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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). »
5 items from 2014
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