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Way out west there was this fella I wanna tell ya about. Goes by the name of Jeff Lebowski. At least that was the handle his loving parents gave him, but he never had much use for it himself. This Lebowski, he called himself “The Dude”. Now, “Dude” - that’s a name no man would self-apply where I come from. But then there was a lot about the Dude that didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. And a lot about where he lived, likewise. But then again, maybe that’s why I found the place so darned interestin’. They call Los Angeles the “City Of Angels”. I didn’t find it to be that, exactly. But I’ll allow it as there are some nice folks there. ‘Course I can’t say I seen London, and I never been to France. And I ain’t never seen no queen in her damned undies, as the feller says. But I’ll tell you what - after seeing Los Angeles, and this here story I’m about to unfold, well, I guess I seen somethin’ every bit as stupefyin’ as you’d seen in any of them other places. And in English, too. So I can die with a smile on my face, without feelin’ like the good Lord gypped me. Now this here story I’m about to unfold took place in the early ’90s - just about the time of our conflict with Sad’m and the I-raqis. I only mention it because sometimes there’s a man… I won’t say a hero, ‘cause, what’s a hero? But sometimes, there’s a man. And I’m talkin’ about the Dude here - the Dude from Los Angeles. Sometimes, there’s a man, well, he’s the man for his time and place. He fits right in there. And that’s the Dude. In Los Angeles. And even if he’s a lazy man - and the Dude was most certainly that. Quite possibly the laziest in Los Angeles County, which would place him high in the runnin’ for laziest worldwide. But sometimes there’s a man. Sometimes, there’s a man… Well, I lost my train of thought here. But… aw, hell. I’ve done introduced it enough. 

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Fergus by Paul Benney, 2014
(© Paul Benney)

From the BP Portrait Award 2014 @ NPG

The portrait is of the chef Fergus Henderson, one of the founders of St. John restaurant, Smithfield. Henderson is known for his concept of ‘nose to tail eating’ and has recently won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy.

Could it be the very same pig I was served when I ate there? 

Portrait of Jean Yves, a man looking like Vincent Van Gogh by Gauthier Hubert(© Gauthier Hubert)
From the BP Portrait Award 2014 @ NPG

Gauthier Hubert trained at the École nationale supérieure des Arts visuels (ENSAV) La Cambre, Brussels. His work has been seen in group exhibitions in Belgium, France and Iceland and in solo exhibitions in Antwerp, Ghent and Brussels.
The portrait is of Jean Yves, a man the artist had met on a number of occasions, and decided to paint as he reminded him of Vincent Van Gogh. He used some of the colours found in Van Gogh’s paintings to emphasise the visual link between the two.

In the flesh, that blue is insane. Stare at it too long and you’ll go blind.

Portrait of Jean Yves, a man looking like Vincent Van Gogh by Gauthier Hubert
(© Gauthier Hubert)

From the BP Portrait Award 2014 @ NPG

Gauthier Hubert trained at the École nationale supérieure des Arts visuels (ENSAV) La Cambre, Brussels. His work has been seen in group exhibitions in Belgium, France and Iceland and in solo exhibitions in Antwerp, Ghent and Brussels.

The portrait is of Jean Yves, a man the artist had met on a number of occasions, and decided to paint as he reminded him of Vincent Van Gogh. He used some of the colours found in Van Gogh’s paintings to emphasise the visual link between the two.

In the flesh, that blue is insane. Stare at it too long and you’ll go blind.

Man with a Plaid Blanket by Thomas Ganter (© Thomas Ganter)

First Prize Winner of the BP Portrait Award 2014 @ NPG

The portrait is of Karel, who lives on the streets in Ganter’s neighborhood. Ganter asked Karel to help recreate a moment when the artist had noticed the similarities of clothing and pose between the subjects of old master paintings and individuals wrapped in blankets living on the streets.

Ganter says: “By portraying a homeless man in a way only nobility or saints used to be portrayed, I tried to emphasize that everyone deserves respectful treatment, attention, and care.”

All the judges were struck by the intensity of the sitter’s gaze and how every texture and surface is rendered in intricate detail, from the icon-like gold chain fence to the rose in the crumpled paper cup.

The First Prize winning portrait is rarely the one that stands out for me, but this year, man oh man, do we have a clear winner. Hands down. Ganter’s portrait is sucking all the colours from the room. I couldn’t keep my eyes off the gold background, Karel’s face, the blanket, the gold, the face, the blanket, the gold, the face, the blanket, the gold, the face…

Boyhood (2014) by Richard Linklater
wikipedia:

The film was shot intermittently over a twelve-year period: filming began in the summer of 2002 and completed in October 2013. 


In May 2002, film director and screenwriter Richard Linklater announced that he would begin shooting the then unnamed film in his home city of Austin, Texas in the summer of 2002. At that time, Linklater planned to assemble the cast and crew a few weeks out of every year to shoot the story over a 12-year period, reasoning that, “I’ve long wanted to tell the story of a parent-child relationship that follows a boy from the first through the 12th grade and ends with him going off to college. But the dilemma is that kids change so much that it is impossible to cover that much ground. And I am totally ready to adapt the story to whatever he is going through.” Linklater hired the then seven-year-old Ellar Coltrane to play the boy as the centerpiece of the story and continued portraying the role through the film’s 12-year shooting period.
In addition to being shot over a twelve year period, Boyhood was also written over that same time period, with all four major actors playing a part in the writing process. To this end Linklater notes that the script for certain scenes were sometimes only finished the night prior to shooting.


A wonderful period piece shot in the present tense. About growing up and parenting, about how we pass through time…”The little dramas of everyday life… This film is a collection of intimate moments —most of them would be cut out of other movies because they don’t advance the plot forward at a quick enough pace." — Richard Linklater




Being a fan of both Michael Apted’s Up Seriesand Richard Linklater’s work, Boyhood is exactly the type of cinema that I’d always wanted to see made. And the film is every bit as unique and charming as the hype has it. Linklater’s achieved this rare thing of delivering a film that is both intimate and epic at the same time — what a perfect combo.
Boyhood is packed with wonderfully observed moments, my favourites being pretty much every time Ethan Hawke gets to spend quality time with the kids. Hawke is never better than when he plays highly articulate characters — he’s particularly great at (co-writing and) delivering the sort of philosophical musings on life that Linklater likes to pepper his films with. That said, it’s Patricia Arquette’s character I cared the most about. During the entire movie, all I wanted was for her to be OK. 
[Seen @ Curzon Soho, London, on Friday 11 July 2014] Boyhood (2014) by Richard Linklater
wikipedia:

The film was shot intermittently over a twelve-year period: filming began in the summer of 2002 and completed in October 2013. 


In May 2002, film director and screenwriter Richard Linklater announced that he would begin shooting the then unnamed film in his home city of Austin, Texas in the summer of 2002. At that time, Linklater planned to assemble the cast and crew a few weeks out of every year to shoot the story over a 12-year period, reasoning that, “I’ve long wanted to tell the story of a parent-child relationship that follows a boy from the first through the 12th grade and ends with him going off to college. But the dilemma is that kids change so much that it is impossible to cover that much ground. And I am totally ready to adapt the story to whatever he is going through.” Linklater hired the then seven-year-old Ellar Coltrane to play the boy as the centerpiece of the story and continued portraying the role through the film’s 12-year shooting period.
In addition to being shot over a twelve year period, Boyhood was also written over that same time period, with all four major actors playing a part in the writing process. To this end Linklater notes that the script for certain scenes were sometimes only finished the night prior to shooting.


A wonderful period piece shot in the present tense. About growing up and parenting, about how we pass through time…”The little dramas of everyday life… This film is a collection of intimate moments —most of them would be cut out of other movies because they don’t advance the plot forward at a quick enough pace." — Richard Linklater




Being a fan of both Michael Apted’s Up Seriesand Richard Linklater’s work, Boyhood is exactly the type of cinema that I’d always wanted to see made. And the film is every bit as unique and charming as the hype has it. Linklater’s achieved this rare thing of delivering a film that is both intimate and epic at the same time — what a perfect combo.
Boyhood is packed with wonderfully observed moments, my favourites being pretty much every time Ethan Hawke gets to spend quality time with the kids. Hawke is never better than when he plays highly articulate characters — he’s particularly great at (co-writing and) delivering the sort of philosophical musings on life that Linklater likes to pepper his films with. That said, it’s Patricia Arquette’s character I cared the most about. During the entire movie, all I wanted was for her to be OK. 
[Seen @ Curzon Soho, London, on Friday 11 July 2014] Boyhood (2014) by Richard Linklater
wikipedia:

The film was shot intermittently over a twelve-year period: filming began in the summer of 2002 and completed in October 2013. 


In May 2002, film director and screenwriter Richard Linklater announced that he would begin shooting the then unnamed film in his home city of Austin, Texas in the summer of 2002. At that time, Linklater planned to assemble the cast and crew a few weeks out of every year to shoot the story over a 12-year period, reasoning that, “I’ve long wanted to tell the story of a parent-child relationship that follows a boy from the first through the 12th grade and ends with him going off to college. But the dilemma is that kids change so much that it is impossible to cover that much ground. And I am totally ready to adapt the story to whatever he is going through.” Linklater hired the then seven-year-old Ellar Coltrane to play the boy as the centerpiece of the story and continued portraying the role through the film’s 12-year shooting period.
In addition to being shot over a twelve year period, Boyhood was also written over that same time period, with all four major actors playing a part in the writing process. To this end Linklater notes that the script for certain scenes were sometimes only finished the night prior to shooting.


A wonderful period piece shot in the present tense. About growing up and parenting, about how we pass through time…”The little dramas of everyday life… This film is a collection of intimate moments —most of them would be cut out of other movies because they don’t advance the plot forward at a quick enough pace." — Richard Linklater




Being a fan of both Michael Apted’s Up Seriesand Richard Linklater’s work, Boyhood is exactly the type of cinema that I’d always wanted to see made. And the film is every bit as unique and charming as the hype has it. Linklater’s achieved this rare thing of delivering a film that is both intimate and epic at the same time — what a perfect combo.
Boyhood is packed with wonderfully observed moments, my favourites being pretty much every time Ethan Hawke gets to spend quality time with the kids. Hawke is never better than when he plays highly articulate characters — he’s particularly great at (co-writing and) delivering the sort of philosophical musings on life that Linklater likes to pepper his films with. That said, it’s Patricia Arquette’s character I cared the most about. During the entire movie, all I wanted was for her to be OK. 
[Seen @ Curzon Soho, London, on Friday 11 July 2014] Boyhood (2014) by Richard Linklater
wikipedia:

The film was shot intermittently over a twelve-year period: filming began in the summer of 2002 and completed in October 2013. 


In May 2002, film director and screenwriter Richard Linklater announced that he would begin shooting the then unnamed film in his home city of Austin, Texas in the summer of 2002. At that time, Linklater planned to assemble the cast and crew a few weeks out of every year to shoot the story over a 12-year period, reasoning that, “I’ve long wanted to tell the story of a parent-child relationship that follows a boy from the first through the 12th grade and ends with him going off to college. But the dilemma is that kids change so much that it is impossible to cover that much ground. And I am totally ready to adapt the story to whatever he is going through.” Linklater hired the then seven-year-old Ellar Coltrane to play the boy as the centerpiece of the story and continued portraying the role through the film’s 12-year shooting period.
In addition to being shot over a twelve year period, Boyhood was also written over that same time period, with all four major actors playing a part in the writing process. To this end Linklater notes that the script for certain scenes were sometimes only finished the night prior to shooting.


A wonderful period piece shot in the present tense. About growing up and parenting, about how we pass through time…”The little dramas of everyday life… This film is a collection of intimate moments —most of them would be cut out of other movies because they don’t advance the plot forward at a quick enough pace." — Richard Linklater




Being a fan of both Michael Apted’s Up Seriesand Richard Linklater’s work, Boyhood is exactly the type of cinema that I’d always wanted to see made. And the film is every bit as unique and charming as the hype has it. Linklater’s achieved this rare thing of delivering a film that is both intimate and epic at the same time — what a perfect combo.
Boyhood is packed with wonderfully observed moments, my favourites being pretty much every time Ethan Hawke gets to spend quality time with the kids. Hawke is never better than when he plays highly articulate characters — he’s particularly great at (co-writing and) delivering the sort of philosophical musings on life that Linklater likes to pepper his films with. That said, it’s Patricia Arquette’s character I cared the most about. During the entire movie, all I wanted was for her to be OK. 
[Seen @ Curzon Soho, London, on Friday 11 July 2014] Boyhood (2014) by Richard Linklater
wikipedia:

The film was shot intermittently over a twelve-year period: filming began in the summer of 2002 and completed in October 2013. 


In May 2002, film director and screenwriter Richard Linklater announced that he would begin shooting the then unnamed film in his home city of Austin, Texas in the summer of 2002. At that time, Linklater planned to assemble the cast and crew a few weeks out of every year to shoot the story over a 12-year period, reasoning that, “I’ve long wanted to tell the story of a parent-child relationship that follows a boy from the first through the 12th grade and ends with him going off to college. But the dilemma is that kids change so much that it is impossible to cover that much ground. And I am totally ready to adapt the story to whatever he is going through.” Linklater hired the then seven-year-old Ellar Coltrane to play the boy as the centerpiece of the story and continued portraying the role through the film’s 12-year shooting period.
In addition to being shot over a twelve year period, Boyhood was also written over that same time period, with all four major actors playing a part in the writing process. To this end Linklater notes that the script for certain scenes were sometimes only finished the night prior to shooting.


A wonderful period piece shot in the present tense. About growing up and parenting, about how we pass through time…”The little dramas of everyday life… This film is a collection of intimate moments —most of them would be cut out of other movies because they don’t advance the plot forward at a quick enough pace." — Richard Linklater




Being a fan of both Michael Apted’s Up Seriesand Richard Linklater’s work, Boyhood is exactly the type of cinema that I’d always wanted to see made. And the film is every bit as unique and charming as the hype has it. Linklater’s achieved this rare thing of delivering a film that is both intimate and epic at the same time — what a perfect combo.
Boyhood is packed with wonderfully observed moments, my favourites being pretty much every time Ethan Hawke gets to spend quality time with the kids. Hawke is never better than when he plays highly articulate characters — he’s particularly great at (co-writing and) delivering the sort of philosophical musings on life that Linklater likes to pepper his films with. That said, it’s Patricia Arquette’s character I cared the most about. During the entire movie, all I wanted was for her to be OK. 
[Seen @ Curzon Soho, London, on Friday 11 July 2014] Boyhood (2014) by Richard Linklater
wikipedia:

The film was shot intermittently over a twelve-year period: filming began in the summer of 2002 and completed in October 2013. 


In May 2002, film director and screenwriter Richard Linklater announced that he would begin shooting the then unnamed film in his home city of Austin, Texas in the summer of 2002. At that time, Linklater planned to assemble the cast and crew a few weeks out of every year to shoot the story over a 12-year period, reasoning that, “I’ve long wanted to tell the story of a parent-child relationship that follows a boy from the first through the 12th grade and ends with him going off to college. But the dilemma is that kids change so much that it is impossible to cover that much ground. And I am totally ready to adapt the story to whatever he is going through.” Linklater hired the then seven-year-old Ellar Coltrane to play the boy as the centerpiece of the story and continued portraying the role through the film’s 12-year shooting period.
In addition to being shot over a twelve year period, Boyhood was also written over that same time period, with all four major actors playing a part in the writing process. To this end Linklater notes that the script for certain scenes were sometimes only finished the night prior to shooting.


A wonderful period piece shot in the present tense. About growing up and parenting, about how we pass through time…”The little dramas of everyday life… This film is a collection of intimate moments —most of them would be cut out of other movies because they don’t advance the plot forward at a quick enough pace." — Richard Linklater




Being a fan of both Michael Apted’s Up Seriesand Richard Linklater’s work, Boyhood is exactly the type of cinema that I’d always wanted to see made. And the film is every bit as unique and charming as the hype has it. Linklater’s achieved this rare thing of delivering a film that is both intimate and epic at the same time — what a perfect combo.
Boyhood is packed with wonderfully observed moments, my favourites being pretty much every time Ethan Hawke gets to spend quality time with the kids. Hawke is never better than when he plays highly articulate characters — he’s particularly great at (co-writing and) delivering the sort of philosophical musings on life that Linklater likes to pepper his films with. That said, it’s Patricia Arquette’s character I cared the most about. During the entire movie, all I wanted was for her to be OK. 
[Seen @ Curzon Soho, London, on Friday 11 July 2014] Boyhood (2014) by Richard Linklater
wikipedia:

The film was shot intermittently over a twelve-year period: filming began in the summer of 2002 and completed in October 2013. 


In May 2002, film director and screenwriter Richard Linklater announced that he would begin shooting the then unnamed film in his home city of Austin, Texas in the summer of 2002. At that time, Linklater planned to assemble the cast and crew a few weeks out of every year to shoot the story over a 12-year period, reasoning that, “I’ve long wanted to tell the story of a parent-child relationship that follows a boy from the first through the 12th grade and ends with him going off to college. But the dilemma is that kids change so much that it is impossible to cover that much ground. And I am totally ready to adapt the story to whatever he is going through.” Linklater hired the then seven-year-old Ellar Coltrane to play the boy as the centerpiece of the story and continued portraying the role through the film’s 12-year shooting period.
In addition to being shot over a twelve year period, Boyhood was also written over that same time period, with all four major actors playing a part in the writing process. To this end Linklater notes that the script for certain scenes were sometimes only finished the night prior to shooting.


A wonderful period piece shot in the present tense. About growing up and parenting, about how we pass through time…”The little dramas of everyday life… This film is a collection of intimate moments —most of them would be cut out of other movies because they don’t advance the plot forward at a quick enough pace." — Richard Linklater




Being a fan of both Michael Apted’s Up Seriesand Richard Linklater’s work, Boyhood is exactly the type of cinema that I’d always wanted to see made. And the film is every bit as unique and charming as the hype has it. Linklater’s achieved this rare thing of delivering a film that is both intimate and epic at the same time — what a perfect combo.
Boyhood is packed with wonderfully observed moments, my favourites being pretty much every time Ethan Hawke gets to spend quality time with the kids. Hawke is never better than when he plays highly articulate characters — he’s particularly great at (co-writing and) delivering the sort of philosophical musings on life that Linklater likes to pepper his films with. That said, it’s Patricia Arquette’s character I cared the most about. During the entire movie, all I wanted was for her to be OK. 
[Seen @ Curzon Soho, London, on Friday 11 July 2014] Boyhood (2014) by Richard Linklater
wikipedia:

The film was shot intermittently over a twelve-year period: filming began in the summer of 2002 and completed in October 2013. 


In May 2002, film director and screenwriter Richard Linklater announced that he would begin shooting the then unnamed film in his home city of Austin, Texas in the summer of 2002. At that time, Linklater planned to assemble the cast and crew a few weeks out of every year to shoot the story over a 12-year period, reasoning that, “I’ve long wanted to tell the story of a parent-child relationship that follows a boy from the first through the 12th grade and ends with him going off to college. But the dilemma is that kids change so much that it is impossible to cover that much ground. And I am totally ready to adapt the story to whatever he is going through.” Linklater hired the then seven-year-old Ellar Coltrane to play the boy as the centerpiece of the story and continued portraying the role through the film’s 12-year shooting period.
In addition to being shot over a twelve year period, Boyhood was also written over that same time period, with all four major actors playing a part in the writing process. To this end Linklater notes that the script for certain scenes were sometimes only finished the night prior to shooting.


A wonderful period piece shot in the present tense. About growing up and parenting, about how we pass through time…”The little dramas of everyday life… This film is a collection of intimate moments —most of them would be cut out of other movies because they don’t advance the plot forward at a quick enough pace." — Richard Linklater




Being a fan of both Michael Apted’s Up Seriesand Richard Linklater’s work, Boyhood is exactly the type of cinema that I’d always wanted to see made. And the film is every bit as unique and charming as the hype has it. Linklater’s achieved this rare thing of delivering a film that is both intimate and epic at the same time — what a perfect combo.
Boyhood is packed with wonderfully observed moments, my favourites being pretty much every time Ethan Hawke gets to spend quality time with the kids. Hawke is never better than when he plays highly articulate characters — he’s particularly great at (co-writing and) delivering the sort of philosophical musings on life that Linklater likes to pepper his films with. That said, it’s Patricia Arquette’s character I cared the most about. During the entire movie, all I wanted was for her to be OK. 
[Seen @ Curzon Soho, London, on Friday 11 July 2014] Boyhood (2014) by Richard Linklater
wikipedia:

The film was shot intermittently over a twelve-year period: filming began in the summer of 2002 and completed in October 2013. 


In May 2002, film director and screenwriter Richard Linklater announced that he would begin shooting the then unnamed film in his home city of Austin, Texas in the summer of 2002. At that time, Linklater planned to assemble the cast and crew a few weeks out of every year to shoot the story over a 12-year period, reasoning that, “I’ve long wanted to tell the story of a parent-child relationship that follows a boy from the first through the 12th grade and ends with him going off to college. But the dilemma is that kids change so much that it is impossible to cover that much ground. And I am totally ready to adapt the story to whatever he is going through.” Linklater hired the then seven-year-old Ellar Coltrane to play the boy as the centerpiece of the story and continued portraying the role through the film’s 12-year shooting period.
In addition to being shot over a twelve year period, Boyhood was also written over that same time period, with all four major actors playing a part in the writing process. To this end Linklater notes that the script for certain scenes were sometimes only finished the night prior to shooting.


A wonderful period piece shot in the present tense. About growing up and parenting, about how we pass through time…”The little dramas of everyday life… This film is a collection of intimate moments —most of them would be cut out of other movies because they don’t advance the plot forward at a quick enough pace." — Richard Linklater




Being a fan of both Michael Apted’s Up Seriesand Richard Linklater’s work, Boyhood is exactly the type of cinema that I’d always wanted to see made. And the film is every bit as unique and charming as the hype has it. Linklater’s achieved this rare thing of delivering a film that is both intimate and epic at the same time — what a perfect combo.
Boyhood is packed with wonderfully observed moments, my favourites being pretty much every time Ethan Hawke gets to spend quality time with the kids. Hawke is never better than when he plays highly articulate characters — he’s particularly great at (co-writing and) delivering the sort of philosophical musings on life that Linklater likes to pepper his films with. That said, it’s Patricia Arquette’s character I cared the most about. During the entire movie, all I wanted was for her to be OK. 
[Seen @ Curzon Soho, London, on Friday 11 July 2014] Boyhood (2014) by Richard Linklater
wikipedia:

The film was shot intermittently over a twelve-year period: filming began in the summer of 2002 and completed in October 2013. 


In May 2002, film director and screenwriter Richard Linklater announced that he would begin shooting the then unnamed film in his home city of Austin, Texas in the summer of 2002. At that time, Linklater planned to assemble the cast and crew a few weeks out of every year to shoot the story over a 12-year period, reasoning that, “I’ve long wanted to tell the story of a parent-child relationship that follows a boy from the first through the 12th grade and ends with him going off to college. But the dilemma is that kids change so much that it is impossible to cover that much ground. And I am totally ready to adapt the story to whatever he is going through.” Linklater hired the then seven-year-old Ellar Coltrane to play the boy as the centerpiece of the story and continued portraying the role through the film’s 12-year shooting period.
In addition to being shot over a twelve year period, Boyhood was also written over that same time period, with all four major actors playing a part in the writing process. To this end Linklater notes that the script for certain scenes were sometimes only finished the night prior to shooting.


A wonderful period piece shot in the present tense. About growing up and parenting, about how we pass through time…”The little dramas of everyday life… This film is a collection of intimate moments —most of them would be cut out of other movies because they don’t advance the plot forward at a quick enough pace." — Richard Linklater




Being a fan of both Michael Apted’s Up Seriesand Richard Linklater’s work, Boyhood is exactly the type of cinema that I’d always wanted to see made. And the film is every bit as unique and charming as the hype has it. Linklater’s achieved this rare thing of delivering a film that is both intimate and epic at the same time — what a perfect combo.
Boyhood is packed with wonderfully observed moments, my favourites being pretty much every time Ethan Hawke gets to spend quality time with the kids. Hawke is never better than when he plays highly articulate characters — he’s particularly great at (co-writing and) delivering the sort of philosophical musings on life that Linklater likes to pepper his films with. That said, it’s Patricia Arquette’s character I cared the most about. During the entire movie, all I wanted was for her to be OK. 
[Seen @ Curzon Soho, London, on Friday 11 July 2014]

    Boyhood (2014) by Richard Linklater

    wikipedia:

    The film was shot intermittently over a twelve-year period: filming began in the summer of 2002 and completed in October 2013. 
    In May 2002, film director and screenwriter Richard Linklater announced that he would begin shooting the then unnamed film in his home city of Austin, Texas in the summer of 2002. At that time, Linklater planned to assemble the cast and crew a few weeks out of every year to shoot the story over a 12-year period, reasoning that, “I’ve long wanted to tell the story of a parent-child relationship that follows a boy from the first through the 12th grade and ends with him going off to college. But the dilemma is that kids change so much that it is impossible to cover that much ground. And I am totally ready to adapt the story to whatever he is going through.” Linklater hired the then seven-year-old Ellar Coltrane to play the boy as the centerpiece of the story and continued portraying the role through the film’s 12-year shooting period.

    In addition to being shot over a twelve year period, Boyhood was also written over that same time period, with all four major actors playing a part in the writing process. To this end Linklater notes that the script for certain scenes were sometimes only finished the night prior to shooting.

    A wonderful period piece shot in the present tense. About growing up and parenting, about how we pass through timeThe little dramas of everyday life… This film is a collection of intimate moments —most of them would be cut out of other movies because they don’t advance the plot forward at a quick enough pace." — Richard Linklater

    Being a fan of both Michael Apted’s Up Seriesand Richard Linklater’s work, Boyhood is exactly the type of cinema that I’d always wanted to see made. And the film is every bit as unique and charming as the hype has it. Linklater’s achieved this rare thing of delivering a film that is both intimate and epic at the same time — what a perfect combo.

    Boyhood is packed with wonderfully observed moments, my favourites being pretty much every time Ethan Hawke gets to spend quality time with the kids. Hawke is never better than when he plays highly articulate characters — he’s particularly great at (co-writing and) delivering the sort of philosophical musings on life that Linklater likes to pepper his films with. That said, it’s Patricia Arquette’s character I cared the most about. During the entire movie, all I wanted was for her to be OK. 

    [Seen @ Curzon Soho, London, on Friday 11 July 2014]

    pierreism:

    Orson Welles on Editing

    Christopher Walken, William Shatner, Jeff Goldblum, these thesps of stage and screen are often regarded for their unique and meandering speech patter—but Welles, he will always be on another level, as evidenced by this brief clip from the 1952 documentary Filming Othello, which shows the lumbering, bearded figure at the helm of his Moviola editing suite, and I really can’t tell if he’s talking in paragraphs or just one, long, elongated sentence, such a thing of beauty it is, the unexpected iambic stresses, the bustle and bluster of his words that never seem to settle.

    On the process of editing, he says, "there’s a rhythmic structuring to that, there’s counterpoint, harmony and dissonance." It’s a musicality he knows by tongue.

    (Yes I tried writing this in Wellesian meter; please read accordingly.)

    via Cinephilia and Beyond

    Iliza Shlesinger - 1st Hour Of Being Drunk (from her show War Paint)

    She’s funny. I recommend War Paint. Her trademarks: she can talk really really fast (although that’s not very obvious in this particular clip) + she likes to bleat like a sheep to mock the valley girl type (effective trick but it becomes a tad annoying after a while). I like her physicality and find her act highly polished (the delivery is flawless and her timing impeccable).