FILM AS EXPERIENCEHarmony Cafe, a "California Provence' " lunch favorite, dressed up for an evening Pipestone Winemakers dinner
the chocolate fettuccine
Winemakers Jeff and Florence Pipes and Chef Giovanni
Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD, the extraordinary 12 year project is an experience, with more impact than a mere film.
It's being called an emotional epic, spellbinding, film of the decade, and more. It earns those accolades in a way that weaves you into a family, characters, and life, unlike anything I've seen. There is something indelible in seeing the impact of all that life offers, especially on Mason played by Ellar Coltrane who we see grow from an adorable little kid to a college student. For the first time we see and feel the reality of boyhood complete with the icebergs and shoals of parental and adult intrusions teamed with the searching, longings, doubts and expressions of growing up.
Seeing the cast age before your eyes draws you into the story. Patricia Arquette, Lorelei Linklater, the director's daughter who plays sister Samantha and Ethan Hawke are all superb. I heard in an interview that much of the script was improvised and from that emotional forge comes an authenticity that would accrue over a 12 year relationship.
Boyhood is a 2 hour and 44 minute experience that is unique and totally absorbing. It is a brilliant accomplishment and is in an echelon of filmmaking reserved for real art.
See you down the trail.