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Tattoos are all the rage these days. All it takes is a walk through any town centre to see heavily tattooed models advertising the clothes of major high street stores to realise that such things are no longer the reserve of criminals, soldiers and sailors. This also means that tattoos can no longer be used by the costume designers and directors of films to give a character an intimidating aura or some edginess – so many people choose to adorn their bodies with ink these days that they just don’t have the same impact on-screen.
Though tattoos were certainly used in the past as a rather unimaginative means of making an actor look like a badass, permanent markings on the body can be used to much greater effect in film. Tattoos – in their purest form, at least – are supposed to capture part of who we are, so there is no »
- Sam Heard
I first met Jim Mickle when he was in Chicago last fall to promote his family cannibal tale We Are What We Are. At that time, his newest Cold in July was only known to me an intriguing plot synopsis, but as Mickle shares below, it was in the middle of finding the form it claims now.
The film stars Michael C. Hall as a family man who unexpectedly enters into the very violent and personal odyssey of his stalker (played by Sam Shepard). Don Johnson stars in the film as well, which features a killer 80s aesthetic, replete with warbling synths in the score, and White Lion’s “Wait” blasting after a brutal climax. Mickle co-wrote the film with frequent collaborator Nick Damici, as adapted from the story by Joe R. Lansdale.
I was fortunate enough to catch up with him via phone for this new film, where we discussed the expectations he faced, »
- Nick Allen
I've recently been circling around the idea of actually getting a tattoo. If I get one, it will be my first. But I've been thinking about some of the tattoos that I've seen in the movies over the years, and I started looking them up online to remind myself of what they looked like. I would never get a tattoo that I saw in a movie, it'd have to be an original design, but I was looking for a little inspiration.
While going through all the movie tattoos that I could think of, I decided to put together a list of some of the most memorable tattoos have been featured on the big screen. Here they are in no particular order.
How many of you forgot about how badass McConaughey was in this dragon slaying action film?! He sported some crazy cool tattoo art in it. »
- Joey Paur
Through True Detective, Matthew McConaughey has proved a master of the nihilistic, fatalistic observation — probably because he's been doing it for years. He's dabbled in darkness in such films as Reign of Fire and Mud, but has also tossed off a cynical remark or two in his most hammy rom-coms. With True Detective's season finale coming up this Sunday (or, in a flat-circle time line, has already happened this weekend), it's time to play True or False Detective: Look at the quotes below and click "True" if Rust said it and "False" if it came out of the mouth of a different McConaughey character. The answer will be revealed with a check for right or an X for wrong. Good luck, but you won't need it, as you've already got the score you'll always get. »
- Jesse David Fox
Actor known for swashbuckling, wisecracking roles has muscled in on Hollywood's top table with role in Dallas Buyers Club
With the Academy Awards taking place on 2 March, a once almost unthinkable name has edged to the front of the best actor pack: Matthew McConaughey, once the bronzed clown prince of the romcom. His film Dallas Buyers Club, which hits British cinemas this weekend, has already won him top prizes at the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild awards. The Oscar narrative, for what it's worth, has his name pencilled in.
He plays Ron Woodroof, a roguish character with Aids who starts importing drug treatments, and generated many faux-concerned tabloid headlines for his gaunt appearance. His performance is far more than mere body shock, however.
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
Welcome to The Best Movie You Never Saw, a column dedicated to examining films that have flown under the radar or gained traction throughout the years, earning them a place as a cult classic or underrated gem that was either before it’s time and/or has aged like a fine wine. This week we’ll be looking at Reign Of Fire with Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey! The Story: In present-day London, twelve-year-old Quinn watches as his mother, a construction »
- Paul Shirey
Jackson Ball on the career resurgence of Matthew McConaughey....
Hollywood is often painted as a cruel, unforgiving place. A place where second chances are few and far-between and if you blow your ‘big break’, you are forgotten instantaneously. It sounds like quite a bleak environment to be around, so it’s always reassuring when someone comes along and breaks the trend, seizing hold of a second chance with both hands. One such person is Mr. Matthew McConaughey.
Cast your minds back to 2009; McConaughey had just released the rather abysmal rom-com Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. This shocker capped off a good decades-worth of drivel for the actor, who seemed to be singled-handed stocking and restocking DVD bargain-bins the world over. McConaughey’s main offences included barrel-scraping rom-coms (The Wedding Planner, Failure to Launch), unenjoyable ‘adventure’ films (Reign of Fire, Fool’s Gold), and a variety of other flops (Two for the Money, »
- Gary Collinson
The Oscar nominations are officially out! And they're...fine. We're happy for everyone. As we wait to see who takes home awards on the night, let's look back at the nominees' in the Best Actor categories best and worst movies. Their best movies weren't always "Oscar-worthy." Their worst movies were really bad. Best Actor: Christian Bale (nominated for American Hustle) Best Movie: American Psycho. Because this scene alone is the best work Christian Bale has ever done and is one of the best scenes in any movie ever. Worst Movie: Reign of Fire. You might think a movie about dragons taking over the world would, at the very least, be exciting (it's not). »
8 items from 2014
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