“Jupiter Ascending,” Wachowskis Descending

Screen Shot 2015-02-10 at 10.09.50 PMThis week on The Screen Addict: the Wachowskis disappoint with Jupiter Ascending, Julianne Moore makes an Oscar run with Still Alice, the sneaky-terrific A Most Violent Year, and Jude Law gets in deep in Black Sea. Plus, all the usual features return, including a look at where the Best Picture race stands today. Continue reading

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Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” is a magnificent film about time, youth, family, and so much more

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Of all the impressive things about Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, and they are legion, one of the most extraordinary is how the film was able to be crafted into something that will be able to connect with just about anybody who watches it. The title, while accurate, is a bit limiting. This isn’t just a movie about a kid growing up, albeit one with a heck of a hook. Boyhood is ultimately about time itself, and Linklater wisely dodges the usual coming of age clichés by focusing on everyday events rather than major life events. It does not advertise its leaps forward through time. For instance, one moment that has stuck with me is a post-time jump scene in which our hero Mason (Ellar Coltrane) returns home late one night, visibly drunk, smoking pot and making out with a nameless girl in the back of his friend’s car. Other coming-of-age movies would show us how Mason matured to this point, but in this case it just happens and we are meant to accept the change. In Boyhood, there is no time to stop and explain. Life moves too quickly for that. Continue reading