Film Review: Boyhood

Posted on by 5WC in Film

There has been so much made of Boyhood, Richard Linklater’s epic time-lapse of one boy’s childhood years that it is almost transforming into a cult of hyperbole and amplification regarding just how good it is. It’s reputation long gone before it can even hint at preceding it. Proven by the near unfaltering acceptance that it’s going to walk away with the Best Picture Oscar in a few weeks without the merest hint of trouble.

It appears there are two categories regarding it: Simply those who have seen it and those who have not. Or as some would have you believe. Film fans and philistines. I on the other hand, fall into a different category. I’m a film fan who hadn’t seen it. Mainly because I missed it’s cinematic release and it’s only just come out on DVD. Otherwise, I fall firmly into the camp of pre-emptive praise: not claiming to know it’s good, but certainly keeping it on the radar because I’ve heard it’s something very special. Read more

Film Review: Whiplash

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Usually when you come out of a film you know what you think, you understand if you’ve enjoyed it, if you’ve hated it and the emotions, thoughts and opinions it’s formed within you. But having just seen Wishlash, I can say, for the first time ever, I have absolutely no idea as to what I am currently experiencing. In fact, I’d almost go as far as to say I’m feeling somewhat numb.

Before you think that this sensation of devoid nothingness is going to lead to an echoing review, let me just say that I think a lot of how I am feeling is down to the fact that I’m still absorbing this film, still taking it in. Still coming to terms with the sheer power and presence it has. It’s a heavy hitting film that screams directly into you as it not so much conveys its narrative position but rather slams it down your throat. Read more