Boyhood (2014) Film Review

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood charts Mason’s (Ellar Coltrane) journey to adulthood. This tale of adolescence was shot over 13 years meaning that all of the characters visually age as the film progresses.

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Boyhood was thirteen years in the making. It’s an interesting character piece with a focus on the temporal – something that Richard Linklater is known for (The Before Trilogy). But in Boyhood Linklater has done something special. He’s taken a character study, grand in principal, and given us an intimate tale of a boy becoming a man. Continue reading “Boyhood (2014) Film Review”

Waking Life (2001) Film Review

Wiley Wiggins drifts through an increasingly surreal waking dream. He encounters numerous characters that spout a variety of differing political and philosophical perspectives on life.

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Waking Life (2001) takes place within the roto-scoped visuals of the protagonist’s lucid dream. Amongst the increasingly surreal imagery, Wiley tries to find some sort of meaning from the people that he meets. From existentialism to a brief appearance by director Richard Linklater, Waking Life is a film that questions the nature of reality but poses no real answers – only musings. Continue reading “Waking Life (2001) Film Review”

The Films of Richard Linklater

With the release of a new trailer and a rapidly approaching general release for Richard Linklater’s Boyhood it seems apt to have a look back at his varied and interesting career.

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Richard Linklater was part of an indie film making movement in the nineties and his films have portrayed the maligned and marginalised. He’s experimented with roto-scoping in both A Scanner Darkly and Waking Life and Linklater often pushes for intriguing narratives that question the contemporary condition. Continue reading “The Films of Richard Linklater”