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Currently starring in Mud, McConaughey has been working his Southern charm since his rise to prominence in the 90s. Here are a few of his most memorable performances
Matthew McConaughey has been taking on more challenging roles of late, using the opportunity to flex his acting muscles, as well as the other ones. His breakthrough role was David Wooderson in Dazed and Confused, a popular choice for inclusion in his most memorable moments.
Here are five of those moments, including suggestions from @guardianfilm Twitter followers @PatrickJGamble, @BeasleyOnFilm, @rapunzelrobot and @JoshRamsden11. Spoilers and adult material feature in all of the following clips – what scenes would you add to the list?
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2. Killer Joe
McConaughey shows the world his darker side as a corrupt detective, »
Looking kind of like the Reign of Fire mockbuster The Asylum would have produced a decade ago, the new Halcyon International creature feature Dragon Reign sees dragons from another time on the loose in our time. Well, sort of our time.
After a rip in the fabric of the universe, dragons and magic are a familiar –though unpredictable — fact of life.
Young Amelia goes on a quest to find her older brother, lost in the city. The city and its pockets of magic are controlled by The Monk, who seeks more and greater powers. Unable to develop magic of his own, The Monk steals powers from those close to him — and what he seeks above all is the power to control dragons.
Dragon Reign is the latest from Halcyon International’s “Still Night Monster Movies” series, a series most noteworthy because I’m not sure if a single one of »
Blame the Olympics: there's a rash of movies in which London is being smashed to smithereens, in breathtaking detail
For the briefest of moments, you might have assumed that the new Thor: The Dark World trailer was a sweet little St George's Day gesture from Marvel. After all, the first shot – the very first snatch of footage that anyone has seen of this much-anticipated sequel – is a beautiful aerial shot of London. Not Asgard. Not that weird little desert town from the first movie. London. Thanks, Marvel.
Except, no. Nobody actually thought that, did they? Because this was a shot of London in a film from 2013, which could only ever really mean one thing: imminent destruction. And, sure enough, our payoff came just 23 seconds later – a shot of the Old Naval College in Greenwich being irreparably smashed up by a giant flying crystal or something. A load of oblivious Londoners even get blinded, »
- Stuart Heritage
After a string of bad movies in the late-2000's, Matthew McConaughey's acting career seemed to be spiraling the drain. But, thanks to strong performances in five indie movies in the last two years — The Lincoln Lawyer, Bernie, Killer Joe, Magic Mike and The Paperboy — and major buzz for his upcoming movie, Mud, McConaughey's star is on the rise once again. All McConaughey needs to cement his comeback is a big blockbuster movie and he appears to have found one in acclaimed director Christopher Nolan's (Inception) new sci-fi movie, Interstellar.
Join us in celebrating McConaughey's return by reflecting on the many memorable characters he's played in the past twenty years — from Wooderson, the charismatic stoner with a thing for high school girls in Dazed and Confused, to the title »
- BrentJS Sprecher
Directed by Rob Bowman
UK, Ireland, USA; 2002
Batman, The Man With No Shirt, and a bunch of dragons walk into a post-apocalyptic bar. If not a decent joke, that should at least make for a solid movie, right? In the not-so-distant future, a British mining team drills too far into Earth’s core and awakens a nest of hibernating dragons, who proceed to thank all of humanity by killing everything in sight. Much of Reign of Fire plays out like an environmentalist’s nightmare: the planet is a scorched marble, billions are dead, and any remaining survivors have been reduced to disparate factions warring over land and dwindling resources.
Quinn Abercromby (Christian Bale) heads one such faction from an old castle, vowing to defeat the winged beasts after one took his mother’s life — a sentence that might otherwise sound ludicrous »
- David Klein
Reign Of Assassins may lack the dragon action of Reign Of Fire or a skateboarding Adam Sandler a la Reign Over Me, but it does at least have actual reigning in it, and we can't emphasise enough how important that is in a movie with the word "reign" in the title. The new wuxia flick, co-directed by John Woo and Taiwanese filmmaker Chao Bin-Su, has a UK trailer that you can watch below. brightcove.createExperiences();The ruling powers in Reign Of Assassins have an unusually bloody jurisdiction. They're the Dark Stone assassins guild and they're after the bones of a Buddhist monk that they believe will bestow supernatural powers upon them. But one of their number - Drizzle (Michelle Yeoh) - has other ideas and makes off with the needful. The story picks up a few years later with 'Lethal' Drizzle now going by the name Zeng Jing and Dark »
I think we can all agree this has been the year of Matthew McConaughey. The oft-ridiculed Texan (even Matt Damon has been at it) with an angular face, washboard abs and enough southern charm to fill a KFC outlet, has shown us all in 2012 that, yes, he can actually act. Chances are he’ll at least grab a nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars next year for his role in Magic Mike.
First coming to prominence in Dazed and Confused and A Time to Kill, McConaughey quickly became the bland rom-com lead du jour, and despite the odd dramatic turn in the likes of Reign of Fire and Two for The Money, burrowed into said niche and stayed there comfortably for quite some time.
- Oscar Harding
7 items from 2013
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