In my life I have sometimes had fear for revisiting something or someone because of the concern that what it has been; which has been… perfect for what it was, when it was… could be disrupted, ruptured by the next encounter, unwilling to accept the potential of a greater whole, instead: wanting to freeze it.
@1 week ago
- the durational ground it’s breaking is, I have to assume, what’s blowing people’s mind (“wow! his voice just changed! did you hear that?!”)
- early 2000s nostalgia (polo shirts & a pre-tween doing an a cappella ”oops I did it again”)
- meanwhile I’m just lamenting the industry domestication of Patricia Arquette
- so I guess if a movie is called Boyhood, the screenwriter/director gets a pass go and collect $200 pass to sidestep the sister’s character entirely (meanwhile Mom, Dad—even step moms & step dads—experience development that is AT ALL notable)
- **even Ernesto, the plumber who Patricia Arquette tells should get an education, has seemingly had more happen to him by closing credits than the older sister, Samantha
- *eyes roll to back of head*
- PS: Ernesto told the kids their mom “is a smart lady” and that “they should listen to her” — Linklater just had to slip in a little male co-sign for a woman with her Master’s degree and a job at a college
- what would a movie called Girlhood be?
- not without some classic Linklater diatribes about people being ants in a colony, some pillow-y anti-conformist blather that is spoken but not enacted (mostly through The Boy, Mason)
- women characters: single moms, female social worker who accompanies Mom to abusive step-dad’s house to apprehend her children, bible-thumping new wifey of Ethan Hawke, bible-thumping grandma who smiles when all the younger people play guitar, casually polished teen gals who sidle up to Mason the shy nerd
- men characters: estranged (then a little less estranged) dad with sexy car; tequila-loving pscyhology professor who plays golf and treats his kids like inmates and then smashes wife’s head into wall; army guy with a seemingly kind approach for international conflict but then who cuts deep with some daddy issue comments to The Boy; football-coach-type photography teacher who gives locker-room-type pep talk to The Boy in the dark room; bible-thumping grandpa who gifts a hunting weapon to the boy for his birthday; “senior” boys (perhaps the worst acting in the whole film) who camp out in a squatter house with 8th graders and almost-encyclopaedically tap on every trope that could be sucked from that scenario: teasing them about being virginal, peer pressuring the smallest one into drinking a beer, making an exhibition of their strength (breaking boards with fists), pretending for a few secs that they have “some whores” coming over, calling the younger ones every bro-insult synonymous with something as hideous as “cunt knuckle”
- is this… AMERICA?
- well, it’s certainly only one kind of “boyhood”
@4 weeks ago with 3 notes
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