I don’t even know what to say. I think I may have had a bigger smile on my face than the Joker as the credits flew across the screen. I know there have been some mixed reviews to the reception of Intersteller, but frankly, I don’t care. I have respect for you if you came out of the movie feeling “meh”, but I am very sorry that you can’t feel the happiness this movie brought to me.
I will be the first to admit that I am not a man of science, and while I am educated, I am a subordinate in the field of study covered by this movie. However, isn’t science about making a hypothesis and testing to see if it is upheld or not? Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises) has created his masterpiece.
By combining the amazing and heartfelt emotional story of a man (Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club) and his daughter (played by Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty and Machenzie Foy perfectly).
I don’t usually delve into the plot of movies very much, and I am not starting now because I found going into the movie just knowing that the earth is dying allows you to fully experience the awe of the film.
If you want a little insight into what you are getting yourself into think about a modern day 2001: A Space Odyssey with an emotionally stimulating story. 2001 is one of my favorite movies of all-time, made by an absolute genius. That is exactly why I am so happy with this film – Stanley Kubrick is one of my favorite old-time directors and Christopher Nolan is echoing the same qualities (as the best director without an Oscar today).
Nolan shows us filmmakers that you have to take chances. He never cares how long his movies are, he just focuses on telling the story that he wants to tell – Confessions will be done when I think its done and at the length that fulfills my vision.
Keep inspiring us Nolan.
By: Jonny Havey | Executive Producer
I am a little late to the party with this review (movie has been out on Netflix for a little while), but I believe it is important for two reasons. First, the film will fall somewhere in my top 25 films of the year. Second, Mud
furthers Matthew McConaughey’s campaign for best actor in a leading role for the Oscars.
I am aware that I waited awhile to see this film, but I believe it was fair of me to do. Besides Killer Joe I hadn’t watched one of his movies since Fool’s Gold (in my opinion one of the worst movies of all time). Now I realize that the new McConaughey is in the house and as far as I’m concerned after starring in Christopher Nolan’s Intersteller along with winning his Oscar this year, that he will be the hottest commodity in Hollywood.
With that being said, Mud was an overall great film (it just came out too early in the year and has too much competition from high profile Hollywood directors for the Take Shelter’s Jeff Nichols to get some Oscar love). Mud (McConaughey) is wanted for murder in connection with his undying love for a woman named Juniper (Reese Witherspoon, Water for Elephants). Chased by bounty hunters he finds refuge in a deserted boat on a secluded island.
Enter one of the best young actor performance of the year by Tye Sheridan (The Tree of Life) as Ellis (basically the same character as Mud when he was young and blinded by his infatuation with his first love). The whole movie is about letting go and being free, instead of being blinded by people manipulating and using you from your past.
By: Jonny Havey | Editor-in-Chief
2013 was Matthew McConaughey’s (Mud) year with two Oscar worthy lead performances, two solid supporting performances, and the opportunity to be the lead in Christopher Nolan’s Intersteller. You can’t really ask for much more in the acting business (well, Jennifer Lawrence winning back to back Oscars at the age of 23 would be pretty great).
In a film many are saying may not have been a fair portrayal of homosexuals and the beginning of the AIDS outbreak, I viewed the film through a different pair of glasses. While McConaughey’s character arc depends on his redneck views of homosexuals and his disgust in the doctors asking him if he was gay due to his AIDS, I believe that Dallas Buyers Club’s greater focus was on the pharmaceutical battle.
We are apart of a time where nutrition and alternative medicine is becoming an acceptable way to go when it comes to health. Growing up with a mother that is nutritionist, maybe I am a little biased, but I think we can all agree that having chemicals enter our body is probably not the best thing. Right? Well, that’s where Dallas Buyers Club gets it right. Combining proteins with other natural remedies and a healthy diet, Ron Woodroof (McConaughey), fights the FDA along with the widely used drug, AZT, and brings supplements to help AIDS patients survive.
I believe he was still using some chemically enhanced supplements, but the point is that the whole medical institution is about making money and there are some people in it that just don’t care about what is necessary for their patients.
From a film standpoint, the pacing was off at parts and there really isn’t one momentous climax. However, with the best performance of his career, McConaughey deserves an Oscar this year even if his character arc leaves him in an uneducated state when it comes to homosexuals. (I have to say that Jared Leto did an exceptional job playing the role of a female transsexual in the film)
By: Jonny Havey | Editor-in-Chief