Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
12 years in the making.
The film tells a story of a divorced couple trying to raise their young son. The story follows the boy for twelve years, from first grade at age 6 through 12th grade at age 17-18, and examines his relationship with his parents as he grows.
I don’t say this lightly but Boyhood is one of the best films I’ve ever seen. Yet it is not a film filled with great revelatory moments or dazzling technical brilliance. It is distinctly ordinary in almost every department, but this is ultimately what makes it such a special experience that will resonate with any audience whether closer in age to the film’s chief protagonist or the adults struggling with parenthood: It is a film about life.
However, it is not simply a film about a life but rather about every life that orbits Mason, an average Texan boy from the age of six to eighteen. It is a true coming-of-age drama whether focused on the growing pains of a…
What's It About?: Growing up.
Who's In it?: Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane, and Lorelei Linklater.
The Good: The kids. The cast. The characters. The direction. The idea. The writing. The music. The 35mm. The laughs. The pathos. The holy-shit-that's-my-life moments. Everything.
The Bad: It's a 3-hour film, but I wish it went on forever.
What Did I Learn?: I learned to feel again. I was inspired again. This seals it—Richard Linklater and Ethan Hawke are now my favorite director-actor duo. Thank you for making this wonderful film. (Also, I never imagined I'd love anything with freaking Soulja Boy in it, but damn,…
After finishing Boyhood and slowly gathering my thoughts on it I did what I usually do, fly over to Letterboxd to jot those thoughts down before they escape me. What I wasn't prepared for was what happened when I saw that poster. It was a slap in the face, a jarring reminder that I had just spent twelve years with someone.
I think it's easy to not look beyond this film's ambitious conception and even write it off as a non-eventful gimmick. There is no real plot, there are no grand character arcs, no dramatic tension. It lacks a narrative flow and has more scope than focus, it ambles on throughout its running time, meandering along the trivial and occasionally…
Richard Linklater's bold, brave, daring, experimental, and unconventional filmmaking that tells the story of Mason, and his journey from a boy to a man. FUCK YOU, COLDPLAY! Rock collections are boss. The way Mason watches TV. Oops moment. Tit point. The awesomeness of people actually writing real letters with ink pens. I think I would rather listen to Nickelback on infinite repeat than listen to one Sheryl Crow song. Game Boy pimpness. The fun zero responsibility no child support paying Daddy. Aaliyah without Timbaland, Jet Li, or R. Kelly. Gutter balls. If I had to pay money into a swear jar for every obscenity in my reviews, I would be one broke motherfucker. Ethan Hawke's political ranting. Professor Horny. Mason,…
1. This is a film that EVERYONE born in early/mid 90's NEEDS to see.
2. This is a film that defines a generation.
3. This movie is like a journey back through time.
4. Boyhood(and Under the Skin for that matter), proves that there is a lot of originality left in filmmaking.
5. I don't think any other film besides Inherent Vice will top this for movie of the year.
6. I could have continued watching this for another six hours without getting bored.
7. Never has any film I've seen felt more real.
8. This is Richard Linkater's magnum opus.
It is not surprising that so many people identify closely with Boyhood. It hits all the hallmarks of growing up. There is the promise made years ago that the parent forgot but the child did not. There is the incessant fighting between siblings that is forgotten two minutes later, as well as the faking of who is to blame for the fight when the shouts of "MOM!" have been acknowledged. There is the change in address, school and friends, for which parents are always blamed and children's protests are always ignored. There is the period where children discover that they can exert some control by dressing how they like or coming in late, anything that can be taken as a…
Linklater is the man.
I watched this on the day my daughter moved into her dorm room for her first year of college about 2,000 miles away. She is much like Mason. These kids who have no memories of a pre-9/11 world are now reaching college. They have grown up connected to screens, connected to each other. They sense the bullshit and are beginning to call us older generations out on it. We're full of shit and they know it. Thank god for that, it gives the species at least some hope.
It's almost impossible to go anywhere in modern American society without swallowing a large hypocrisy sandwich. Young people are called aloof or narcissistic (the "selfie generation"), yet we ignore the world we…
A great plot device does not equal a great film. Boyhood was a lifeless movie that just ambled along with no purpose other than to watch a shitty actor get older before your eyes.
I don't think I've ever been happier seeing a film lose best picture.
There are some movies so unconvincingly conceived, so transparently produced, you can almost see the crew behind the cameras, squatting in the recesses with a box of Dunkin Doughnuts, wishing they were asleep. You see the writers at the desk, toiling, ripping pages. You see the director saying “action” with a pen in his mouth, wondering what’s gone wrong with his film, why his crew-members are falling asleep behind the trailers. And you see the actors looking in the mirror and telling themselves, “This shoot. This shoot, I’ll get it.” They don’t get it. Usually, if you get to the point where you’re seeing through a movie’s production, your imagination looks something like this.
Movies like this suck.
Letter Grade: A+
"You don't want the bumpers, life doesn't give you bumpers."
Will this one lived up to all the hype. It took me awhile to see this one and with all the positive hype I was worried it wouldn't meet my expectations. It met them. This is true craftsmanship from director Ricahrd Linklater. Linklater obviously did something unique by filming the story of Mason through ages 7 to 19. Linklater got the group together each year for a few weeks to continue his true coming of age story. This is the quintessential coming of all story seeing as how we actually watch Mason come of age as a person. This is one the best writing and directing jobs…
[...] Aber so schwer das klingen mag, Linklater malt nicht schwarz, denn all diese Schwierigkeiten springen nicht offensiv ins Gesicht, sondern folgern viel mehr aus dem Handeln der Figuren, da dieses Handeln eine selbstverständliche Antwort auf die Situation in der sie Leben ist – im Kontrast dazu lebt BOYHOOD aber auch von zahlreichen schönen Momenten und Gesten, einer tollen, Lebens-bejahenden Grundstimmung und einer gesunden Prise leichtem Humor. Die Komödie des menschlichen Daseins – nichts hier ist offensichtlich auf Gags, Pointen oder Schenkelklopfen ausgelegt, trotzdem motiviert der Film oft zum Schmunzeln und Lachen, da ja bekanntlich Normalität und Skurrilität nah beieinander liegen. [...]
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I would recommend it to people with long attention spans. It feels dragging and very dated with the pop culture references and whatnot. It is pretty much a slice of life story with no particular highs or lows.
Nicole: You know how everyone's always saying seize the moment? I don't know, I'm kind of thinking it's the other way around, you know, like the moment seizes us.
It's been a little over a month since the Oscar's, and I'm still in shock. "Birdman" took home best picture, and I couldn't be more thrilled. It was the best movie of the year, and it was innovative and spectacularly written. The more I thought about this year's Best Picture Oscar going to "Birdman", the more I wondered about "Boyhood". It was favored to win for quite some time, and it seemed that "Birdman" didn't have a shot until just weeks before the Oscars.
I didn't expect "Birdman" to come out…
I've always gone back and forth on Ethan Hawke--he's slightly annoying in the "Before" movies, but you want him to end up with Julie Delpy anyways. In "Boyhood," he's somehow the one providing an emotional weight to the proceedings. I got a bit weepy when the (first) alcoholic step-dad throws a glass at Mason but not because it happened--it's when Hawke is in the next scene as an easy, stark and tragic contrast to what just happened. Sure it's schematic and manipulative (why is this guy homicidal towards kids all of a sudden and what's Hawke like when not on occasional-Dad duty?) but hey, it worked on me. Not much else did in quite that way, but it's all uniquely interesting.
Honestly, I totally agree with and can't add anything more to what paulsell eloquently posted on here previously. It's just about exactly how I felt: http://boxd.it/3Nr3B.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…