Booze Revooze: Mud

Mud 01 poster (AlKHall Bar None Booze Revooze)

Not from the juiced-box but the soundtrack: The Beach Boys – Help Me, Rhonda

[Press ‘Play’ for what is probably the worst song in the movie but the only one i could find]

Ramblings: His Name is Mud

Final Proof: 3 Shots

3 shots

You know how you get drunk with Boy Scouts on a trip? They’re so cute with their little shorts and when they laugh beer comes out of their nose and they wipe it away with their little yellow handkerchiefs and they drink like they do everything else which is earnestly and if you don’t know what that means it means with their heart, it means they do it with unquestioning faith in something other than God, something they haven’t named yet and that’s what they’re searching for with all of their badges and all of their exploring until what they find for the briefest of moments and then lose like their virginity never to get back again is Love because there’s a boy scout minute when all little lads believe in Love more than they believe in booze, boobs and big brothers, more than God, Mom and vacations in summer and Mud captures that instant for one little boychild.

Mud 01 (AlKHall Bar None Booze Revooze)

Waiting for a Tidal Wave

i can tell you right now who’s going to like this movie, and that’s guys like me. More specifically, guys who used to be boys like i was. Ridiculously emotional, thin skinned, passionate about everything to the point of blindness where others mistook the fact i was overwhelmed with my own emotions for egoism but really i couldn’t stop feeling enough to make room for anything else.

If you weren’t like that as a kid or if you were never a kid you’ll be able to appreciate Mud as a piece of art but you won’t be able to understand it.

Mud 02 (AlKHall Bar None Booze Revooze)

Redneck Yachting

The thing that makes this movie is the actors and not just Matthew McConaughey because he spoke with an accent and not just Reese Witherspoon becasue she’s a hot drunken mess and not just Michael Shannon (who starred in Nichols’ other movie, Take Shelter) because have you seen how fucking cool he is and plus he does a good job acting normal here for once. No, the good actors were also the kids, especially the boys because one of them (Tye Sheridan as Ellis) was a real actor and so he has to be good because it’s his little  job but they also had this kid from Arkansas (Jacob Lofland as Neckbone), fresh off the street, and he acted the hell out of his part.

Plus there was Sam Shepard who is an amazing actor and writer and who was probably my first guy crush back when i was a teenager and secure in my heterosexuality with a lifelong crush on Muriel Hemingway that still hasn’t completely gone away. And Michael Shannon rocked his role, and i’m not just saying that because he’s my current guy crush. What i really liked about all the acting going on was that i have been each of these characters at least once in my life and the actors let me identify with all of them.

Mud 04 (AlKHall Bar None Booze Revooze)

Johnny Ray done carved himself a whole dock

What about the rest of it?

Jeff Nichols wrote and directed Mud and he did a good job because i was able to sit back and forget i was watching a movie and that’s exactly what a director’s supposed to do. As for the themes, well, there were some and i guess that makes this intellectual or French but the themes weren’t all that complex and there was an ending so it really wasn’t all that French but still it was pretty predictable, like trying a new beer in a frosty mug and the beer is refreshing but in the end all you have left is the same old mug.

But still that was one damn fine glass.

Mud 03 (AlKHall Bar None Booze Revooze)

“We’re gonna need a bigger boat.”

Buzz Kills (Watch Out for Spoilers)

Sex: 2 Shots

1 & 1-2 shot bar none booze revoozeA couple very pretty girls but because this bad boy was about love and not sex, the girls don’t show anything other than up.

Like i already said, Reese Witherspoon played the female lead in Mud and did a lot with what she had but she didn’t have to do a lot other than look nervous.

Mud 02 sex (AlKHall Bar None Booze Revooze)

Redneck test: Find Reese Witherspoon (Hint: She’s *in front* of the truck)

i got some more shots of her deep in my drawers down below at the bottom of this post.

Also in this movie is Sarah Paulson who i already like because she’s in both seasons of American Horror Story which is the best fucking show on TV bar none (no pun intended) . To make things even better she plays a lesbian in season 2 of that series and to take the cherry off the cake and put it where it belongs [no idea what i mean by that, btw], she’s a lesbian in real life, too.

Mud 03 sex (AlKHall Bar None Booze Revooze)

I bet Sarah and i are fantasizing about the same thing…

She plays Mary Lee, the lead boy’s mother and the worst thing about her performance was that it was so short. And they didn’t let her look like this.

Sarah Paulson 2013-05-11 Bar None Wallpaper (Booze Revooze Mud)

Sarah Paulson Bar None Wallpaper – Click on the shot for a wallpaper

Rounding out the full cast is the wonderful and not at all jail bait Bonnie Sturdivant. She’s 22 and acts her age and better.

Mud 01 sex (AlKHall Bar None Booze Revooze)

“So then I said, ‘Half your age plus 7, man’.”

Silken Butterflies

There was only one actress whose talent was as permanent as her beauty was lasting and her screen time was fleeting. Barmaids and beerhounds, i give you Kristy Barrington.

Kristy Barrington 01 Bar None Booze Revooze

For those of you more into mud than dirt, there was Matthew McConaughey. Here he is, deep down in it.

Matthew Mcconaughey Bar None Wallpaper Drunk (Booze Revooze Mud)

Matthew McConaughey Drunk in the Bar None Wallpaper – Click on the Shot for a Wallpaper

i stuck some sexier shots of him in my drawers, at the bottom of this post. Scroll deep down and you’ll find them.

A Smoke

Drink: 1 Shot

1 shot

Nothing to write home about, much less bore you with here, so let’s make like most of my love and just get it over with.

  • Father drinks whiskey from a pint bottle flask
  • RW [Reese Witherspoon] hangs out at a bar drinking Bud Light and flirting with a guy
  • Empty bottle of fictional whiskey in the dying bonfire at morning
Mud 01 drink (AlKHall Bar None Booze Revooze)

Don’t drink and boat

A Smoke

Rock & Roll: 1 Shot

1 shot

There were some decent and other not so decent real songs in this movie but i can’t find a trace of them anywhere and i’ve been digging for much longer than i should’ve been because once i get something in my crotch i can’t let go of it until i find it but this time i’m just giving up. And don’t even tell me to look at the OST album because it’s all incidental music and there were some songs with vocals in Mud other than “Help me Rhonda”.

Mud 05 (AlKHall Bar None Booze Revooze)

“The necklace will go right here.”

Boring Technical Crap

Written by: Jeff Nichols

Directed by: Jeff Nichols

Mud 01 rock and roll (AlKHall Bar None Booze Revooze)

Bargain hunting in the funiture store


Reese Witherspoon – Juniper
Sarah Paulson – Mary Lee
Bonnie Sturdivant – May Pearl
Kristy Barrington – Princess
Tye Sheridan – Ellis
Jacob Lofland – Neckbone
Matthew McConaughey – Mud
Sam Shepard – Tom Blankenship
Michael Shannon – Galen

Bottom Line

Was it a great movie? It was great enough.

Another Round



The Runaways

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Al K Hall’s Drawers

So that’s all for the fancy writing. After the jump is nothing but pictures of the actors and actresses.

Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey Bar None Wallpaper Swimsuit Booze Revooze Mud

Matthew McConaughey Bar None Wallpaper – Click on the shot for a wallpaper

Reese Witherspoon

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Reese Witherspoon 02 AssAssin Bar None Booze Revooze

Reese Witherspoon Assassin a bikini

Reese Witherspoon 03 Bar None Booze Revooze

Reese Witherspoon 04 Bar None Booze Revooze

Reese Witherspoon 05 Bar None Booze Revooze

Reese Witherspoon 06 Bar None Booze Revooze

Reese Witherspoon 07 Bar None Booze Revooze

Reese Witherspoon 08 Outside the Bar None Booze Revooze

Reese Witherspoon outside the Bar None

Reese Witherspoon 09 After the Bar None Booze Revooze

Reese Witherspoon after the Bar None

Sarah Paulson

Sarah Paulson 01 Bar None Booze Revooze

Sarah Paulson 02 Bar None Booze Revooze

Sarah Paulson 03 Bar None Booze Revooze

Sarah Paulson 04 Bar None Booze Revooze

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6 thoughts on “Booze Revooze: Mud

  1. I watched Sarah Poulson on the Craig Ferguson show the other night and man, I’d so turn into a lesbian for her. And there’s something about Reese Withouterspoon’s lips that just make me think dirty, dirty thoughts.

    Good review, my mighty friend. I have heard plenty good things about Mud and your little thesis on it only serves to heighten my anticipation. Michael Shannon’s about to blow the world away with his turn as Zod in Man of Steel, so I’m suspecting a lot of people are going to be seeking out his back cataloge for a look-see, and that’s always a good thing. I haven’t seen Take Shelter yet but I hear great things about that as well.

    • The Hot Rod,

      Hey brother, the movie is worth the watch to be sure, although as far as the ladies go, there’s a definite shortage of screen time. Still, what they’ve put up instead is pretty good film making. As far as Shannon in Man of Steel, i just came from seeing it so i won’t give you any spoilers, but i’m psyched to hear what you thought of it.

      Thanks for patronizing me, man,

      Al K Hall

  2. If a movie does get made about the life of Stevie Nicks….Kristy Barrington would be a worthy candidate to play the lead role. Her eyes and facial features resemble Stevie’s and she seems to have the skills to pull off playing this role!

    • Hi Carolyn,

      Yeah, as a Stevie fan, i’d buy that. It would be nice to see a movie about Stevie, just as it’s be nice to see another movie with Kristy. Thanks for stopping by.

      And thanks for patronizing me,

      Al K Hall

  3. Excellent! Probably one of the most engaging and entertaining movie reviews that I’ve ever read (and I’ve read THOUSANDS!)

    Don’t know if I really even will care for the film, but DAMN good review!!!

    Keep it up! (Uh, the reviewing, that is…)


    • Lathe!

      Welcome to the Bar None. Pull up a chair, take off your coat and put your feet on the table and what can i get you to drink?

      You and i have a lot in common, like taste is movie reviews. Seriously, thanks for the props and i hope to see you around more often.

      Thanks for patronizing me,

      Al K Hall

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