This afternoon I saw Boyhood, the Richard Linklater movie that he filmed over a 12 year span with the same cast. Simply put, it's the best movie I've seen all year. Every kid who's just entering college should see it and every parent who has kids just hitting five or six years old should see it too. Fuck, everybody should see it. Keep an eye out for it at your local arthouse.
Sorry, but as a poncy filmstudent man I have to highly disagree. Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette turned in some good performances, but the kids themselves weren't very good. Also nothing happened. The film is about growing up, yes, but when you grow up THINGS HAPPEN to you. Throw in a subversion where it looks like the kid is going to get his head slammed into a sawblade when they were all drinking beers, sure, whatever, but the entire film is chekov's guns that never fire. Just meaningless scenes. I appreciate what it was doing 100%, but it was too long. If the film had stopped as he drove off for college (him driving there is the first time in the film we ever see him completely alone, among other interesting things happening technically in that moment) then I would have been fine with it, but it just continued to drag and drag. The dialogue turns insipid part way through too. It starts understated and subtle and just feels very real, then part way through it's just clumsily written attempts to muse about big questions in a way that felt too smug yet too dumb at the same time.
The most recent film I have seen is a rewatch, however, of a campy Canadian film from the late 80's called Things. I won't go into details, but I will say sit down and watch it with some beers and some friends and don't expect a whole lot to actually happen.
More happens in Things than in Boyhood though. Way more.