Tag Archives: Jeff Nichols

DVD/Stream of the Week: LOVING – the love story that made history

The landmark 1967 US Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia overturned state laws that banned interracial marriage. Loving is the story of the real couple behind that ruling, and it’s a satisfying love story of two modest people who would … Continue reading

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LOVING: the love story that made history

The landmark 1967 US Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia overturned state laws that banned interracial marriage.  Loving is the story of the real couple behind that ruling, and it’s a satisfying love story of two modest people who would … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: Mud

In the brilliant drama Mud, two Arkansas boys venture onto a river island and discover a man named Mud (Michael McConaughey) hiding from the authorities. Ellis (Tye Sheridan of The Tree of Life) is a hopeless romantic, consumed by an … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: Shotgun Stories

I am celebrating Mud this week by recommending writer-director Jeff Nichols’ Shotgun Stories.  Nichols followed Shotgun Stories with Take Shelter and now Mud, which together constitute his “Arkansas Trilogy”.  Shotgun Stories was also the breakout film for Nichols’ favorite leading … Continue reading

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Mud: a big dose of realism about love

In the brilliant drama Mud, two Arkansas boys venture onto a river island and discover a man named Mud (Michael McConaughey) hiding from the authorities.  Ellis (Tye Sheridan of The Tree of Life) is a hopeless romantic, consumed by an ideal … Continue reading

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DVD of the Week: Take Shelter

My DVD pick is Take Shelter, #2 on my list of  Best Movies of 2011 and probably the single most overlooked film of last year. Michael Shannon (Shotgun Stories, Agent Van Alden in Boardwalk Empire) is perhaps our best creep … Continue reading

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Take Shelter: digging his fingernails into sanity

Michael Shannon (Shotgun Stories, Agent Van Alden in Boardwalk Empire) is perhaps our best creep actor.   And what’s creepier than watching a solid parent and spouse enduring a full-fledged psychotic breakdown? Shannon plays the most grounded guy in America until … Continue reading

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