Sunday, November 17, 2013

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

Lately, I tend to find movies based on true stories much more engaging than those that are pure fiction. The same is true for tv shows. Apart from some comedies, I can't really watch anything else without feeling extreme boredom kick in after 10 minutes. I do however seem to be binging on Investigation Discovery programs that are all based on real life stories. I don't know what's happening to me, but I think I've reached a level of fiction saturation.

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Dallas Buyers Club is a biographical film directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. It tells the story of Ron Woodroof, an electrician and occasional bull rider who doesn't think twice about unprotected sex, drugs and alcohol. It's July 1985 in Texas and Woodroof finds out he has AIDS and only 30 days left to live. He is in denial; his homophobia doesn't let him accept the fact that he has contracted the HIV virus. He's not a "faggot" after all. 

I have great respect for actors who undergo major physical appearance changes to look their parts. Seeing Matthew McConaughey as an emaciated about-to-die character, after so many pass-the-time romcoms, is a huge and welcome change. The Southern drawl is still there of course, which makes him all the more believable. His performance is breathtakingly moving. Will Woodroof curl up in a corner and wait to die just because his doctor told him so? His friends isolate him as they believe he's gay, a major no-no in '80s Texas. His body is failing him. He loses his job. But nothing stops him. His iron will gives him the strength to defy everyone and everything and fight his battle like a true warrior. 

Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto are also great. Leto should definitely be nominated for Best Supporting Actor. He is heartbreaking as Rayon, the transvestite who becomes Woodroof's friend when everyone alse abandons him.

Vallée's movie is one of the most glorious survival stories I have ever watched. It is also a captivating tale of transformation. A homophobic "redneck" becomes best friends with a transvestite. A dedicated doctor realizes that the pharmaceutical companies do not really care about the actual patients and decides to go against the system. Dallas Buyers Club is a definite must-watch.




26 comments:

  1. Πώς άλλαξε τόσο πού ο Matthew McConaughey ???Γιά τόν ρόλο του στήν ταινία??
    Είναι πολύ αγαπημένος μου ηθοποιός Εύη μου!!!Εχη ενδιαφέρον η ταινία από τό τρέιλερ πού μόλις είδα!!
    Καλή εβδομάδα!!!Φιλάκια!!!

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    1. Κι εμενα μ'αρεσει γενικα, αλλα στη συγκεκριμενη τα δινει ολα! :)
      Καλη βδομαδα!

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  2. Εγώ πάλι τρελαίνομαι για βιογραφίες και ειδικά όταν είναι για παλιούς βασιλιάδες και συνδυάζουν και ταινία εποχής! Μου κίνησες το ενδιαφέρον όμως για αυτή την ταινία! Φιλιά!

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    1. Αααχ, της εποχης μ'αυτα τα βαρια κοστουμια τις βαριεμαι λιγακι. Αλλα τις πιο συχρονες τις βλπεω πολυ εθχαριστα. Τον τελευταιο καιρο εχω fascination με τον Kennedy. Ειναι η επετειος της δολοφονιας του αυτη τη βδομαδα και δειχνουν πολλα σχετικα στην τηλεοραση.

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  3. Can't wait to see this, great review!

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    1. Well, I can't wait to read your review afterwards!

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  4. Being used to the charm and charisma Matthew exudes in his romantic roles I'm quite taken aback by his transformation in this film.
    You were obviously impressed with Dallas Buyers Club. Would you say it was your most satisfying cinema viewing experience of this year?

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    1. It's definitely in my Top 5 of the year. Tom Hanks was also amazing in Captain Phillips.

      McConaughey is amazing in this one. As much as I like him in romantic comedies, he seems to play the same person all the time. Here, he is magnificent and he proves that his acting skills are limitless.

      Thank you for stopping by Paul! Did you figure out what to do for Meg Ryan's birthday? Maybe a meg-rathon? :)

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  5. Didn't you mention a while ago that you were on a route while watching movies?! I bet you falling asleep was the way of your brain to shut down and say "No Evi. No more. Time for a change"
    I bet this movie is awesome... I'm still impressed by the phisical change Matthew underwent for the role :(. I don't think Mathew does bad movies. Ever. Even when they're kind of goofy he's good, he's very good and extremely convincing.
    I'm so looking forward to watch this one - I like all the synergies that change when something like this happen (we always seem to think it can only happen to others). I hope it ends with the good feeling of Philadelphia or I'm coming back and ranting ahahahah
    Sorry for the long comment. I'm in talkative mood today ahahah
    Wishing you a lovely and sunny weekend,
    Teresa

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    1. Don't worry, I love long comments! :) And a good mood is always a great thing to have, right?

      It's a great movie that shows that if you are strong enough you can beat anything!

      About McConaughey, as I wrote to Paul above, I like him too, but he always seems to play the same role. His performance here is astounding!!

      Please, do come back and tell me what you thought of it once you've watched it!

      Enjoy the rest of the week! :)

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  6. I think he is one of the better actors of our times and often underrated.

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  7. If you didn't say that this is Matthew I wouldn't recognize him! What a change! And the trailer really promising. Definitely gonna watch it!

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  8. Λοιπόν ταυτίζομαι εντελώς με το θέμα μπούχτισμα fiction και γύρισμα προς το ρεαλισμό, έχω πάθει ακριβώς το ίδιο. Ενδιαφέρον φαίνεται αυτό και μου αρέσει και ο Matthew, μπήκε στα προσεχώς :)
    Καλό βράδυ Ευάκι μου **

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    1. Ναι, δεν ξερω τι φταει. Μαλλο επειδη εβλεπα παρα πολλα, τωρα δε χωραει αλλα!

      Να το δεις! Καλημερα!

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  9. καποιος μου μιλουσε τις προαλλες γι αυτη τη ταινια κ σιγουρα θα την εχω στα υποψην!
    και ο μακοναχι (ελληνιστι :P ) εντελως διαφορετικος!

    καλο απογευμα :)

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    1. Γεια σου Φανη!
      Ναι, σιγουρα να τη δεις! :)

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  10. I am going to have to give this one a go....I am a huge fan of Jared Leto and I too love nonfiction...there is a story something to hold on to and sort through. Thanks for the recommendation lady!! All the best tomorrow!!!

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    1. If you like Jared Leto, then you will be blown away by his perfomance in this one! :)

      Thanks, all the best to you too!

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  11. Aχα !! Άλλη μιά ταινία !!!! Εύη μου ,όταν ο γιός μου με ρωτά ,μαμά τι ταινία θέλεις ???? Τα έχω όλα σε μία κατάσταση
    γραμμένα και του την προτείνω ....που τα ξέρεις ρωτάει ??? έχω τις πηγές μου στην Αμερική του απαντώ !
    Να είσαι καλά κοριτσάκι μου !

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    1. Χαχα! Αληθεια;;; Ελπιζω να σας αρεσουν οταν τις βλεπετε :)

      Να ειστε κι εσεις καλα κ χαιρετισματα στο γιο! :)

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  12. Νοέμβρης μήνας και ο μικρός Κουτσογιαννόπουλος έχει πάρει φωτιά...χαχα...

    Είμαι στα χαμένα μικρό μου, το ξέρω, αλλά πνίγομαι...ουφφφ!!
    Αύριο περιμένω και το μωράκι μου...
    Φιλάκια πολλά
    Chadlen

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    1. Πολλα χαιρετισματα να δωσετε!! :)
      Προσπαθω να βλεπω οσες μπορω αλλα εχω χασει αρκετες!

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