(Note: This is a reprint of our Mud review from Sundance 2013. The film opens in a limited run today.)
For his follow-up to Take Shelter, director Jeff Nichols smartly casts Matthew McConaughey as a violent drifter who slides into the lives of two young boys whose families eke out a bare existence on the Mississippi River. Using the gift for gab that any character played by McConaughey must automatically possess, this outlaw wraps the boys up in his plan to achieve true freedom.
While Take Shelter trafficked in heavy ambiguity, Mud does away with uncertainty, at least with respect to the story. This is a straightforward tale that rides on the shoulders of McConaughey and two excellent young actors, Tye Sheridan (The Tree of Life) and newcomer Jacob Lofland.
Mud is a riff on Mark Twain, and an exploration of the relationships between generations of men. It could be a Tom Waits song, perhaps a long-lost cut from Swordfishtrombones, revolving as it does around a man with a dark past who seeks to build an escape engine out of cast-off parts, with love as his fuel. The film casts a keen eye on people living a mostly bygone lifestyle, and wraps those observations in a rollicking little adventure that you might find in the yellowing pages of an old pulp novel.
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Here’s the big reveal of all the secrets Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. have hidden within the new Superman film, Man of Steel. Days ago we saw a grainy video broadcast featuring the villain General Zod (Michael Shannon) and his demand for humanity to hand over Kal-El / Superman (Henry Cavill). Now this new trailer shows not only what happens when Zod’s plan doesn’t go off in quite the way he hopes, but who Superman is and what makes him tick. Thankfully, all of that results in a lot more action. Read More »
This is the week Man of Steel takes off like a speeding bullet. There’s a new trailer expected, we already saw some new images, and a viral campaign has kicked off too. General Zod (Michael Shannon) taunts Kal-El (Henry Cavill) in a new, static filled video, filled with the kind of sadistic intensity reminscent of The Joker’s videos in The Dark Knight. Check it out below. Read More »
The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly has a big S on its chest and it surely doesn’t disappoint. Man of Steel is the featured film and, in the article, there are seven brand new photos as well as a ton of new info on the highly anticipated Superman reboot. You see one of those photos above. See more from Zack Snyder film, opening June 14, below.
Update: Images removed.
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Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel has begun to screen and word is that it’s fantastic. We’d heard that executives at Warner Bros. truly loved the film and now, reports are coming in from other people too. (And from people who don’t have billions and billions of dollars potentially invested in the success of a rebooted Superman.)
In particular, JoBlo is reporting the film is nearly complete (save for the 3D conversion) and despite the somber tone the trailers suggest, the film is chock full of action. We’ll talk more specifics below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 11th, 2013 by Angie Han
While it makes sense that the marketing for Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel would focus heavily on the Man of Steel (Henry Cavill) himself, it’s had the effect of playing down the other characters. No doubt General Zod (Michael Shannon) and Jor-El (Russell Crowe) play important roles in Superman’s journey, but we’ve barely gotten more than a glimpse of them in all the footage and stills so far.
Fortunately, any comic book movie this big also comes with a slew of merchandising tie-ins, which can shed light on some of the other aspects of the film. DC unveiled their new line of Man of Steel figures at the Toy Fair in New York this past weekend. Among the 12″ figures rolled out were Jor-El and Zod in full battle armor, along with Zod’s right-hand woman Faora (Antje Traue). Take a look after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, January 28th, 2013 by Angie Han
Over a decade after it kicked into gear with X-Men and Spider-Man, the superhero movie trend shows no signs of flagging. Costumed heroes will keep going strong in 2013 with several more high-profile releases, including Man of Steel, Kick-Ass 2, The Wolverine, and Thor: The Dark World. While we’ve haven’t seen trailers for most of them so far (Man of Steel excepted) the latest issue of Empire Magazine offers a little taste of each movie with some new images.
Check them out after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 by Angie Han
With the releases of Bernie, Magic Mike, and Killer Joe, 2012 may very well have been the best year of Matthew McConaughey‘s career. And don’t expect to see that momentum flag in 2013. McConaughey is starting the year off with Mud, a coming-of-age tale directed by Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter).
The Tree of Life actor Tye Sheridan and newcomer Jacob Lofland play a pair of friends who come across a mysterious man named Mud (McConaughey) hiding out in the woods along the Mississippi. While he soon admits that he’s on the run for killing a man, they’re charmed by his romantic tales and agree to help him out. Their boyish adventure takes a sour turn, however, when Mud’s real problems entangle them in some very adult complications. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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