Is Boyhood Really a Masterpiece? Three Slate Writers Discuss the New Film.

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July 11 2014 3:24 PM

Spoiler Special: Boyhood

Boyhood
Ellar Coltrane plays Mason from ages 6 to 18.

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On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies—and the occasional TV show—in full, spoiler-filled detail. Below, our film critic Dana Stevens talks with senior editor Dan Kois and Slate contributor Seth Stevenson about Boyhood, Richard Linklater’s fictional family portrait filmed over 12 consecutive years. What is it like to watch time pass in this way, over the course of not-quite-three hours in the movie theater? What does the film say about growing up? And has Linklater made his masterpiece?

Listen to them discuss these and other questions below. You can also check out past Spoiler Specials in our archive, and you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Note: As the title indicates, each installment contains spoilers galore.

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Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic.

Dan Kois is Slate's culture editor and a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine.

Seth Stevenson is a frequent contributor to Slate. He is the author of Grounded: A Down to Earth Journey Around the World.