Matthew McConaughey is riding a gravy train with biscuit wheels.
Lately the actor has been on an unparalleled roll, doing career-best work in seemingly every new performance. Just a few short years ago, McConaughey was synonymous with generic romantic comedies in which he played "The Matthew McConaughey Type" rather than real characters.
Now here we are, at a time when the dude everybody dismissed half a decade ago reveals new layers and depths on the regular. Thanks to his devastating and dramatically physical work as Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club, McConaughey is heavily favored to take home a Best Actor statuette at the 86th Academy Awards.
Even as rakes in accolades and awards for Dallas Buyers Club, he's turning in a riveting performance week-by-week on HBO's elegant and desolate True Detective, running with the opportunities for longer, more nuanced acting that cable television now provides. And that's on the heels not only of his Oscar-nominated role, but a vital appearance in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street and acclaimed work in Magic Mike and Killer Joe, just to name a few.
Next year, he ups his blockbuster game with Christopher Nolan's huge, ambitious, and mysterious Interstellar.
So here, at or near the pinnacle of McConaughey's success, well beyond the turning of the tide, we've rustled up our latest Rogue 10 compiling ten outstanding Matthew McConaughey performances that are above reproach, that stand the test of time, that are worth remembered, and that you just can't McConaughate.
Every dog has his day.
And every awful superhero movie gets a tiny little something right.
Okay, maybe not every awful superhero movie. Unless we're talking about the kind of bad that's actually funny, like, say, every moment that Arnold Schwarzenegger is on screen in Batman & Robin, then there are some cinematic spandex-fests that really don't do their subjects justice for even a moment.
But for so many maligned movies based on the exploits of our comic book neon gods, there's some small moment, some goal only briefly achieved, or some performance that really works.
So, for our latest Rogue 10, we here at IAR have compiled a list of ten objectively bad superhero movies that nonetheless have something good or even great within them. It's been said that you can't polish a turd, and we're certainly not looking to polish any of these turds, but we also believe that sometimes, very rarely, a turd can have a diamond somewhere inside.
The attention of the populace was focused squarely on some sort of annual sporting event this weekend, making for a quiet frame at the domestic box office.
With only two new films joining the fray in wide release, Ride Along managed to retain the top spot for the third consecutive weekend. Thanks largely to the introduction of a sing-along feature to more than 1,000 theaters, Disney kept the Frozen train a-chugging, claiming second place ahead of new releases That Awkward Moment and Labor Day.
Only one new wide release, I, Frankenstein, entered the fray at multiplexes following last weekend's record-setting MLK holiday frame.
The sight of Aaron Eckhart as a stitched-up gothic superhero couldn't lure audiences away from Ride Along, however, and he action-horror-fantasy debuted without ostentation in sixth place on the domestic box office chart.
Universal started the ball rolling on Ride Along 2 months ago. That now looks like one hell of a sharp idea, because Ride Along collected $41.2 million from 2,663 locations in its debut weekend.
Lone Survivor bucked the trend of audiences avoiding contemporary war pictures this weekend.
The film claimed the top spot at the domestic box office by a wide margin in its first frame of wide release, while holdovers stayed strong and the only other new wide release, The Legend of Hercules, got off to an inauspicious start.
It's not often that a major release claims the number one spot on two non-consecutive weekends.
Frozen has done just that, rising back to the top in its sixth weekend of release, having debuted way back on November 22, 2013.
During the record-setting Thanksgiving frame, the latest feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Frozen, made a boatload but still fell behind the commercial juggernaut that is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
This weekend, though, Frozen and Panem's finest managed to switch positions, jumping up to number one.
Between forkloads of turkey, spoonfuls of mashed potatoes, and obscene discount shopping, America took to the multiplex this weekend, propelling both The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Disney's Frozen to break longstanding holiday records.
Thanks largely to these two blockbusters, Thanksgiving 2013 turned out to be the biggest Turkey Day frame in history.
These are turbulent times, times of danger and uncertainty.
Times that call for fixed stars in the celestial firmament, for the assurance that only heroes can provide. There is a man suited for the task, a man who can show us the way in these disorienting days.
That man is Keanu Reeves.
For decades now, audiences have been taking the stoic leading man for granted, but around here at IAR HQ, the walls might as well be covered in posters featuring his piercing stare. Many movie stars find their groove in a specific type of role that play to their strengths and suit their particular stripe of charisma. Despite all the easy potshots folks have taken over the years, Keanu Reeves has maintained a rare kind of fearlessness, tackling all manner of characters and collaborating with the likes of Gus Van Sant, Bernardo Bertolucci, Kathryn Bigelow, and Francis Ford Coppola. He's played Siddartha Guatama, for example, and directed his own kung-fu extravaganza.
So out latest Rogue 10 compiles ten of our favorite Keanu Reeves performances, all of which remind us to appreciate his unique talents. If you're looking for something tongue in cheek, something mockingly ironic, then this isn't the list for you. This list sincerely celebrates Keanu in all his ballsy, enigmatic glory.