Mud Directed by: Jeff Nichols Written by: Jeff Nichols (screenplay) Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Reese Witherspoon and Michael Shannon
American swamplands were a preoccupation of several films at Cannes this year, including The Paperboy, Beasts of the Southern Wild and Mud, the latest film from up-and-coming director Jeff Nichols. Mud is the story of children who discover an outlaw living on a small island off the coast of their town. They decide to help him reunite with his girlfriend and escape from the hired thugs who are after him.
The movie follows a fairly straightforward premise and is nothing really new in terms of structure. Then again, neither was Nichols’ first feature, last year’s Take Shelter, which debuted to much critical praise and gave him the momentum to make this film. He is a director of atmosphere and off-beat execution.
What better way to follow our Ten Most Overrated movies ever than with a list of the countless performers who inhabit many of them? Beloved the world over for almost no reason at all, these ten performers are the epitome of what it means to make it in Tinsel Town without shining anything but a marketable gimmick.
What she usually plays: An assertive, in-control type who doesn’t mind cutting loose with her girlfriends. She likes to roll her eyes when the guy she loves (usually Matthew McConaughey) does something stupid.
What she’s actually good in: Almost Famous. After it launched her career she went on rom-com auto-pilot.
What he usually plays: He actually has quite a diverse career, it’s just that everything he touches seems to either win Oscars or garner acclaim that it doesn’t deserve.
What he’s actually good in: Mr. Brooks and Bull Durham. No, Field of Dreams is not the epitome of sports films, but Bull comes pretty close. Continue reading →