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December 04, 2007

Opinions About Movies

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

David Chute offers a dissent on "No Country For Old Men." Jon Hastings defends "The Mist." Prairie Mary thinks she'll watch "Indochine" one more time. The Communicatrix raves about Julian Schnabel's new movie "The Diving Bell & the Butterfly," and asks for help with her mission statement.



posted by Michael at December 4, 2007


David Chute wants there to be an element of heroism in No Country For Old Men. But that's the whole point of the film. Evil wins, or, more accurately, decency is beaten. There is no uplift, even in defeat. There's just defeat. A very disturbing film. Is it an allegory for our condition? A pompous phrase even as I type it. But I think the film is addressing bigger issues than its immediate story line. Anyhow, see it but be warned -- it's bleak.

Posted by: ricpic on December 4, 2007 9:49 PM

Bah to Mr. Chute. I firmly believe that the Coen Bros., excellent film-makers, made that movie precisely as the novel was written by Cormac McCarthy, an excellent writer, because to do otherwise would have been a travesty beyond words.

And look! People actually like it! Even hayseeds like me, who haven't been to a theatre in 5 years. Who would've ever thought that NOT screwing around with a piece of literature would work so well?

As for art film and award winner, I'll leave that to the dorks who care about such things and the reverse-snobs, like Chute, who think it somehow lessens the achievement.

Posted by: Scott on December 4, 2007 9:49 PM

It's true the Coens were faithful to the novel. I remember having to go back and re-read that part thinking: McCarthy just didn't kill the guy "while I was walking to the ice machine in the motel." Sure enough, he killed him without us (the readers). Now, I could make up or interpret several reasons (good reasons, even) for that, but the bottom line is: I was cheated. What sort reader (viewer) doesn't want to be with that character at his death?

We could take more twists and say, if you didn't feel cheated, maybe you're missing McCarthy's point.

Posted by: sN on December 4, 2007 10:58 PM

Bless you, Mr. Blowhard.

And for the record, I thought No Country was perfection, bleakness and all.

Posted by: communicatrix on December 5, 2007 12:34 AM

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