Bob Mondello http://kttz.org en Oh, 'Boyhood!' Linklater's Cinematic Stunt Pays Off http://kttz.org/post/oh-boyhood-linklaters-cinematic-stunt-pays Filmmaker Richard Linklater breezed through plenty of genres in his career, establishing that he's comfortable making loose comedies like <em>Slacker,</em> animated sci-fi thrillers like <em>A Scanner Darkly,</em> and even messing with longer-form studies in time with his <em>Before</em> trilogy, <em>Before Sunset</em>, <em>Before Sunrise</em> and <em>Before Midnight</em>.<p>Still, it's safe to say that he's never done anything even remotely like <em>Boyhood,</em> his latest film, because neither has anyone else.<p>It sounds like the most ordinary of stories: just a boy growing up. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:54:00 +0000 Bob Mondello 47749 at http://kttz.org Oh, 'Boyhood!' Linklater's Cinematic Stunt Pays Off Sci-Fi Kid Flick 'Earth To Echo' Broadens The 'E.T.' Formula http://kttz.org/post/sci-fi-kid-flick-earth-echo-broadens-et-formula Movie theaters were swarming with <em>Transformers</em> this past weekend, and that'll also be true over the July 4 weekend. So this may not seem to be the best moment to bring out a sci-fi flick made on a budget that wouldn't cover catering for Optimus Prime. But "small" has its virtues sometimes, and the kid flick <em>Earth to Echo</em> is one of those times.<p>It opens with eighth-grader Tuck about to lose his two best buds. Their families are moving from Nevada, and it's their last night together, so they're doing what kids do — taping goodbyes for YouTube. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Bob Mondello 47227 at http://kttz.org Sci-Fi Kid Flick 'Earth To Echo' Broadens The 'E.T.' Formula A Leap Too Far? 'Venus' And 'Jersey Boys' Bounce From Stage To Screen http://kttz.org/post/leap-too-far-venus-and-jersey-boys-bounce-stage-screen An intellectual play about sadomasochism, a musical about a '60s pop group, and a pair of famously cinematic directors. There's always going to be a bit of a leap when a play moves from stage to screen — but Roman Polanski's <em>Venus in Fur</em> and Clint Eastwood's <em>Jersey Boys</em> leap a little further than usual.<p>A director is casting a new play at the start of <em>Venus in Fur,</em> and auditions have been ghastly. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Bob Mondello 46528 at http://kttz.org A Leap Too Far? 'Venus' And 'Jersey Boys' Bounce From Stage To Screen It's A Summer Sequel Spectacular With 'Dragon' And 'Jump Street' http://kttz.org/post/its-summer-sequel-spectacular-dragon-and-jump-street In a summer of sequels — 16 in all — this weekend is the sequelliest, offering blockbuster deja-vu (<em>How To Train Your Dragon 2</em> AND <em>22 Jump Street</em>) as well as a few object lessons in how to train your audience. One film goes all meta with its concept, the other goes back to basics, and for a change, both approaches work.<p>Meta's the mantra for Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who're managing three franchises these days — <em>Lego</em>, <em>Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs</em>, and <em>Jump Street</em> — and who're going to have to get off the sequel train pretty soon. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:18:00 +0000 Bob Mondello 46111 at http://kttz.org It's A Summer Sequel Spectacular With 'Dragon' And 'Jump Street' Mike Myers Steps Behind The Camera With 'Supermensch' http://kttz.org/post/mike-myers-steps-behind-camera-supermensch When you've played Austin Powers, Shrek, The Cat in the Hat and the title dweeb in <em>Wayne's World</em>, what do you do for an encore? If you're comedian Mike Myers, the next logical step, evidently, is to direct a documentary about your agent. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 18:48:00 +0000 Bob Mondello 45740 at http://kttz.org Mike Myers Steps Behind The Camera With 'Supermensch'