Friday, February 7, 2014
Dallas Buyers Club by Jean-Marc Vallée, 2013 (R)
Nominated for the Oscars 2014 for the following categories: Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role, Actor in a Supporting Role, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, Writing Original Screenplay
Loosely based on true events, this drama follows Ron Woodroof, who refuses to accept he'll die in 30 days when he's diagnosed with AIDS in 1986. He extends his life and eventually helps many other AIDS patients by smuggling medications from abroad.
Yes, McConaughey and Leto's transformations are impressive. And it helps understand the drastic situation the characters are in, so close to death. The time that is portrayed is an important one in the fight against AIDS but also the fight the people with AIDS had to do to confront homophobia, fear of all kinds in the matter of how that illness is transmitted, but most of all, the fight against the thin line between government and pharmaceutical companies, once more (see Puncture).
with Matthew McConaughey (Mud, Magic Mike, The Paperboy), Jared Leto (Mr. Nobody), Jennifer Garner (Juno, Valentine's Day, Deconstructing Harry), Denis O'Hare (True Blood, Milk, Duplicity, Michael Clayton), Steve Zahn (Out of Sight), Griffin Dunne (Broken City), Michael O'Neill (The Legend of Bagger Vance), Dallas Roberts (The Grey), Kevin Rankin