EDtv | C

1999 | Ron Howard

The EDtv experience is a disappointingly common one. While the film isn’t particularly bad, it isn’t particularly memorable, either. Released shortly after The Truman Show, the films draw obvious comparisons. Both are satires on reality TV and human nature. Unlike The Truman Show, EDtv‘s main subject, Ed (Matthew McConaughey) is very aware he is constantly being broadcast around the country. Where The Truman Show‘s poignancy lies in its protagonist’s ignorance, EDtv fails because of its protagonist’s genuine likeability. Aside from his Hollywood good looks, Ed is average. He is an unambitious video store clerk. He’s completely ordinary, with no discernible personality flaws whatsoever. He makes a great subject for the meta-show of EDtv because he is so relatable. His down-to-earth “normalness”, however, just makes the film inoffensively predictable.

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EDtv | C

Mud | B

2012 | Jeff Nichols

The opening shot of Mud features Ellis (Tye Sheridan) sneaking out of the house, accidentally eavesdropping on his father (Senior, played by Ray McKinnon) refusing to speak to his mother (Mary Lee, played by Sarah Paulson) about something important. The dynamic isn’t working, Mary Lee isn’t happy, but Senior is either too scared, or too stubborn to want to talk about it. Family, and love, is ultimately what the film is about, as Ellis and his friend Neckbone (Jacob Lofland) take Ellis’ boat to a small island down-river, where an old boat has been washed ashore after a flood. They befriend Mud (Matthew McConaughey) a mysterious loner who asks them to return with food the next day. Continue reading “Mud | B”

Mud | B