Oscar Nods Night:
With his newest release Boyhood
, Richard Linklater has created the ultimate coming-of-age film, a true masterwork that transcends the usual constructs of the genre and delves into the development of personhood as it is experienced – day by day, year in and year out. By the very nature of its approach – Boyhood
was filmed a few days at a time over 12 years – the film allows us to witness time’s effects on the boy of the title, Mason Jr. (Coltrane), as well as his family: mother Olivia (Arquette), father Mason Sr. (Hawke), and older sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater). From the get-go, we’re placed on a course to observe a child’s ongoing experience with making sense of the world he’s inherited. Boyhood
's originality clearly extends beyond the screen, and it’s this film – even more so than Slacker
or the Before
trilogy – that will earn Linklater a place in the history books. Read a full review of Boyhood.