Watching Richard Linklater's "Boyhood", you keep waiting for the car crash, or the random act of violence that puts one of the characters into Intensive Care. Not because he gives you any reason to expect that, but because watching a lot of movies and television conditions us to anticipate a rhythm of plot points and dramatic upheavals, and then they don't come. Because one of Linklater's points is that time itself is a series of upheavals. Just growing up and growing old is a harrowing, exciting, and mind-blowing process. It turns out that the best way to make a movie about everything is to make a movie in which not much happens. We'll talk about the wildly original "Boyhood" on The Nose.
Also on our radar screens, imagine you're a monkey. Imagine you've grabbed a curious-looking box with a lens and a button on it, and you snag it from a human to take a selfie. Why shouldn't that photo belong to you? And To Spank or Not To Spank? In 2014, it is still very much a question.
- With food waste so bad, it's hard to wrap your mid around it, isn't there a better way? What about taking the less-pretty fruits and veggies and giving them a new perspective? It's working in France...
- Ever given any thought to plums, and whether you're "doing it wrong"? Who knew? An enthusiastic look at the fickle plum.
- This kid will have the nickname "Apparently" for the rest. Of. His. Life. This video has been watched almost 10 million times. You go, Apparently (the future host of the Apparently McEnroe Show).
- When it's time to buy new stamps, you might not care what they look like. Or you might enjoy the choice between an American flag design or one with fireworks. The U.S. Stamp Committee, however, Is (Still) Up in Arms About a Harry Potter Stamp.
- Could you go a whole week without complaining? Are you any better if you boast on Facebook that you went a whole week without complaining?
- Check out these weird, funny signs one couple have been making to combat abortion protestors. #bringbackCrystalPepsi
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- James Hanley is the co-founder of Cinestudio at Trinity College
- Mark Oppenheimer is the religion reporter for The New York Times, directs the Yale Journalism Lab, and is the author of several books
- Tracy Wu-Fastenberg is the Director of Development at the Mark Twain House & Museum