I think it’s very possible, if you’re discussing specific elements of the movie. The 12 year production of it doesn’t need to impact the discussion of the acting or the cinematography etc, etc.
But, if you’re discussing the film as a whole, I think the context in which the film was made is crucial. The unique way it was created is as much a part of the movie as are the performances or the soundtrack, and to ignore it would be to purposefully ignore a major element of what makes the film special. It’d be like reviewing My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts without considering the way Byrne and Eno recorded it. Or talking about Spiral Jetty without considering how Smithson created it. Yes, you can purely discuss the finished product, but you’re missing something that is specific to that piece of art, that is also necessary to understand it. The way in which the work was made is part of the whole, so if you’re going to judge/discuss the whole, you have to consider that part.
Also, I have no idea why someone asked me this. But I’m MORE than happy to talk about it! Cuz I loved the hell out of Boyhood.
This weekend, as I was finishing up a show at 5:00 am in what is my tenth Del Close Marathon, I started trying to remember every show I’ve ever done at this insane event. This is the list of everything I can remember doing (including a couple I’ve still got to do today), and it’s a who’s who of ridiculous things for a grown man to spend time doing. Some of these only loosely fall under the definition of “show.”
I regret nothing.
Hey New York/People Who Will Be At DCM!
I’m quite excited to be headed to what I believe to be my TENTH Del Close Marathon this week. That’s a lot of summer weekends improvising at 3am in sweltering humidity! My ancestors must be very proud.
Should you feel so inclined, I’d very much appreciate it if you headed to the SVA theater to see Sentimental Lady on Saturday night at 11:30pm! It’s a “premium” show, which basically just means you can pre-buy tickets just for this show by clicking over here! But I believe, if it doesn’t sell out, your DCM wristband will get you in as well!
What are some other shows I’m in? Well, I’m glad you asked!
Convoy! Friday night at 10:30pm at UCB Chelsea!
Puzzles! Friday night at 11:45pm at the New York Theatre Workshop!
UCB Singles Mixer! Closing out the festival Sunday at 7:00pm at UCB East!
And then a bunch of late night shows like Commercial Audition Live!, Alex Fernie’s Champagne Room, and the show I’m probably most excited for, Professor Cockenstein and DJ Offensive Reference’s Super Aggressive Late Night Bit Show!