The Counselor (2013)

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Did your plans go wrong? Did a deal go bad?No matter. You can outwit the devil. You can get away clean. You just need the right stuff. Cleverness. Strength. Resourceful friends. Enough money. Slick gadgetry. A holster at your hip. Courage and charm. Oh — and an escape route, in case you need to disappear. Don't worry... you can untangle yourself, learn from your mistakes, and start fresh.This is America, after all. For those who get wise and pull themselves up by their bootstraps, this i … [Read more...]

No Country for Old Men (2007)

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Five years ago today, No Country for Old Men played in the U.S. for the first time. The buzz had begun at the Cannes Film Festival a few months earlier, and anticipation was high.It went on to win Best Picture at the Oscars, surprising some by winning over Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood and Tony Gilroy's Michael Clayton; the Coens won the Best Directing award and the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay; and Javier Bardem won Best Supporting Actor.Meanwhile, my first draft of … [Read more...]

What Do Harold and the Purple Crayon and Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses Have In Common?

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What do Harold and the Purple Crayon, by Crockett Johnson, and Cormac McCarthy's All the Pretty Horses have in common?Gregory Wolfe, publisher of Image and author of Beauty Will Save the World, explains in this, his commencement address to the 2012 graduates of Seattle Pacific University's MFA in Creative Writing program.I attended that ceremony in Santa Fe, NM. It was a moving, inspiring event.Here's an excerpt from Wolfe's address... … [Read more...]

To infinity and beyond… friend-o.

What would Cormac McCarthy's Toy Story 3 look like?Here's the answer: … [Read more...]

Brett McCracken Interviews the Director of “The Road”

Christianity Today has posted Brett McCracken's interview with John Hillcoat about directing The Road. Here's an interesting excerpt: … [Read more...]

Browser, 10/23

I'm a big fan of Todd Field, who directed In the Bedroom and Little Children.And I can't believe what I just read: Paramount Vantage has bought its first project of the Guy Stodel era, signing on for the crime drama "Buried," with Todd Field attached to direct.Brad Ingelsby will write the screenplay, which centers on a couple who, in a bid for cash, bury a wealthy man alive only to be caught and then forced to cope with the fallout on their relationship. Alexandra Milchan is on board to … [Read more...]

Cormac McCarthy: Now an Oprah Author

Oprah just picked The Road.Wow. That's gutsy. The Road is a dark, dark, dark post-apocalyptic work, from all that I've read about it. (Check out Adam Walter's reaction.) … [Read more...]

Coen Brothers news!! Is your "Lost" theory better than this one? Lark News!

Thursday specials:COEN BROTHERS RETURN!! The next Coen Brothers film? Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Javier Bardem.YOU SEE, IT'S REALLY QUITE SIMPLE... Thanks, Opus, for the link to the most intriguing "Lost" theory I've seen...BACKMASKING IS BACK! Need a laugh? The new issue of Lark News is up. … [Read more...]

All the Pretty Horses (2000)

[This review was first published at the original Looking Closer website in December 2000.]-What a shame.All the Pretty Horses, director Billy Bob Thornton's adaptation of the great Cormac McCarthy novel, must have been a marvelous film.But this is not that film.This feature-length montage of scenes from Thornton's as-yet-unreleased movie has breathtaking cinematography, reminiscent of the wild and beautiful natural world captured in Terrence Malick's films. Its performances, … [Read more...]


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