Matt Damon burst onto the Hollywood scene when he and his friend Ben Affleck (whom you may also have heard of) came out of nowhere with a script they co-wrote and starred in: Good Will Hunting. One of the best Oscar moments in recent memory is the two of them going bezerk after winning Damon’s only Oscar to date for the film’s screenplay. Damon has gone on to be one of Hollywood’s biggest stars in The Bourne movies, Ocean’s trilogy, Saving Private Ryan, The Martian, Interstellar, and more than a dozen other huge hits. Post-The Martian, Damon has been in a bit of a slump, and it remains to be seen how much his career will be hurt by his ties to disgraced Hollywood mogul and sexual predator Harvey Weinstein (Damon has admitted he knew of Weinstein’s atrocities and did not come forward). On-screen, he’s one of the most versatile and talented actors of his generation. Time will tell what his sins of omission will do to his career going forward.
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Christopher Nolan is, to my mind, the best director working today, and the best of this generation. I’ve written before about the power of his ending scenes, but today WatchMojo has put together a pretty solid pre-Dunkirk list of the best scenes from Nolan’s first nine films. There’s no word yet on what the next project from the genius will be, but most directors go through their whole careers without putting together a series of moments that Nolan has in his first 10 features. What’s criminal is that he’s never even been nominated for a Best Director Oscar, something that hopefully the Academy rectifies when nominations are announced for the 2018 Oscars tomorrow morning.
Jessica Chastain is one of the most underutilized leading ladies in Hollywood. I’m not sure why Chastain doesn’t get more vehicles, but when she does, she’s absolutely riveting. She’s creating strong, complex characters in films like Molly’s Game, Zero Dark Thirty, and Miss Sloane. She’s also been a critical part of some of the best ensembles in recent memory in The Martian, The Help, and Interstellar. Chastain excels at creating layered characters that exude strength and vitality and her presence on the screen is the equal to any actress of her generation, so hopefully more quality opportunities will come her way as her career continues to progress. Continue reading Jessica Chastain’s 10 Best Movies
WatchMojo is another great YouTube channel. Alongside CineFix and WhatCulture, it produces the best lists on YouTube. In honor of Geostorm hitting the box office amidst a sea of ACTUAL natural disasters that are horrible enough, I thought why not shoot the moon and feature a list where the entire planet actually ends? It goes without saying that if you haven’t seen any of these films…..well, the world DOES in fact end in them. Bang. Gone. Spoiler. They include some interesting films I haven’t seen and I love that they picked the criminally underrated Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, but how is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy only an honorable mention??? I cannot argue with their #1 pick and the only Kubrick film I could watch on a loop: Dr. Strangelove. So sit back, DON’T PANIC, and watch the world end a dozen or so times. Then real life won’t seem quite so dire (probably, I haven’t seen the news today so don’t hold me to that).
Matthew McConaughey has had two phases to his career. Bursting on the scene with 1996’s A Time to Kill, he seemed like the next superstar, but battles with substance abuse and a chronic lack of focus (probably not unconnected) left him nearly written off. However in the last decade McConaughey has climbed back into the top rungs of leading men, culminating in his Oscar for The Dallas Buyers Club and his astonishing performance in HBO’s True Detective’s first season (which would have won him an Emmy any other year than Bryan Cranston’s last on Breaking Bad). Since, he has kept up a steady stream of successes, and is always someone to pay attention to now in whatever projects he chooses to pursue. Continue reading Matthew McConaughey’s 10 Best Movies