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Dallas Buyers Club Could’ve Used More Hollywood

January 29th, 2014 - 6:00 am

Here’s another of the “small, quality” films up for an Oscar that, like Her, is really not that great. Dallas Buyers Club has many things to admire, but I’m pretty sure its nomination and ecstatic reviews have more to do with its “worthiness” than its actual effectiveness as a motion picture.

The movie is based on the true story of Texas bad boy Ron Woodroof. According to the picture, Woodroof, a gambler, druggie and rodeo rider, contracted AIDS from his wild heterosexual lifestyle back in 1985, when the epidemic was just going public in a big way. Frustrated with government’s incompetence in dealing with the new health crisis, he became a smuggler of experimental drugs. Along the way, as Homer Simpson might say, he learned an important lesson about tolerating the gay people who were dying all around him. (There’s apparently some evidence Woodroof was actually bisexual and that the movie’s homophobe-to-gay-liker story is bogus, but I’m just writing about the movie I saw.)

Matthew McConaughey does his usual fine job with the lead. Jared Leto is nominated for a supporting Academy Award for playing a gay transvestite heroin addict and he deserves to win. I know this sort of role is meat and drink to actors (it’s a lot harder to play a vanilla accountant and make it sing), but Leto just kills it, winning your heart the second he comes on screen with the character’s kindness, intelligence and vulnerability.

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... gay transvestite heroin addict...kindness, intelligence and vulnerability.

And hookers have big hearts.
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I liked it a lot more than Andrew did. It was a powerful Libertarian film about how inept and corrupt the state is in dealing with serious issues like healthcare. As if we didn't know. But I have a relative who is gay, their partner died of AIDS after being given lots of AZT. As the film shows, it was a horribly wrong treatment that killed more people than it saved. And thanks to Woodruff's efforts, he exposed how only low doses should be given. In fact, my relative is still here because they refused to take AZT. Perhaps if you knew someone who died back then you might connect with the film more, like I did. And no, I am not gay or bisexual. You don't have to be to like this film. Its not really so much about gay issues as about how you cant trust the state to save you. You need to do your homework like Woodruff did
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Wondered how far into method acting McConaughey would actually go for this role without infuriating his new wife and endangering his children, not that his severe weight loss is without repercussions.

Is it time to tell the role that careless, oops, meant carefree bisexuals played in the AIDS epidemic? Inquiring minds and all . . .
33 weeks ago
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I am tired of the propaganda.

They have to lie about the life of a bizexual and instead say he was a homophobe who became a gay liker.

There is a cost for lying. You can get away with it for a long time, but it will be your undoing.
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Cue Swindle. Time to tell us how wrong Klavan is and this is really a great movie. You go, Dave.
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... gay transvestite heroin addict...kindness, intelligence and vulnerability.

And hookers have big hearts.
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