No Country for Old Men (2007)

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...]

Give Us Somebody We Can Blast Into Pieces!

Anthony Lane on Battle: Los Angeles: … [Read more...]

Reader!!!! Mail!!!!

This week's blue-ribbon-winning letter from a reader comes in response to my review of No Country for Old Men, which was published at CTMovies.The reader writes: … [Read more...]

Michael Leary’s Film-think; “No Country” Re-examined

Nobody I know takes the question "What is Christian film criticism?" more seriously than Michael Leary. And so I'm thrilled to find him starting up a new site ... film-think where he's posting his thoughts on movies.Check out recent posts on … [Read more...]

The Oscars, and How to Pick a Real Winner…

Who will take home those golden chunks of cheese tonight? … [Read more...]

Specials: No Country for Old Men, The Golden Compass, and Tim Burton

The Coens and The Golden Compass You can now download my conversation with radio show host Paul Edwards as we discuss the Coen Brothers' No Country for Old Men... and then the controversy surrounding The Golden Compass.-The Coens... They're Not NihilistsAmong people who write about movies, few writers capture my attention as consistently as the insightful Matt Zoller Seitz.And now he's eloquently making an argument for what I've always believed about the Coen Brothers: That, for … [Read more...]

No Country for Old Men (2007) – Guest Reviewer Kenneth R. Morefield

Campbell University's Kenneth R. Morefield has just seen one of the films I'm most eager to see this autumn.Here's his review. (Thanks, Ken!)- There is a polished, poetic plainness to some of Cormac McCarthy’s prose in which his admirers might hear echoes of Flannery O’Connor but which usually leaves me exasperated. At its best, the prose can take on the quality of found poetry, intimating at deep truths that inform surface reality and invigorating tired clichés by reminding us of the se … [Read more...]

“No Country for Old Men” – “Staggering,” “The Coen’s Best Dark Film Ever”

Oh, but I do hate to say "I told you so."Jeffrey Wells is reeling, raving, overwhelmed by the new Coen Brothers' movie.This is going to be a difficult test of my patience. I'm going nuts here. I've got to see this thing.And check out this review by Charles Ealy: ... nothing short of brilliant.... Javier Bardem ably captures the pathological menace of Chigurh ... And Tommy Lee Jones, in one of his finest performances, stars as Sheriff Bell, the beleaguered lawman who is only able … [Read more...]

Coen Brothers’ New Film “a Glory to Behold”?

I was excited when I read the book. I've been eager for the film. If I see more reviews like this, the wait is going to become unbearable... … [Read more...]