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Fall Movie Season 2017

2017 has been DRY. I have been absolutely PARCHED for new, quality movies to see. Dunkirk and Bladerunner 2049 quenched my thirst temporarily, but now that November is here, it’s time for the flood of the years’ best films to be released. (I wonder how far I can take this analogy?) Here’s the forecast for interesting movie releases in 2017.

Lady Bird

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Release date: Nov. 3
Directed by: Greta Gerwig
Written by: Greta Gerwig
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Odeya Rush, Kathryn Newton, Laurie Metcalf
Summary: “The adventures of a young woman living in Northern California for a year.”

Why I’m interested: Ultimately, this could be a quirky popcorn film, and nothing more, but Greta Gerwig has had plenty of buzz for her work on screen in the last few years and Saoirse Ronan is an absolute delight, so I think it will be worth checking out.

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Review: Boyhood

Boyhood

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Written & Directed by: Richard Linklater
Starring: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Lorelei Linklater, Ethan Hawke

I smiled through this whole movie. Boyhood is an absolutely delight. I saw this film when it was first released in the summer and really enjoyed it; I wondered if time would have soured the charm that Boyhood had but it absolutely did not. Richard Linklater’s 12-years-in-the-making passion project might not be for everyone, but if you don’t connect with these characters in at any point in the story you’re not human.

Boyhood follows Mason Evans (played by Ellar Coltrane) from age six to eighteen; the film chronicles his growth and the elements that have contributed to who the person he has become by the end of the film. The concept is that simple. The unique ambition that Richard Linklater had was to film this transformation in real time: for a few weeks out of every year from 2002 to 2013 the cast and crew came together to capture that moment in time. It’s an entirely scripted story but is told so organically I often had to remind myself that there is no real family story upon which this is based. (more…)