Tag Archives: Matthew McConaughey


Why so serious, Christopher Nolan? We’ve entered inception together, marveled at magic shows, saved Gotham from decimation. Still, my favorite Christopher Nolan remains Memento, his breakout thriller from 2000. Depicting Guy Pearce’s memory loss, in a half-reversed chronology, required an expert puppetmaster behind the camera. The screenplay’s structure stays rewarding on second viewing; so carefully controlled, but […]

My Oscar Predictions

Check out the full list at http://oscar.go.com/nominees. I bravely offered my own picks in categories where I’ve seen enough nominees.  (Post-Oscars update: 24/26 categories right!) 1. Best Picture Will win: 12 Years a Slave Should win: 12 Years a Slave 2. Best Director Will win: Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity Should win: Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave 3. […]


There’s complexity in a loud-mouthed homophobe being diagnosed with AIDS, then using his search for treatment to make money off others’ treatment. Flagrantly, like he’s enjoying it, meanwhile exposing institutional disregard for the AIDS crisis.  But Dallas Buyers Club tries that slick turnabout: making a hero of Ron Woodroof. He’s a classic Clint Eastwood renegade, flaunting […]