#Matthew McConaughey

Cynthia Littleton:

HBO at long last has confirmed the first specifics about season two of drama series “True Detective,” including the casting of Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn in lead roles.

Story will revolve around three cops and career criminal who navigate a web of conspiracy after a murder.

Farrell plays Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him. Vaughn plays Frank Semyon, a man in danger of losing his criminal empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner.

“Fast and Furious” helmer Justin Lin is on board to direct the first two episodes of the eight-episode season. Lensing is set to begin later this fall in California for a January premiere.

All jokes aside, you better believe I’ll be watching this. The best part of the first season of True Detective was the writing and the cinematic quality of the entire production — it really was like a great, eight-hour film.

The fact that it was Matthew McConaughey’s best performance ever (for my money, better than his Oscar-winning performance last year) was just icing on the cake. And I wouldn’t rule out Colin Farrell, who started out his career in such promising fashion with films like Tigerlandbefore veering off course, having a similar turn. 

On the topic of True Detective, the scene above is a good example of why the show is so amazing. It’s not really a spoiler, but I suggest you wait to watch it if you haven’t seen episode 3 already. Because it’s so much more effective in context.

Beyond Matthew McConaughey giving what is perhaps his best performance to date (including the film for which he’ll likely win an Oscar), the entire sequence is a great set up to the payoff. And it’s largely because of the score.

This is not uncommon in cinema, but I have a hard time remembering a television show that uses a score so effectively. This is Darren Aronofsky and Christopher Nolan territory. It’s absolutely haunting.