Right now the internet wants to know one thing: Where can I see Richard Linklater’s new film BOYHOOD in Portland?

It’s always interesting to see what posts are the most popular, and how people find your web site. You can also get a sense of the depth of interest in a subject by the different variations of search terms people are using. If lots and lots of slightly different combinations of terms that all get at the same issue are used, that tells you many, many people are searching for something.

Ever since I published this rather ordinary plug for Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD a month ago, it has been the most frequently viewed post on this blog nearly every day, sometimes getting nearly 100 views. Search terms that resulted in a visit reveal every combination you can think of that get at this question: “Where can I see BOYHOOD in Portland?”

Richard Linklater, for years one of the most interesting American filmmakers around, appears to have hit the jackpot with his latest offering. Will the mega success (assuming it happens) of this small independent film change Linklater in any way? Let’s hope not. But how great that instead of the usual violence, filth, and corporate content that is the row most filmmakers hoe, Linklater is able to do something different (and much more influential) and enjoy big time success. Even though he doesn’t sound that interested in box office numbers.

Check out this excellent Arts Watch interview with the Texan wonder.

And then get ye to the magisterial Cinema 21 in Northwest, where BOYHOOD is playing all day every day. Could there be a better place to see this new Linklater film – anywhere on earth?

No.

Any questions?  This guy works hard to create masterpieces of contemporary film just for you.  Looks like a man who has found his calling.
Any questions? This guy works hard to create masterpieces of contemporary film just for you. Looks like a man who has found his calling.

Hey guys, let's make a movie.
Hey guys, let’s make a movie.

daily pick: BEFORE MIDNIGHT by Richard Linklater at Fox Tower

Who is one of America’s most exciting playwrights?

Hint: He’s a hunky dude from Texas who came of age in the 70’s.

No, not Rick Perry.

Richard Linklater.

Slacker.
Slacker.

But he’s a filmmmaker, you say.

Yes, but in the style of MY DINNER WITH ANDRE, Linklater makes some very talky films that could work just as well on the stage.

His latest work BEFORE MIDNIGHT, picking up where BEFORE SUNRISE and BEFORE SUNSET left off, features several marathon takes that are packed with words and beautifully theatrical.

Plus, it doesn’t hurt that a slightly rusting, rounding, and rueful Ethan Hawke is on the scene – and man is he good. Julie Delpy is also stunning.

Related: Hawke is soon going to get another shot on the big, big stage. He’ll be doing the doomed Scottish king at Lincoln Center this coming season.

Is this a rock star which I see before me?
Is this a rock star which I see before me?