Top 10 Movies Of 2013: Eric's List
9. MudMatthew McConaughey’s career has always been a bit perplexing to me. While not everything he did at the start was gold, he put on excellent, memorable performances in films like Dazed and Confused and A Time To Kill… and then spent most of the first decade of the millennium making dud after dud. Things suddenly took a surprising turn in 2011 when the actor returned to the courtroom for The Lincoln Lawyer, and he’s been on a roll ever since. There are still two more movies featuring McConaughey still to be named in this article (albeit one of them is in the honorable mentions), but before we get to that we have to talk about the amazingness that is Mud.
I first became aware of writer/director Jeff Nichols in 2011 when my senses were rocked by the intense thriller Take Shelter (a film that wound up at #7 on my Top 10 that year), but with Mud the filmmaker tackles a completely different kind of tone and a completely different kind of story, and it’s impressive as hell to see how well he handles it. It’s a beautiful coming of age story with a wonderful blend of comedy, drama, and a taste of the fantastical. (Read my full SXSW review here).
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