QUICK UPDATE: I'm almost done with A Final Hit it's really coming along nicely and you guys should definitely see it in April. Now, to turn you off of my movie entirely.
I saw Boyhood last night and I feel like I wasted my life. Yes, I am being completely serious about this. A lot of people have already accused me of not liking it because it's so long. I've watched Once Upon a Time in America about four times and that's almost four hours. My favorite film of all time is Seven Samurai. This goes to prove that I didn't think it was too long. Boring? Yes, very much so.
Here's the problems I had with it. Linklater's daughter needs to join a club with Sophia Coppola and Asia Argento of director's daughters who cannot act. Guys, I know you love your daughters; I have a daughter and I can totally relate. However, if she says, "Dad, can I be in your movie?" I will shatter her dreams...only if she cannot act.
My next complaint is it dwelt on a lot of really stupid crap from the years. I honestly thought it would dwell on things that are big parts of a kid's life. I would have loved to see the first kiss, the first time having sex, the first time getting drunk, the first time getting high, maybe discovering photography as opposed to "Oh, he just does it now" (maybe I fell asleep during this part). Going golfing with step dad who then picks up booze does not feel like a huge part of life.
At first, I hated how there was no transition but then I got over it and just dealt with it.
My biggest complaint has to do with the story, it just felt so boring and cliche. If it had the balls to have the kid look forward to college and consider maybe it wasn't for him or something, I would have probably liked it a lot more. Especially since there were several allusions to this possibly happening. Instead, it was just a normal movie of a kid growing up and heading off to college.
The kid was decent at acting for the most part but it was obvious that everyone (except maybe Ethan Hawke) grew tired of production at times. Despite No Tomorrow being a prequel to A Final Hit, I'm well aware that actors want to play different people and grow tired of being the same character all the time.
The thing I liked the most about it probably has nothing to do with the movie at all. It was watching Richard Linklater grow as a director. 12 years is a long time and if he didn't grow at all, I would be extremely disappointed. Watching the first segment and then the last segment was like watching two completely different films. The way they were shot was different. It was absolutely beautiful. The writing was even different. Despite disliking the movie and finding it a waste of time, I did absolutely love this aspect of the film.
Overall, I found Boyhood to be extremely overrated and rather dull. If it took more chances, I would have liked it more. Taking 12 years to make a movie is not taking a chance, it's just taking a long time to make a movie. I hate Through the Devil's Eyes and that is the longest production I've had so far. It didn't take any chances though.
I would first of all like to talk about a movie I saw recently that I really liked. Yeah, I even voted on Netflix that I really like it. It also came out recently. I'm of course talking about The Babadook. Haven't seen it yet? It's available to rent on Amazon, iTunes, and even Google Play has it. So pick your drug of choice and check out this fantastic film.
*AR, THERE BE SPOILERS AHEAD*
If you've already seen it, I'm going to talk about what I like about it and then what I didn't like about it. I LOVED how at first you're not sure if the little boy is just making all this shit up (granted, you know he's not because how else could there be a movie? That's not the point though). The little boy is kinda weird and talks a lot about monsters so he could very likely imagine the whole thing. Then when the book comes back (freaking chills ran up my spine, despite knowing this was going to happen) you begin to wonder if there is a stalker after the mom. Maybe she's imagining all of this too.
That's when Mr. Babadook comes into the room. HOLY MOTHER OF GOD. Seriously! Fuck you Mr. Babadook, you are a bad man...then they show his face.
I was in love with this movie up to this point. Like literally in love. It was awesome and had a great score, a great feel, everything going for it. Then they fucked it up by two things, showing the Babadook's face and letting the little boy take on the Babadook like, to quote Max Landis, it's freaking Home Alone. Those were my two biggest complaints about the movie. If these two things were corrected, I would have sucked off this movie in a dark alley.
Hopefully A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night doesn't disappoint (hoping to see it next weekend or this).
So people are probably wondering what the second half of my title means. It means just that. There are absolutely zero RJ Cusyk films at this point in time. Well maybe Invisible Diary of a Disabled Man is considered an RJ Cusyk film. Through the Devil's Eyes was a movie I wrote with a low-budget in mind same with A Final Hit. The other scripts I have finished are insane because I figure by the time I can film them that I'll be allowed the budget and my actors will follow me to the ends of the Earth.
No Tomorrow will be the first RJ Cusyk film in style and story, that's why I'm so excited to begin shooting it. I made the first two films to prove that I could make two films with a low budget. This upcoming film won't need a big budget and will definitely be more along the lines of what I ultimately want to make. My friend Marco calls it a John Waters Noir, while my mother calls it a cross of Billy Wilder and Quentin Tarantino. Neither one of those offends me because all of those directors have inspired me at some point in time. I'm super excited to almost be done with A Final Hit and to show it to the masses but I'm even more excited to begin on MY first movie.