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President of the United States Barack Obama has revealed that his favorite movie of 2014 was none other than Richard Linklater's Boyhood. Apparently the Commander in Chief has decided to take a break from his political duties to try his hand at film criticism, and in the process he made a pretty wise choice.
The CCMAs are selected by critics, and have no direct influence on the Oscars. But as I mentioned in the last episode of Awards Blend (our weekly Oscar podcast), recognition by groups like SAG and the BFCA only help a filmís Oscar campaign, and an omission by a key organization like the BFCA can damage a campaign (or, at the very least, set it back).
Thereís a lot of movement on the charts this week. Following the Golden Globes and the SAG nominations, I feel comfortable letting films that hung on as Longshots fall by the way side.
Someoneís going to be left out in the cold. Several very talented and deserving people, in fact. Thereís no avoiding it. There are simply too many talented actors vying for five Best Actor slots this year, so on the morning of the Oscar nominations, there could be as many as 10 worthy performers looking at the five nominees and wondering why they arenít in that exclusive group.
Edgar Wright has unveiled his 10 favorite movies of 2014. And it turns out that the Shaun of the Dead filmmaker has particularly enamored with the likes of Whiplash, Boyhood, The Lego Movie and Interstellar.
The road to the Oscars have begun, and weekends are now starting to fill up with critically-acclaimed titles that are hoping for Academy Award glory this year. Of course, it was only a matter of time before nominations from various bodies to start pouring in, and this year itís the Independent Spirit Awards that have come out the gate early and revealed the candidates for all of their big prizes.
This is the first time weíre going on record with official Oscar predictions, breaking films down into Frontrunners, Contenders, Dark Horses and Longshots. We still have a number of films left to screen between now and the end of the year. To date, hereís where I think all of the top films stand.
All of this is an excuse for us to bang the drum a little harder, and a little longer, for Boyhood. As we mentioned earlier, it is one of the yearís best movies. Itís in theaters now, so you have no excuse if you havenít seen it yet.
Looking to Sex Tape, Boyhood and Planes: Fire And Rescue for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of sex comedies, coming-of-age dramas and animated adventures.
The MPAA only has a superficial relationship with movie theaters, and ultimately it's a theater's right to abide by the MPAA ratings. It's why the IFC Center also thumbed their nose at the silly NC-17 rating given to Blue Is The Warmest Color last year, allowing young audiences a chance to see the film that properly captures the blossoming sexuality of a young lesbian girl.
Richard Linklater's long-in-the-works coming-of-age drama Boyhood is getting tons of critical praise. Our own Sean O'Connell gave the indie five stars and called it, "the most ingenious, most effective, most experimental, most unpredictable, most demanding, most rewarding and most enjoyable movie Iíve screened."
It was only natural Boyhood and Dawn of the Planet of the apes would get the mash-up treatment. And here we have it, thanks to Nelson Carvajal.
If there was to be a proportionate increase in ticket sales for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes based on how much better it was than is predecessor Rise of the Planet of the Apes, it would have easily done twice as well. As it was, Dawn did better, but not by so wide a margin. With a $73 million debut it was well above the $54 million opening of Rise and an easy number one for the weekend.
Itís been an impressive summer so far. The Memo reminds you, however, that the seasonís only half over, and the best may yet be to come!
We decided that today would be a great day to regroup, reflect and single out the best movies we have seen on screen so far in 2014. The outstanding team of Cinema Blend movie writers have chosen to champion movies both massive and small, passionate and intimate. Even by expanding our list to 10, there are titles we had to leave off of the list.
Based on an original script by Linklater, Boyhood began production all the way back in the summer of 2002 and tells the story of a young boy named Mason (Ellar Coltrane) as he grows up, starting when he is just seven. Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette star as Mason Sr. and Olivia, Mason's parents, while Lorelei Linklater (the writer/director's daughter) stars as Samantha, Mason's sister.
Itís hard to say that a film can actually ďwinĒ at a festival. A movie ďwinsĒ a festival when it emerges with valuable buzz Ė a swirl of chatter surrounding a release that has audiences putting it on their radar so that it can be screened, when it reaches a local theater.
Boyhood reeks of the collaborative DNA of Linklaterís more-introspective Before trilogy. But itís a stunning achievement, and unlike anything you have ever seen (or likely will see again).
The film stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as the parents of Mason and Samantha (Lorelei Linklater). Filmed for a week or two at a time once a year from 2002 through 2013, Boyhood doesnít appear to be about a specific story, but rather a journey into the lives of these characters from one year to the next, and how time informs relationships just as much as the limited events that most filmsí timeframes cover.