Review: The Beach Bum

Director: Harmony Korine Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg, Zac Efron Matthew McConaughey's perma-stoned poet burn-out Moondog careers through his life like an intoxicated playboy crashing his jetski into a pier somewhere down along the Florida Keys. The spectators will stand, slack-jawed, Moet & Chandon in hand until, lo and behold, that fortuitous bastard comes bobbing … Continue reading Review: The Beach Bum

Review: Serenity (2019)

Director: Steven Knight Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Rafael Sayegh Steven Knight has some strange credits behind him. Sure, his last directorial feature was the all-in-a-car character piece Locke (pretty good), and he's made a name for himself writing and directing for shows like Peaky Blinders and Taboo (also critically acclaimed)... but he's also the creator of TV … Continue reading Review: Serenity (2019)

Review: Kubo And The Two Strings

Director: Travis Knight Stars: Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey "If you must blink, do it now," the viewer is forewarned at the very top of this remarkable animated feature, followed quite wisely by, "Pay careful attention to everything you see no matter how unusual it may seem." It's a fitting mantra for the film; … Continue reading Review: Kubo And The Two Strings

Review: Interstellar

My major criticism of recent Christopher Nolan films (the pretty-great Inception and the rather-lacking The Dark Knight Rises) has been their rigidity. Nolan is a supremely accomplished and endlessly talented filmmaker, but his strengths flourish in a technical sense. His recent works have felt more like architectural achievements than films; dense, complex, fastidiously crafted. But watching them … Continue reading Review: Interstellar

Review: Dallas Buyers Club

Matthew McConaughey's phoenix-like rise over the past 18 months has been one of the most heartening sights in recent Hollywood history. Though his early work was spotted with moments of greatness, the doldrums that followed had him written-off in many eyes, despite odd flashes of interest here and there. Slowly but surely the majority of … Continue reading Review: Dallas Buyers Club

Review: Mud

"One must not put a loaded rifle on the stage if no one is thinking of firing it." So wrote Chekhov to Aleksandr Semenovich Lazarev. This simple metaphor has endured as a dependable rule about foreshadowing events in fiction, be it in a stage play, a book or a movie. In cinema - especially American … Continue reading Review: Mud

Review: The Paperboy

Worst video-game-to-movie adaptation ever. This movie had nothing whatsoever to do with the 1984 Atari game. There was only one scene of someone delivering papers, then it was about something else completely! Score: 0/10 ... Okay, yeah, I'm sorry about that. Couldn't really resist. Call it my inner troll. The Paperboy is of course not based on … Continue reading Review: The Paperboy

Review: Killer Joe

“The world is full o' complainers. An' the fact is, nothin' comes with a guarantee. Now I don't care if you're the pope of Rome, President of the United States or Man of the Year; somethin' can all go wrong. Now go on ahead, y'know, complain, tell your problems to your neighbour, ask for help, … Continue reading Review: Killer Joe

Why I Love… #9: Dazed And Confused

Year: 1993 Director: Richard Linklater Stars: Rory Cochrane (Slater), Jason London (Randall ‘Pink’ Floyd), Michelle Burke (Jodi Kramer), Wiley Wiggins (Mitch Kramer), Matthew McConaughey (Wooderson), Parker Posey (Darla), Adam Goldberg (Mike), Marissa Ribisi (Cynthia), Anthony Rapp (Tony), Milla Jovovich (Michelle), Joey Lauren Adams (Simone), Ben Affleck (O’Bannion) Genre: Comedy / Drama Nostalgia. It’s all about … Continue reading Why I Love… #9: Dazed And Confused