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My favourite movies of 2014

Can we draw any conclusions about the state of film in 2014? More to the point can I? As I noted in my ‘most annoying films of 2014’ list, I am not a professional film critic and while I am privileged enough to see a lot of films at press screenings, as an enthusiastic semi-amateur I still see a lot on my own dollar. Like everyone else in these penny pinching times, that means I’m choosy. Even the pro-critics cannot hope to see the full range of movies released in the UK in each year, let alone all the movies that play festivals, or go direct to video (or whatever is your streaming option of choice). So I’m reticent to draw firm conclusions.

[But I’m obviously going to anyway.] Continue reading

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Favourite films – Boyhood

A long gestating dream project for Texas based filmmaker Richard Linklater, Boyhood is an intimate family drama charting the journey of Mason Jr (Ellar Coltrane) across the spectral Rubicon that separates boy from man. As the film begins Mason is in the 12th grade through and as it closes some 160-odd minutes later he is of College age. A variety of characters enter and exit his life, but the constants are his immediate family: mother Olivia (Patricia Arquette); sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater, the director’s own daughter); and on the fringe his estranged father Mason Sr. (Ethan Hawke). Continue reading