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#12 of 2014 unexpectedly became very emotional for us. Boyhood is a daring and risky but ultimately amazing accomplishment for director Richard Linklater. Shot over 12 years, we watch 5-year old Mason (Ellar Coltrane) grow from pre-kindergarten to college freshmen. And we see that entire boyhood as a living, breathing slice of life, not always dramatic, but so very compelling. It is like going thru a close friend's photo albums and videos, marveling at the changes and rem...embering what it was like watching them all grow up and change, as well as what it was like for you and your family. It is not as dramatic to watch Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke age over the course of the film, as we've seen them do just that over the years. But watching Coltrane and Lorelei Linklater as his sister (the director's daughter) grow from little kids to real adults - that impacted us in a very real way. This is a unique film that we will probably never see the likes of again. Every major character grows up in some way. There are others that come in and out of their lives, much like real life. Boyhood rings true in so many ways, it will make you think about your own choices, about maybe when you took (or didn't take) the path less travelled by. I see I have gone on and on here, so let's sum up by saying marvelous, career-defining work by all. Can't recommend highly enough.

TLA one-word review: poignant

BOYHOOD (2014)

THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?