best of 2014, Favourite films, Movies, Reviews

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

Classics, Favourite films, Movies, science fiction

Adapting Philip K. Dick, the triumph of A Scanner Darkly

The writings and ideas of Philip K. Dick have had a profound impact on the development of science fiction as a film genre from the late nineteen seventies onwards. While many films have been adapted from his novels and short stories, and many more simply inspired by or influenced by Dick, really successful adaptations have been as elusive as the nature of reality is to a typical Dickian protagonist. Continue reading