For about six months now, I’ve been trying to figure out what the big deal is about Boyhood. I had heard about the inventive filmmaking technique (segments filmed once a year for twelve years so that the actors age with the story), and that concept thrilled and fascinated me. I’ve enjoyed most of director Richard Linklater’s other works– particularly his Before trilogy of movies with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy– and the initial critical praise was overwhelmingly positive.
As is my custom, on the first of every year, I put together a list of movies that are now ten years old. At first, it came from a place of, “Hey, can you believe these movies are this old now?!” As time has gone on, though, I find myself using movies as a sort of touchstone for where I was in my life at that time, both as a moviegoer and as a person.
Josh was recently a guest on the WTF Are You Watching? podcast to discuss Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.