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Episode 2: The McConamorphasis – 4/05/2014 – The Good, the Bad, and the Box Office

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This week, in our messy second episode, Scott and Til talk the rise and fall and rise again of actor Matthew McConaugheyhey. Our good film was 1996’s A Time to Kill, from the beginning of McConaughey’s career, when everything was new and shiny and everybody thought he would win Oscars. The bad this week was Failure to Launch (2006). And finally, the box office film that won him Oscars, Dallas Buyer’s Club (2013). This program was first aired on SYN 90.7 on Sunday the 4th of May. 

And, as promised, Scott’s editorial feedback to Jean-Marc Vallee in regards to his film Dallas Buyers Club: 
Hi Jean-Marc! I really love what you’re trying to do here, even though you’re kinda promoting vigilante drug dealing by arguing entitlement. I also liked how you got Matthew McConaughey to drop muscle mass and his go-to facial expressions for what was a pretty ballsy performance. Just a few things I think you need to work on. The way you held back on adding different flavours of cheese to the emotional sections of the film was great, especially for a film about AIDS (it made me think of that excellent Larry Clarke film I saw when I was drunk called Kids, but with less underage sex or casual shirtlessness); but maybe you could tone back some of the visual metaphors? Something just feels a little heavy-handed about McConaughey popping AZT while sitting in an empty rodeo arena watching a make-believe rodeo clown. Like, why didn’t he just do that at home? And on that, I know we are all sick of hearing about the three act structure and all that Robert McKee crap (I mean, has even SEEN Full Metal Jacket?), but I think people come into movies a bit of tension-building before their climax. I know you have to deal with a true story and everything, but could you not make up a dying dog for McConaughey or something? Please don’t think I am picking on your ending. I had problems with the start too. I didn’t feel like I knew Jennifer Garner’s character well enough to warrant her getting her own scenes early on. Like the whole pharmaceutical rep thing. I wanted to shout at her, “This is not your movie!” But I didn’t actually shout at her, so I guess it could be worse. All that aside, nice work on the movie and congrats on the Oscars! I look forward to seeing the Director’s Cut on DVD with all these problems rectified.

 

 

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