PRINT December 2014


Amy Taubin

Richard Linklater, Boyhood, 2014, 35 mm, color, sound, 160 minutes. Mason (Ellar Coltrane) and Mason Sr. (Ethan Hawke).

1 GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE (Jean-Luc Godard) The 3-D of past, present, and future; more intimate than spectacular, although the eyes boggle as well as the mind. As revolutionary as Breathless was fifty-four years ago.

2 BOYHOOD (Richard Linklater) A six-year-old actor (Ellar Coltrane) and his fictional alter ego grow up in concert in a film that took twelve years to make. Deceptively simple, truly visionary—a great American independent movie in the form of a time machine.

3 WHIPLASH (Damien Chazelle) Chazelle’s second feature never drags, never rushes. A kinetic evocation of performance anxiety, Whiplash is a tour-de-force synthesis of image and sound that also provokes moral questions about ambition and the desire for perfection.

4 DREAMS ARE COLDER THAN DEATH (Arthur Jafa) A lyrical essay on black history and black culture in which a non-essentialist counterpoint of perceptions

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