Archives for posts with tag: Craig T. Nelson

Matthew McConaughey’s character isn’t particularly attractive – visually or otherwise – in “Gold” (2016). Given the fact that much of McConaughey’s popularity rests in aesthetics, it’s not surprising this movie was quickly shuffled into the discount bin at Blockbuster (theoretically, I mean, after all, the movie is set in the 1980s). That’s too bad, because if you can see through the haze of Seagram’s and Marlboro, there’s a complex and interesting story (and Bryce Dallas Howard) there. Maybe too complex (the story, not Bryce). But it’s not like you’re tired of 1980s-based films about commodities dealing (“Trading Places” was a long time ago).

Advertisements

I’ll say this. “Get Hard” (2015) could have been worse. A lot worse. Will Ferrell hires Kevin Hart as a life coach for impending incarceration? I was expecting another lousy Ferrell comedy, and instead I got another solid Hart comedy. With a plot! I’ve said before that Hart understands a little Kevin Hart goes a long way (and I laughed when I said it that time, too). It seems Ferrell followed his lead. They usually were able to stop after I smirked but before I rolled my eyes. Summary: simplistic plot, stupid humor, penis joke, but not a waste of time.