The power of movies

Published 7:00 am Thursday, October 15, 2015

I’ve been a fan of movies for as long as I can remember.
Movies are a way we make sense of the world.
We see ourselves through character’s bad decisions, in moments of weakness and times of triumph.
We learn from their mistakes and rejoice in their achievements and often feel inspired to go out in the real world and make something of ourselves because of them.
Even to this day, one of my favorite activities is watching movies in the theater or in the comfort of my own home.
There’s nothing quite like the score playing as the movie unfolds for the first time on screen.
Movies allow us to escape our troubles and enter some other world, at least for an hour-and-a-half.
Throughout my life, there have been many films that have impacted me greatly. The most recent is “Boyhood.”
“Boyhood” is a 2014 drama, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.
The movie follows a boy named Mason and his family over a span of 12 years in real time, focusing on the highs and lows of life.
The director of the film used the same cast throughout the film rather than using different actors to play the older versions of the characters.
It was the most authentic, raw and innovative film I’ve watched so far. Throughout the film, I could see hints of my own family in each of the characters on the screen.
The scene that truly touched me was when 18-year-old Mason was moving away from home to attend college.
The raw emotion between Mason and his mother during the day of the move reminded me of when I left home to pursue my independence and live three hours away to attend the University of Central Florida.
“Boyhood” is a groundbreaking film that takes the art of filmmaking into another level, and I can’t wait to see what the film industry has in store for the next couple of years.

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