Richard Linklater

Richard Linklater’s Evocative ‘Boyhood’ Is More Than Just a Time Capsule

The first section of Richard Linklater’s Boyhood features a brief, seemingly throwaway scene where little Mason (Ellar Coltrane) is helping his mom clean up the home they’re leaving. She directs him to the doorway, where small marks track the growth of Mason and his sister through the years they’ve lived there. When I first saw the film at Sundance, this stuck out as a key image: Linklater seems to be doing the same with this quietly tremendous picture (shot in bits and pieces over a dozen years, tracking its protagonist from age six to 18), creating a cinematic time capsule, a narrative riff on Michael Apted’s acclaimed Up documentaries. But upon further investigation, Boyhood reveals itself as something deeper, more noteworthy and ambitious than even its remarkable production would suggest, for Linklater has given us nothing less than a cinematic approximation of human memory. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in July

Last weekend, Transformers: Age of Extinction — Michael Bay’s latest, nearly-three-hour love letter to shit blowing up, orange women in short shorts, and editorial incoherence — grossed $300 million worldwide. In one weekend. If that information, and what it means for the ongoing dumbing-down and sequel-ization of mainstream moviemaking, isn’t enough to get you to the art house this month out of sheer principle, here are a few indie movies worth making the trek for as well. … Read More

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“Based on a True Story” Movie Subjects: Where Are They Now?

It’s a big week for murderers whose stories became movies — both Bernie Tiede (played by Jack Black in Richard Linklater’s Bernie) and Michael Alig (played by Macaulay Culkin in Party Monster) are now free men, reminding us that when films are based on true stories, the lives that inspired them continue after the credits roll. Here’s a look at what became of Tiede and Alig, and several other real people who became Hollywood… Read More

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25 Summer 2014 Movies You Need to See

Though we’ve barely put away our parkas here in NYC, summer movie season is apparently underway, since there’s now a new Spider-Man movie playing on basically every vertical surface in the country. It could be argued that “summer movie season” began a month ago, when Captain America: The Winter Solder came out, because Hollywood is stuck in a PERPETUAL COMIC BOOK TENTPOLE BLOCKBUSTER SUMMER, but I digress. Let’s not fight it; here’s our look at 25 of this summer’s most promising releases, big and small. Plan your vacations… Read More

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Watch the Trailer for Richard Linklater’s Film That Took 12 Years to Shoot, ‘Boyhood’

Captured over a 12-year period, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood started shooting when star Ellar Coltrane (playing Mason) was just seven… Read More

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20 Mind-Bending Movies Guaranteed to Make You Feel Stupid

In 1991, following his brilliant The Thin Blue Line, director Errol Morris attempted something even harder than getting an innocent man off Death Row: making Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time into an accessible, audience-friendly, major motion picture. The resulting film is, at long last, available on DVD and Blu-ray via Criterion. It’s awfully good — though its in-depth discussions of quantum mechanics and black holes and the Big Bang are bound to make those of us who nodded off in science class feel a bit out of our element. Then again, some movies, with their convoluted storylines or surrealistic imagery or intellectual subject matter, have the unintended side effect of merely spotlighting our intellectual shortcomings. Here are a few others that made us feel just a little… Read More

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