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Review: Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

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***THIS REVIEW WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED AT THE HOLLYWOOD NEWS ON SUNDAY 2ND FEBRUARY, HERE***

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée.

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner, Denis O’Hare, Kevin Rankin, Steve Zahn.

Running Time: 117 minutes.

Certificate: 15.

Synopsis: Hard living redneck Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) finds his morals and beliefs questioned when diagnosed as HIV-positive. Given thirty days to live, he teams up with transvestite, Rayon (Jared Leto), to help find an alternative to new drug on the block, AZT.

1985 Dallas was not the most accepting of places, with early mockery of “faggot” Rock Hudson’s death setting levels of Texan tolerance incredibly low. In the midst of the name-calling is electrician, Ron Woodroof, who, unbeknownst to him, will soon be subjected to the same taunts from those he calls friends. But this rude awakening sets the part-time rodeo rider on an unwavering path from homophobic bigot to tireless, accepting campaigner.

Woodroof’s debauched, drug-heavy antics lead to the odd blackout or two, but it’s only after an accident at work that the true reason behind them is revealed. After a spectacular outburst of denial, Ron buries his head in library book research, but cocaine-fuelled nights and trips to the strip club are still very much on the cards. Soon realising the American health service offers little more than AZT drug trials that may or may not see him beyond the projected thirty days, Ron begins smuggling untested cocktails of drugs for his physical – and financial – gain. Continue reading

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Not Quite A Haiku Review: The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

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Leonardo DiCaprio loves the crack.
But it’s ok because it’s only pretend.
He becomes Arnie Grape again.

Twice Oscar nominated Jonah Hill.
He wanks over former Aussie soap stars.
The Academy like that shit.

Matthew McConaughey is the man.
His money chant won’t leave your head.
Mark Hanna definitely needs bongos.

HOW IS MARGOT ROBBIE 23?!
She definitely makes me question my sexuality.
Her accents ain’t too shabby.

Disregard your moral compass, y’all.
This won’t make you desperate for drugs.
Just don’t throw any dwarves.

VERDICT: 5/5

2012 Houston Film Critics Society Nominations

Houston, you’re so boring. Apart from including Cloud Atlas, Naomi Watts, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem and the wonderful Matthew McConaughey, I guess. But maybe I’m just bitter because you nominated Anna Karenina for Worst Film of 2012.

Check out the full list of nominees below: Continue reading

2012 Detroit Film Critics Society Nominations

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Ahh, finally. Something a little more refreshing.

David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook leads the nominations, with Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz also a big Detroit favourite.

There’s a lot to look at here, with a good dollop of nominations for The Impossible and The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, as well as the ever-deserving Matthew McConaughey once again in the mix.

With Bill Murray, Greta Gerwig, Rebel Wilson and Ezra Miller also popping up, take a look at the full list of nominations below: Continue reading

2012 New York Film Critics Circle Winners

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It’s bongo time again, kids.

Matthew McConaughey walks away with yet another prize, this time for his work in both Bernie and Magic Mike. But that’s not the main point of interest here, with Rachel Weisz winning Best Actress for The Deep Blue Sea and Zero Dark Thirty taking away three on the night.

It’s nice to see a fresh bunch of winners alongside the frontrunners, but Zero Dark Thirty is set to be a very strong contender in the lead up to February 24th.

Check out the full list of winners below: Continue reading

Killer McConaughey

Let me warn you – this will not be the last time I explain how much I am looking forward to attending the 2012 Edinburgh International Film Festival. And when a trailer like this is released for what will be the Festival’s opening film, it’s a little hard to suppress my excitement.

Kicking off the Festival on June 20th, William Friedkin’s ‘shockingly cool and blackly comic noir thriller’ (as the EIFF’s website calls it) stars Matthew McConaughey as the titular Joe, alongside Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Gina Gershon and Thomas Haden Church.

McConaughey is proving a constant surprise of late, with an affecting turn in The Lincoln Lawyer and some very interesting films coming up in the form of Mud and The Paperboy. I’m genuinely glad to see him working on such diverse films – Magic Mike, anyone?! – and he’s definitely getting the chance to channel his best inner-Texan in his studded boots, here. But it’s his relationship with Juno Temple’s Dottie that has me fascinated, on the wrong side of appropriate and bizarrely haunting. And as for Temple, well, there doesn’t seem to be anything the little Brit isn’t prepared to throw herself into.

It’s also a relief to see Hirsch in this after Speed Racer and The Darkest Hour, as I was genuinely convinced he was on the fast track to becoming the next DiCaprio after Into The Wild. But, with Savages and A Long Way Down in the pipeline, I’m remaining hopeful.

Killer Joe gets a UK release on June 29th, with the USA getting it two days earlier after it previewed at both SXSW and the Seattle International Film Festival. So, check out the trailer below and bring on the Red Band!

Trailer Talk: My Big Fat Marvelgasm, Claymation Ghosts, The Hoff And Disney’s Attempt At Dubstep

I love this week’s selection of trailers, which you may find surprising seeing how I’ve actually been a little harsh towards some – very unlike me, I know. But there’s such a brilliant mix to choose from, including some great animation, thrillers, comedy and some not so great ones. But hey, that’s all part of the fun. This week Nadine and I look at (deep breath please) The Stath, the supernatural, that pesky John Carter again, more Marvel characters than you can shake a stick at, David Hasselhoff, Snoop Stiller, Adam Sandler’s weird career, a resurrected canine, little yellow minions, morticians, American Football, claymation ghosts, John McClane and Superman, coming of age indie quirkiness and Norwegian murders. Let’s talk trailers: Continue reading