I haven't seen this since 1992. I had forgotten. What a beauty. Some of the most tender father/son scenes in cinema. To watch it is to read its influences (The Searchers and Taxi Driver, for starters) and all of the films it has influenced — including favorites as different as Midnight Run, Three Colors: White, and The Straight Story (which, I'm tempted to argue, was imagined as a sort of sequel, tracing so many similar threads.)
Thank you, Barnes and Noble 1/2-off Criterion sale. This is a new blu-ray treasure for the collection
My full review is up at Looking Closer.
What might audiences have thought of Boyhood if this ambitious filmmaking experiment had opened 25 years ago? We were, then, a population unaccustomed to "celebrating the moments of our lives" in moment-to-moment status updates and photographs with large communities if not the whole world.
I suspect it would have been doubly impressive and strange for them than it is for us — to see this boy, Mason Jr., and the actor…
I'm not the first person to say it, but it's true — this film, like the two before it, is designed to be seen a second time, when viewers will realize just how every fleeting moment either foretells upcoming events, sets up elaborate jokes, or reveals a punchline for a joke yet to be told. It's the fastest-moving, most confidently scripted and edited film I've seen this year. And the action scenes are dizzyingly joyous. When was the last time…
"Drama holds a mirror up to life, but needn't reproduce it."
Roger, Roger, Roger. Here I am watching a film about your departure, and I'm still jotting down things you said that will be worth quoting in my own film reviews.
There is a lot to love in this film. I was particularly moved by Scorsese's testimony, and the testimonies of other filmmakers, regarding what it meant for someone to come along and really pay attention to what they had…