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Boyhood

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, a movie that charts the life of Mason (Ellar Coltrane) along with his sister (Lorelei Linklater), mother (Patricia Arquette) and father (Linklater staple, Ethan Hawke) who are divorced and living their own lives is a true gem of a movie. Not only is this movie an amazing organizational feat, shot with all the same actors over a 12 year span, but as Time magazine puts it, the work is “a thrilling epic of ordinary life.” That is just what you see, the good and the bad of life that happens to us all, and how those moments help shape and mold us into the adults we become.

Boyhood is both tender and small, while epic in what it has accomplished in terms of breaking ground in the film world. The running time is three hours, yet not once did I want it to end, or believe it was showing us more than the story needed. It goes by in the blink of an eye, kinda like life itself.  A definite must see!

Country Portrait Of An American Sound

Currently on display at one of my favorite ‘museums’, the Annenberg Space for Photography, is Country: Portraits of an American Sound. The exhibit employs historical and contemporary photographs, videos, and an original thirty minute documentary (commissioned by the Annenberg Space for Photography) to explore how “images shape the public identity of country music performers and of the genre itself “.

Besides the 110 prints  – country music biggest stars, such as  Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Keith Urban, Loretta Lynn and Hank Williams – and the use of film, the exhibit also has on display country albums and film posters, a slideshow of digital images, archival artifacts from musical instruments to stage costumes and a jukebox containing rare audio files.

For more info on the exhibit and the Iris Nights Lecture Series, and Saturday night country music concerts that supplement the exhibit – Thursday and Saturdays from July 17th through Sptember 17th click here.

Exhibit runs through September 28, 2014.

Annenberg Space for Photography // 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067

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