No Country for Old Men (G #8)

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No Country for Old Men (2007)

NOBODY could’ve played this role better than the way Javier Bardem did. He was freakishly scary, ironically philosophical, but a crazed killer boss.

“Time just gets away from us”

True Grit (2010)

Well crafted, well acted, well directed, etc, “True Grit” is such a good film in my book. While I never read the actual book nor saw the original 1969 film, this version looks like it was handled with the best production possible and the best set of directors, the Coen Brothers. I’m a really big fan of their films and what I really noted about this one in particular, was how straight-forward the film was when it came to being just a “western.”

*SPOILERS*

It’s pretty much a simple story. Mattie goes after her father’s murder and meets Cogburn and LaBeouf and their journey becomes a bit of an adventure as they try to locate Tom Chaney. Everybody fit their roles perfectly and you could tell they brought their A-game whether it’s Hailee Steinfeld, Jeff Bridges or Matt Damon. There aren’t really any kinds of “dark” themes present in the film which is what I alluded to earlier when I mentioned that it was surprising that the Coen Brothers directed this film.

They’re known for maker their films with a darker or more violent tone, but regardless this was still another fine masterpiece from them in my view. Eventually I want to see the original film and even read the book too, but for now all I’ll say is that “True Grit” is a western extravaganza. Enough said.

The Darker Side of the West

Unforgiven (1992)

Of the many film directors to come to my mind, Clint Eastwood is by far one of my favorites. From what I’ve been able to tell from a young age, he looks like he has a taste for the dramatic when it comes to the western genre. This film “Unforgiven” was no different. Even while it was released way before I was even born, its darker pace of action and dialogue make it among one of the most notable western films. That’s just my take on it. From its unique themes of analyzing violence to its misconceptions of the “Old West” era, this film takes realism and actually makes it work; something that most western films have never really been able to do from what I’ve seen. Even then its surreal sequences from the cat-and-mouse plot of the story with Munny to the climatic finale which I consider one of my favorite scenes, Unforgiven is almost flawless. The dialogue especially is at the end is one of my favorite aspects about the movie. Fascinating and believable enough to say the least.