I watched Boyhood again because I gained a lot of respect for Linklater after watching his Before movies. He obviously has a lot to say about life and how it functions in a real, everyday way. Because of course, movies portray life in a completely different way than it actually unfolds. But Linklater tries to blur the line between real life and fiction, especially in Boyhood.
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The Pleas of Brad Bird’s Films
My head is telling me we’re at a point where the quote about politicians not understanding the reasons to do good is his most relevant line of dialogue. But because Bird’s movies are all about being positive, my heart says that there is hope and we can and will do better.
A More Tender Look at the Downtrodden
Mac is able to enact inspire and spark a small scale “uprising” through personal relationships. He leads by example and shows his friends what they are missing out on. Instead of some difficult to grasp abstract idea, it’s the personal relationship and firsthand experience which they latch on to, and that is extremely special.
Why I Love the Audience Avatar
We long to see ourselves onscreen, or to be represented in some way. For me, this could be by seeing a twenty-something guy live in America. Or for many others, it could be a Black superhero finally portrayed in a major franchise film. But at the most basic position, we are all audience members watching stories which are often larger-than-life, and that is why I love audience surrogates.
My Complicated Thoughts on Whiplash
I fully accept that this is my personal bias. Maybe I just feel less cheated by La La Land. But I think Whiplash is the type of movie I will always be able to appreciate, but never love.
Can Art be Separated from the Artist?
But while this is the conclusion I’ve come to with J.K. Rowling, it doesn’t mean it’s a hard and fast rule. Separating art from the artist is highly a case by case basis where you need to evaluate the case and even yourself in the process. It’s about deciding what you believe in, deem acceptable, and want to support in some way. There’s no right answer. And unfortunately, I’ll likely continue to get chances to put my method to the test.
Mamma Mia and The Godfather: More Similar Than You Think
I have to say, when I first watched The Godfather movies, I wasn’t thinking that I would be comparing them to the Mamma Mia! films. But it is a classic example of filmmakers learning lessons from something great to improve their own work.
Bo Burnham: Resonating with Your Audience
I’m glad I found Bo Burnham when I did. It helped me work through some things which he was also working through at the same time and I’m a happier person for it. Just like Bo hoped.
Where Jojo Rabbit Misses the Mark
I’m not saying Jojo Rabbit is a bad movie, but I also don’t think it’s any better than “solid.” It does interpersonal relationships with comedy mixed in very well and it has a ton of heart, but I just don’t think it ever justifies its backdrop.
About Time: Appreciating a Movie’s Message
I derive a lot of meaning and understanding in life from stories – books, movies, TV shows, plays, conversational accounts. When something moves me, I like to cherish the feeling.