The novelty of filming the same boy for 12 years and making it into a movie is interesting. The acting in Boyhood is good enough and arguably, Patricia Arquette qualifies for her win as Oscar’s Best Supporting Actress. However, if I’m going to spend three hours with a movie, it should be riveting, and Boyhood is not. For me, it was Borehood at times and predictable once you knew the players.
I also screened the winner of best Foreign Language Film, Ida. It’s a journey undertaken by a Catholic novitiate, who discovers she is Jewish, and her long lost and off balance aunt. They search for the buried remains of Ida’s parents and the aunt’s young son, Jews who were harbored and then killed by Polish WWII resistors. How they deal with their grief and their guilt at being alive is captured very well in black and white cinema.
American Sniper, Selma, and The Grand Budapest Hotel still remain.