MONDAY MOVIES: “Boyhood”

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You may already know by now, since “Boyhood” is getting rave reviews, but here’s the plot of the movie: For nearly three hours, we watch a boy grow up through 12 years of his life. That’s all there is to it. Yet, in its simplicity, it’s one of the most elaborate and beautiful movies ever made.

First, the main cast of the movie spent part of each year for 12 years making this project. That means that those people were dedicated to cataloging their life year by year. And while those people slowly grew up in real life, they grew up quickly in this movie. The time flies by throughout the film, both because of the structure of the plot, but also because it’s hard not to want to see where these characters will end up, what they’ll look like, who they’ll be. There’s an anticipation here that other movies spend millions more dollars and special effects to achieve… but here it’s so organic and profound.

But more than anything, you should see this movie because it’s a reflection of all of us: We all grow up. We have ups and downs; our lives are full of real life heroes and villains; we don’t always know all the answers or how to deal with all of life’s problems. We look in the mirror one day and realize we have a little less time than yesterday to do all that we want to do with our life. That’s part of the human experience. And “Boyhood” reminds us of just how human we really are.

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Bugs In Your Eyes

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I recently started using a phrase that I learned from watching one of my favorite new comedies, USA Network’s Playing HouseThat phrase shares the name of the episode that it’s in: Bugs In Your Eyes.

I won’t give too much away, but here’s the setup: Maggie (played by Lennon Parham) is talking to a member of the Skeleton Riders, a tough motorcycle gang, while she’s playing billiards with her newborn strapped to her. Rather than enlist the help of her best friend (Emma, played by Jessica St. Clair) to care for the baby, she decides to do everything all by herself. After she ignores the advice of Ortega (Marco Rodriguez), he gives her some awesome wisdom:

MAGGIE: I don’t need her. I’m a mom. I can do it myself.

ORTEGA: You got bugs in your eyes.

MAGGIE: What?

ORTEGA: You see, Skeleton Riders, we got this saying: You got bugs in your eyes. What it means is this: You can’t always be the lead hog. When we ride, we ride in formation. We trade out the lead. ‘Cuz if you stay in front of the pack for too long, you get bugs in your eyes. Understand what I’m saying?

MAGGIE: Yeah, you get a bunch of dead bugs in your gut.

ORTEGA: You need to let other people help you. Doesn’t make you any less of a rider.

Sometimes as a leader, it can be tough to delegate responsibility. Maybe it seems like more work than just doing it yourself, maybe you just can’t say ‘no’ when people ask for help when you’re already busy, or maybe you just don’t trust anyone with the task at hand. But you need to find a way to get it done without overloading yourself, and no one can get it done all by themselves — especially with bugs in their eyes!

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Pic courtesy: USA Network

Editorial Note: If you haven’t had a chance to watch Playing House, then you’re missing out. It’s about two best friends who have to raise a baby after some unforeseen circumstances, but what really makes it funny is the witty banter between the two stars of the show and how just how human they both are. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!