Dallas Buyers Club (2013) Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée
In the last six months I've gone from being someone who irks away at the sight of Matthew McConaughey to being someone who gravitates towards anything that carries his name. This blog is just about in danger of turning into a McConaughey shrine... I'm sorry for being so repetitive.
But it's hard for me to believe that the afore-mentioned dude did not win anything at the Golden Globes. Even harder to grasp that True Detective (the fantastic TV series from last year) did not win anything. Before I go into discussion about the Dallas Buyers Club, let me just spend a second more on the Golden Globes. I'm hoping that I can find the whole deal on-line and watch it, because I have developed an award gala addiction – it makes something boring actually really interesting. I cry with the winners you see. I'm also looking forward to seeing Julianne Moore's winning performance in Still Alice. And I desperately need to see Boyhood. Just today I started watching Girls – finally, I know, but I am now catching up on something I feel I should have been championing in the first place (but was probably breastfeeding instead). Here's how Tina Fay and Amy Poehler opened the night:
Dallas Buyers Club begins with Ron (McConaughey), a bull-riding electrician with no style but a great taste for sex and drugs. He is sickly thin, unattractive due to his manner and his looks. He soon finds out he has AIDS. We find out that he is ignorant, afraid of gay people and only really cares for himself. The era he is living in, the 1980s, comes across as nasty, ugly and hedonistic to no end. Not an empathy-inducing beginning. Later Ron's character is developed through the introduction of a female doctor Eve (played by the lovely Jennifer Garner) and with the appearance of Rayon (Jared Leto). Rayon, a transgendered AIDS patient becomes Ron's sidekick and a business partner. He is Ron's only friend when the heterosexual men bail on him completely after his diagnosis. Eve represents the medical treatment of AIDS in the 1980s, but she is also a possible love interest for Ron – keeping him strictly in the hetero field all through the film.
|McConaughey as Ron|
So My Lawyer Will Call Your Lawyer passed some landmarks towards the end of 2014. We've now posted over 300 entries/reviews to the site (!) We've just entered our 5th year of blogging here. I'd like to say the audience is growing, but it's pretty much stayed consistent (which is not enough). Around a third of our total readers so far come from the USA (making the USA the country that reads this site the most) and MLWCYL has now had something like a quarter of a million hits. The most popular post (by some considerable margin) is this one. Although the posts have certainly become less frequent since we started it (that first year was insane), I personally think the quality of posting has got better. One of our trends for the second half of 2014 seemed to be the movies or TV series which featured Matthew McConaughey. 2014 was to be the year where he was omnipresent in our lives as well as finally becoming an acting heavyweight. So it's possible we give a kiss goodbye to Matthew for awhile with the first review of 2015 on here, Dallas Buyers Club.
|Leto & Mcconaughey get it on|
|Cox and Garner add support|