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Harry says the Coens' TRUE GRIT is the best film of 2010 & the 2nd Best of their careers!

 

For me, TRUE GRIT is second only to MILLER’S CROSSING as my favorite Coen Brother film of all time.   TRUE GRIT is also my pick for the single best film of 2010.   I say that without the slightest hesitation.   It simply is so.

 

What sets it apart?

 

Well, it is simple.   Every single character in the film is a unique and separate being with their own eccentricities, manner and motivation.   Every single character is fully realized, no matter if they’re on screen a second or the duration – and that is something so incredibly unique in the world of modern film.

 

Back in the olden days of cinema, that was par for the course.   Writers wrote unique characters, character actors were cast to fill the parts and the audience was utterly delighted by every character in the film.   Think about the films of John Huston or Howard Hawks.   Think about the types of characters you find in their films.   You delight as you discover each one.   That is exactly the case here.

 

As a remake, TRUE GRIT joins a rare list of films that are vastly superior in every fashion to the original.   There’s a reason…  Like when JOHN CARPENTER was remaking the classic THE THING, he went back to the original story WHO GOES THERE – and lo and behold there was a wealth of material to draw upon.   With the Coens, they weren’t so much making a remake of John Wayne’s TRUE GRIT, they went back and adapted Charles Portis’ classic Western novel. 

 

From the brilliant opening shot you’ll want to just hand Roger Deakins the Oscar that he was denied for SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, FARGO, KUNDUN, O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU?, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD and THE READER…   And give one of the finest, yet unrecognized by the blind members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, cinematographers in the history of film.    Seriously.   How on Earth did he not win for ANY of those movies?    Well, the opening shot of TRUE GRIT…  it’ll get it for him, because the rest of the film is in keeping with the awesome of that shot.

 

You’ll also begin to fall in love with the film due to Carter Burwell’s amazing score, don’t worry, I’m pretty sure he’s going to be screwed out of an Oscar Nomination, solely because…  Somehow, the tone deaf at the Academy have never even nominated Carter – most likely due to his habit of brilliantly adapting pre-existing songs and themes to add to the beauty of the film, but then automatically makes him ineligible for a Nomination.   But next to DAFT PUNK’s TRON LEGACY score, I dare say I haven’t heard a more perfect accompanying score for a film this year.  It not only feels utterly authentic to the era, but it creates such mood and atmosphere in tandem with Deakins’ brilliant photography and the spot on perfect production and costume design.

 

This is a film for you to lend an ear to, mainly because the dialogue is so incredibly sharp that you’ll work to hear it all.  

 

Let’s talk about the acting for a bit here, because that’s where things just get fucking amazing here.

 

You have to begin all discussions concerning performances on TRUE GRIT with the amazing 1st time acting performance of Hailee Steinfeld, who plays Mattie Ross.   Earlier this year, a person at Paramount boasted that Hailee gave a performance in this film that was as great as what Tatum O’Neal gave in PAPER MOON and that felt…  doubtful at best to me at the time.   Not that I doubted Hailee’s ability, nor that of the Coens, who have proven they can get a brilliant performance out of just about anybody…   but because this was an Executive talking, though I have to admit…  that he knew to reference Tatum O’Neal in PAPER MOON was impressive.   BUT…   once I saw the performance, I completely got it.   Mattie Ross is very much a character in the spirit of Addie Loggins of PAPER MOON.   She’s a vibrant and headstrong young lady.   She’s very forthright and fiercely intelligent and has genuine nerves of steel.   Watching her cross the river upon horseback…  you can’t help but be concerned for her.   Monitor your own face as you see her negotiate for what is rightfully due to her by the man who had made a deal with her father, but was trying to take advantage of the situation, only to be slapped with an awesome kid!   I could feel my face smile, not because the scene was funny, but out of admiration for the tenacity of this gal.   Seriously, she’s awesome.   Hailee is the discovery of the year in terms of performance.  She’ll have you gripping your armrest out of concern and in her closing scenes – wow.

 

Of course, the big boots to fill belonged to John Wayne.   If you’ve seen the original TRUE GRIT, you know that the only real reason we talk about that film is because it is a rather fun, if buffoonish performance out of John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn.   Now, I love that role, but it wasn’t really playing to Wayne’s strongest suit.   U.S. Marshal Cogburn did have problems with alcohol, was missing an eye…  but he was also a hard man too.   Jeff Bridges just destroys as Rooster Cogburn.   Bridges plays that character with the proper amount of relish and a hefty amount of true grit.   You believe that he’s capable of everything he says he can do.   I love the moment where you see him first care about Mattie.   When he first admires this young lady.   That she isn’t some soft dimwit girl like he’s used to running into in the West.   She’s got grit as well.    Watching him play in the courtroom was masterful.   Watching how he assesses dangerous situations in such a way that he remains safe…  again, awesome.   But then, it’s just the stories he tells as they’re riding along on this quest of revenge.   It is brilliant.   But when he’s at his best, is when he’s battling with Matt Damon’s La Boeuf, the Texas Ranger that’s also hunting Tom Chaney.

 

Yes, let’s talk about Damon’s La Boeuf.   Most of this story is taking place up in Arkansas and into the Indian Territory, that is now Oklahoma.   Matt’s La Boeuf comes across as an ineffectual braggart for the vast majority of the film.   There’s a bit of his performance that reminded me of Richard Mulligan’s General George Armstrong Custer in LITTLE BIG MAN.   He thinks a bit too much about himself.  Of his station in life.   And he definitely doesn’t mix well with these two souls.

 

Then there’s the man, what killed Mattie’s father, the nefarious Tom Chaney, played brilliantly by Josh Brolin – in a role that will surely pick up a Supporting Actor nom.   Watching Tom Chaney on screen, you are likely not to see much of Josh Brolin, the entire tenor of his speech is different, in some ways he reminds me of Alan Rickman, when he was pretending to be a cowardly executive at Nakatomi Plaza with Willis.   There’s a crafty motherfucker set into his eyes, but his slack-jawed dumb fuck delivery of lines makes him seem harmless.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t think he has a wick long enough to burn bright very long, but he does know how to play a scene to his advantage – and he is an evil fuck.    When we get introduced to his character – with all the conflicting information we’ve been given in advance of his character’s introduction on screen…  well, you’ll love what he does with it – and you can absolutely see where each of the 3 that are seeking him, well…  where they’re coming from.

 

Then there’s the invisible man, Barry Pepper, who is amazing as Ned Pepper, the leader of the gang that Brolin’s Chaney sides up with.   I found Pepper to be completely unrecognizable as Ned.   He’s an oddly noble criminal bastard – one with some history with Cogburn.    But his gang…  to a man, they’re awesome.   In particular, that one guy that never has a line of dialogue…   but that…  well.  You’ll see.   Holy shit, that character ruled.

 

Along the trail there’s quite a few characters we meet – like Ed Corbin as BEAR GRIT, who lives in Indian Territory, trading and practicing medicine.   When he first opens his mouth, I guarantee you will laugh at the awesome voice that exits his gargantuan body.  

 

Every last scene of this movie is amazing.   Like the 3 men being hung, each having their last say…  kinda.   Brilliant.   Everyone has great faces on display here.  Which again reminds me of the work of John Huston, John Ford & Howard Hawks.   You can tell instantly the difference here – characters with great lines in their face and coming out of their mouths.   Nothing wasted or unwanted.   Tight and precisely as intense as it needs to be.

 

This film has that same majesty that MILLER’S CROSSING had.   There’s scenes that unfold like a brilliant scene should unfold – and the instant that you see it, you know…  this is great.  

 

I dearly love a handful of films this year, but I can not deny the Coens.   I loved NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, but this is an instant classic.   The performances and the setting, the music and the images…   Everything is just perfect.  This is the role that Bridges should’ve won his first Oscar for.   It’s a big one!

 

This is a tremendous film. 

 

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  • Dec. 1, 2010, 6:36 p.m. CST

    rooster cockburn

    by Kammich

    eheheheh

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 6:44 p.m. CST

    BARRY PEPPER: STAR OF BATTLEFIELD EARTH

    by ISleptWithKathyBatesAndAllThatIGotWasThisStupidTalkbackName

    YOU ARE NOT FORGIVEN

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 6:44 p.m. CST

    This one has all the elements

    by Kammich

    Very nice review, Harry, and it seems to confirm that all of the stellar elements that the Coens lined up for this picture paid off. Deakins, for my money, is the best in the business. His cinematography on Dominik's "Jesse James" is probably the most gorgeous camera work I've EVER seen, so hearing that he was revisiting the western genre was a god send. Letting Carter Burwell play around in this type of territory seems like a recipe for magic. And the cast is just god damned brilliant(I'm one of those people that thinks Matt Damon is actually UNDERrated, not overrated). My favorite Coen bros film is and always will be "The Big Lebowski," but I think "True Grit" has the chance to take the cake as far as their dramatic work goes. Can't wait.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 6:45 p.m. CST

    I can't wait to see this...

    by DrFever

    This will be the first movie I ever go see on Christmas day. I love the Coen brothers with O'Brother being my fav (where's the blu-ray btw?)

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 6:47 p.m. CST

    And if Harry's opinion meant shit, this would matter

    by Cash907

    Sorry Harry, you've shown yourself to be the lapdog of any filmmaker that shows you even a second's attention, so your credibility as a critic is worth the same as what comes out of my labrador's ass. <p> That said, this film is going to kick so much ass, regardless of Harry's opinion. If the actual movie is half as good as the first trailer, this will be the best film of the last 5 years.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Best Of 2010? My money's still on INCEPTION

    by ISleptWithKathyBatesAndAllThatIGotWasThisStupidTalkbackName

    Although I don't doubt that will certainly appear in my top five for 2010 amongst Christopher Nolan's masterpiece, ANIMAL KINGDOM, HP&TDH(Part 1) and IP MAN 2.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Wait a minute..Harry said

    by skimn

    "Every single character in the film is a unique and separate being with their own eccentricities, manner and motivation" about True Grit.<p>He said once before.."..essentially about 3 characters. There are many other characters, but the only ones that will drive the plot are these three..Every other character in the series is there to make these three lose sight of their goals, to pursue that same dream or to seemingly help these characters on their way. The nice thing about it all is this though. All these other characters have their own motivations and desires." The second quote refers to the clusterfuck that is Pirates 3 At World End. Do I confuse a Pirates sequel with the mighty Coens? No, no, no, 1000 times no. I just got a troubling sense of deja vu reading Harry's review.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Exactly what I wanted to here.

    by Nachokoolaid

    From the second I saw the trailer, I knew this was certainly my most anticipated film of the year. Looks awesome.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 6:51 p.m. CST

    ^hear

    by Nachokoolaid

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Barry Pepper already made up for Battlefield Earth

    by Cash907

    With Saving Private Ryan, 61*, The Green Mile, We Were Soldiers, and Flags of Our Fathers. <p> Travolta, on the other hand, has not. His crimes against humanity are a huge debt left unpaid.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Harry also said

    by ISleptWithKathyBatesAndAllThatIGotWasThisStupidTalkbackName

    CLOVERFIELD was "like nothing we've ever seen before". And let's not even get started on his GODZILLA review.<p>Best not to think too much about what "Harry said".

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 6:54 p.m. CST

    serious discussion point

    by professorjack

    Do you think Harry Knowles does a disservice for films by overhyping them? I have learned not to trust him and go in with reasonable exceptions for everything, but there was a time where i would fall for his hype and leave countless films so disappointed. I can understand being excited about a movie, but Harry had to have ruined relatively good movies more than hes helped them at this point.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 6:54 p.m. CST

    BARRY PEPPER WILL NEVER MAKE UP FOR BATTLEFIELD EARTH

    by ISleptWithKathyBatesAndAllThatIGotWasThisStupidTalkbackName

    I've been waiting for a refund for years now and I'm tired of sending him email reminders.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Tatum played

    by epevensie

    Addie Pray

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 6:55 p.m. CST

    That was a serious discussion point

    by ISleptWithKathyBatesAndAllThatIGotWasThisStupidTalkbackName

    And it requires serious discussion.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Every year should be the year of JEFF BRIDGES

    by ISleptWithKathyBatesAndAllThatIGotWasThisStupidTalkbackName

    Why isn't he President? Let's get him in the White House!

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 6:56 p.m. CST

    I trust the Coens over Harry any day of the week

    by skimn

    but I HATED Burn After Reading, and I wanted to love it so much. This looks to be the real deal though.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 6:57 p.m. CST

    saying a movie is the best of 2010 aint saying much

    by brabon300

    this was a shitty year for movies...

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 6:57 p.m. CST

    I'm not reading any reviews for this one. My ass is there...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...and I want it as untainted as possible.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 6:59 p.m. CST

    ISlept

    by skimn

    Ever see The Contender? I'd vote for the man.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Skimn

    by ISleptWithKathyBatesAndAllThatIGotWasThisStupidTalkbackName

    Yes! And: Me too!

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 7:01 p.m. CST

    BARRY PEPPER should have starred in SALT

    by ISleptWithKathyBatesAndAllThatIGotWasThisStupidTalkbackName

    The posters would have been amazing.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 7:05 p.m. CST

    I have almost no love for No Country

    by The Mothman

    I thought Tommy Lee Jones did the better job in nailing the tone of McCarthy in 'Melquides Estrada'. Here's hoping this is a return to form, would hate to see the Coens go the way of other directors who seem to be happy bringing down their average by cranking out passionless films.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 7:10 p.m. CST

    JOHN WAYNE TO HARRY "FILL YOUR HANDS YOU SONOVA BITCH"

    by joker40

    I hope this movie is good.I work at a movie theatre so it depends on what I hear if I go see it for free...but sorry folks..no one replaces "The Duke" And to Quote Robert Duval (for give spelling) to Harry "THATS BRAVE TALK/(REVIEW)COMING FROM A ONE-EYED FAT MAN"...

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Grit

    by dukeroberts

    I have read the book and seen the movie many times. I don't think the original movie differs all that much from the book. John Wayne nailed Rooster. Harry feels that Duke didn't really have grit in it? Maybe he should watch it again. He was comical, yes, but absolutely tough. Now, Glen Campbell was not so good. It was his first acting job. Kim Darby had Mattie down though. People give her a hard time, but she acts and speaks like the character was written. I will be seeing the new as soon as it comes out, but there is no way that Jeff Bridges will surpass the Duke.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Didn't love "No Country" upon initial viewing

    by Kammich

    There was just soooo much hype before I saw the film, and while I absolutely loved Deakins' photography and Bardem's performance, the anti-climax to every single character arc really scarred the movie for me. But I recently caught it on cable television, probably over 2 years since I first saw it... and I enjoyed it much, much more. The same things still bugged me, but I had a much easier time getting swept up in the complete badassery of Brolin and Bardem's cat-and-mouse game, which I think is some of the most taut, thrilling stuff that the Coens have ever done.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 7:21 p.m. CST

    I loved both of those trailers...

    by sonnyfern

    If the movie can live up to those images...or surpass them, I'm going to be one western loving bastard.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 7:32 p.m. CST

    tommy lee jones

    by SQUIDDLY

    Best thing in no country. Every word he says is gold and delivered brilliantly. Bardem was excellent but on repeat viewings Jones is the man.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 7:41 p.m. CST

    'NO COUNTRY' WAS AWESOME.

    by uberman

    Loved it. Rarely do I watch a movie 2x, but I've seen this one 2x in the theater and 2x with company. I could say the same about FARGO and most every Cohen film. They just never get old for me. Cant wait to see this one.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 7:45 p.m. CST

    I REMEMBER SEEING JOHN WAYNE FLICKS AS A KID...

    by uberman

    and even then they just fell flat for me (exception for TRUE GRIT and THE SHOOTIST). They were boring, dull and full of empty posturing, false machismo and alot of hot air. Then, I saw a Clint Eastwood wester and that changed everything: Gritty, dirty, raw..in short, believable. I never believed John Wayne had any real dirt under his nails-he was all bluster. But Clints westerns felt Real...and dangerous.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 7:47 p.m. CST

    This Worries Me

    by UCB Agent1

    Harry has some of the worst taste in film that I've ever read about. I want this to be awesome, but if Harry is gushing about it, I have worries.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Just read the book

    by Simpsonian

    great book. I never saw the Wayne version, but the clips look like a piece of shit compared to the book. The one looks promising though.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 7:59 p.m. CST

    loved the original and book...

    by eustisclay

    ...and while I hope this flick is good, I still don't think it looks to be as much fun as the original. That's the bad thing about westerns nowadays, since there are so few, that always go really dark. Wayne's westerns could be dar(The Searchers, Red River) but most of them were just fun. Also, when they made more of them, the westerns could be different genres. Shoot, I miss western comedies like McClintock and Cat Ballou and Support your Local Sheriff. Did kind of like Maverick, too bad Gibson didn't do The Wild Wild West. As far as this goes, I don't know. I am so familiar with the original that even in the trailer, Bridges(one of my favorite actors) just didn't seem right. He seems to be acting(who're yeew?) something you don't usually catch him doing. And Matt Damon? I really like him, he's grown on me over the years. But, when he talks, he sounds just like he does on Letterman when he's doing his Matthew McConnaghy impression. Maybe that's how he discovered it, by doing the texas accent for this film. I don't know, I just know whenever I hear him in the trailer, I start laughing. speaking of McConnaghy, just saw the trailer for The Lincoln Lawyer. Doesn't look bad. I loved the book(like all of Connellys) hopefully the film does it justice.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:07 p.m. CST

    So there...

    by TheJudger

    This is the one. The one that goes on that rare list of "Dad and I" films that we experienced together- rather than watched. I just know it. We don't see many movies together anymore, and very few of them get on this list. I am absolutely free of doubt in regards to this movie.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Even with the shoddy PG-13 rating?

    by Dr. Samuel Loomis

    Once I saw that, I checked it off my list. I wasn't all intrigued to begin with. Not that it's a remake or anything, and I love western movies. We need more of them these days. But just couldn't get hyped for it. Personally, I don't think Appaloosa gets enough credit.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Harry got an actual piece of grit for his review ...

    by ReportAbuse

    That's why he's hyping it. The producers sent out individual pieces of grit actually used in the filming, to select reviewers and celebs, so of course Harry was in fanboy heaven. I think he posted a photo of himself holding the tiny particle of grit in his palm and grinning like a schoolboy. He was also wearing his Green Lantern ring that he got from that production too. /

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:09 p.m. CST

    How is the academy going to come up with 10 best pic noms

    by Nerd Rage

    from this year? True Grit, Inception, Black Swan and what else? Good luck filling the rest of those slots.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:26 p.m. CST

    samuel loomis

    by bourne7855

    yea i agree about Appaloosa. its great. i love the part where she asks ed harris is he believes his friend over her and he says i absolutely do. lol great scene. oh and true grit looks awesome

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Best Picture

    by Colonel Activity

    Jonah Hex or Backdraft

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:37 p.m. CST

    The Social Network is a front runner

    by TheLastCleric

    for Best Picture, and rightfully so. And the Coens are awesome so I have total faith this flick is excellent.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:41 p.m. CST

    PG-13 doesn't bug me considering who directed it

    by terry1978

    Obviously they felt that's the rating it needed for the story they wanted to tell, so who are we to say otherwise?

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:43 p.m. CST

    But hey, just like Deadwood . . .

    by nietzschebot

    It won't make Herc's top ten.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Fantastic.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Exactly what I expect to hear regarding another team-up with Bridges and the Coens. The subject/story seems like a custom fit for everyone and with so many great weapons at the Coens' disposal (Deakins, Brolin, Damon, et al.), it feels like another perfect alignment ala NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Barry Pepper = Ned Pepper

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Coincidence?!

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:04 p.m. CST

    I can't trust a critic who didn't like Inception

    by MattmanReturns

    Also can't trust a critic named HARRY KNOWLES.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Congratulations Harry!

    by coconutgroves

    On staying awake for this one.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Now I know this will suck!

    by notcher

    Whenever Harry makes a statement, it's always wrong. At least, in the last few years it has been. I'll never quite forget his glowing review of "The Lovely Bones" and how lovely he thought it was. This movie will probably be about as good as "The Missing." I also have a hard time believing anything will be better than "The Social Network" was. Well, guess we'll find out soon. Still, Harry makes me doubt it's greatness.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:42 p.m. CST

    This Review is Coherent And Well-Written

    by kevinwillis.net

    Who are you and what have you done with Harry Knowles?

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Burn After Reading was pure SHIT

    by harrys_site_sucks

    But everything else by the Coens is gold ,silver or bronze.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Harry, this is one of your best reviews ever

    by YackBacker

    Just a great collection of thoughts- thank you for this effort.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:30 p.m. CST

    Burn After Reading works as a character study

    by Nerd Rage

    That's what makes the movie work for me anyways. Also who didn't love a dildo bike as the secret project.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:01 p.m. CST

    This was somewhat readable

    by lock67ca

    Don't tell me Harry has actually learned how to write beyond a third grade level?

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:04 p.m. CST

    Don't want to read the review

    by Jaka

    But my ass will for sure be in a seat in the theater. I'd forgotten this was coming out, saw a commercial for it the other day and freaked out. It looks great.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:05 p.m. CST

    HARRYWHEREISYOURINCEPTIONREVIEW

    by pushthebuttonmax

    Even when Harry writes a good review people still shit on him.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:19 p.m. CST

    SleptWithKathyBates...

    by Subtitles_Off

    Nobody likes to throw Harry's pimping up in his face more than I do, but you keep calling INCEPTION a "masterpiece." So, um, clearly, you sometimes have your head looking around for table scraps inside your own colon.<P>Pot, kettle just called you the n-word.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Hating just to hate

    by rollermonkey

    Pathetic that so many of you who hate Harry and his reviews still read them just to spout your worthless, hateful gibberish. There's plenty of other movie sites that may possibly have reviews as intelligent as you all obviously are, or here's an idea, start your own! Even an "idiot" like Harry was able to, how hard can it be?

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Jesus!

    by Hercules

    How many great movies do these guys get to make?? <p> Blood Simple came out 26 years ago. We've since gotten Raising Arizona, Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, Hudsucker, Fargo, Lebowski, O Brother, Man Who Wasn't There, Intolerable Cruelty, Ladykillers, No Country, Burn After Reading and A Serious Man, which was for me the funniest movie of last year. <p>What other artists have demonstrated this kind of staying power?

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:44 p.m. CST

    "slapped with an awesome kid"

    by DrPepperPHD

    A kid as in a young goat or an actual human child? Either way I don't recall this being in either the book or the original film. <p> Once again my chin is on the floor after hearing Carter Burwell has never even been nominated for an Oscar. Anyway, I watched A Serious Man again a couple days ago. Am I the only person on earth who has seen that one? The Coens are on quite a roll right now with the exception of Burn After Reading which I would still say was enjoyable.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:45 p.m. CST

    Yes? What? Yes? Yes? What?....Jesus! Yes?

    by BigTwinkie

    Isn't there a History of the World Part II being made right now?

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:47 p.m. CST

    And they don't repeat themselves either, Herc

    by Jaka

    All those great movies and back to back they've never fallen into a "this is a Coen brothers movie" rut. You never know exactly what to expect when you take your seat and the lights go down. I don't even love all their movies (in fact I really dislike a couple of them), but I have NOTHING bad to say about their talent and creativity.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:48 p.m. CST

    by BigTwinkie

    I've seen all those except A Serious Man. Can't say what my favorite is.... probably Lebowski. Barton Fink and Intolerable Cruelty don't get enough attention. And yeah......Miller's Crossing was awesome.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:51 p.m. CST

    The Bar Mitzvah Scene

    by DrPepperPHD

    in A Serious Man. That alone may have made it the best film of 2009! I nearly crapped myself.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:59 p.m. CST

    It's gonna suck watching this lose to overrated Social Network

    by IndustryKiller!

    I mean I liked that film, it was very good (and that's EXACTLY the adjective that applies) but there are many films this year that inarguably bury it and it's utter lack of emotional core. But FIncher has some stock built up and Sorkin is without question taking home the best screenplay Oscar (again, very good but undeserved), and the Academy is a joke who always picks the wrong film or doesnt nominate the right one.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, midnight CST

    And Herc we disagree often, but man you said it.

    by IndustryKiller!

    Whoa re these guys and who did they sell their souls too?

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 12:22 a.m. CST

    Miller's Crossing is a second tier Coen Bros film.

    by JuanSanchez

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 12:44 a.m. CST

    cannot fucking wait

    by r_kelly

    yessssss

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 12:49 a.m. CST

    Disney Reviews?

    by BartholomewNeff

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 1:03 a.m. CST

    This, I wish to see, though...

    by crankyoldguy

    I was not overwhelmed by No Country for Old Men and found it too bleak and hopeless. It left me feeling very empty and don't feel the need to ever see it again. Sorry.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 1:11 a.m. CST

    LameBrain

    by I am the Terminator

    Shut up, you stoopid fucking crackpot. Nothing you say ever makes any sense.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 1:19 a.m. CST

    LOVE the Coens!

    by chewyou812

    Love Millers Crossing and can't wait to see this, but LEBOWSKI will reign supreme now and forever in Coens' universe!

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:06 a.m. CST

    Just one sweetheart

    by Jaka

    For always and forever. But thanks for the attention again. Hugs and kisses.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:08 a.m. CST

    Oh, and who are you exactly?

    by Jaka

    One of the geniuses from the Lost talkbacks? Clearly you're somebody who got banned and has come back with yet another name. I certainly have no idea who BrainDrain is.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:09 a.m. CST

    Lame

    by Jaka

    You're so tough and secure in you manhood that you have to call me homo after that harmless comment? I mean, I didn't even give you any tongue. Not even close to the reach around. Sad.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:10 a.m. CST

    Lame Part Deux

    by Jaka

    Don't I have school today? Umm, no. I'm a grown man. Something you'll never understand.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:12 a.m. CST

    Ooooh, I betcha you're that jay guy

    by Jaka

    Sad. How much time do you spend on AICN ATTEMPTING to insult people without provocation? Think of what you could do with your life if you put all this energy towards something constructive. You might even get out of the trailer park someday.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:21 a.m. CST

    I didn't address you until after you...

    by Jaka

    ...insulted me. And the fact that you're so delusional as to think otherwise is a sure sign that you need to log off and do something else, dude. I am only Jaka. I have only ever been Jaka. I do not have and have never had any other user names at AICN. I couldn't care less whether you believe that or not. However, since you seem to have some sort of personal grudge against me that I don't understand (since I've never seen your current user name until a couple days ago), consider this; why would I need to use a different user name to post here when I can post as Jaka? Unlike you I've never been banned. Unlike you, apparently, I don't have a need to hide behind multiple user names. If I have something to say to you it will only be as Jaka, because that's my only AICN log in. Honestly, I'm not sure that you don't have a bunch of user names that you use to log in and insult yourself with as an excuse to talk shit to other people. lol I like that idea.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:31 a.m. CST

    Harry is The expendable

    by Gluecifer

    He didn't have the balls to admit that The expendables is a big artistic fiasco (one of the biggest of the year, by the way). So I couldn't care less about what he thinks is the best 2010 movie. By the way, the best movies of the year are The social network, Kinatay, Reign of assassins I love you Philip Morris, My son my son what have you done, Poetry, Dream home, Still walking,...

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:47 a.m. CST

    Oh Coen Brothers...

    by Mechasheeva

    How are you so amazing? After my yearly tradition of 'Hudsucker Proxy' on Christmas I will be watching this...

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 3:31 a.m. CST

    Herc

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Did you just say Intolerable Cruelty and The Ladykillers were great films? Surely some mistake? Those are the only two bad films the Coens ever made. The rest are classics.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 3:44 a.m. CST

    Coherent review? Really??? Explain this to me then...

    by onezeroone

    "From the brilliant opening shot you’ll want to just hand Roger Deakins the Oscar that he was denied for SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, FARGO, KUNDUN, O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU?, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD and THE READER… And give one of the finest, yet unrecognized by the blind members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, cinematographers in the history of film. "<p> Anyone willing to step up to challenge?

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 3:47 a.m. CST

    Reading Harry is like talking to a guy with a real thick accent

    by JuanSanchez

    You're not always sure what he's saying, but you know what he means. Most of the time you don't care, but that's a separate topic.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 4:10 a.m. CST

    It's been a while since I've take Harry seriously...

    by GuiltyFeat

    But his acknowledgment that Miller's Crossing is the best of the Coens' movies makes my heart sing. It remains one of the most satisfying cinema experiences of my 40 odd years. This review has made me as excited to see a film as any other I have ever read. Thanks Harry.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 4:53 a.m. CST

    Herc you think Ladykillers is a great film?

    by Righteous Brother

    and Intolerable Cruelty? I disagree, although I do love the Coens.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 4:58 a.m. CST

    MILLER'S CROSSING is majestic

    by palimpsest

    Plus it's got Carter Burwell's best score, which is saying something. Anyone disagrees, and I'll send Eddie Dane around.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 5:04 a.m. CST

    BUT HARRY - DID YOU REALLY LIKE THE FILM???

    by JonChambers

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 5:25 a.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim will still be Harry's #1 movie

    by Ditch Brodie

    Remember his review of Where The Wild Things Are? "WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE is the very best film I’ve seen this year. Not by a hair, not by a nose, but by a mile." Then his #1 movie of the year turned out to be District 9, which had come out BEFORE WTWTA. Mark my words: Once Harry comes off his True Grit high, looks back and reassesses 2010, Scott Pilgrim will be Harry's #1 movie of 2010.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 6:01 a.m. CST

    rly?

    by mr

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 6:06 a.m. CST

    Pictures are HUNG, People are Hanged...

    by Tandemar

    Dear lord, the grammar on this site from the "reviewers" is appalling. And what the hell did "characters with great lines in their face and coming out of their mouths." mean?

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 7:51 a.m. CST

    how many truly great films? 4

    by zapano

    Blood Simple, Barton Fink, The Big Liebowski and No Country For Old Men

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 7:53 a.m. CST

    I'm excited for this.

    by phifty2

    Mr. Rat, I have a writ here that says you are to stop eating Chen Lee's cornmeal forthwith. Now, It's a rat writ, writ for a rat, and this is lawful service of same!

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Grammar

    by adolfwolfli

    Tandamar, I wasn't going to say anything, because I didn't want to be mean, but I'll second your complaint about the grammar on AICN. I just can't believe what I'm reading sometimes, it's so bad. "with the awesome of that shot". " There’s scenes that unfold " Etc. I think AICN needs 1) A new web design, as it's one of the ugliest sites on the internet, and 2) to hire an editor that checks spelling and grammar before reviews are posted. There I said it.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Looks Great. But No Country kind of sucked.

    by BilboRing

    I did not see why is was so praised at all. It was decent. But True Grit looks awesome. I will see that in a second.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:10 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:10 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:10 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:10 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:10 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:10 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:12 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:12 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:12 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:12 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:12 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:12 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:12 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:12 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:13 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:13 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:13 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:13 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:13 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:13 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:13 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:13 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:13 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:18 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:18 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Why True Grit Won\'t Work

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    You really have to be a fan of the book. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! <P> The costumes looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. <P> Here\'s how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K\'s Pod People was easier to follow! <P> Maybe a few good things about this: Jeff Bridges looks enough like Rooster Cogburn should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock he has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Tom Chaney description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, \"I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !\" That is from the mythos of the book. <P> After the opening credits, we should see the process of Cogburn becoming the hero who goes on to fight Tom Chaney, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:18 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:18 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:18 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:18 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:19 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:19 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:19 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:19 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:19 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:19 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:19 a.m. CST

    TRON

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Jeff Bridges\' destiny lay in movies that were more about action than comedy, for much of the next decade. <P> I am so hopeful when True Grit comes out that it heralds the return of both Bridges and Damon as genuinely dramatic guys. But it will probably be a false dawn for both.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Sounds good. Especially when shit like Inception

    by JackPumpkinhead

    ...is being touted as "the best" of 2010, or, shall I say, the "baaaest".

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:21 a.m. CST

    A Serious Man is their best movie...

    by DanielKurland

    You guys know that, right?

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:34 a.m. CST

    can I suggest, harry, a new rule for talkback..

    by emeraldboy

    a three strikes and your out policy for people who bombard the talkback with multiple posts.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Cue the hyperbole

    by Abominable Snowcone

    (rolls eyes)

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Knobules

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    Yeah yer mom

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 9:57 a.m. CST

    When bringing up years best, people forget,

    by skimn

    Harry included, about Winter's Bone. Talk about true grit. Jennifer Lawrence and sp. John Hawkes give award worthy performances. Yea, I know its a little seen, indie film, blah blah blah. But this film is excellent.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Hopefully this isn't fucked up like NCFOM.

    by HoboCode

    God the ending of that movie sucked balls.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 10:13 a.m. CST

    I'm with the guy who enjoyed No Country

    by skimn

    more after a second viewing. And sure, you can complain about the ending, but remember, the movie is Tommy Lee Jones' story. He bookends the movie. He's what the fuckin title is about.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 10:19 a.m. CST

    hobocode

    by Abominable Snowcone

    But it was more or less true to the McCarthy book. It was a good movie. Complaints with the story should be taken up with the author.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 10:28 a.m. CST

    I wonder what chopper thinks of Tron.

    by phifty2

    I guess we'll never know.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Abominable

    by HoboCode

    No I blame the Coens. It's a movie not a book. Nobody wants to see the protagonist of the entire film that we are invested in suddenly killed off screen and then have a new protagonist show up 20 minutes before the end and cry about it. Maybe that works in literary form but not on film. Tommy Lee Jones was barely in the movie before that point.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Anyone who isn't readu for fucked up endings....

    by Dr. Samuel Loomis

    Should just overall stay away from The Cohen Brothers movies. They almost ALL have a very surprising, utter turn of the tides endings.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Nice to see that Bridges isn't sitting on his duff

    by darthderp

    Guy finally wins an Oscar and instead of taking it easy and basking in that success, he comes out with not one, but TWO movies in the same year.<p>There's a man who loves what he does; how can you not respect that?

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 11:08 a.m. CST

    SKIMN - SOMEONE HERE RECOMMENDED WINTER'S BONE

    by BringingSexyBack

    And I checked it out. Totally agree - the acting was so convincing you forget you're watching a movie.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST

    NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN IS OKAY

    by BringingSexyBack

    Pull my finger!

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST

    I HADN'T SEEN JOHN HAWKES IN ANYTHING BUT PERFECT STORM

    by BringingSexyBack

    But holy shit, that guy can act!

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 11:24 a.m. CST

    BSB..you no see Deadwood?

    by skimn

    He was Olyphant's right hand man.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 11:44 a.m. CST

    NO, NOT A DEADWOOD WATCHER ...

    by BringingSexyBack

    Maybe I'll check that out too. Glad to know this guy's working. Perfect Storm one a' my favorite movies and I thought he was excellent.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 11:47 a.m. CST

    You're kidding right, BSB?

    by HoboCode

    Perfect Storm might just be one of the most laughably horrendous movies ever made.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Barry Pepper should have won an Oscar...

    by HoboCode

    for 25th Hour.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 11:48 a.m. CST

    SAY WHAT, HOBONODE?

    by BringingSexyBack

    I'm serious! I love that friggin movie. What's so bad about it?

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 11:53 a.m. CST

    THE FLEMISH CAP ... LOTS OF FISH, LOTS OF WEATHER

    by BringingSexyBack

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 12:48 p.m. CST

    BSB

    by HoboCode

    Other than the atrocious acting and writing?

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Harry says NASA has found new life form

    by RedLeaderStandingBy

    But turns out to be just a bactery.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Raising Arizona: One of the best comedies ever made

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Really, every Coen Bros. "best of" list has to include that one. I'll argue that it's also Nick Cage's best performance to date.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Holly Hunter - Raising Arizona, followed by

    by skimn

    Broadcast News. Nice one-two punch young lady.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 1:30 p.m. CST

    I think this will be great but I, like others, will not trust Ha

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    If he hasn't been bought out, he's giving bad reviews in order to maintain some illusion of having integrity.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 1:32 p.m. CST

    ...will not trust Harry or his reviews...

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Hobo

    by Abominable Snowcone

    I agree with what you're saying. I didn't WANT Brolin to bite it, either, but his character dies in the book so I'd actually have been upset if he lived in the movie

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Maybe the Coens should do BLOOD MERIDIAN then

    by AsimovLives

    More and more i believe they are the right guys to bring that book to the screen.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 1:55 p.m. CST

    BrainDrain

    by AsimovLives

    Good to see your love for Jeff Bridges. It's good to know we share some opinions. It had to happen sometime.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 1:59 p.m. CST

    It's not that Brolin died per se

    by HoboCode

    It's that he suddenly dies OFF SCREEN as if the character didn't matter at all to the film in any significant way.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Miller's Crossing, the movie that kills Sam Raimi

    by AsimovLives

    Sam Rami plays a sadistic gangster that gets killed in that movie. Always fun to see his scene, specially if you know it's Raimi.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:24 p.m. CST

    HoboCode

    by AsimovLives

    His suddent, off screen death is actualyl quite impactful because it happens that way. It's unexpectadeness brings weight and a great deal of suprise to the thing.<br><br>But here's the most importrant thing you should consider: Josh Brolin's character is not the maincharacter of the movie. that's Sherriff Tom bell played by Tommy Lee Jones. Everything that happens about Brolin is the movie's subplot. The movie main plot is Bell's story. NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN is unusual in that it's one of those rare mvies where the subplot takes more screentime then the main plot. This is why many people, who don't realise this, get befuddled by the movie. Listen, the movie (and the book) is called No Country for OLD MEN. It's not for nothing that's the title. The whole story about Brolin and Barden is to make a point about Bell's life and his idea that inthe old days things were better, more civilized and more peaceful, and the violenc eof today is soemthing new and horrible and enver seen before. until his whelled-chair bound uncle puts him right about his misguivings. The world had always been like that, and senseless brutal crimes have always happened, even in the good old days.<br><br>And the movie is bloody brillant. Put the awe on me.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:25 p.m. CST

    I'll defend NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN to kingdom come

    by AsimovLives

    and then some.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:27 p.m. CST

    RedLeaderStandingBy

    by AsimovLives

    That has to be one of the most subtle joke i ever seen. It's also damn funny.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Dr. Samuel Loomis

    by AsimovLives

    And then there's the ending of AS SERIOUS MAN, which must have had put half the western hemisphere scratching their heads in complete bewilderment. I loved it.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:29 p.m. CST

    A Serious Man, i ment to say

    by AsimovLives

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST

    What pisses me off is that i'll only see TRUE GRIT...

    by AsimovLives

    ... in January 27thr, the day it's released in here. Becasue the pussies who run the distribution in here, if it's not a blockbuster then they release the movie months away. Fucking cunts!

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:34 p.m. CST

    AsimovLives

    by HoboCode

    Listen, I'm not an idiot. I understand what the story and the movie are about. That isn't why I don't like it. I understand what you are saying about TLJ being the actual main character. I get that. But I think the failure of the movie was that Brolin was presented as the main character, not TLJ. The subplot takes up more screen time than the main plot?? That's lunacy to me. Utterly incomprehensible filmmaking. I found it completely unaffecting that Brolin died off-screen. Hell I didn't even know what the fuck was happening for 10 minutes, and that is not my failure. I was paying attention. I was distracted by gimmic filmmaking.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Skimn: Holly Hunter, excellent point!

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Jesus, I totally forgot about that. TWO back-to-back starring roles in two of my all-time favorite comedies. LOVE HER!!!!!111!1!

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST

    But I don't begrudge you all for liking it.

    by HoboCode

    I just didn't. To each his own. NCFOM is still better than A Perfect Storm I'm sure we'll all agree.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:51 p.m. CST

    AsimovLives

    by Dr. Samuel Loomis

    I've actually never seen that. But I do like their dark comedies, and that looked to be up there. If not, kind of an awkward drama, and I love both of those types of movies. I'll check it out.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Ah, but here comes the divider..which deserved

    by skimn

    the Best Picture win: No Country For Ol Men, or should it have gone to There Will Be Blood...?

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:59 p.m. CST

    There Will Be Blood

    by HoboCode

    Now there is a perfect film.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Barry Pepper is indeed the man and if you don't believe me...

    by herow/1000faces

    ...watch The Snow Walker. Awesome, little seen movie.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 3:15 p.m. CST

    HoboCode

    by AsimovLives

    "NCFOM is still better than A Perfect Storm I'm sure we'll all agree"<br><br>No contest there, friend.<br><br>Listen, it was not my intention to make you think i was treating you like an idiot. Beleive you me when i say this. I do know many people miss the point about what's the real plot and the subplot of NCFOM. Which is a conseqwuence of the way the movie is presented. It's by the end that you realise whose story the movie is realyl about. Which is why the off screen death of Brolin is so pivotal. It's what finally hammers the point home about those story is anyway. As i see it. The reason why i love this movier so much is in part becaue of it's unconventionality in the way it tells it's tale. It perked me up. Movies like this makes me feel participant in the story, and not just a mere passive viewer who is going by the motions, if you know what i mean. Maybe what upseted you about this movie is what enthralled me and made me love it. I rewatched the movie againthe otehr day, and evnw wioth this knowledge, the movie still kicked my ass. Even knowing how things will turn out, the movie still enthralls me. Because, in the end of the day, it's just a damn good story told with great skill and panache. You don't need to agrew with me at all, but i hope you understand where i'm coming from with my opinion of NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 3:18 p.m. CST

    skimn

    by AsimovLives

    Let me just say this: Whichever would had won the socar, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN or THERE WILL BE BLOOD, i would still be incredibly happy about the result. In fact, that both movies even got nominated for me was already a victory. My only complain was that THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD had not been nominated as well, which i found criminal.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST

    NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN and THERE WILL BE BLOOD...

    by AsimovLives

    ... both are perfect movies for me.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 3:55 p.m. CST

    @Hercules, Pixar

    by DrFever

    is about the only thing close to Coens when it comes to making nothing but good stuff.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 4:02 p.m. CST

    I DO RECALL BEING STUNNED BY THERE WILL BE BLOOD

    by BringingSexyBack

    The opening sequence is captivating and the whole film is great, no doubt. But funny thing, I have no interest in watching it again.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Damon is an exceptional actor

    by SithMenace

    But he gets no credit from geeks because he's too "pretty" to be taken seriously.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 4:16 p.m. CST

    BringingSexyBack

    by AsimovLives

    I know what you mean It's an emotional exhausting movie, for sure. I did watched THERE WILL BE BLOOD again, but fortunatly i had not the same hang-ups as you did about it, and the movie works great viewed a second time as well. Brillant, brillant movie.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Brain Drain, I swear, do you get paid

    by skimn

    everytime you use the word boring? When you called Alien boring, I figured someone's paying you.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Matt Damon is a remarkable actor

    by AsimovLives

    He is one of the top of his age group. Under-rated for reasons unknow to reason. And now that Ben Afleck has proved to be a remarkable director, it'd about time this two guys join up in anoher movie, Damon staring and Affleck directing. Make it so, Gods of Film, or the hell with You.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 4:20 p.m. CST

    ALIEN boring????

    by AsimovLives

    BrainDrain, did you actually called ALIEN boring? ALIEN, of all movies? You were in jest, weren't you?

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST

    There's other words besides boring i wuld describe ALIEN

    by AsimovLives

    Mesmerising, hypnotic, fascinating, enthralling, gorgeaus, godsmacked, unmissable, great fucking movie.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 4:26 p.m. CST

    True Grit

    by Candy ass monkey suit

    Just dont fancy this film at all..looks deadly dull to me.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 4:26 p.m. CST

    HARRY- I have a question about "that one guy that never has a li

    by SnootyBoots

    Are you talking about Bruce Green as Harold Permalee? I know from the book, a favorite of mine, that Harold only speaks in animal sounds and I did some improvising with Bruce when he lived in Chicago (facebook friends now). Just wondering if that's him you're so keen on.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 4:27 p.m. CST

    ne of dialogue."

    by SnootyBoots

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 4:31 p.m. CST

    True Grit

    by MegaBeth

    The trailer looks great. I am looking forward to seeing it.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 4:39 p.m. CST

    'Jesse James' was my favorite film of 2007

    by Kammich

    That was such a strong year, and "There Will Be Blood" would've been my favorite film of the year in almost any other year. <p> But Andrew Dominik's "...Jesse James" just hit the right notes for me. Trust me, I know a handful of people who call the film "boring." And I don't blame them... its nearly 3 hours long, and NOTHING HAPPENS until the last 20 minutes. And that SOMETHING that happens is spelled out directly in the film's own title: "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford." Which is why the film defies all conventions in being absolutely compelling. <p> Deakins' photography makes every single frame look like it was hand-painted in oil. The use of natural light is the best I've ever seen, except for maybe "Barry Lyndon." And the cast is just PHENOMENAL... how do you make a 3 hour movie where nothing happens into a compelling masterpiece? Only with a cast like that. Brad Pitt is playing against convention: he hates his celebrity status, he's tired, he's very close to dying, and he just wants out of "the game." And Casey Affleck's Robert Ford is an early example of celebrity obsession: Ford isn't content running WITH Jesse James and his gang. He wants to BE Jesse James, and its an incredibly unnerving performance that should've garnered him the Oscar. Throw in an amazing supporting cast with guys like Jeremy Renner, Sam Rockwell, Sam Shepard, Mary Louise Parker, Paul Schneider, and even a cameo from Zooey Deschanel(!)... and you've got magic. <p> "Boring movies for boring people?" Well, if movies like "...Jesse James" and "There Will Be Blood" are boring, then I'm happy to be a boring person as well.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Had to make sure I didn't dream it up

    by skimn

    Alien franchise is NOT a good one by BrainDrain Oct 28th, 2010 02:25:13 PM Even the first movie while good, is boring and slow.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 4:47 p.m. CST

    And got to admit I liked NCFOM

    by skimn

    just a curly hair better than TWBB. But damn, to have those two in the same year..curious to see what David O Russell does with The Fighter, since I think of him alongside that group of directors.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Alien boring

    by SithMenace

    Lol, that's one of the funniest things I've ever read on this site. BrainDrain, you're comedy gold.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 5:34 p.m. CST

    I there any chance that

    by Colonel Activity

    Shaquille O'Neal makes a cameo as KAZAAM! the rapping genie?

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 5:35 p.m. CST

    DrFever

    by Hercules

    Yes, but the Coens have been doing it longer.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Loved "Assassination of Jesse James..." as well.

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    Loved the movie, the score (especially), and the look. It is overlong though and I think they could have cut down on the scenes where person A is riding to Person B's house, but other than that, it's an amazing experience of a film.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 5:43 p.m. CST

    I can't believe I forgot Nick Cave's score!

    by Kammich

    Definitely one of the best, driving elements of the film. Thanks for reminding me, SierraTango. That delicate, often haunting score just paired so well with the images and the narration by Hugh Ross.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Assassination of Jesse James is meditative

    by Jaka

    I can see why it's not something that everybody loves, but it's become one of my all-time favorite films. I love how, if you can get into it, you can totally immerse yourself. I've preached the brilliance of the pacing, sets, lighting and acting in that film many times. Definitely in my top few favorite westerns.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST

    THE MISSING

    by Star Hump

    get busy.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Interesting

    by DefyThis

    Looking forward to this. Have liked the look/tone of it since I first saw the trailer. Helps that the Johnny Cash song fits perfectly. In the meantime, this thread has derailed. Someone complaining about The Expendables being an "artistic fiasco?" What the fuck were you expecting, Saving Private Ryan? It's a man's man of a movie; complete action fest in which the point is to blow shit up, and it did that fine. Being an ensemble piece, it wasn't going to be Rocky Balboa or Rambo, and that's fine. As for Wayne vs. Eastwood, yes, Eastwood's western were much more authentic, his characters the silent, deadly type as opposed to full of pomp and bravado, and as a result I greatly prefer them. Lets hope Bridges can blend the two somehow.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Can't wait for this. And If you think the Ladykillers sucked....

    by Bruce Thomas Wayne

    You are fucked in the head. Tom Hanks owns in that movie. "We need waffles forthwith!"

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 7:43 p.m. CST

    I've never complained about Harry before on this website...

    by Sardonic

    But dammit, the guy really needs to read through his shit one more time before hitting the enter button. Virtually every single review of his has AT LEAST one sentence that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, and half the time his grammar is a joke. I'm not a nazi for this kind of shit, and I feel like a twit even now for bringing it up, but seriously. You're the main guy on this website Harry. I like you, and I like your attitude, but man, I don't know. Read more or something. Check out the Elements of Style. Edit your shit for five more minutes. Anything. PLEASE.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 7:51 p.m. CST

    On the topic of film of itself..I'm psyched as hell.

    by Sardonic

    Coens are among my favorite directors (I count them as one unit), along with Scorcese, PTA, Tarantino, Mann, and Chan Wook Park. No Country For Old Men is basically my favorite movie ever, along with The Departed and Old Boy. I never doubted for a second that this would be amazing, especially with a cast like Brolin, Bridges, Damon, and the criminally underrated (and underused) Pepper. Be there opening day.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:26 p.m. CST

    HOLD THE PRESSES AND THE HORSES!!!

    by BringingSexyBack

    Zooey was in Assassination of Jesse?! I must've been sleeping through that part. Gotta check it out again.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:27 p.m. CST

    TRUE GRIT HAS A STRONG CAST

    by BringingSexyBack

    But where's Robert Duvall?

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:28 p.m. CST

    ASIMOV - AFFLECK DIRECTING DAMON

    by BringingSexyBack

    Agree 100%. With the proper materal that would so own.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Crossing is good, but nothing special

    by JuanSanchez

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Maybe the Coens will remake Maltese afar

    by Hesiod2k7

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Maybe the Coens will remake Maltese Falcon next

    by Hesiod2k7

    And cast George Clooney as Sam Spade. Yes. That's snark.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:46 p.m. CST

    No Country For Old Men is Great!

    by DavidBanner

    And I can't wait to see True Grit!!!

  • And it would probably win Oscars. I've actually always wanted to see something like that; a big, huge, high-budget tent-pole franchise flick with a SERIOUS director. Scorcese doing Transformers. PTA doing Halo. Coen Bros. doing Star Trek. The only guy who even comes close to that, in my opinion, is Nolan with stuff like TDK and Inception. But he's still not quite at the level of those I mentioned.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Anybody other than Abrams and crew...

    by Jaka

    ...would be fine. I'd love to see the Coen Bros. do a sci-fi film for sure! Or sword and sorcery fantasy, maybe. Bring their style to something they haven't done yet. Drama or comedy, either could be great.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 10:48 p.m. CST

    BSB

    by Kammich

    Yep, she has a fairly sizable cameo at the end. (SPOILERS) After Ford kills Jesse James and Sam Rockwell kills himself, they show Ford moving on with his life which includes dating a vaudeville-type singer, played with eloquent beauty by one miss Zooey Deschanel. And true to her talents, she sings in the movie as well.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Sardonic

    by Kammich

    I'm giving you an internet fist-bump for not only listing "Oldboy" as one of your favorite movies, but for listing Park as one of your favorite directors. It seems that most people know Park only for his work on Oldboy, which is a shame; his entire catalog is fucking amazing. I think "J.S.A." is arguably his finest film, and thats coming from someone who, when prompted to compile a "best movies of the decade" list for his friend's blog, had "Oldboy" as the #1 best movie of the 2000's. (for what its worth, the rest of the top five was: 2. "Children of Men," 3. "Road to Perdition," 4. "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," and 5. "25th Hour.")

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Wow, this TB got good.

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    Count me in as another Park fan. Dug (and own) JSA as well.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Chan-Wook is a boss.

    by Sardonic

    Glad to see other fans. I haven't seen JSA yet, but it's next on my list for him. I own the whole Vengeance Trilogy (all of which is awesome) and have seen Thirst twice, which is also great. Oldboy is still the fave, but Mr. Vengeance is up there too.

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 3:29 a.m. CST

    I wanna know one thing Harry.

    by Orionsangels

    Do the cowboys in True Grit have bad teeth? Authenticity to the time period is very important to me. No Joke.

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 5:57 a.m. CST

    KAMMICH - THANKS

    by BringingSexyBack

    I recall Ford having some fight in a saloon at the end but not much else. Great movie, superbly acted but I was in deep REM for a lot of it ...

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 7:33 a.m. CST

    BrainDrain

    by AsimovLives

    Harry Dean Stanton doesn't know how to fix spaceships. The character he played in ALIEN did. And why is it stupuid that everybody save Ripley and the cat dies? That just serves to sell the point of how fucking dangerous the alien creature is. Which makes the final game sequence so much more tense, and Ripley's final victory so much more exilarating and phenomenal. Also, Ripley wins because she uses smarts, instead of brute force and heavy weaponry. That is cool.

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Herc - Coens/Pixar

    by sambrook

    Pixar released their eleventh film this year. The Coens' 11th was The Ladykillers. Pixar's was Toy Story 3.<p><p>I absolutely love them both but going by a fair comparison Pixar at least mact the Coens. At this point they'd had two films a lot of people count as their nadir (Intolerable Cruelty and Ladykillers, though I find a lot to enjoy about both) though they've more than come back since then with NCFOM and A Serious Man. Pixar's "worst" seems to be Cars, even then you'll find a lot of defenders for it and a lot of people who dismiss it as sub-par Pixar (much like Coen fans with The Hudsucker Proxy). They've even had their underrated/meh one (depending on who you ask) with A Bug's Life, much like the Coens with The Man Who Wasn't There.<p><p>I'm not saying on'es better than the other, I'm just saying, like for like, Pixar and the Coen brothers both have equally remarkable staying power and incredible track records.

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Jaka

    by AsimovLives

    Keep on preaching the qualities of THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSES JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD. Because it's rightful and truthful.

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 7:49 a.m. CST

    BringingSexyBack

    by AsimovLives

    Freind, aloow me to save you some trouble. Zoey's scenes are at the very end of the movie. She plays a singer that befriends (so to speak) robert ford when he is a sallon owner at a prospect town. she has not many scenes, and basically only one scene with dialogue. But she has a singing scene, which is her introduction scene. If you saw the movie, then you mght remember there's a scene right before the ending when ford pours his heart to a young lady, and it's when he said that he was expecting applause when he killed Jesse James, and how so differently things turned out for him. Check it out.

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 7:57 a.m. CST

    BrainDrain

    by AsimovLives

    If the Coens directed a Star Trek movie that would be film heaven. And if you think the coens can't deliver action and suspense and adventure, then you know nothing. Beside,s many people have already called upon your misinterpretation of NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN as morose. It's not. You are missing out on greatness with that attitude.

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Anywhere near as good as ASSASSINATION

    by DannyOcean01

    And I'm in. Meditative it most certainly is, and as good as Affleck is in the film, I prefer Pitt's performance. Captures the mythology and the ancient race aspect of Once Upon A Time In The West. As if cowboys and the Old West was a separate timeline from the rest of history. The theme from the actual assassination is one of the most haunting pieces of music in film imo. Thinking about it now makes me desperate to see True Grit.

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 7:58 a.m. CST

    No Trek For Idiots: A Coen Brothers Film

    by AsimovLives

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Eastwood's westerns more authentic than Wayne's?...

    by eustisclay

    ...I don't know about that. I wouldn't say either one made "authentic" westerns. At least af far as the old west really was. Actually, some of Wayne's may have been a little more authentic or realistic than Eastwood's. Say what you will about Wayne, but he had a little less ego when it came to his characters. Eastwood's characters are always not just a faster draw, but supernaturally faster. You look at Liberty Valance and Wayne takes out Liberty hiddeen away with a rifle from across the street. And in El Dorado, there's a question of whether Wayne or Chris George's character is faster. Wayne is injured though and doesn't take any chances with him, he uses a distraction to take him out with a shotgun. Even in the Cowboys, Wayne fights Bruce Dern and while he does win the fight, it's a little realistic in that Dern seems to be getting the Best of Wayne for most of the fight. Dern is younger and faster and bloodies Waynes up a bit. But Wayne is bigger and catches a hold of Dern slamming him face3 first a few times into a tree. That'll stop a fight. I love both Eastwood's and Wayne's westerns but like I said, Eastwood never would let his characters not be the baddest men in the room. Even in Unforgiven, the worst you could say about his character was that he wasn't a good pig farmer and kept falling off his horse. And as far as the real lives of these men, well, Eastwood was in the service but spent the korean war as a swimming pool instructor at Fort Ord. Also, Eastwood's been rumored to slap a woman around as well. And for most of his life has been a republican(though since he became a critic's darling and more mainstream hollywood, he claims to be independent). I love them both though and the shame is that if Wayne had been a few years younger, perhaps he and Eastwood would have done a film together. But by the time Clint started getting some clout, Wayne was fading out of films. I also would've loved to have seen the film that Larry McMurtry wrote for Wayne, and I believe Stewart and Fonda, which became Lonesome Dove.

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Asimov

    by SK229

    I honestly wasn't that in love with NCFOM when I saw it, but your whole assessment made me want to watch it again right this instant. I don't know, I'm all about subtext and the kind of underlying themes you mentioned being subtly woven into the fabric of a film (or not so subtly even) but sometimes you just are not in the mood to 'get it' if that makes any sense. Then you come back to a film for whatever reason ready to 'get it' and you fall in love. I'm hoping that happens when I go back and watch NCFOM again... cause I do love the idea that this is a new kind of violence, or so TLJ thinks, and he has to be set straight... there's also a lot of ambiguity there. IS this a new level of individual violence? Does each generation have to be retaught about the violence of previous generations and that it's all just a cycle of horrible things that humans do to each other, as they start out having forgotten this is so are just plain unaware? Anyway, I knew that was there before, but for whatever reason, I wasn't ready to embrace it, so I can't wait to watch it again... thanks, sir!<p>That year, all of my money was on two movies - Assassination and TWBB. I think that Assassination not being nominated at least for best picture is perhaps the worst oversight by the Academy EVER... yes EVER! I LOOOOOOVE that movie. But the movie that blew a hole through the back of my head because I didn't know that level of filmmaking was still possible (I kind of felt the same about Aronofsky's The Wrestler and a personal, 70's style of film) was There Will Be Blood. To me, that's representative of a filmmaker who has completely removed ego from the equation (it's still there, it is for all filmmakers, but you gotta humble yourself at the alter of story and cinema, like all the greats do) and skyrocketed past his peers. I THOUGHT Fincher did that with Zodiac, but it seems like he regressed back to his, "I'm an all-knowing God" attitude. I'm hoping to see David O. Russell vault up there with The Fighter. Because I have always thought that generation, and I include Spike Jonze and Alexander Payne among them, had/have a problem with their own egos and it keeps them from making truly deep work at times. Whatever you think of Scorsese, he's always been humbled by the process itself and almost never comes off as egotistical in interviews... even Kubrick didn't come off as egotistical, just impatient with bullshit and knowledgeable about... well, every fucking thing! However, I can say that every single director of this previous generation has had, for me, many off-putting moments in interviews where some bit of immaturity or chest pounding comes across, ESPECIALLY Fincher. Not to say I don't love many of their films, I still think Three Kings and Election are near masterpieces, but I do think it keeps them from reaching a certain level with their work at times. I'm happy to say I don't see the same thing from the generation coming up now, people like Neill Blomkamp, Duncan Jones, and I honestly don't get that much from Nolan, only occasionally when he goes on and on about realism and a certain BAT man. Aronofsky seems to have also gotten beyond that, 'obnoxious know-it-all' phase too, judging from recent interviews (including the one on this site right now). Is it just me, or why the hell does it seem like so many directors who came up in the 90's have that air of pretentiousness, even when they're extremely talented?

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 12:10 p.m. CST

    eustisclay

    by AsimovLives

    Wayne was all ego about his characters he played in his westerns. He played always the same character, which were taylor made to match his own public persona. And Wayne's westerns, and Hollywood westerns in general, were much less realistic and historical accurate then the spargetti westerns. It's small wonder that most westerns made recently all look as if they are visual references to italian westerns, when today they make much more ralistic looking westerns in accordance to period. The Hooywood westerrns of the Wayne variety were not accurate depcitions of the west as it was, but dream fantasy images of the western people imaged to like it to have been like. It's dream westerns. So, Eastwood's westerns win by a large margin. It's though shit that many people today see the feet of clay in Wayne's westerns and himself as an "actor".

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 12:31 p.m. CST

    SK229

    by AsimovLives

    Interesting post you did, anmd you raised some very interesting subjects worth discussion.<br><br>Well, from my ownpersonal history, when i first saw 2001: A SPACE ODDYSSEY i didn't loved it. I recognized the technical wizardry and the visual talent that went into it, but the movie wa snot love at first sight. The second time i saw it, i fell deeply in love with it, from which i never recourvered. I still love that movie as my own blood. so, who know what migth happen to you about NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN.<br><br>There is a scene near the end of the movie, when Sherriff Bell goes visit his uncle, who was also a lawman, now retired most certainly because of invalidity since he's now whellchair bound. The movie doesn't say, but it's implied he was injured in the line of duty. The uncle tells a story abvout how at the time of Sherirff Bell's greatdad time, one day some indians came to the door of an a guy and sjsut shoot him dead on his own porch. The reason why? Nobody never figured it out, it was jsut a random event with no real cause. It was a case of random violence. As similiar as the case that Bell is dealing with, specially regardin the death trail left by Chigurth. The uncle himself tells sherriff Bell that what he's seing today, and his feelings of impotence and hhopelessness and that he's in the middle of a senseless brutal chaotic world is not hing, it's soemthing every lawman from every generation have felt before. to think that his situationa nd this times are unique is vanity. that's the very words that the uncle says, vanity.<br><br>There's a well know tencendy for all of us to imagine a better past then the rpesent and to call bakc onthe good old days. while today is the end of times. That's the vanity that Sherriff Bell's uncle is talkign about. That is, in essence, the great topic of the movie. also that lif is full of strange shit happening for no good reason. And those who try to bring some order to the universe are people of vanity and in the end, even the universe seems to bite them in the ass. sherriff Bell learns his lesson, he retires form his job, wisely understanding he can't make th world better just from his own efforts alone, he give up that vanity, and he survives. Adn then his dream was his realization that he carried his father's fire, his torch, that he survived and he can carry on.<br><br>You talk about the arrogance of this new filmmakers like PT Anderson, Fincher and many other talented boys. Well, in part you are very right, they do come across arrogant. But the way i see it, their arrogance is a job hjazzard, evne a necesitity. If you are working in an indistry that operates on formula like in hollywood (and not just Hollywood, this happens everywhere in the eworld),. the filmmakes with vision HAVE TO BE arrogants. This arrigance is what sparks them. This arroganc eis what drives them to fight the slings and arrows of outragiosu fortune that the studios throw at them to domesticate them to the factory line movie making process. You migt end up an asshole, in the end, of course. But Ridley Scott said something interesting about that. He said "it's better that they hate you while you are making the movie but have your efforts vindicate you. Then people will udnerstand what you wanted to do, and they will respect you." Basically, if you are a director with a vission, you have to steel yourself to have to play the asshole if need be. If the movie turns out great and you are indicated, then the love will come. It's alomsot like those old romantic comedies when the cuple when they first met they hated each other and by the end can't get enough of each other.<br><br>As for everything you said about THERE WILL BE BLOOD, i agree with you 100%. Movies like TWBB is the type of movies that remind me why i feel inlove with movies in the first place. I can't give a higher praise then that.<br><br>I also agree about THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD i also agree tremendously. That movie should had been nominated to best picture and best director. The movie is sublime.

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 12:36 p.m. CST

    SK229

    by AsimovLives

    By the way, mt ridley scott quote is not an exact quote, but more of a paraquote. To see what he said exactly, you can see it in the making off documentary of the movie ALIEN in the Quatrology DVD, which i think is repeated in the Anthology blu-ray.

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 6:45 p.m. CST

    One of my favorite things about "Alien"

    by Kammich

    It had been some years since I saw the movie in one sitting, but I revisited it late one night around Halloween time. I instantly remembered all the reasons why I loved that movie growing up, but something that stuck out to me in the recent reviewing was how Scott plays with the audience. With the way Scott lets the film unplay, you'd NEVER guess that Ripley would be the last one standing. It seems like every action movie or "survival horror" these days completely and utterly TELEGRAPHS who the surviving lead will be. "Alien" doesn't, and it makes Ripley's final show down and ultimate survival so, so much more taut and satisfying.

  • Dec. 4, 2010, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Okay, but Harry said...

    by Bruhn

    ... that "Indy 4" is a very good movie. *LOL* By the way: "Crusade" is still the end of the Indy-Franchise...

  • Dec. 4, 2010, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Wow, I didn't know the Cohens were remaking True Grit!!

    by laguna_loire

    A classic movie, if it was anybody else doing it I'd be put-off - but I actually want to see this one!! I can forgive them for the Ladykillers, which was horrific and truly a p*ss on the original movie. I hope True Grit arrives in the UK soon, damn I want to see this!!

  • Dec. 4, 2010, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Bridges seems rather cartoonish in that role

    by chien_sale

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Re: serious director/genre flick

    by skimn

    The best example I can come up with would be Kubrick and The Shining. The man behind Stranglove/2001/Clockwork Orange etc etc etc directing a Stephen King novel?

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 8:12 p.m. CST

    PG-13

    by Osiris3657

    Can't believe the Coens of all people would neuter the action in a film they made

  • Dec. 8, 2010, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Crazy Heart....

    by ZodNotGod

    Is an awful, pointless film that felt like leftovers from the vastly superior Tender Mercies...

  • So much easier to read...

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 6:08 a.m. CST

    My Eyes!

    by thebrendan

    This sans serif is killing me. Why would I ever want to read this? The lack of paragraphs is mind blowing. This might as well have been written in all caps. I couldn't get past the first sentence. Something must be done.

  • Dec. 10, 2010, 2:21 p.m. CST

    I can't read this...

    by Lacloake

    I keep reading the same line over and over; how about the odd paragraph!?!

  • Dec. 12, 2010, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Harry, how about some fucking paragraphs?

    by perspicacious

    Jesus, you're just embarrassing yourself.

  • Dec. 12, 2010, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Harry, how about some fucking paragraphs?

    by perspicacious

    Jesus, you're just embarrassing yourself.

  • Dec. 12, 2010, 10:40 p.m. CST

    John Wayne was a bufoo

    by Curudin

  • Dec. 12, 2010, 10:42 p.m. CST

    John Wayne was good, but a buffoon.

    by Curudin

    Anyone who gets that understands his curious style, simple as that.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 6:57 a.m. CST

    by jv

    I read the headline, and said (to myself of course) "If it isn't Millers Crossing, this review is bs". It was! Nice!

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Enough with the John Wayne bashing

    by Jack Desmondi

    I will be the first to admit that Wayne pretty much played himself in a lot of his 60's and 70's westerns, but not in True Grit. He was wonderful in that role, and portrayed a man of great humor, toughness and vulnerability. And his growing affection for Mattie as the film moved on was palpable and touching. His performance here and in his final film, The Shootist, were among the finest of his career. Oh, and forgive me for not using a flood of profanities in my comments--unlike most of the simpleton fan-boy meatheads that usually post here.

  • Dec. 14, 2010, 3:22 p.m. CST

    You don't feel it needed a middle or an end?

    by venvariants

    This movie is fine, but it really needed for something to actually HAPPEN. There's nothing in the middle, and then the end is super rushed and then you're like..."Wow. Only three things happened in this movie. She got Cogburn, they rode for a while all drunk and sat at a campfire, ambushed a cabin, rode around and then bam - Brolin shows up for five minutes and then it is over." Fine, fine - quirky...but really needed about 20 extra minutes.

  • Dec. 16, 2010, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Harry's comments make no sense

    by Marco

    Maybe when I see the movie I'll understand Harry's points, but right now they just seem stupid. The original "True Grit" is the book exactly. Most of the dialog is word for word. Every important scene happens exactly as it did in the book. Everyone in the cast looks and acts exactly as they were portrayed in the book. The only movie adaption that's closer to the source material that I can think of is "The Maltese Falcon." Still psyched to see the remake though.

  • Dec. 22, 2010, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Assassination of Jesse James

    by MattmanReturns

    Why has no one seen this movie? It's like a warm blanket... you just wrap yourself in it from beginning to end. I really loved it.

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 10:32 p.m. CST

    saw tonight

    by Stormshadow4life

    sorry....just don't get it. I liked the movie, but it was NOTHING to write home about. oh well, you're the same gut who didn't like Inception....or Toy Story 3 (because he gave his toys away!).

  • Dec. 24, 2010, 6:22 a.m. CST

    True Zzzz

    by joee60

    What movie did everybody else see?

  • Dec. 25, 2010, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Snoozers

    by ennio

    Nothing about the movie felt like a Coen Bros' film, but even more than that disappointment, it was flat-out boring. Slow pacing with not enough tension to counter-balance the comedy. A vanilla western and not much more. I'm confused as to why they did this film. Not awful, but pretty dull. 2nd best of their career, Harry?? Shirley, you can't be serious.

  • Dec. 26, 2010, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Get your head out of your ass.

    by Dkev00

    This was a decent movie. But by no means is it the best of the year.

  • Dec. 26, 2010, 2:34 p.m. CST

    RIDE ON, BLACKIE!

    by Gozu

    As much as I thought "Tron: Legacy" was superficial and underdeveloped, it did not anger me to the extent that "True Grit" did. This is not a great film. It's just not. It has a slow start at the expense of the second and third act, which are both woefully condensed. It's cinematography is good, but not great, certainly not the best work Deakins has done, in general or for the Coen Brothers, it's not even a close third or fourth as far as their best film and is completely bereft of the quirkiness, charm, and individuality that mark their best efforts (really, this is their second best movie? Keep in mind they did Fargo, Barton Fink, Raising Arizona, Blood Simple, Big Lebowski...), and honestly, I think shit like naming the horse Blackie and having the little African American boy say "I like that name!" is pretty damn out of place in this day and age. Oh it's like that in the book? Fuck the book. Fuck respectable movies like this, where we're all supposed to be amazed by what would be considered merely competent two decades prior. If you give me a choice between an obvious Oscar-whore like this movie and "Tron: Legacy," which wears it's flaws on it's sleeve like a merit badge, I'll take The Grid.

  • Dec. 26, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Enjoyable film, up until the final two minutes

    by Murraypalooza

    I was really enjoying the movie, the characters, and despite the meandering pace it was just a fun ride for me as a viewer....right up until the fade to black and then the jump in time. From a storytelling standpoint, the epilogue was rushed and useless. We didn't need to see Mattie as an old woman, nor was it effective in making us feel for her because we had spent 2 hours with the wonderful Hailee as the character and fell in love with her...then we're thrust into the future that we're supposed to care about, but it just failed on ever level. We see her go looking for Rooster, only to ultimately fail. His death meant nothing because we know he lived for 25 more years, her life meant nothing because we know she lived only without an arm. I just didn't see the point, and each time I think back it really just becomes a huge detriment to what would be a very amazing movie. It doesn't ruin the film by any stretch, but the ending was just incredibly forced and felt lazy. Even the last line really has nothing to do with the entire film that preceded it. Showing old Mattie solved nothing, gave nothing, and only became a very weighty emotional anchor that dragged the film down from subtle greatness.

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 6:36 p.m. CST

    hmm

    by Wyndam Earle

    you may have a point. I was hyped to see this after Harry's review, but was let down after I came out of the theater. My friend and I were pissed, cuz we both read lots of reviews which stated that the movie was the best of the year. I read reviews so that I don't get ripped off when I got to a movie, but this is one of the first times that I have felt ripped off by a review...

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 6:39 p.m. CST

    also

    by Wyndam Earle

    having matties dad being shot before the movie, I didn't care about her getting revenge. we never got to know her dad, or their relationship, so why would we care about her retribution?

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 8:09 p.m. CST

    you gotta be fucking joking

    by redkamel

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 8:19 p.m. CST

    you gotta be fucking joking...with text

    by redkamel

    1. The movie was shot well, but the ending added nothing to Roosters character. I was hoping we'd see another layer of him, but I guess not. 2. True Grit made time fly, but The Fighter was a more compelling story. Next to Unforgiven and Lonesome Dove, True Grit was pretty boring. 3. A nod for Tom Chaney? He was in the movie for all of 10 minutes. He had maybe 8 lines. The villains were poorly characterized. I HEARD a lot about Tom Chaney, but saw nothing. And Lucky Ned? I didn't see him do a single bad thing. 4. Bear Grit? That was the most random, nothing to add to the movie character ever. I am still considering his significance. And I wouldn't say we exactly "met" him. He just asked 3 questions. 5. The ending was predicatable as hell. I was hoping Rooster would let Ned go, saying he used to "run with him". Or would double cross Ned in a very underhanded way. But, none of that. And why was he after Ned again? Now I am sure if they addressed my complaints, it wouldn't be true to the novel. But this was NOT the best movie of the year. It was worth seeing, but no more than the Fighter (for the acting) or Tron (for the visuals). True Grit had some great lines, and Steinfeld did a good job. So did Bridges. Period. Maybe I am not a Coen's fan, since I saw No Country for Old Men and, while it was pretty bad ass, also gave it a big "what was the point of that exercise?"

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 9:46 p.m. CST

    redkamel

    by Luscious.868

    I agree 100% with your assessment. It was a good movie and I'm glad I saw it, but it was nowhere near the best movie of the year due to the very things you point out in your post.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Brilliance

    by Sunhawk7

    No one is going to like the same movies, books or any other form of entertainment, but I think Harry nailed it with his review. There is a beauty in this film that takes it to greatness. A sum of it's parts where everything works to perfection. The Coen's have consistently turned out good films since I saw Raising Arizona in the theater, but they went beyond that with this retelling of the Portis novel. It may not click with some as evidenced by the negative viewpoints here, but that is also a macrocosm of a non typical audience, which was not in evidence in the crowded theater I attended.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 3:28 p.m. CST

    True Grit

    by homer40

    True Grit was not what I thought it would be. I love the original, and expected a dark "Unforgiven" type of film, an ironic and violent deconstruction of the western. Instead, what I saw was a film that I would not have attributed to the Cohen brothers unless I had read that the film was theirs. The film is not dark, nor is it violent. It is not a modernist take on the western genre, and it doesn't feel wise alecky. It is a gentle film, a character study, a moving tribute to a lost type of film. It features characters that seem to be real people, not archetypes, as is often the case with the Cohen brothers. It does not comment on the genre, it embraces it. It was in no way what I was expecting, but it is my favorite film of the year. Sometimes what you get is better than what you thought you were going to get, and this is one of those times. Harry is right about the cinematography, the music, and the wonderful performances. If the film fails on any level, it is that of the story itself. I've read True Grit, and it is a good book, but not a great one. It pales in comparison to the western novels of Larry McMurtry, not just Lonesome Dove, but Boone's Lick and the Berrybender Chronicles. Both the Berrybender Chronicles and Telegraph Days are told from the point of view of young women, and are superior to Maddie's story. This was particularly true in the epilogue, which McMurtry uses in many of his books, following the main character for years beyond the main story, but in a more interesting, profound way than Maddie's final story, and with an emotional impact that True Grit comes close to, but just doesn't achieve. I think also that McMurtry's villains are more three dimensional that those in True Grit. Still, it is a lovely film, the characters weaving their way through a beautiful landscape filled with flawed humans and gospel music that is just a little off. I can't wait to see it again.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 4:47 p.m. CST

    redkamel

    by SnootyBoots

    Don't blame Bear Grit on the book. He's not in it. Despite The Coen's claim of going back to the book, and seemingly every reviewers acceptance of that claim, Bear Grit is just one of many examples of them going off reservation. The original movie, save for a more sentimental ending, is by far the more faithful adaptation of Charles Portis' wonderful novel. And, because of that, is head and shoulders the better movie.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 4:49 p.m. CST

    If TRUE GRIT is the best movie of 2010

    by SnootyBoots

    Then the original movie is the best movie of the Twentieth Century!

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 6:25 p.m. CST

    OK, Now Having Seen it I can Definitely Say..

    by Karuma

    ...it is not the Best Film of the Year. However, it is also not your father's "True Grit''. If you are looking for comparisons to the original, here they are, actually here are the only two-the title, the names of the characters, and that's all. In no way shape or form does it resemble the John Wayne vehicle from so many years ago. This film, unlike the first, is purportedly true to the book by Charles Portis of Little Rock, Arkansas. The first movie was made specifically as a star turn for John Wayne. This one by the Coen brothers for no one in particular, except maybe for Hailee Steinfield, who steals the movie in her first major role. At times, Bridges overacts, Damon seems wooden, and the other characters seem like cliches of what we think the Old West was like. Having not read the book, I can't say that maybe that's what Portis intended. Here's an idea, let's have all movie reviewers have to pay full price out of their own pocket to see the movies they review. That way there can be no doubt as the veracity of their statements on whether it is worth plunking down your hard earned cash for or not.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 10:34 p.m. CST

    True Grit is overrated

    by jimmy_009

    Just saw it and was underwhelmed. The characters are great, the acting amazing, but the story and specifically the villains just weren't meaty enough. The heroes had no real trials that pushed them to their limits, finding Tom Cheney felt too fast and easy. In general the drama never escalated to the next level and most of the movie felt like a checklist of things they showed in the trailer. I'm not saying it was bad -- it was a good movie -- but it was epic characters and great direction and dialogue in need of a bigger story. Definitely not the best of 2010 or even in the top 3 of the Coen brothers filmography.

  • Dec. 30, 2010, 4:41 p.m. CST

    NO!

    by lead_sharp

    Harry for the love of fucking god that animation is NASTY! Human Centipede? Fuck right off Harry!

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 1:44 a.m. CST

    JUST good

    by Evin

    Yea, most people already know that this film was just good. i can't stress "just" enough. It definitely doesn't come close to best of the year or of the Coen films. Probably not even the top 5 coen films. I bet the academy is gonna soak it up and we'll all be disappointed as usual. If anyone deserved the oscar nod, i would say it had to be Haillee Steinfeld, she was the best thing about the film.

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 6 p.m. CST

    Seemed like it was over in 45 minutes

    by proevad

    I loved it. Just saw it, so these are just quick thoughts. Was never less than enthralling for me. The charge scene was rapturous. Almost went to my feet and applauded. Cast excellent all the way around. Dialogue was tremendous. Very funny and challenging. No subtext in the screenplay that I picked up on in first viewing. Just a fun, fun, fun movie and what is wrong with that? Special shout out to Barry Pepper. Stole the last scenes from other actors doing great work. For those who love moving images. Pretty fucking movie to look at. Music was pitch perfect. I really don't have anything to bitch about.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 3:11 a.m. CST

    Couldn't agree more, but a couple of points

    by Brigette

    Loved this movie. I never thought I would want to see a dark long western twice, but I can't wait to see it again. The scene Harry describes with Mattie and the man who sold her father the ponies is an interesting one. She's not trying to get what she deserves, she's actually taking advantage of the man and making up debts as she goes along. It's a great scene because you see how determined she is to get what she wants. She needs that money to hire Cogburn and will get it anyway she can. She ultimately gets her man because she won't have it any other way. And of course, as in the other film, the person with the most true grit in the movie is her. It was nearly perfect, but they dropped the ball on the two funniest lines from the John Wayne flick. When she brings up her lawyer from the umpteeth time, La Beouf says, "she draws him like a gun." And when Cogburn sees her Colt Dragoon for the first time she tells him she's planning to kill Chaney with it and Cogburn says, "Well, that'll get the job done if you can find a fence post to rest it on while you take your aim." Loved it.

  • Thanks for the thoughtful review, but I would have to disagree with that. We needed to know what became of Mattie and that she lost an arm, unlike in the original. The movie is about retribution. Any violent act will eventually be paid for. Chaney lost his life for killing her father and Mattie lost her arm for revenge. It felt more real to me with less of a "good guy, bad guy" superficial quality to it and more in line with the grittiness of the story. I also appreciated that he died before she got to see him again. We also find out she hasn't changed much from her comment to his friend who wouldn't stand up. Mattie's father died, Chaney died, Cogburn died, she lost an arm, who knows what happened to Le Boeuf. The message of this movie is not only that human will can accomplish anything, but also seems to be "Think life is fair? Grow up."

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Epilogue was crappy b.s. - Rest of film was brilliant

    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    I don't believe Rooster would have lived another 25 years. I don't believe the Marshall wouldn't have checked in with her from time to time over the years - that's very out of character for him. And I don't believe the girl would have grown up into a childless bitter woman like that. The adult version of her was like a parody of the child.<p> They should have ended it outside the cabin and had some words come on the screen that said Rooster died about 5 years later, that the girl grew up to have children and name one after her father, and if they want to make it tragic then have her die in childbirth later on in life. And the Marshall checks in on her and her kids over the years.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 11:09 a.m. CST

    throwmetheidol

    by NightArrows

    It's pretty established in the film that Mattie is a no-nonsense girl. She has her mind set on how things should be and is incredibly stubborn, she does things her way and anything to the contrary is wrong in her opinion. Her father was murdered and she set out on a revenge trip as a CHILD. It's ENTIRELY plausible that should would have stayed single rather than weather fools (as she saw them) just to get married and have children because society says she should. The ending was completely appropriate to the material and characters established in this film.

  • Jan. 25, 2011, 1:39 p.m. CST

    did I see tghe same movie that everyone is gushing over?

    by Ken DeLozier

    Sure the cinematography was great but the film was boring and the large audience I saw it with thought it was too. Plus the dialouge was hard to hear. Here's a comparrison I'll shoot you in the back if you take one step toward that door True Grit dialouge: If your gait takes to the exit the shells in my weapon shall find their mark upon thy body. It;s shakespere mixed with frontierisms and it just didn't work here for me. westerns (good ones) are supposed to engage your emotions, get you pumped up for the action scenes. True Grit doesn't do that. I want to see Tom Cheney shoot the girls father, not a beautifully shot still photo of him lieing on the ground with voice over of the girl talking about it. You never get the sensation that your buiding to anything, like your just walking along and all the sudden somebody fires a gun. All the stuff that happens off screen is the stuff they need to put in here to get the audience emotionally involved. There's an old saying that drama is not when the actor cries, it;s when the audience does. BTW Barry Pepper is wasted here. he shoulkd have played Matt Damons part.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Agreed. Sort of...

    by Kevin Egan

    By now, you’ve probably read of how the Coen Brothers’ latest version of the Charles Portis novel, True Grit, greatly differentiates from the original version starring longtime cowboy, John Wayne. The Coens, again, as they had with Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men, remain as faithful to the book as catholic sons to their... READ MORE at http://theumpteenthtimes.com/?p=2762 "Reel" Film Reviews for Real Moviegoers

  • Feb. 13, 2011, 7:55 p.m. CST

    I'm partial to Raising Arizona myself

    by cat

    Raising Arizona don't sleep on it. revisit it today.

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