It might be simplistic to say that the horror genre has fractured since the "Scream" franchise last appeared on screen in 2000, but not wholly inaccurate. In the eleven years since Wes Craven's original trilogy hit the screens, screamers of all kinds have filled our need for things that go bump in the night.
Today, the franchise returns in the form of "Scream 4," which brings much of the film's original cast back for a new adventure. Good filmmakers are always thinking of new things, as Craven explained to us last week, and "Scream 4" promises new commentary on the genre he helped to popularize. Here's a taste of how his genre of choice has changed since we last saw Ghostface, and how "Scream 4" fits into the new "mainstream" tradition.
“The Lincoln Lawyer,” starring Matthew McConaughey in his first courtroom-centric role since “A Time to Kill,” throttles its way into theaters today. And, frankly, it’s good to see McConaughey back in business suits (and, alright, the errant wife beater – but who’s complaining?) He proves charismatic and commanding in the role of smooth-talking criminal defense lawyer Mickey Haller, who operates out of the back of a Lincoln town car -- or, as Haller calls it, his “office.”
While the rest of the stellar ensemble cast (which includes Marisa Tomei, John Leguizamo, Michael Peña, Bryan Cranston and Josh Lucas) complements McConaughey pitch-perfectly, it’s clear that this is Matthew’s movie – we can only hope this means more crime thriller leading man roles for him in the future!
McConaughey’s street-savvy, nonconformist character got us thinking: how many other lawyers have found themselves practicing under unconventional or uncomfortable circumstances? What have their most difficult clients forced them to do? What have they put themselves through to solidify their place in the law profession? We spoke to three real-life lawyers, who shed some light on the subject.