Film review: Boyhood

Jul 08 2014

When a film takes years to make, it’s often not a good sign.  Richard Linklater’s Boyhood took a total of 12 – and there’s absolutely nothing to worry about.  He wanted it that way.

It follows Mason (Ellar Coltrane) as he grows from a six year old boy to a young man of 18, going off to college.  But there’s no change of actor.  Instead, the director took the novel, and more realistic, approach of using the same actor all the time.  Every year over the course of 12 years, the same cast and crew re-united to film the next stage of the story, so we watch Mason grow before our very eyes.

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Film review: How To Train Your Dragon 2

Jul 07 2014

It’s been a good year for animation.  We’ve already had the frantic energy of The Lego Movie and the colour and rhythm of Rio 2, while Disney’s Planes:Fire and Rescue and Guillermo del Toro’s intriguing Book Of Life are still to come.  But for now we’ll just have to settle for what could be at the top of the pile come the end of 2014.  How To Train Your Dragon 2.

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Heads Up! Future Films: Boyhood

Jul 04 2014

It may have been 12 years in the making, but Richard Linklater’s Boyhood wasn’t a film beset with production problems.  That timescale was deliberate.

The director wanted to follow a boy growing up so, once a year for those 12 years, the same cast and crew got together to film the next stage.  But it isn’t just the boy’s story: it’s just as much about his sister, mother and father.  And, as Linklater and his cast reveal in this footage, it was a unique experience for everybody involved.

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