There is so much to say about this movie. Let’s start off with the facts. This coming-of-age drama, written and directed by Richard Linklater, was released on July 11th, 2014. It has since grossed 43 million dollars at the box office against a 4 million dollar budget. Interestingly, the film was shot in 32 days across 12 whole years. So it may be safe to say that Linklater’s patience paid off. The plot is uncomplicated and unrushed. It focuses on the life of a boy named Mason from age 6 to age 18. Just hearing that description would make the average movie-goer not think much of it. But it’s much, much more underneath. Lead by a moving performance from Ellar Coltrane, we see a unique side of family life never seen before. The rest of the ensemble cast is outstanding, from Richard’s daughter Lorelei Linklater to long-time collaborator Ethan Hawke. Much of the story takes places in Texas, most notably Houston, Dallas, and my hometown of Austin. This allows for us to become more familiar with the environment that Mason lives in, rather than just changing our thoughts every twenty minutes. The entirely original screenplay by Richard Linklater unwinds over 12 whole years as we learn more about these interesting and nuanced characters. The film doesn’t use a memorable score, opting instead for Rock and Pop songs from the days of yore. Also, this is the type of movie that will leave you breathless in one shot and breaking into fits of laughter the next. This movie is an absolute masterpiece, and perhaps the best movie of the year. It is a required watch for all teenage boys and men in general about finding yourself in your childhood. It only works with age. I may not mind watching this movie again.