Oh boy, that was great

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MOVIES - Leigh Paatsch Now show­ing ex­clu­sively at the State Cin­ema Now show­ing Vil­lage Cin­e­mas

up the same hand- picked cast at the same time each year for a few days of shoot­ing.

When the project fi nally wrapped last Oc­to­ber, Lin­klater had cap­tured ex­actly what he was after so long ago: an achingly ac­cu­rate chron­i­cle of a child in the process of grow­ing up.

At this point, it should be em­pha­sised Boy­hood is not a doc­u­men­tary. It is a wholly fi ctional take on the for­ma­tive years of a typ­i­cal Texas kid by the name of Ma­son Evans ( El­lar Coltrane).

We join Ma­son at the age of six, and bid him goodbye at 18.

Noth­ing much hap­pens to the lad dur­ing this pe­riod, aside from life it­self. And as or­gan­i­cally fi lmed by Lin­klater, that turns out to be re­ally some­thing.

The real star of the show is time. Not only how it passes, but also the tracks it leaves in its wake. And the au­then­ti­cally chrono­log­i­cal fi lm­ing style al­lows us to map those tracks like never be­fore.

Along the way, in­no­cence is cer­tain to be lost; ex­pe­ri­ence all that can take its place.

Mean­while, time is im­pact­ing each per­son in its own unique way.

INTO THE STORM

TO ITS cat­a­strophic credit, Into the Storm knows its au­di­ence is here for noth­ing but the weather. The more ex­treme, the bet­ter. Much of the me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal may­hem tran­spires around the small town of Sil­ver­ton, a fi ctional ham­let sit­ting smack- bang at the cen­tre of the

From scene to scene, Ma­son and every­body around him are get­ting taller, wider, smarter, dumber, richer, poorer, hap­pier, sad­der, faster, slower.

Some are learn­ing how to love. Oth­ers are do­ing their best to for­get all about it.

With a run­ning time of close to three hours, Boy­hood can at times be messy, un­fo­cused and too te­dious for words – just like life.

How­ever, it also sum­mons many mo­ments where the truth not only hurts, but heals as well.

For a movie, that is a once- in- lifetime achieve­ment. fl at­lands of the US Mid­west. A sys­tem of fi ve mag­nifi cent mega- tor­na­does – any of which can dis­play more per­son­al­ity than the whole cast com­bined – are about to swarm upon Sil­ver­ton for one hell of a gusty get- to­gether. The in­sanely in­clement spe­cial- ef­fects se­quences ( son­i­cally boosted by a re­lent­lessly whoosh­ing sound de­sign) will have all duck­ing for cover.

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