Today I saw a film that pretty much changed my life. It just made me think about plain and simply “life”. The movie is called “Boyhood”. For a brief synopsis it was basically about a boys life from when he was just a child and it played out through his entire life going through all his adolescent years. This movie was shot over the past 12 years which no movie has done in the history of filmmaking. It left me with a sad, bittersweet feeling but also somewhat happy. It reminded me of how quickly life passes us by which is all the more reason for us to grab life by the horns and just push through every curve ball that it throws our way. It reminded me that I’m getting older and theres no going back, reminded me to live in the moment, to be the moment and not take one second of this life for granted. “Boyhood” is a film about life in itself which is so unique and is the big thing that makes the film so perfect. It was just very realistic, very relatable and very well acted, I connected with all the characters and felt the same way as the young boy did about life and his artistic mind not fitting in with society very well. It was a 3 hour film but kept you so hooked like you were living the life the little boy was that you didn’t even notice the time length. The film left me with a pondering mind, made me love my life even more, look forward to raising a family and just plain out appreciate all that my folks have done for me. It reminded me that life is hard and it doesn’t just stop because you have a bad day but that also has its happy times that we need to soak up as possible to let it outweigh the rocks that it throws at us. It’s very rare for a film to just leave me thinking like this and make me appreciate my life even more. So many films today lack meaning as time goes on just for entertainment purposes and to put something out there to make money. The directors who I love are the ones who make films to change lives and thats exactly what Richard Lanklater did with this movie. Ethan Hawke was incredible as always and I was brilliantly surprised by how great newcomer Ellar Coltrane was in his role as Mason. I recommend this film to any human being on the planet who has a heart and searches for movies that hold profound meaning, hold your attention, and touch your hearts. I will definitely be owning this one and it is most definitely an Oscar winning picture. Lets just hope it gets in the nominations. This will be a film I think about for years to come and I’d say waiting 12 years for it to be released was well worth the wait because it flourished through and through. With all this being said I’ll end it with a profound quote from the movie that Masons Dad told him while they were bowling; “Life doesn’t give you bumpers”. It made me think at how perfectly true this was. Push through life with a smile, love hard, live well and laugh much, all the while get back up whenever you get pushed to the ground.