Tag Archives: Matthew McConaughey

Gold

PROVE ‘EM ALL WRONG.  In the 1980s, the unsuccessful son (Matthew McConaughey) of an oil tycoon bets everything he has on a dream to find gold in the Indonesian jungles together with a dapper geologist (Édgar Ramírez). The filmmakers take a real-life mining scandal that happened in 1993 and build an entirely fictitious drama with … Continue reading Gold

Amistad

FREEDOM IS NOT GIVEN. IT IS OUR RIGHT AT BIRTH. BUT THERE ARE SOME MOMENTS WHEN IT MUST BE TAKEN.  In 1839, enslaved Africans take over La Amistad, a Spanish ship heading into American waters, and kill some of the crew; after being caught by the Navy, the Africans end up in court. After making … Continue reading Amistad

The Greatest Hits of 2017

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2017 for ya. As always, premiere dates may change. JANUARY: * The Comedian – Robert De Niro gets a chance to redeem himself after appearing in far too many bad comedies. Directed by Taylor Hackford; Danny DeVito has a supporting part. * Split – … … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2017

Cannes: Revolutionary and Conservative

The clip above is a Euronews summary of last night’s awards ceremony at the Cannes film festival. I wasn’t there, but the time has come for a look back at the event how it appeared from the outside. The jury of this year’s festival was chaired by the Coen brothers and consisted of Guillermo del … Continue reading Cannes: Revolutionary and Conservative

Contact

A MESSAGE FROM DEEP SPACE. WHO WILL BE THE FIRST TO GO? A JOURNEY TO THE HEART OF THE UNIVERSE. When Eleanor Arroway (Jodie Foster) suddenly hears a signal coming from the star Vega while working for a program that is exploring extraterrestrial life, the U.S. government quickly takes control of this historic event. Based … Continue reading Contact

Two for the Money

Former football player Brandon Lang (Matthew McConaughey), who has a knack at predicting winners in games, is hired by the charismatic head (Al Pacino) of a sports consulting firm – and his life changes. It’s a pleasure watching these three stars make their characters come alive – McConaughey as the cocky talent, Pacino as the … Continue reading Two for the Money

A Time to Kill

A LAWYER AND HIS ASSISTANT FIGHTING TO SAVE A FATHER ON TRIAL FOR MURDER. A TIME TO QUESTION WHAT THEY BELIEVE. A TIME TO DOUBT WHAT THEY TRUST. AND NO TIME FOR MISTAKES.    Young Mississippi attorney Jake Brigance (Matthew McConaughey) takes a case where a black man (Samuel L. Jackson) stands accused of having … Continue reading A Time to Kill

Killer Joe

MURDER NEVER TASTED SO GOOD. 22-year-old drug dealer Chris Smith (Emile Hirsch) desperately needs money and talks his dad (Thomas Haden Church) into killing his mother for the insurance money, but the man (Matthew McConaughey) they hire to do the job needs a “retainer”… William Friedkin reunited with playwright Tracy Letts after Bug (2007) for … Continue reading Killer Joe

Winners of the 2015 Golden Globes

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are returning this Sunday for their third hosting stint at the Golden Globe awards. Thank God for that; recently, this show has been more reliable than the Oscars. In the promo above, the hosts promise not to keep it fresh their third time ’round. Sounds very reasonable in this case. … Continue reading Winners of the 2015 Golden Globes

Interstellar: Escape From Earth

MANKIND WAS BORN ON EARTH. IT WAS NEVER MEANT TO DIE HERE.    The day I saw this movie, I woke up feeling sad over what is a very common dream for me. It had taken me back to my teenage years, or childhood (time is not all that important in these dreams) and I … Continue reading Interstellar: Escape From Earth

The Emmys 2014 (Or Was It 2013?)

There were plenty of jokes about the Emmys airing on a Monday last night. Being bumped from a Sunday because of football is sad – and the show was largely a tepid affair. Even Seth Meyers’s opening monologue was low on big laughs, even though I did like the dig at Duck Dynasty as “the most … Continue reading The Emmys 2014 (Or Was It 2013?)