It’s time to start getting caught up with movies that have Oscar potential. One of the leading contenders hits stores Tuesday, Jan. 6.
But the true quality comes from this engaging story that at first glance looks like a series of random — often uneventful — moments in the youngsters life. It’s not until the end that the real storytelling power is revealed.
Linklater reminds us in a memorable way that life is a series of moments — some big, most small — that go into defining who we are. The way he flows in an out of these moments makes for a tale that grows in strength with each passing year.
Add to this a first-rate performance by Ellar Coltrane as the central figure in this tale and “Boyhood” shines.
The emotions of losing a fellow actor — Monteith died shortly before production was supposed to start on the season — come through all of the performances.
Also included in the set is the show’s 100th episode.
Set in 1715, the golden age of piracy, New Providence Island is a lawless territory controlled by notorious pirate captains. The most feared is Captain Flint (Toby Stephens ), who finds himself in a battle with the British Navy set on redeeming its land.
Only an uneasy alliance with Eleanor Guthrie (Hannah New ), daughter of the local kingpin, gives Flint the means to find a treasure that could mean survival for the buccaneers.
The 3-disc set is filled with behind-the-scenes featurettes that give insight into the production.
It’s a strong tale of adventures on the high seas and low lands.
Also new on DVD Jan. 6: