Director: Richard Linklater
by Sarah Stopforth
I will never forget the first time I watched this movie, at the Nova Cinema on Lygon Street, Melbourne. When I heard that Coldplay song and saw those clouds… Linklater (the Writer/ Director) grabbed me once again, perhaps more in a more emotionally satisfying way this time (I welled up from the perfection of it all). After Aerosmith’s “Sweet Emotion” and that orange car in Dazed and Confused, things were only going to get BETTER.
The film follows the growth of Mason (Ellar Coltrane) and, for me, is a cinematic masterpiece. It was filmed over twelve years, something rarely done, if not ever. Shot entirely on 35mm film, in order for the film to look consistent, it makes for a truly beautiful aesthetic.
Winning Best Picture Drama at the Golden Globes and nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette (who won!) and Best Actor for Ethan Hawke. More films like this need to be made, and it does not surprise that Richard Linklater was the one to make it. It deserves every bit of success it receives.
I highly encourage you to see it. If you were born in the early to mid 90s, like myself, this film will remind you of everything that made your childhood what it was; the music you’ve grown up with and maybe even change your perspective on life thus far. I know it did for me.