A Lars List

Best Films of 2014

1  Birdman   Easily one of the most unique films in years. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s innovative concept brilliant – a love note to all artists. Keaton wins Oscar, as does the film. 2  Boyhood   Amazing accomplishment by a director who has stayed true to his storytelling sensibilities. Linklater wins Oscar. 3  Foxcatcher  Hypnotic, haunting, and heartbreaking. … Continue reading

Now Playing Review

Boyhood one for the ages

INSPIRED – Kids are smart. And funny. And interesting. After watching director Richard Linklater’s ambitiously brilliant Boyhood last night, my youngest son (16) said “That was the ultimate ‘coming of age’ film.” Kids are smart. Independent filmmaker deluxe Linklater has always known this. All the way back to Dazed and Confused (1993), through his most commercial hit to date, School of … Continue reading

New on DVD

Bernie gets under your skin

INSPIRED – Bernie tells the true story of Bernie Tiede, a gentle caretaker who shot in cold blood a wealthy elderly woman whom he’d befriended, though the whole town of Carthage, Texas hated her. Bernie may seem part Christopher Guest mocumentary and part Errol Morris human interest fascination documentary, but  it is undoubtedly a Richard Linklater film of … Continue reading