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Listen: The Post-Beatles ‘Black Album’ From Richard Linklater's ‘Boyhood’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 21, 2014 3:18 PM
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If you’re at all a fan of the Beatles, or hell, even contemporary pop music, chances are you’ve made this mixtape-like album on your own at some point in your life. I know I have. The Beatles released arguably 12 classic, must-own albums: almost everything from A Hard Day's Night through Let It Be. And after their break-up in 1970, they also had a rich life of solo albums too (admittedly some were really patchy).

Richard Linklater Confirms 'Boyhood' Is Coming To The Criterion Collection With Special Features

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 18, 2014 8:17 PM
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“Boyhood,” “Boyhood,” “Boyhood,” “Boyhood,” “Boyhood.” The chatter about the Richard Linklater indie has been omnipresent in the last two weeks, but for good reason: if you somehow haven’t heard, it’s really something else. At almost 3 hours, “Boyhood” is a film shot over twelve years documenting a divorced family as seen through the eyes of a young boy (Ellar Coltrane). You might have quipped to yourself when you saw Linklater visiting at Industrial Light & Magic this past week on Twitter, that the ambitious director could have saved himself a little time by just going the ‘Benjamin Button’ route of special effects. But there’s no CGI here. “Boyhood” is the real deal. We watch a boy of six years old grow into a man around the age of eighteen right before your eyes over the span of a 164-minute movie.

Interview: Richard Linklater Examines 'Boyhood,' Memory, Time & Perspective

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 15, 2014 11:36 AM
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Richard Linklater says making "Boyhood" was "unlike any film ever," and it's hard to disagree with him. Plenty of movies have spent more than a decade stuck in turnaround, but there's nothing in the history of fiction film to match the unique process of "Boyhood," shooting several days each year for 12 years and then turning the results into a poetic and deeply moving look at how time changes us in ways we both do and don't see (If the title weren't already taken, "Boyhood" could easily have been called "Life Itself.") Since its late-breaking debut at Sundance, Linklater's sprawling but intimate story has been met with near-universal praise, and continued a winning streak that, after "Bernie" and "Before Midnight," is rivaled only by the early threepeat of "Slacker," "Dazed and Confused" and "Before Sunrise."

Box-Office: Audiences Go ‘Ape’ For ‘Dawn’; 'Transformers 4' Becomes Highest Grossing Film Of 2014

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 13, 2014 11:46 AM
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Biting sharply into Michael Bay’s box-office hegemony, 20th Century Fox’s “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes” took the #1 spot this weekend with an extremely healthy $73 million opening. That’s up around 33% from 2011’s “Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes,” a surprise hit that veered very close to $500 million worldwide. A lot of components factored into its success: extremely positive reviews, great word of mouth, little competition — and considering Matt Reeves’ sequel is darker, more adult, and nowhere near as “crowd-pleasing” as the average blockbuster (at least not in the traditional sense), this is a great sign for Fox and the lifespan of this franchise, especially when a A- Cinemascore means audiences were very satisfied. Couple that with weak box-office competitors next weekend (“Sex Tape,” “The Purge” sequel), its possible ‘Apes’ could remain at #1 next week and or at least continue to do considerable business for the next few weeks (its $73 million gross is higher than the 14 films combined in the box-office top 15 this week).

Watch/Listen: Richard Linklater Extensively Talks 'Boyhood,' Reflects On 'Dazed And Confused' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 11, 2014 9:03 AM
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This weekend should serve as welcome respite to those of you that usually hate the unrestrained cacophony of the summer movie season—“Transformers: Age Of Extinction,” we’re looking at you—with not only the best blockbuster of the summer (read our review of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” here) opening but also the release of the long-gestating time sculpture, “Boyhood.” Since the latter lacks both franchise recognition and CG apes, IFC Films is wheeling Richard Linklater around everywhere to talk up the movie and we’ve rounded some of his better appearances for you.

Review: Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood' Is A Remarkable Time-Spanning Achievement

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 9, 2014 6:07 PM
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Last night in Park City, director Richard Linklater made cinematic history with the groundbreaking “Boyhood,” a time capsule-like exploration of childhood and family shot over the course of 12 years. And it’s unlike anything you’ve seen before, though the closest analogue might be the ambitious “Up Series," Michael Apted’s documentary series that revisits the same family every 7 years to catch up with where they are in life. Evincing many lucid and extemporaneous qualities, Linklater doesn’t do catching up though, as “Boyhood” feels much less like a greatest hits package and more analogous to being in the moment, watching the sprawling, occasionally dull home videos of family over more than a decade’s time. Warm, soulful, funny and quietly insightful, “Boyhood” shines in its engrossing, experiential understanding and it’s a special achievement that should be cherished and acknowledged.

Watch: 10 Minute Interview With Richard Linklater On 'Boyhood' Plus Updates On 'Limpet' & 'Larry's Kidney'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2014 12:38 PM
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"That thing has been in development for over three years. Interesting how the week I have a film coming out someone decides it's a good idea to promote this. Not sure what they hope to gain," "Boyhood" director Richard Linklater told Indiewire about the brewing remake of "The Incredible Mr. Limpet," one that he also recently said "wasn't happening." So take this next bit of info with a grain or three of salt.

Watch: 30 Minute Interview, 'Today' Special & Clip From 'Boyhood' Plus Richard Linklater Talks 'Limpet' & 'Dazed'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 7, 2014 3:17 PM
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You gotta hand it to IFC Films. Generally speaking, the promotional efforts from the distributor are modestly matched with the art house and indie fare they tend to specialize in, but they are certainly going big for "Boyhood." We can't remember the last time an IFC Films project got airtime on "Today," but this morning it happened.

Retrospective: The Films Of Richard Linklater

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 7, 2014 1:22 PM
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It was just a couple of years ago, around the time of “Bernie," that we first ran our retrospective of the films of Richard Linklater. But in the brief period since, he’s made not one, but two films that feel like they, in fact, mark exactly the kind of caesura that should by rights have us looking back in assessment: Linklater’s last two titles deal in time passed and time passing and have slightly transformed the shape of his filmography, certainly bringing us to a newfound appreciation for his insight and intelligence, even though we were fans before.

Watch: 40-Minute Searchlab Talk With Richard Linklater Plus New Featurette For 'Boyhood'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2014 10:25 AM
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Director Richard Linklater has done it all, and these two videos are proof of the diversity of projects the filmmaker has tackled over the course of his career.

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