Tag Archives: Ethan and Joel Coen

Stuck on No Country for Old Men

This happens every decade or so. I will see a film, and — for a whole host of reasons — get stuck on it. On first viewing,  the story unfolds, crafted elegantly and with meticulous attention to story and character.  … Continue reading

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Chris Cooper. Narrator? Yup, And a Great One Too!

My default position on narration in documentary film is almost always negative, especially when it is used as an amateurish substitute for skilled cinematic storytelling. But I don’t have a hard and fast rule, and sometimes a few strategically placed, … Continue reading

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Ah, The Joy of Being Terrified by Two Great Actors: Gene Jones and Javier Bardem

  Early in the Coen Brother’s No Country for Old Men, Javier Bardem — playing a sadistic killer — faces down a meek, old gas station owner, played brilliantly by Gene Jones. The result? One of the best written, acted, and … Continue reading

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