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Boyhood the real version
It’s pure documentary, it’s a time capsule for a period of time for two young men that typify the ambitions of a generation.
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While the production elements such as music, voice over etc., show their age, the story itself is deeply engrossing even for non-basketball fans. The filmmakers spend so much time with their two protagonists and capture such surprisingly intimate moments of their young basketball careers that we care about every jump-shot and hold our collective breath as the ball bounces around the rim teetering between in and out.
While not the most important documentary ever made, it does seem to be the one that digs most deeply into its characters.
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This movie ranks #16 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Documentaries of All Time
This movie ranks #25 in IMDb's Documentary Top 50
This movie ranks #38 in BFI's 100 Documentary Films
This movie ranks #39 in BFI's 100 American Independent Films
This movie ranks #82 in Spike Lee's Essential List of Films for Filmmakers
This movie ranks #104 in Harvard's Suggested Film Viewing: Non-Fiction Films
This movie ranks #136 in Roger Ebert's Great Movies
This movie ranks #311 in The Criterion Collection
This movie ranks #385 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #436 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
This movie ranks #444 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry
This movie ranks #452 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #871 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #903 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown