BY JOSEPH EHRMAN-DUPRE
Boyhood is a concept film, but it does not feel like one. Filmed over 12 consecutive years, using the same actors to portray the same characters as they age naturally, Richard Linklater’s newest feature is a structured journey through time. The best part about it, though, is that the nearly three hour, briskly paced film feels unstructured and unrestrained, a listless walk (and sometimes run) alongside Mason (Ellar Coltrane, bravely putting his most awkward years on display).
The narrative of the film, befitting its sprawling time frame, is difficult to describe succinctly. It feels as though a great deal happens, and also as if nothing happens, a mirror held up to the swiftly moving complexity of lives that sometimes feel dull and plodding. We do get to know several characters well along the way, though. Mason’s single mom (Patricia Arquette) has bad luck choosing men and proves alternately caring and prickly toward her son and daughter, Samantha (Lorelei Linklater, the director’s daughter and a natural comedian). Their dad, (Ethan Hawke, who grows more handsome as the film progresses) when we first meet him, has been largely absent, but, when he decides to come around, figures as an exciting and likable savior from the mundanity of everyday life.
As a child, Mason and his sister go bowling with dad; a neighborhood friend shows off a Victoria’s Secret catalogue and they ogle the women inside; mom remarries a psychology professor and goes back to school herself. In his early teenage years, Mason drinks his first beer and alludes to several girlfriends (“We have nothing in common,” he laments to his dad) and his mom undergoes yet another divorce. High school brings a focused interest in photography, first time employment, a serious girlfriend, and the beginnings of collegiate aspiration. Cultural artifacts, from Obama-Biden campaign signs to Harry Potter midnight release parties, fill in the nooks and crannies.
It is incredible, really, just how much life Linklater brings into focus, and how easily enjoyable the film remains throughout. He avoids ticking off easy categories of development, opting instead for intimate scenes of sometimes awkward dialogue between members of the family, their friends, and acquaintances. Mom bears the heaviest emotional load, dad remains aloof and carefree, and the kids seem to be doing exactly what they would be doing when they aren’t shooting a film. It is clear that Linklater collaborated with his actors on the screenplay, which never feels forced.
The film is shot in a naturalistic style as well, unconcerned with picturesque beauty--save for when the characters themselves notice it--and captivated by the constantly shifting faces of Mason, his parents, and his sister. Also changing is the soundtrack, an audible timeline for those who will recognize minute evolutions in popular music across the twelve-year progression. Linklater thankfully never keeps viewers guessing about Mason’s age, though, slyly editing between years in a way that never interrupts, and sometimes enhances, the narrative thrust. When mom meets the professor she will marry, for instance, he suggestively intones that their kids should have a play date while Mason looks on, seeing his mom blush perhaps for the first time; we cut at least one year into the future and Mason, Samantha, and two other children are bouncing on a trampoline in the backyard of a comparatively palatial residence. Mom and her new hubby are just returning from their honeymoon, and the audience is instantly aware of what sort of change has occurred.
Boyhood is a joyride, really, a pleasure cruise that left me smiling and feeling, well, alive. It resonates on such a deep level because it is so deeply personal, a collaboration between artists who spent over a decade developing characters and getting to know each other just as a family does. It has imperfections: the children’s acting in particular can feel wooden, we miss all the times that are left out, and there could be more moments of driving dramatic force. But after leaving the theater, I found myself forgiving those flaws entirely. Perhaps it is because of Linklater’s ambition and the relative aplomb with which he pulled off his vision, or perhaps it is because in life itself, flaws abound.
Flaws and all, Boyhood is sure to be one of the most unique and fulfilling cinematic experiences you’ll experience anytime soon.
Boyhood is now open in theaters nationwide.
Check out a trailer for the film, AFTER THE JUMP...
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Posted Jul. 25,2014 at 5:30 PM EST by Joseph Ehrman-Dupre in Ethan Hawke, Film, Film and TV, News, Video |
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EDIE WINDSOR: Part 3 of Marriage Equality USA's interview.
NEWFOUNDLAND: Iceberg collapse tidal wave frightens boaters.
NICK JONAS: "Chains".
THIS WEEK: In unnecessary censorship.
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Posted Jul. 25,2014 at 4:30 PM EST by Andy Towle in Towleroad Guide to the Tube |
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Jake Wilson is back with another musical short, this time dishing up a Weird Al-esque parody of Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea’s summer smash, “Problem”, re-named “SPF,” that also features Rumer Willis and Constantine Rousouli. As you get ready to spend your weekend worshipping the sun, take a moment to remind yourself of the virtues of using protection.
Watch Wilson and some shirtless friends rub on some SPF, AFTER THE JUMP…
You can also see Wilson’s previous musical shorts HERE and HERE.
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Posted Jul. 25,2014 at 3:00 PM EST by Sean Mandell in Jake Wilson, Music, Music Video, News |
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David Tyree shuts off his Twitter.
Colorado appeals court denies bid to block gay marriages in Boulder county.
The case against Scott Lively, the graphic novel.
Tara Reid: A 'sharknado' could really happen.
Crime Survey of England and Wales: 1/3 of gay and bisexual men did illegal drugs last year. "The Times reports drug use by gay and bisexual men was three times higher than for straight men and was higher in the majority of individual drugs consumed including cocaine, ecstasy, amphetamines and cannabis."
Daniel Radcliffe say sobriety = good sex. “I’m one of the few people who seem to have had a really good first time,” he told Elle. “It was with somebody I’d gotten to know well. I’m happy to say I’ve had a lot better sex since then, but it wasn’t as horrendously embarrassing as a lot of other people’s were—like my friend who got drunk and did it with a stranger under a bridge.”
The Warwick Rowers are back and haven't found their clothes yet, thankfully.
Henry Cavill as a Jedi?
Gay couples deliver petitions to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's office: "On Thursday, same-sex couples walked into Bondi's Tallahassee office and delivered 7,000 petitions signed by Floridians asking her to 'stop wasting taxpayer resources defending the state's discriminatory exclusion of gay and lesbian couples from marriage.'"
Gay U.S. military spouses get a bit of protection in Italy: "A new agreement between the Defense Department and the Italian government will allow same-sex military spouses to move to U.S. bases in Italy as command sponsored dependents."
Unearthed footprints suggest T Rex hunted in packs: "The ferocious beasts may have 'stuck together as a pack to increase their chances of bringing down prey and individually surviving,' said study co-author Richard McCrea, a curator at the Peace Region Palaeontology Center in Canada."
Imaginary conversations with Bradley Cooper.
Daniel Radcliffe grown some 'Horns' in new one-sheet.
Feds to ban alcohol on some Fire Island beaches: "The ban will go into effect on Aug. 1 on federal lands in the Town of Islip between the communities of Atlantique and Corneille Estates. It's being enacted by the Fire Island National Seashore. The ban was prompted by alcohol-fueled parties on the beach."
Michelangelo Signorile on the idiocy of the New York Giants hiring David Tyree: "It's time for David Tyree to take back every word he said and tell us of his amazing evolution to being a full-blown supporter of equality. If he can't do that, the Giants have to give him the boot if they and the NFL want to maintain any credibility and dignity."
Empire State Pride Agenda blasts Tyree hire: "The NFL, the New York Giants and all who represent those two brands have a responsibility to their players and to the millions of people who support their right to exist. They need to make decisions about who joins their ranks based on how they will best represent the players, the brand, the fans, the sport, and the values of the team’s home state. There’s no room for discrimination in that."
Posted Jul. 25,2014 at 3:00 PM EST by Andy Towle |
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Christopher Meloni (True Blood, Law & Order: SVU, Oz) has posted a photo to his Facebook that will have many fans saying, "woof!"
The actor shared the below image with the caption, "I will stare at your genitalia until u feed me.... #dogpsychology." No doubt, some humans would make a similar declaration were they fortunate to be in the same position as this canine. #humanpsychology
Posted Jul. 25,2014 at 2:15 PM EST by Sean Mandell in Chris Meloni, News |
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A ComRes poll commissioned by the Christian Institute shows that 60% of respondents think no legal action should be taken against a bakery in Northern Ireland that refused to make a cake for an LGBTI activist group, reports Pink News.
Earlier this month we reported that Ashers Baking Company refused an order for a cake which was to be decorated with the slogan “Support Gay Marriage,” a logo for QueerSpace, and an image of Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street.
The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland said that refusing to make the cake amounted to discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and wrote to Ashers asking that it remedy the situation within seven days or be taken to court.
However, the Christian Institute poll shows that 60% do not approve of legal action against the bakery. Additionally, 80% of those polled over the aged of 65 disagree with legal action.
In a similar ongoing case in Colorado, Denver baker Jack Phillips has appealed an order from the Colorado Civil Rights Commission requiring him to prepare wedding cakes for same-sex couples. Phillips said that although he has no problem with LGBTI people, he disagrees with same-sex marriage. He has also stated that he would rather close down his business than make cakes for same-sex weddings.
Posted Jul. 25,2014 at 1:45 PM EST by Jim Redmond in European Union, Gay Marriage, Law - Gay, LGBT, Law Enforcement, LGBT Stories, Northern Ireland |
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