Friday, February 15, 2008

No Country for Old Men

A lot has been written about No Country for Old Men, which is up for an Academy Award for Best Picture this year. I won't bother repeating. What I will do instead is tell you what I learned from this movie. So here are the Top 10 Things I Learned from This Movie:

1. There are a helluva lotta guns in Texas. Long ones, short ones. Rifles. Automatic weapons like AK-47's. Just lying on the ground. And, if that doesn't suit you, you can just walk right into a gun shop and buy one. Without I.D.

2. Nobody smiles in Texas. There's humor, but there's nobody laughing.

3. Everybody owns a pickup in the southwest. I have now discovered why. They need their pickup to (a) run loads of dope across the border, (b) take bodies out to the cemeteries, and (c) withstand that onslaught of the bullets from all those guns.

4. It's possible to actually live next to the border and not speak any Spanish.

5. You can be the son of James Brolin and actually be able to act.

6. Sheriffs in them parts get really old. Tommy Lee Jones is getting up there, and has bags packed under his bags. However, his character could be 45, but maybe he's just been rode hard and put up wet.

7. You don't really need doctors in the great Southwest. You can patch yourself up. Even with a chunk of flesh gone from each extremity.

8. All those motels look the same. And they all cost $24/night. And all are dangerous.

9. You really don't need a proper ending to a movie. You can just get away with....well, with scenes that are implied and a monologue at the end.

10. Killers have strange haircuts.

Did I like the movie? Hell, yeah. Look at all I learned.

Thumb's up.


At 1:23 PM, Blogger Patrick Roberts said...

just saw no country for old men; it's unassumingly unconventional and yet (thankfully) never over the top. the Coen brothers deserve their oscars, well done indeed.


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