As the end of the year nears, more and more Oscar worthy flicks are beginning to hit Pasadena theaters. Why not take advantage of the long holiday weekend to catch up on what are sure to be some of the most talked about films of the year, including the long-awaited Dallas Buyers Club and Robert Redford’s All is Lost, both playing locally?
After what seems like eons of tabloid talk about Matthew McConaughey’s extreme weight loss for The Dallas Buyer’s Club, moviegoers have finally been able to find out for themselves what all the fuss is about. Indeed, McConaughey’s gaunt appearance in the film is quite the departure from his usual hail and hardy look and it seems that losing weight for a film has paid off as the actor is getting talked about for a Lead Actor Oscar.
The Dallas Buyer’s Club takes place in 1986 and tells the story of electrician Ron Woodroof and his battle with HIV and the struggle to provide drugs to those that need them, including transvestite Rayon, played by Jared Leto as you’ve never seen him before. Leto’s performance will likely earn him an Oscar nom for Supporting Actor as he too lost weight for the role and appears in female garb throughout the film.
For an adventure on the high seas, check out Robert Redford in All is Lost, the story about a sailor’s struggle for survival after his boat is hit by a shipping container while on the high seas. Despite a lack of dialogue and a low budget for the film, the veteran actor is earning rave reviews and is sure to be adding another Oscar nomination to his resume.
Both films are playing in Pasadena: The Dallas Buyer’s Club at The ArcLight and All is Lost can be seen at the Laemmle Playhouse.