Posted in Animation

KUBO AND THE TWO STRING (2016)

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A film by Travis Knight

Cast: Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughey

Kubo begins at night, with a desperate woman at sea fighting off waves with her small boat and a shamisen who has magic powers. The mother has a son who’s name is Kubo. The mother who  is in a depressive state hide in a cave which Kubo goes to this village where he entertain the people but must go back in hiding before dark, they are hiding from something.

Here Knight combine story telling and origami with the idiosyncratic 3-D visual conceits which include floating eyeballs undersea. The director put a story for all ages, it involves a giant animated skeleton, underwater eyestalks, a flying dragon, and a few other stuff that looks real cool to top it all off it is a fast paced action animation. There’s also humor to be found, especially in the interaction between Monkey and Beetle, whose arguments often sound like those of an old married couple.The theme here is how important is family and choosing the right path. At some point the animation is a bit more adult than you think it could not be avoided here but it works well. Kubo and the Two Strings is a magical motion picture well you know what I mean.

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Posted in Based on a true story, U.S. Film

FREE STATE OF JONES (2016)

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A film by Gary Ross

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali

American Civil War, defiant  Southern farmer, Newt Knight (Matthew McConaughey), becomes a deserter and ends up leading a small but effective armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Banding together with other farmers and local slaves, Knight launches an uprising that leads Jones County, Mississippi, creating a Free State of Jones,a southern region that opposed and/or threatened to secede from the Confederacy.

Here is a different kind of civil war movie the one that is not in the history book that I know of. It tells the true story of a rogue farmer rebelling against the Confederacy. This man recruits fellow army deserters and runaway slaves in his fight against military confiscation of land and supplies. You see the state is supposed to take 10% but the state instead takes it all leaving the farmers to starve in the winter. Along the way, Newt breaks down barriers between soldier and civilian, white and black, free and enslaved. The film explain notes on the screen as it progresses through time. The performances are not too surprising here you know that McConaughey is going to be incarnated the personage perfectly well. As for Gugu Mbatha-Raw is terrific here as the slave who becomes the mother of Knight’s second son, the young man who is the bridge to the story’s extraordinary continuation some 85 years later.It is missing something in this story they are so much to tell that Ross I think was obligated to cut a lot of it. But it is still good. Mahershala Ali is memorable as the black slave Moses, who is one of the first freedmen when Abraham Lincoln freed  the slaves.

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Posted in Based on a true story, U.S. Film, uncategorized

DALLAS BUYERS CLUB (2013)

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A film by Jean-Marc Vallée

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto

Ron woodroof an electrician during the week and a cowboy during the weekend as well as a hell raiser half drunk, drugged up has an accident at work end up at the hospital. When he comes to the doctors tells him he is HIV positive. But Ron does not believe it. The doctor gives him 30 days to live. So Ron tells the doc nothing is going to kill Ron in 30 days as he storms out of the hospital. Days one goes as follows drugs, alcohol and women let’s party.

here is Ron who enjoy the company of women runs on cigarettes booze and the occasional line of cocaine to boost his confidence also a cruel homophobic which include not being a nice person. but later as his rougher edges will smooth out as he develops compassion to those who carries the disease. In 1985 he took his own treatment in his hand and became the advocate of helping other to get the drugs out of Mexico into the US. The federal government were blinded by the fact that the drugs that was approved by the FDA where not working. Ron took upon himself to sell the drugs ant take care of those in need. He form an intriguing relation with a transvestite and even partner up with him to see the drug to the people he knew who were sick. Doctor and pharmaceutical companies chase glory and the profit but do not listen nor take care of the patient. Ron saw that and he decided to take care of those who are in need and fed up the government. Matthew’s performance here shines he even had to drop more than a few pounds. Rayon plays by Jared Leto has done an outstanding job here playing this drugged up transvestite who had also had to lose the weight. Here is a homophobic Cowboy who became an advocate in helping others with aids and giving them at least the right medicine. Like he said I have one life it is like he tried to redeem himself.

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Posted in Great movie, U.S. Film

INTERSTELLAR (2014)

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A  film by Christopher Nolan

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain 

In the future earth has been devastated and the food supply is getting fierce drought are setting in and so is famine. A group of explorers must travel space into this wormhole where they think they found an other planet that can sustain life. The crew is require to think further and go further then ever before in history. Going into a wormhole one hour is the equivalent of seven years back on Earth, they are racing against time to save the people on earth. Coop the leader of the group must decide between seeing his children and the future of the human race.

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Okay remember Armagadon where the earth was going to be hit with an astroid and they sent a bunch of astronauts to save the earth from being hit. Well this film it the better one. It is like he rewrote Armagadon but instead of an astroid it is the human race who has destroy it and an pilot who is certified to fly and go into space with a group of people to find an other planet. We are at one point doing a little too much of those as I a call them green planet movies. Interstellar is well thought out and the story telling is there. The music in the background is mostly there though out the film to build excitement. Even when the rocket launched the all theater shook it was loud as hell. Matthew McConaughey’s widowed astronaut Cooper and his colleague Amelia Brand (Anne Hathaway) the chemistry is there and they had some of the most critical scene together. It is a great sacrifice, they are separated from their family for years. by the way the universe is vast that is a scary thing. Amelia’s father, an astrophysicist played by Michael Caine and he is still at it at his age that is awesome. Cooper who used to work for Nasa lives on a farm and grows corn. They are growing corn to feed the human race but soon that will disappear due to the drought and the sand storm that they endure. The land scape is out of this world in this film. Think about it if you are along in space for years and do not see an other face that is why us human need the companionship and the need to apes on the bloodline for a better future and Nolan and his brother has made the point when they wrote the story. There is a ghost in the story who leaves sand dust and cooper’s daughter find out that is a message behind it. They had to build the most detailed miniature spaceship and do they look good. McConaughey is perfect for playing the pilot who leads them into space is acting is flawless. Mackenzie Foy who plays her daughter was she is young did an outstanding job as well. The music goes well with the film it is perfect. Well I can’t wait to see what is next for Nolan. To top that it is going to be difficult but not impossible. A must see.

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Posted in U.S. Film

MUD (2012)

A film Jeff Nichols.
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland.
There’s a place where the river people living on boat house welcome to Mississippi river. It starts off as a boy’s adventure story, in the dark of a kid’s bedroom. 14-year-old Ellis (Tye Sheridan) sneaks out the window of a ramshackle house built on the water. He is heading out into the darkness, where he and his friend Neckbone (Jacob Lofland) navigate the winding waterways in a small outboard-powered boat. Downstream there’s a small island where they’ve spotted a tiny blue and white wooden cabin cruiser that floodwaters have lifted up into a tree. To them, it’s a ready-made treehouse, but what they discover (along with a stash of Penthouse magazines, some cans of Van Camp’s Beanee Weenee, a package of sliced bread and a few other provisions) is that somebody’s already living there. When they got back to their boat a man stand there fishing, His name is Mud. Mud (Matthew McConaughey) tells them colorful story about his tattoos and his lucky shirt, the crosses on the heels of his seven-league boots and a long-ago bite from an Edenic serpent that almost killed him, right here on this very stretch of river. He is here to find Juniper (Reese Witherspoon), his first and only true love since childhood. He his a dangerous dude who do not people in his life but impresses the kids to lure them into trusting him. What mud doest not know yet his that a bunch of bounty hunters/police is looking for him. McConaughey has a strong presence on screen which results to his great performance that was written for him. American icon Sam Shepard, who has a hair cut from sling blade delivers all around a superb performance as well as Reese Witherspoon. Of course let’s not forget some of the beautiful cinematography. this remains me o lot of the film called Stand by me. Great film enjoy this one.

Posted in U.S. Film

KILLER JOE (2011)

A film by William Friedkin.
cast: Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple.
Finding himself in considerable debt, Chris a Texan drug dealer, decides the only solution is to murder his mother to collect the insurance money. Getting together with his father who is not too bright, the ex-husband of Chris’ mother, they decide to hire Joe Cooper a contract killer, who also happens to be a police detective. The plan is that the money will go to Chris’ sister Dottie. However due to the size of the contract fee, Chris agrees that Joe can take Dottie as a retainer until the insurance comes through. OH! Yeah there is a few surprises along the way. This movie is flawlessly cast and written with merciless black humor by Tracy Letts. on the top of that is directed as a genius would. Matthew McConaughey give his best performance in this film. His reptilian charm and his snaky, hunky, me-first aura. This is one of his best performances Like I said.Sharla (Gina Gershon) Plays Ansel’s wife and Chris and Dottie’s stepmother, also superb and gives a great performance in this one. dottie plays so good in her role that she could been a poster child of an abused kid. The director wanted a star in this picture to play Sharla every well known actress said how you are going to handle the nudity? He was surprise by the question. he said what do you mean how am I going to handle it like it says in the script Duh! But Gina Gershon said ok as long as we do it in one take which he replied yes it will be done in one take, and it was. Smart woman and a very courageous actress. In an interview Gina Gershon revealed that she wore a merkin. After ordering a wide variety, she settled on one she named Bertha. The film was released theatrically with an NC-17 rating by the MPAA for “graphic aberrant content involving violence and sexuality, and a scene of brutality” but was edited down to an R rating for the home video release so that the DVD and Blu-ray could be sold in certain stores. The reason for the R rating given by the MPAA was for “strong and disturbing violence, sexuality, graphic nudity, drug use and language”. Great film.

Posted in U.S. Film

THE LINCOLN LAWYER (2011)

A film by Brad Furman.

 Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei and Ryan Phillippe.

Mick Haller is a defense lawyer who works out of his Lincoln. When a wealthy Realtor is accused of raping a prostitute, Haller is asked to defend him. The man claims that the woman is trying to get some money out of him. But when Haller looks at the evidence against him, he learns that this case might be linked to an old case of his.