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Boyhood

PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:53 am
by Garth Cartwright
It is very good and it is very long. I never felt bored but I'm sure others will as this film documents a boy's life in suburban Texas from 8-18 and there are no great dramas (tho there is a scary drunk stepdad!). Ethan Hawke as his shiftless musician dad delivers a passionate rant on the Beatles that Adam will enjoy. Fine performances from all involved and the main actor is just a natural. Interesting to watch Hawke and Patricia Arquette age on screen seeing most Hollywood stars tend to remain fixed in youthful glamour across their lives.

I have no kids but this did ring true as to my childhood and to the 5 years i spent in a relationship that involved raising a boy and a girl. To my mind, no other director in recent decades has matched Linklater in his feel for everyday human existence, the stuff of relationships and children and teenagers (Dazed & Confused - what a stoner classic!). I guess because he doesn't tend to kill people he does not get the acclaim of Scorsese/Tarantino but he's light years ahead of both.

Re: Boyhood

PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:09 am
by Jamie Renton
I'm with you on this Garth

Here's my two penneth on the film from a couple of weeks back
viewtopic.php?f=46&t=23013

Quite a nice piece on the film from Jonathan Freedland in the Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfre ... lm-boyhood

Re: Boyhood

PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:44 am
by Garth Cartwright
My bad, Jamie! I'd forgotten u and John had posted on seeing this. I'm always slow in the mornings (well, slower than my usual sloth). If someone knows how please crunch my comments on Boyhood into Jamie's post.

Re: Boyhood

PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 2:07 pm
by john poole
For balance here is a less enthusiastic piece from The Guardian (although I would say that I did enjoy the film rather more than Tim Lott and his teenage daughter).
http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle ... er-boyhood

I see that he didn't much like 'Tomboy' or 'We are the Best!' either, both of which I found well worth seeing, although for me the latter could have been a little shorter.

Re: Boyhood

PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 3:28 pm
by Kari Salonen
Oh, has Linklater finished a new one? Sounds very interesting. His three films with Hawke and Julie Delpy are some or our common favourites with my wife, especially the third. News about this film haven't reached these latitudes yet, but I must keep an eye on it.

I'm a father of two boys (between eight and eighteen) and I can recall those days vividly.

Re: Boyhood

PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 3:36 pm
by Kari Salonen
Kari Salonen wrote:Oh, has Linklater finished a new one? Sounds very interesting. His three films with Hawke and Julie Delpy are some or our common favourites with my wife, especially the third. News about this film haven't reached these latitudes yet, but I must keep an eye on it.

I'm a father of two boys (between eight and eighteen) and I can recall those days vividly.


(edit) And now I also notice the date on Garth's original post. I have to confess I'm also slow to catch the news occasionally...