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Re: MUD (2012) (dir. Jeff Nichols) (Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon)

This thing is blowing up Rotten Tomatoes. Tomato juice all over the damn place. And it is actually playing near me! I might check it out this weekend. Looks great.
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I loved it. Just an excellent...excellent piece of work.
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Re: MUD (2012) (dir. Jeff Nichols) (Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon)

I rarely ever go see movies twice at the theater anymore, but I'm going to have to see Mud again.
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Re: MUD (2012) (dir. Jeff Nichols) (Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon)

loving all the positive feedback!

BTW...this is presently sitting at 98% on rotten tomatoes with 118 reviews counted
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loving all the positive feedback!

BTW...this is presently sitting at 98% on rotten tomatoes with 118 reviews counted
I may have to swing over just to see and read the handful of negative reviews.
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I may have to swing over just to see and read the handful of negative reviews.
there's only 2!
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Re: MUD (2012) (dir. Jeff Nichols) (Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon)

Saw it this weekend. I have to classify this as a must see. I admire the hell out of the filmmakers for casting major stars but letting the two young boys be the primary focus. This really reminded me a lot of the works of Faulkner.
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I really enjoyed this movie. Good performances all around. I knew I recognized Ray McKinnon from somewhere, heard that voice and placed him as the Reverend from Deadwood.
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Re: MUD (2012) (dir. Jeff Nichols) (Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon)

The reviews are stellar. I've never seen ratings this strong. 98% on RT, 128 out of 130 are positive. I'll check it out this weekend.

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Re: MUD (2012) (dir. Jeff Nichols) (Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon)

very good movie. nice little low key drama with good characters and solid acting by all. not as memorable as Take Shelter and i have Shotgun Stories in my instant queue, but a solid movie about life in that rural setting and one boy's adventure growing into a young adolscent.
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Re: MUD (2012) (dir. Jeff Nichols) (Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon)

Saw this earlier today, fantastic film and the best I've seen this year. Shame that it was officially released last year, as I imagine that means it will not be eligible for any awards for next year's Oscars. Great, great acting by the entire cast, fantastic direction, engaging story. Loved it.
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Re: MUD (2012) (dir. Jeff Nichols) (Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon)

Mud is the best film I've seen in a couple years. my number 2 film in the last couple years would be Killer Joe, which also stars Matthew McConaughey. When Matthew McConaughey takes acting seriously, he's one of the best actors on the planet. Both kids were excellent, especially the kid from Tree of Life.

The acting, writing and direction was just stellar across the board. Jeff Nichols has improved his craft with every subsequent outing, I'd say this is his finest film to date.

I'd highly recommend checking this out if you can find a theater showing it.
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Mud is the best film I've seen in a couple years. my number 2 film in the last couple years would be Killer Joe, which also stars Matthew McConaughey. When Matthew McConaughey takes acting seriously, he's one of the best actors on the planet. Both kids were excellent, especially the kid from Tree of Life.

The acting, writing and direction was just stellar across the board. Jeff Nichols has improved his craft with every subsequent outing, I'd say this is his finest film to date.

I'd highly recommend checking this out if you can find a theater showing it.
Hopefully, it continues to make little money. Gotta get crap like this off the big screen so we have more room for multiple showings of comic book movies.
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Considering now Jeff Nichols is represented by a Warner Bros agent... i think Mud did extremely well monetarily
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First, it's now at 99% on RT. Saw it yesterday and fucking loved it. Will definitely be in my top of 2013. The performances Nichols got from those kids is nothing short of astonishing.
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Re: MUD (2012) (dir. Jeff Nichols) (Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon)

everyone please go see this movie. you won't regret it.
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Saw this today and thought it was great. Very effective performance throughout.
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Re: MUD (2012) (dir. Jeff Nichols) (Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon)

Just got back from it. Not a single bad thing in it. Everything was too notch and very fresh while almost have a classic literature feel to it. For some reason it felt like it was a book to me, in a good way. The presentation of it just felt so good. Best movie of the year so far for me.
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It's a damn shame this film has only made $18 million, especially considering the critical acclaim and overwhelmingly positive word of mouth from the general public.

I've yet to meet someone who didn't like it.

And we wonder why summer is so bloated with fucking comic book movies and shitty sequels.
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Mud does not have a super big distribution, so the numbers its generating are pretty damn good considering that.
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I'm not trying to bring the film down as I find it to be one of the top films this year so far but did anyone else notice the terrible foreshadowing? It's not enough for me to dislike the film but it's certainly enough for me to take notice and hold that against it.
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Spoiler:
In fact i didn't really care for the whole snake pit thing in general. Just a bit too over the top. Just didn't buy into that.


Also, (again, not trying to bring it down) but MM's acting was just good, not great. I think people WANT to applaud him since he is stepping out of the typical tripe he ends up in, but he really didn't do anything that made me jump up and clap. He certainly did a good job but I think people are overreacting to this film somewhat.

Still one of the best of the year, though.

Maybe I'm just too picky but I think it's a valid criticism.
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I'm not trying to bring the film down as I find it to be one of the top films this year so far but did anyone else notice the terrible foreshadowing? It's not enough for me to dislike the film but it's certainly enough for me to take notice and hold that against it.
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In fact i didn't really care for the whole snake pit thing in general. Just a bit too over the top. Just didn't buy into that.


Also, (again, not trying to bring it down) but MM's acting was just good, not great. I think people WANT to applaud him since he is stepping out of the typical tripe he ends up in, but he really didn't do anything that made me jump up and clap. He certainly did a good job but I think people are overreacting to this film somewhat.

Still one of the best of the year, though.

Maybe I'm just too picky but I think it's a valid criticism.
I would agree with that. He was very good in it. But he has done so much crap over the last few years that now that he is putting out consistent good work, it makes it look better than it is. Kind of like Sandra Bullock and The Blind Side.
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It's a damn shame this film has only made $18 million, especially considering the critical acclaim and overwhelmingly positive word of mouth from the general public.

I've yet to meet someone who didn't like it.

And we wonder why summer is so bloated with fucking comic book movies and shitty sequels.
I saw this yesterday and really enjoyed it. Some very good acting especially by the two kids, McConaughey and Shepard. I went with my wife and she hadn't even heard of the movie and she loved it as well. You are right it is a little disheartening that movies like this go under the radar while other movies gets pushed to the forefront.
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Also, (again, not trying to bring it down) but MM's acting was just good, not great. I think people WANT to applaud him since he is stepping out of the typical tripe he ends up in, but he really didn't do anything that made me jump up and clap. He certainly did a good job but I think people are overreacting to this film somewhat.
That's kind of my take on the whole movie. I think it's a very good film and I'm happy to see that it's getting good word of mouth. It's playing at a couple theaters near me and it seems to have outlasted several "major" releases. It's always nice to see smaller, more personal films like this do well.

Having said that, I'm slightly baffled by all the praise it's been getting. It's a good flick, but I can't see myself revisiting it ever again and doubt it will even make my top 10 list at the end of the year.
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I saw this yesterday and really enjoyed it. Some very good acting especially by the two kids, McConaughey and Shepard. I went with my wife and she hadn't even heard of the movie and she loved it as well. You are right it is a little disheartening that movies like this go under the radar while other movies gets pushed to the forefront.
Really neat story how the kid who plays Neckbone ended up in the movie:

"Lofland was born in Briggsville, Arkansas, to Billy and Debra Lofland.
He began his film career playing Neckbone in Jeff Nichols' Mud, with Matthew McConaughey and Tye Sheridan. When Nichols decided he wanted to find a young actor locally for the pivotal part of "Neckbone" in his feature, MUD, he had casting notices placed in regional newspapers. Coming across one of them, Jacob was quick to recognize that he fit every adjective of Neck's personality description, as well as bringing the boating and cycle riding experience Jeff was looking for. He sent in an application, and was called in to read for the Casting Director in Little Rock. Less than 3 weeks after seeing the open casting call in the paper, he took his first plane ride to Austin, TX, to audition for Jeff Nichols and producer Sarah Green. He was offered the role within 24 hours, and within a month found himself on location with a full movie crew."


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_Lofland

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