Release: 2014/Boyhood. Genre: Drama. Director: Richard Linklater. Stars: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke.
Critic score: 100/100. User score: 7.7/10. IMDB Rating: 8.0/10 from 222,271 votes.
Summary: Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, ‘s BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring and as Mason’s parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha. BOYHOOD charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay’s Yellow to Arcade Fire’s Deep Blue. BOYHOOD is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting.
Release: 1994/Three Colors:Red. Genre: Drama, Romance, Mystery. Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski. Stars: Jean Louis Trintignant, Irene Jacob, Frederique Feder.
Critic score: 100/100. User score: 7.7/10. IMDB Rating: 8.1/10.
Summary: Valentine is a young model living in Geneva. Because of a dog she ran over, she meets a retired judge who spies his neighbours’ phone calls, not for money but to feed his cynicism. The film is the story of relationships between some human beings, Valentine and the judge, but also other people who may not be aware of the relationship they have with Valentine or/and the old judge. Redemption, forgiveness and compassion.
Release: 2016/Moonlight. Genre: Drama. Director: Barry Jenkins. Stars: Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali, Shariff Erap, Duan Sanderson, Alex R hibbert, Janelle Monae, Jaden Piner, Herman Caheel McGloun.
Critic score: 99/100. User score: 7.5/10. IMDB Rating: 7.5/10.
Summary: Three time periods – young adolescence, mid-teen and young adult – in the life of black-American Chiron is presented. When a child, Chiron lives with his single, crack addict mother Paula in a crime ridden neighborhood in Miami. Chiron is a shy, withdrawn child largely due to his small size and being neglected by his mother, who is more concerned about getting her fixes and satisfying her carnal needs than taking care of him. Because of these issues, Chiron is bullied, the slurs hurled at him which he doesn’t understand beyond knowing that they are meant to be hurtful. Besides his same aged Cuban-American friend Kevin, Chiron is given what little guidance he has in life from a neighborhood drug dealer named Juan, who can see that he is neglected, and Juan’s caring girlfriend Teresa, whose home acts as a sanctuary away from the bullies and away from Paula’s abuse. With this childhood as a foundation, Chiron may have a predetermined path in life, one that will only be magnified in terms.
Release: 2007/Pan’s Labyrinth. Genre: Drama, Fantasy, War. Director: Guillermo Del Toro. Stars: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi Lopez.
Critic score: 98/100. User score: 8.6/10. IMDB Rating: 8.2/10.
Summary: In 1944 falangist Spain, a girl, fascinated with fairy-tales, is sent along with her pregnant mother to live with her new stepfather, a ruthless captain of the Spanish army. During the night, she meets a fairy who takes her to an old faun in the center of the labyrinth. He tells her she’s a princess, but must prove her royalty by surviving three gruesome tasks. If she fails, she will never prove herself to be the the true princess and will never see her real father, the king, again.
Release: 1994/Hoop Dreams. Genre: Drama, Sport, Documentary. Director: Steve James. Stars: William Gates, Arthur Agee, Emma Gates.
Critic score: 98/100. User score: 8.2/10. IMDB Rating: 8.3/10.
Summary: This documentary follows two young African-Americans through their high school years as they perfect their skills in basketball in the hopes of getting a college scholarship and eventually play in the NBA. Arthur Agee and William Gates both show great potential and are are actively recruited as they look to enter high school. They start off at the same high school but unable to pay an unexpected bill for tuition fees, Arthur has to withdraw and go to the local public high school. The film follows them through their four years of high school and their trials and tribulations: injuries, slumps and the never ending battle to maintain their grades. Through it all, their hoop dreams continue.