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I just saw No Country For Old Men. It's the movie all the critics are raving about. The movie that will get Oscar nominations for Josh Brolin (who was great), Tommy Lee Jones (who has played this character before).

The big Spanish dude, who dated Penelope Cruz and played the villian that shoots guys with a cattle gun, might not get an Oscar nod; but he'll surely rank up their with the movie villians that have interesting ways of killing their victims. He's got coin flips to decide their fate, and a cattle gun.

I really wanted to love this movie. I loved the Coehn Brothers films The Big Lebowski, Raising Arizona, and Fargo. Iliked O Brother well enough.

And this movie certainly had it's moments, starting off with Brolin being chased down by a pit bull, that even swims after him thru a river, rivaling the shark in Jaws.

And, I didn't mind the ending, even though the theatre I was in had booing, and a few saying "I wasted 2 hours for this." An ending that at least will make people stop talking about how bad the one in Soprano's was.

A friend of mine told me there were similar reactions when he saw it.

Are the critics just afraid to knock this? Do they grade films on a curve, and give it credit because it's the best thing out there (which it's not...Before the Devil Knows Your Dead is better)?

Before you waste your $10 let me say, Tommy Lee Jones last two movies were better.

And Woody Harrelson's last 20 episodes of Cheers were.

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Never mind Brolin getting chased by a pitbull. I had to chase one myself today with a big innoculation needle.

Nov. 26, 2007

Interesting. I wanted to see this movie pretty bad, maybe I will rethink this. I've heard that audiences are not approving of this movie, and I can always save 10 bucks.

You know, I recently watched Mystic River for the first time. Now, I'm not saying that movie is horrible, I'm just saying I expected more since it is so raved about. I had problems with far fetched coincidences and certain things characters said or acted on that just didn't even seem to fit in general. I'd throw an overrated towards that movie, although I would still recommend one to see it.

Is that odd?

Nov. 26, 2007

What coincidences bothered you in Mystic River? I liked it. It won a few Oscars, although that tells you nothing. Clint Eastwoods other movie Million Dollar Baby got nominations, and it had a million problems (although I loved Swanks performance in it). Eastwood can be an amazing director (Unforgiven, and that movie with Kevin Costner, Play Misty For Me, etc etc). But, it surprises me, some of the decisions he makes.

Nov. 26, 2007

First off, let me clarify that I definitely liked Mystic River. This is why I would recommend it to others. I just have heard SO much hype about the move (and rightfully so, with all the nominations and awards) that I expected something a little different. The actors, acting and storyline were done well but I think it could have been more since things seemed to fit so right. I felt the fact that the same night Penns daughter getting killed being the same night Tim Robbins killed someone was a convenient coincidence. Although without this, we wouldn't have the movie we had so I understand it. I also thought that Penns wife in the movie was a bit over the top with the whole "it's okay you killed your friend (Tim Robbins) you did what you had to do my king yada yada". The whole Kevin Bacon's wife silent phone calls were absolutely unnecessary and didn't add anything to the movie, at all. I guess the wives bothered me more then anything.

Dec. 3, 2007

Yeah, Bacon's wife (Mmmmm...bacon) was just ridiculous. I think that was poorly written. If they are trying to say this childhood incident had an effect on all the kids, that's great. Bacon pushes his wife away. Okay, we understand her leaving him. But then to call a bunch of times, was just insane, and added nothing. I loved Laura Linney's character (Penns wife), saying that. Yes, it showed that she was a bit pyscho, but so was Penn (I mean, he ran around with those Savage Brothers, and did prison time). She just wanted to get him focused. He has two other kids, and the SPOILER ALERT death of one kid, his favorite kid, shouldn't make him stop being the provider for them. It's a bit like in A Simple Plan (which was very poorly written), the normal woman, all of the sudden becomes insane when she realizes they have all this money they found.

Dec. 3, 2007

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