his bestselling children’s books—are unexpectedly brought to life by a teen neighbor (Scandal first kid Dylan Minnette). With the help of Stine’s daughter, Hannah (Israeli actress Odeya Rush), a race ensues to capture the author’s manic monsters from wrecking havoc on their small town. It’s a comedy-fueled horror (due Aug. 7, 2015) that promises to channel Goosebumps’ kid-approved brand of scary while pleasing grownup loyalists of the 1990s franchise.
The School of Rock star—who reunited »
- Nina Terrero
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)
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
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
Richard Linklater says making "Boyhood" was "unlike any film ever," and it's hard to disagree with him. Plenty of movies have spent more than a decade stuck in turnaround, but there's nothing in the history of fiction film to match the unique process of "Boyhood," shooting several days each year for 12 years and then turning the results into a poetic and deeply moving look at how time changes us in ways we both do and don't see (If the title weren't already taken, "Boyhood" could easily have been called "Life Itself.") Since its late-breaking debut at Sundance, Linklater's sprawling but intimate story has been met with near-universal praise, and continued a winning streak that, after "Bernie" and "Before Midnight," is rivaled only by the early threepeat of "Slacker," "Dazed and Confused" and "Before Sunrise." The title "Boyhood" implies a certain perspective, but one of »
- Sam Adams
Richard Linklater's long-in-the-works coming-of-age drama Boyhood is getting tons of critical praise. Our own Sean O'Connell gave the indie five stars and called it, "the most ingenious, most effective, most experimental, most unpredictable, most demanding, most rewarding and most enjoyable movie I.ve screened." With reviews like these, it's understandable that Boyhood's makers are confident it will appeal to moviegoers as it expands in release this week. But one producer in particular is putting his time where his mouth is. Producer John Sloss has had a hand in creating such celebrated cinema as Before Sunrise, Boys Don.t Cry, Far From Heaven, Bernie and (of course) Boyhood. But despite the rave reviews, the last of these might seem a tough sale in summer movie season. Blame it on the influx of spectacle-driven tent poles like Transformers: Age of Extinction or Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Blame »
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
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
An audacious coming-of-age tale unique in the history of cinema; deeply moving and beautifully authentic. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m a fan of Richard Linklater
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
We’ve seen children grow up onscreen before. Ron Howard. Jodie Foster. All the Harry Potter kids. But not like this. Not in a single film. Richard Linklater had the audacious idea to shoot a story about almost the entire span of one boy’s childhood using the same actors over the course of a dozen years. Audacious because such a long production time — probably the longest ever in the history of cinema — comes with unique challenges. (The most dramatic one might be: What if one of your actors dies midway? Recasting would have ruined the beautiful authenticity the film aims for, and achieves.) Audacious because in retrospect, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Richard Linklater could be defined as cinema’s very own time lord. Through out his career he has manipulated time to enhance his story telling techniques, whether it be an 18 year romance spanning three movies or the last day of high school told through the eyes of its pupils, Linklater has always been one of the most innovative directors in Hollywood. His latest movie, Boyhood, is perhaps his most ambitious yet. In fact it is perhaps one of the most ambitious movies ever made.
The movie, which Linklater started filming in 2002 spans 12 years in the life of a young man and was shot over the same time period, an astonishing feat. Like many of Linklater’s has been met with critical acclaim with some critics describing it as one of the best films of the decade so far, and so to celebrate the release of Boyhood today we are going »
- Liam Hoofe
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
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
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
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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