ACTOR - Matthew McConaughey
Be the lean horse for the long ride. I figure I am in the third round of a 15 round fight. [on career philosophy]
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Dazed and Confused 1993, R)
My Boyfriend's Back 1993, PG-13)
Angels in the Outfield 1994, PG)
Boys on the Side 1995, R)
Glory Daze 1996, R)
Lone Star 1996, R)
Lone Star is a contemporary Western of the highest calibre. The story covers 4 decades and weaves in and out of the lives of certain characters who have lived in a small town on the Mexican boarder. It's essentially a no-mans land full of people trying to attain their identities in a Town unsure of its own. It's very subtle but brilliantly handled with a who dunnit crime investigation holding everything together. It's got ever element a great film needs to have; Character development, great performances, good story and it has something to say.
A Time to Kill 1996, R)
Larger Than Life 1996, PG)
Scorpion Spring 1996, R)
Contact 1997, PG)
Amistad 1997, R)
The Newton Boys 1998, PG-13)
EdTV 1999, PG-13)
U-571 2000, PG-13)
If only U-571 hadn't have tried to convince people it was factually accurate it would have been much better received. If your Geography isn't that good then you'd be forgiven, if the alarm bells didn't go off at the site of United Nations flags then you should brush up on your history but if honestly thought that any of this happened you are.....trusting. I would never say anyone was stupid for not realising these things, I know a lot about the War but I wasn't taught much of it, I wanted to learn for myself. We should be able to trust the historical accuracy of these kinds of film. Many an American solder died bravely and tragically, it's just that at the time of the Enigma captures, the American's had yet to even join the war. We really ought to know this kind of thing. All factual errors aside, it is a pretty good film. It's better than a guilty pleasure, the acting, direction and suspense are all there. This is the obligatory 'It's no Das Boot though' comment.
The Wedding Planner 2001, PG-13)
13 Conversations About One Thing 2001, R)
Frailty 2002, R)
Reign of Fire 2002, PG-13)
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days 2003, PG-13)
Tiptoes 2004, R)
Sahara 2005, PG-13)
Two For the Money 2005, R)
Failure to Launch 2006, PG-13)
Painful viewing! It?s the worse than the usual boy meets girl - they fall in love - they split - they get back together. Sprinkled with poor attempts at comedy it trips over the usual cliques like when he gets bitten by various animals & throws food at someone in a restaurant by mistake etc. It?s not funny or convincing, everything about it is lazy. Failure to laugh!!
We Are Marshall 2006, PG)
Fool's Gold 2008, PG-13)
Tropic Thunder 2008, R)
I'm sure on paper this film sounded like a sure fire hit, unfortunately in reality it's just OK, not terrible, it's much better than that, it's just OK. I'm being quite kind by giving it 3 stars really, I'm giving it one star alone for what happens to Steve Coogan's character to be honest (In my opinion, the best bit)! The problem with Tropic Thunder is that in hiring John Toll as Cinematographer, it totally misses the point of what a spoof is. It starts so well and then just loses momentum a third of the way in. The story gets a little thin, the characters a little dull and the point a little confused. As for the acting, well it's fair to say that everyone involved have had better days. It should have been funnier as well, seeing as it was a comedy and all! (Oh, and the long praised and much hyped Tom Cruise cameo was OK but not that funny really!) I thought Jay Baruchel was quite good though. Overall disappointing but fine to switch off to, it's inoffensive enough (unless you call Downey's part offensive but I'm not going to get into all that)
Surfer, Dude 2008, R)
The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past 2009, PG-13)
The Lincoln Lawyer 2011, R)
Bernie 2012, PG-13)
It's nice to see Richard Linklater and Jack Black reunited once more. I think Richard Linklater brings the best out in him as although he's on full on performance mode, it's toned down and isn't Jack Black. It's an odd little true story that is original and a little quirky. It was only when I realised that the talking head sequences were real that I appreciated how special this film really was. I thought the cast was made up of a load of amateur dramatic actors, I had no clue they were the people who were there at the time. It's not anything initially but as soon as you warm to it it is rewarding enough. Good characters make a good story and there are plenty of good characters to choose from here.
Killer Joe 2012, R)
It's funny, for a long time many cinema fans have been suggesting that Matthew McConaughey, an actor with real talent, needed to give up on the awful rom-coms and go back to serious acting. He's picked a hell of a film to come back with and hats off to him for that. Killer Joe is the visual equivalent of poking an angry dog with a stick. It provokes to uncomfortable levels that leave the viewer tense and excited, if not a little disgusted. It's been a while since I've seen a film like this that does exactly what it sets out to do so unashamedly and effectively. William Friedkin is brilliant at his job. It's unsettling but brilliant, it's great to see McConaughey acting again, it's nice to see Gina Gershon naked again but after this film I'm not sure I'm going to be eating fried Chicken again. Highly recommended but not for the fainthearted. The soundtrack is also brilliant.
Magic Mike 2012, R)
I like Steven Soderbergh's deconstructed style of film making but I don't think it'll ever lead to anything greater than mediocre/good. Magic Mike is a good drama, not the good comedy it was advertised as but I still enjoyed it, it was just nothing special. It's a shame really as it was a unique un-Hollywood story that could and should of had more impact.
The Paperboy 2012, R)
What starts out like a coming of age, dream-like period piece soon turns out to be a modern day horror. If Lee Daniels wanted a mix-genre exercise, then bravo that man, you succeeded. What I will say, and you can take it any way you like, it is original. Original is generally a good thing. I don't know if I liked the film, I'm still down the middle with it but there it is. I thought the performances were brilliant and the direction was solid although a little clumsy in places if I'm being fair. It's not that it is bad in anyway, it's just that I didn't always like it. I love to know if it is a good adaption of the book but I probably wont be rushing to my local bookshop to get it any time soon.
Mud 2013, PG-13)
Mud is director Jeff Nichols's love letter to Arkansas/Mississippi, the place of his birth and to stories of adventure that young boys enjoy, most notably Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. Certain elements of the story are uncertain and ultimately unimportant. Much like in the brilliant Take Shelter, Nichols's previous film, it's the mood, the spirit of the film that is important and where the film succeeds. Matthew McConaughey's return to greatness is evident in his performance and there is welcome and impressive supporting performances by the very talented Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Paulson , Ray McKinnon , Sam Shepard, Michael Shannon and Joe Don Baker. Most impressive is probably the young talent on show. Both Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland should have successful careers ahead of them. With this only being Nichols third feature film, it's hard not to see him as a future great.
Dallas Buyers Club 2013, R)
I heard the Dallas Buyers Club get lots of criticism for not going into detail about the HIV/AIDS virus and it's effect on the Gay community. The film isn't really about that, it's about a few individuals who had and fought the illness as well as the authorities for their right for medicine. For more films on Gay rights and the issue with the poor treatment of HIV/AIDS patients see Milk, The Times of Harvey Milk, Vito to name but a few. The Times of Harvey Milk and Vito are great documentaries, so like Milk, it is nice to see a good dramatisation of these real life events that people are either unaware of or choose to forget. I'll be honest, Dallas Buyers Club is a little formulaic. This doesn't distract from the main message though and that was probably a good move rather than trying to be clever. The authorities did HIV and AIDS sufferers a great wrong by effectively turning their backs on them as they did (This is detailed fully in Vito) and using them as Guinea pigs. The big pharma corporations acted unethically and would never be able to get away with what they did today, they still charge way too much and hold the medical world to ransom but speaking as someone who works in clinical trials, the Doctors often did have a good point and that was a little bit white-wasted in this film. All that aside, it is a great human story of strength, acceptance and adversity. The passion to tell this story is evident from the outset and the dedication and effort of the leading characters is awe-inspiring. The direction, as formulaic as it is, is strong. The tact shown in certain scenes is where it's real strength can be seen, the last scene being one of the strongest and well conceived I've seen in a very long time. A great film.
The Wolf of Wall Street 2013, R)
If you are going to make a film about greed and excess, you've got to use the same levels of greed an excess to match. The Wolf of Wall Street is Martin Scorsese on steroids. He has taken all of the elements people love of each of his films and has put them all in one place. It's part Taxi Driver, a bit Mean Streets, an essence of The Departed, a whole chunk of Goodfellas and a refreshing slice of After Hours about it. I'm afraid it knocks Oliver Stone's Wall Street out of the water somewhat although Wall Street didn't have the same hindsight to be fair. This is the Scorsese/Di Caprio partnership at its best. It's also Thelma Schoonmaker's best work to date although this is the first Scorsese film she hasn't been nominated for, what the hell is that about? The whole production is faultless, the 3 hour run time flies by, it could have been longer to be honest. This is a director, one of the greatest ever, in fine form. If Scorsese has any influence at all in Hollywood then I hope other film makers note the originality, pace, creative indulgence and punchiness and make their films accordingly.
Interstellar 2014, Unrated)