dvd reviews

July 28, 2011 |

by Jared Curtis


‘The Lincoln Lawyer'

Directed by Brad Furman

Rated R, 118 minutes


After spending years playing dumb boyfriends ("Failure to Launch,") and dumb people ("Surfer, Dude"), Matthew McConaughy makes a triumphant return to the big screen with "The Lincoln Lawyer." McConaughy's laid-back charm fits the role of Mick Haller perfectly — a shyster defense attorney who handles a variety of clients (including bikers and drug addicts) from the cozy confines of his 1988 Lincoln Town Car, while being driven around L.A. by his driver (Laurence Mason). When a high profile case falls into his lap, Haller finds himself in over his head with a rich playboy (Ryan Phillippe) who is charged with rape, assault and battery. With the help of his private investigator (William H. Macy), Haller soon stumbles across a whole slew of troubling information. There are moments when "The Lincoln Lawyer" shines, but with an over-bloated story and a ridiculous plot twist, the film is only half of what it could have been. CV



‘Dazed and Confused'

Directed by Richard Linklater

1993, Rated R, 102 minutes


"The older you get, the more rules they are going to try and get you to follow. You just gotta keep on livin', man. L-I-V-I-N." And with those simple, but powerful words Matthew McConaughy cemented himself in pop culture with his role in "Dazed and Confused." One of the greatest movies of all time, "Dazed and Confused" spoke to many generations with its depiction of the last day before summer at a Texas high school circa 1976. A fun and unforgettable tale of debauchery, partying, friendship and love, the film benefits from a young and talented cast — Ben Affleck, Cole Hauser, Joey Lauren Adams, Milla Jovovich, Adam Goldberg, Jason London and Rory Cochrane. But it's McConaughy's Wooderson, offering zen-like, small-town wisdom, who steals the film. "Dazed and Confused" is the epitome of a cool high school movie, and if you haven't seen it, "it'd be a lot cooler if you did." CV