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Boyhood
Boyhood (2014)
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A beautiful film that simultaneously captures the mundane nature of everyday living and the enormous scope of the passage of time. Our main character is Mason, and we see him age 12 years (from cute grammar school tot to hippie college freshman) in what feels like a completely natural evolutionary transition. Or, at least as natural as a near-three-hour movie can present.

The Giver
The Giver (2014)
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

I fail to fully understand the 32% The Giver has received on RT. I mean, yeah, I understand that people are steamed about the fact that the film made some pretty major changes to the story (when compared to the Lois Lowry novel from the early 90s), but for what it is, I think I like the film Giver just as much as the novel Giver. They're both fantastic looks into a totalitarian society, each from a slightly different perspective; the novel focuses on 12 year-old Jonas while the movie goes through 18 year-old Jonas's eyes. Honestly, I'm quite okay with the differences; Brenton Thwaites does a surprisingly impressive job as the young man, playing the part with enough gravitas (and occasional spunk) to anchor the movie alongside an (needless-to-say) epic performance from Jeff Bridges as the title character.

This is definitely a great ride, with no moments feeling superfluous or boring. The memory transfer scenes are some of the true highlights of the film, where the viewer can literally feel the totality of the human condition in their bones; indeed, I got chills up my spine during each of the Giver/Receiver transfer scenes, and I even teared up during some of the more intense ones.

Don't let the low critic score deter you from seeing this film or from forming your own opinions on it. It's powerful, beautiful, even spiritual, and it deserves a cult fanbase and maybe an eventual rebirth years down the line where people can say, "Yes, that was a great, under-appreciated movie". I highly recommend it.