Oct. 21, 2009, 5:52 a.m. CST
Oct. 21, 2009, 6:32 a.m. CST
and I'm second.
Oct. 21, 2009, 6:49 a.m. CST
definitely in must see list
Oct. 21, 2009, 7:04 a.m. CST
by Jam Banjo
Great book, Hopefully a great film. Can't wait. The book is completely about hope, when it is most needed and when all seems lost. Those sorts of questions are why I hate Q&As. Embarrassing.
Oct. 21, 2009, 7:09 a.m. CST
Damn... I thought it said Cannabis and read the article.
Oct. 21, 2009, 7:28 a.m. CST
The constant greys. The only colours from the clothes and the remnants of civilization on a nearly dead world. The only difference is that they probably had to deal with a censor board when it came to the people of all ages used as food or food producers, while my imagination unfortunately didn't have a censor board.....Omar! Omar comin'! Omar!
Oct. 21, 2009, 7:30 a.m. CST
Oct. 21, 2009, 7:48 a.m. CST
by The Mothman
...is a great example of love it/hate it. I thought Blood Meridian was a great read, but if someone took the opposite stance and called it a long, highly affected monument to pretentiousness, I wouldn't blame them. Same with NCFOM...loose ends (probably intentional) galore, but somehow the overall experience is worth it. Adaptation wise, it'll be nice if The Road and BM work out, because imho NCFOM was pretty damn forced. Tommy Lee Jones' work on Three Burials had the better tone. Also, Duvall must be pretty damn good to be 'transcendental' in a scene that's going to last how long again?
Oct. 21, 2009, 7:57 a.m. CST
Hmm - not sure about the 'cannibal rapist' hypothesis. There have been many, many disasters through mankind's history. Earthquakes, floods, droughts, wars, etc. I expect survivors of these things do some fairly desperate stuff just to live another day but I don't recall ever hearing about starving ethiopians eating their own babies, flooded phillipino farmers murdering one another, or blitzed out Brits losing all sense of community in their ruined city. Sometimes it seems quite the contrary is true, no?<p> Granted, when the population has such open access to firearms, as we saw in New Orleans then that can escalate bad things. But I like to believe that people can come together in a crisis - ultimately survival in a group is surely easier than survival solo?<p> ps. If i'm wrong about this then I call first orders on eating Salma Hayek.
Oct. 21, 2009, 8:16 a.m. CST
...I didn't think of her yesterday. I knew I was missing the most obvious and important answer.<P> I'm going to be kicking myself long after you finish the last leftovers. Damn.
Oct. 21, 2009, 8:28 a.m. CST
by THE TRUE PINBACK
Sad News. Joseph Wiseman, who played Dr. No opposite Sean Connery in the first big screen JAMES BOND outing has passed away at age 91.
Flickapoo, i'm partial to breast meat myself. You're very welcome to some rump tho. Plenty for everyone.<p> Maybe we should chow down tapas style with some salsa and a squeeze of lime?
Oct. 21, 2009, 8:38 a.m. CST
...I got the impression that the complete lack of food is what drove some survivors to turn to cannibalism. They aren't just hungry...there is NO food other than canned food. And there never will be any food ever again. They can't just pull together as in The Blitz. Well, that and they're bad guys. Bad guys do crazy evil shit sometimes on account of being bad.<P>As for myself, not only am I noble and virtuous, but I have always suffered from a healthy dose of existential depression and whatsthepointitis. I'm pretty sure I don't love life enough to be even tempted by Selma burgers. <P>Having a kid now throws in a whole new variable though...
Oct. 21, 2009, 8:41 a.m. CST
...if I can't have the breast, well, I think I'll just kill myself now and end the pain.
Oct. 21, 2009, 8:44 a.m. CST
i am all aboard your guys' thought train as to your culinary choices so we can start taggin' and baggin' ASAFP . but i do have to say unless we move fast (both figuratively and literally) the truth is the lean ones will go quick. by all accounts you would think some of the lazier heftier ones could be a bit like veal?....i've put too much thought into this haven't i??
Oct. 21, 2009, 8:59 a.m. CST
This is where I admit I haven't read the book, but NO food whatsoever?<p> I know it's just a story but how can that be? No veg? no berries? no nuts? no roots? no mushrooms? no fish? no animals? no birds? no insects? no rodents? NO FUCKING RATS???<p> Rats are the most resilient motherfuckers on this planet? What possible scenario could exist where big clunky human beings have survived but fucking rats havent? Come on? That's some serious bullshit.<p> Plus, if you've seen Ray Mears the survival guy you'll know that there are ALL sorts of strange shit you can eat if you really have to.<p> I think Cormac McArthy just came up with some outlandish scenario because he wanted us to muse on which celebrity would taste the best. Damn you Cormac! YOUR EVIL PLAN WORKED!!
Oct. 21, 2009, 9:06 a.m. CST
...exactly happened to end civilization. The sky is dark and gray to the point of constant winter...no plants. Nothing grows. You get the impression that all the significant animals were eaten long ago and that the only reason people are still alive is because of canned goods and goods in the can (hehe).<P>The father and the boy are struggling to make it to the sea, so I was left wondering if maybe some fish are left, but the lack of explanation is one of the strengths of the book. You only know what they know.
Oct. 21, 2009, 9:09 a.m. CST
...decisions in yesterday's ROAD talkback.<P> I'm slowly reconciling myself to this new grim reality.
Oct. 21, 2009, 9:11 a.m. CST
Oct. 21, 2009, 9:14 a.m. CST
by Guy Gaduois
doesn't care about potentially cannibalistic post apocalyptic people. <p> I like how people do the most evil, treacherous shit you've ever heard of over on "the dark continent", but the root of fear in the entire world is left at the feet of an halfwit former baseball owner who somehow managed to get elected TWICE and superinflate the gov't. Somehow, we've got it both ways, he's "Evil-dumb" in the words of Fred Sanford and while being an imbecile, also managed to set the entire world on a course of fear. <p> Cormac McCarthy's stories are brilliant, but each and every one makes me want to go to bed without dessert. Ebert once said there's no such thing as a depressing movie or book. He was and is wrong. CM's books are heavy-ass things that make this dumb middle aged man kinda want to just sit under a tree and wait for death. Don't worry, it's coming. <p> I don't like impossibly contrived stories where it's all about the "no win" but keep on anyway. But I'm old and prone to grouchy. Shut up, me.
Oct. 21, 2009, 9:15 a.m. CST
Both feature baby eating, affectionate father/son relationships, and a long journey with little hope of finding what they are looking for. I even think on the commentary for Nemo talked about the cliche of the protective mother but absent father.
Oct. 21, 2009, 9:22 a.m. CST
Give me a fucking break. This moron apparently has no sense of history whatsoever. How about the fear of Cold War and thinking you'd be nuked out of the blue? How about the fear of Nazi domination of the planet? How about the fear of WWI never ending? And that's just this century. If you think fear is bad now, you have my sympathies for your horrific education.
Oct. 21, 2009, 9:39 a.m. CST
Guy's comments may be hyperbolic. but it was still pretty scary to have the nation run by that potatohead. Though Sarah "the earth is 3,000 years old" Palin would be the harbinger of a great stupid apocalypse.
Oct. 21, 2009, 9:46 a.m. CST
by Mr. Nice Gaius
Any word on when the publicity campaign for this is supposed to swing into effect?<P>The official website is up and running, too. There is some great insight on the production as well as some interesting thoughts by Viggo on the story and the acting chops of Kodi McPhee. Pretty cool stuff.
Oct. 21, 2009, 10:03 a.m. CST
...Stewart O'Nan? Great book. <P>Small town American in the 1800's...cholera outbreak...quarantine...a good man tries to keep his sanity while the world goes apeshit.<P> All good things.
Oct. 21, 2009, 10:13 a.m. CST
Danny Huston deserved like seven Oscars for that part.
Oct. 21, 2009, 10:23 a.m. CST
Outstanding, heartbreaking film, Viggo is the best hobo ever, but the kid and Viggo really screwed up the death scene. Totally lost my connection to the film right there. And as I looked down the aisle one of the Weinsteins was sitting there looking mighty uncomfortable.
Oct. 21, 2009, 12:15 p.m. CST
pretty goddamn gnarly. when dude wrings all that blood out onto the dirt was just a rippin' shot. i got a thing about flies and that whole scene gave me heebie-fuckin'-jeebies
Oct. 21, 2009, 12:16 p.m. CST
Should have asked if Cormac McCarthy had seen a cut yet
Oct. 21, 2009, 12:57 p.m. CST
It struck me as absurd on reading the book that this guy had power because he had some little handgun and everyone else was unarmed. It's clearly North America so it should be awash with guns. And the "unspecified" disaster is clearly nuclear war. The main character sees distant flashes in the sky and starts filling the bath. What else could it be but nuclear war, nuclear winter and a constant fall of ash?
Oct. 21, 2009, 1:12 p.m. CST
by Mr. Nice Gaius
I suppose it is a question worth pondering. Yet when you consider that the "event" is already several years in the past at the time of the story, items such as ammunition were probably amongst the first things to be hoarded when the shit hit the fan.<P>The unspecified disaster is interesting because it makes you wonder if the cause would really matter in the course of the aftermath. A nuclear disaster is certainly at the top of my list. However, McCarthy hinted in a print interview that it was probably more of a meteor/comet event. A "world-killer" if you will.
Oct. 21, 2009, 1:36 p.m. CST
The year was 1994, from out of space comes a runaway planet, hurtling between the Earth and the Moon, unleashing cosmic destruction! Man's civilization is cast in ruin. Years later, Earth is not reborn... A world of savagery, basic science, and shopping carts! But one man bursts his bonds to walk for a vague notion of hope! With his companion, his young son, he pits his strength, his courage, and his fabulous half-empty revolver against the forces of evil. He is Viggo, the hobo!
Oct. 21, 2009, 3:34 p.m. CST
Everyone I know has at LEAST one.<p>I believe people would go cannibal on each other. We're not very nice when we think nobody's watching. Remember New Orleans? People weren't stealing food. They were stocking up on Nikes and TV sets. How about manning the sandbag line if you've got all that energy?
Oct. 21, 2009, 3:52 p.m. CST
by vic twenty
If Viggo had a Mok, nobody would steal his shopping cart...
Oct. 21, 2009, 4:05 p.m. CST
The crazy girl walked around in a one piece bathing suit.
Oct. 21, 2009, 5:30 p.m. CST
nope, never heard of it. but sounds like my type of thing. thanks for the tip.
Oct. 22, 2009, 1:49 p.m. CST
You must be in seventh heaven, given the general positive reviews and word of mouth this movie is getting. and while i understand you found Ebert's review strange, i do think he gave a pretty positive one for the movie as well. In fact, seems he didn't gave a higher score because of the depressive nature of the movie, and i have seen Ebert put down a movie because it's depressive or has violence against children and stuff like that.<br><br>But really you must be pretty high on this. and i'm also very hopeful as well. But then again, i adore The Proposition and I think John Hillcoat is the man.
Oct. 22, 2009, 1:53 p.m. CST
After watching Ghost Of The Civil Dead and The Proposition, i have absolutly no doubt this guy's talent. He is a very talented filmmaker. Our friend Aquatarkusman claime dthat Danny Houston deserved seven oscars for his work on The Proposition, i'd like to say that every major actor in that movie deserved seven oscars for their job in the movie. It's one of the best asemble acting i ever seen in a movie, everybody is in a state of grace. unbelievable. I can't believe how good The Proposition is. It's like a miracle.
Oct. 22, 2009, 2 p.m. CST
An asteroid impact seems o me the best explanation for why the world is at it is in The Road. The reason i put down a "niclear war" scenario is because, literally, it's impossible for humans to survive one. And the least of the problems would be the firebombing, but the aftermath. The radiation, the uraniun and plutonium poisoning, the cancers and mutations on young children and newborns. One of the first causes of a nuclear war would be the survivors to go blind, since the eyes are particular fragilel and susceptible to dammage and get cancerous from the radiation and poisoning. Can you imagine that, the whole of humanity going blind in a whole world turned to cinder?<br><br>An asteroid impact would create a similiar situation to what caused the great expermination of the dinosaurs, or at least those which didn't had feathers and evolved into birds. The greater survivos of the Dino Extinction were bugs and small mammals. But it's not a totally impossible scenarion for a few humans to survive. Who knows? But a asteroid impact takes out the worst thing from the nuclear war scenario: radiation and enviromental poisoning due to uranium and plutonium.