Matthew McConaughey has a new film coming out, Free State of Jones so it’s time to countdown his top ten films.
Tropic Thunder (2008)
Tropic Thunder is one of the funniest films ever made but McConaughey’s role was too small for me to put it higher on the list. His scenes however were great and he brought a lot of emotion to a throwaway comedic character. He just wanted his client to get a TiVo box, that’s all.
I had so much hype going into this film, so after seeing it I was disappointed but since then I have come to enjoy it quite a bit. It’s not perfect and probably Nolan’s weakest work but still a really solid film. McConaughey was great in the lead role and I hope he works with Nolan again in the future
Magic Mike (2012)
I had never seen this film before until a couple of days ago. I never had any interest in a male stripper film but to be honest, it’s pretty good. It could have been horrible but when you have Soderbergh directing, you get a good story and characters. Without him behind the camera, I’ll probably never watch the sequel but Magic Mike is actually a good film.
The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
A long time ago (5 years to be exact), Matthew McConaughey was the punchline of a joke until… The McConaissance! The Lincoln Lawyer was the first time, in a long a time, that McConaughey showed he was a great actor and should be taken seriously. He’s really good in this film and overall it’s a pretty good flick too. It takes twist and turns and keeps you guessing till the end.
Killer Joe (2011)
This film gets real dark and creepy. Another film in the McConaissance showing how good McConaughey is in a lead role. When you look at his filmography you realise that although he will always be known for his distinctive voice and being McConaughey, he can play any kind of role. In Killer Joe he plays an evil, scary and creepy dude. He’s so good as Joe, this film turns into a horror film because of his unsettling performance.
Dazed and Confused (1993)
I think this is the first time I’ve done a top ten on an actor and their feature film debut has been on the list. Like Tropic Thunder, he doesn’t have a huge role in this film but when you think of Dazed and Confused, “All right, all right, all right” is probably the first thing that comes to mind. He’s hilarious in this film, endlessly quotable and it kick started a career that took a really long time to get going.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
The Wolf of Wall Street is the best film on this list but like a couple of the other films, he not in it enough to put it any higher. He’s excellent in his small scenes and almost steals the entire film from DiCaprio. I left The Wolf of Wall Street banging my chest, humming that stupid beat. His character is pretty pointless to the overall plot but adds so much to the insanity of the film.
Bernie is a hidden gem of a film that if you haven’t seen it, you really should. It’s directed by Richard Linklater (a director McConaughey is familiar with) and Jack Black gives an outstanding performance. Killer Joe can be seen as a dark comedy but I thought it got too dark and uncomfortable to laugh at but Bernie is a perfect dark comedy in every way. Top Ten dark comedies is a list I need to make.
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Dallas Buyers Club was the cherry on the cake for the McConaissance when he won his Oscar. I was rooting for him to win that year and was so happy when he did. I said earlier his whole filmography shows you his range, well you can see that in this one performance. Two of the big Oscar films that year were this one and 12 Years a Slave. I thought 12 Years a Slave was really good but Dallas Buyers Club brought so much more to the table, with heart wrenching scenes, humor and more levels in the lead performance. I love this film but there’s one more I loved more.
My favorite genre of film is Coming of Age and so of course Mud is number 1. Mud is my generation’s Stand By Me. The two main characters are children, it’s not really a kids film but all kids should watch it. Like all good Coming of Age films, it’s mature enough to not alienate adults and you can relate at any age because everyone was a child. Nostalgia is one of the most powerful forces on the Earth and Coming of Age films like Mud, put you back into your childhood and bring so much joy to a dull day. And that Matthew McConaughey bloke was pretty cool.
Next Week – Top Ten films of 2016 so far