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  posted on 12/4/2007 at 10:31 PM
WOW ! I just got back from seeing this awesome movie, every once in a while a film comes down the pike that's a cut above or in a class by itself. Not for the squeamish, but it is such an intense thriller, it was like being in a vise, this will surely clean up at award time. The main character played by Javier Bordem (?), just loves to toy with his victims, check it out you'll see, I highly recommend it,

 

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  posted on 12/4/2007 at 10:56 PM
Totally agree, saw it the other day and the Coens have returned to form. A really great, thoughtful thriller.

 

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  posted on 12/5/2007 at 04:27 AM
I saw it last week. From the reviews and having read the Cormac McCarthy novel a year ago, I knew it was almost a can't miss, and I was right. GREAT thriller.............I wanted to get popcorn, and I kept thinking, if I do, I'm gonna miss something. I never did get any popcorn. The book was a bit heavy on philosophy coming from the Sheriff played by
Tommy Lee Jones.........fortunately they cut most of that out for the film and stayed with the action. Jones' part is actually a minor one. Josh Brolin is OUTSTANDING, so is Javier Bordem as the assassin.

 

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  posted on 12/5/2007 at 06:31 AM
Thanx for the honest opinions, I'm going to see this this weekend Because Etta James cancelled her show at the House of Blues...

 

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  posted on 12/5/2007 at 10:19 AM
A friend practically demanded that I read the book, so I did that and then saw the movie the other night. Both are outstanding, and as it turns out, this book was practically written as a Coen brothers movie. They didn't change much - just added one, wordless scene that perfectly sums up an internal monologue late in the book - and translated the thing perfectly into a beautifully-shot movie. The lead performances are all great, and Bardem is as scary a bad guy as I've seen in ages.

 

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  posted on 12/5/2007 at 10:36 AM
I'm going to see this on Friday. I can't wait. McCarthy is my favorite writer and I really like Cohen brothers films.
This book was a little more straight ahead than most of his stuff. If you want to floored by a book read " Blood Meridian " I was very taken aback by the Road. More scary than anything King or Koontz could dream up IMO.

 

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  posted on 12/5/2007 at 11:07 AM
Thanks for the tip. Always on the lookout for some good movies.

 

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  posted on 12/5/2007 at 11:21 AM
I saw it last Sunday and I concur. A damn fine movie ! I started a Javier Bardem thread a couple of weeks back too. Just saw the Dancer Upstairs starring him. A good one to rent if you get the chance. Also HIGHLY recommend these Bardem folms:

The Sea Inside
Mondays in the Sun
Before Night Falls
Second Skin

These are in Spanish with English subtitles. Bardem is incredible ! Check 'em out !

 

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  posted on 12/5/2007 at 09:18 PM
I saw it today and it was amazing in many ways, but the unanamous reaction from the audience was NOBODY liked the end............................. there was loud put downs and grumbling to be heard.................... the strangest non ending I have ever seen.................. it was a good movie, maybe a great movie, but without a doubt, a wonderfully filmed, incredibley acted STRANGE movie..............

Having went to high school in El Paso, they got the vibe and area down 100%, pretty effin good......................... the badlands are still badlands..................

the only thing I grocked from the ending was that maybe sometimes in real life, things just unwind with mystery and unknown...................

and the bad guy was the baddest bad guy seen in ages, as said......

 

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  posted on 12/10/2007 at 03:40 PM
I had to give this a bump, because if you like a good thriller, this one will grip you from start to finish. I'm going to see it again right now.

 

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  posted on 12/10/2007 at 03:52 PM
Great movie. Very true to the book. I need to see it again also because I hear there's tons of little things you'd miss the first time around. I'm trying not be a spoiler here but rob, be on the lookout for Tommy Lee Jones seeing Javier in the reflection of the poped out door lock toward the end. I sure as hell didn't notice it. There's also something to the TV reflection shot I'd like to see again.

Bird, the non end was just like the book. Had me scratching my head also. The theory behind it is that the story is actually about the sherieff. That works for the book but not the movie IMO. Still a great film. Certainly unlike anything else out there right now.

 

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  posted on 12/11/2007 at 04:50 AM
It really struck me yesterday how REAL this movie really is. The same day I saw it for the second time, I finished the long article in a recent Rolling Stone on our Feds' failed drug war. Towards the end it details how Mexican/American border towns like Juarez/El Paso and Nuevo Laredo/Laredo have become main portals for heroin/cocaine trafficking, and Mexico has become the new Columbia. This movie is set in 1980 and is not based on factual events, but it is no bullsh*t, it's based on real things that really go on in that part of Texas.

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  posted on 12/11/2007 at 02:22 PM
Well, I too saw this movie but boy do I have an opposing opinion as to how great this movie is....

Don't get me wrong, beautiful scenery from (I presume) Texas but ...

Hey different strokes for different folks I guess...

Just a word to the folks who aren't necessarily into how well a movie is made, but just want to be entertained...this one might be a stretch.

 

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  posted on 12/11/2007 at 02:26 PM
And speaking of movies that are supposed to be great...anyone seen Sean Penn's Into the Wild?

For some reason that one is one I want to see but haven't heard from anyone that's seen it.

Don't agree with his politics in any way shape or form, but I do like his movies.

 

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  posted on 12/11/2007 at 02:35 PM
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Well, I too saw this movie but boy do I have an opposing opinion as to how great this movie is....

Don't get me wrong, beautiful scenery from (I presume) Texas but ...

Hey different strokes for different folks I guess...

Just a word to the folks who aren't necessarily into how well a movie is made, but just want to be entertained...this one might be a stretch.


I agree with different strokes, Transformers it is not, but I was still mightily entertained.

 

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  posted on 12/11/2007 at 02:48 PM
I enjoyed Into the Wild also. Much different than NCFOM as far as the story and style goes but similar in the fact that it's not entertainment as far as mainstream movies are concerned. Great scenery, characters and story but definatly not standard -everything tied in a bow at the end - Hollywood.

It's another movie based on a book that I liked. This one being a true story written by John Krakauer of Into Thin Air fame. It's very rare that 2 movies in a row based on books are actually good and true to literature. These 2 films might be my favorites of 2007.

Into the Wild also has really good acoustic music by Eddie Vedder. I was never really into him or Pearl Jam but I think the songs fit the movie and story very well.

 

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I enjoyed Into the Wild also. Much different than NCFOM as far as the story and style goes but similar in the fact that it's not entertainment as far as mainstream movies are concerned. Great scenery, characters and story but definatly not standard -everything tied in a bow at the end - Hollywood.

It's another movie based on a book that I liked. This one being a true story written by John Krakauer of Into Thin Air fame. It's very rare that 2 movies in a row based on books are actually good and true to literature. These 2 films might be my favorites of 2007.

Into the Wild also has really good acoustic music by Eddie Vedder. I was never really into him or Pearl Jam but I think the songs fit the movie and story very well.
Glad to hear this film was a good one. I absolutely loved Krakauer's book and have been thinking about maybe seeing the movie but didn't want to be disappointed (although Sean Penn always seems to bring it to the table in his movie direction)!

 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 12:08 AM
I can't deal with those 'too deep' endings. I felt like killing David Chase all over again. Happened to really like the movie, but I'm a 'closure' kind of guy.

Acting, writing, detail, cinematography... all excellent, but the

 

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  posted on 1/28/2008 at 11:53 AM
Just saw this Saturday night

Another great one from the Cohen Brothers.

Beautiful scenery, and what a great "Bad Guy" this movie has.

That scene with the gas station attendant is a classic. One of the better scenes i've ever seen in a movie.

Some IMDB trivia:

Most of it is shot around Las Vegas, New Mexico. Some scenes were shot in Texas, because Tommy Lee Jones talked the Cohen brothers into it.

The Coen Brothers used a photo of a brothel patron taken in 1979 as a model for Anton Chigurh's hair style. Looking at its weirdness after getting the hair cut, Javier Bardem said "Oh no, now I won't get laid for the next two months".

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen refused to give Josh Brolin an audition for the movie, so he asked director Robert Rodriguez to help him shoot an audition tape. Rodriguez shot and Quentin Tarantino directed the tape, which was shot in a $950,000 digital camera.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2008 at 12:18 PM
Gotta agree loved this flick. Best movie I have seen in ages.
I thought the ending worked. The grim reaper walks on. His job is never done.
Everyone that got involved in the dirty money payed the price (and the sherrif knew his time was coming). Just my deep thoughts this Monday a.m.

 

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  posted on 2/25/2008 at 12:00 AM
Well, I guess those of us who loved this film are validated now.

 

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  posted on 2/25/2008 at 02:13 AM

Sorry, I didn't like it.

It may have won Best Picture tonight, but I was disappointed in the film. Perhaps my expectations were too high -- I love the Coen brothers. Fargo, The Big Lebowski, and especially O Brother Where Art Thou, are all among my favorite movies.

Unfortunately, NCFOM did not, to me, seem up to up to the standards of those other movies. As noted previously, the ending left me unsettled.

The ending is controversial and some say, "You don't get it? You got it." Others find it pretentious. I'm in the latter camp. Sorry, I haven't read the book. Maybe if I see it again, I'll change my mind. Too bad I don't WANT to see it again ...

 

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  posted on 2/25/2008 at 03:52 AM
Just woke up to find out that NCFOM / The Coen brothers are this year big winners. I haven't seen most of the other movies but still i'm happy that great movie got some big prizes. I loved that movie. Icing on the cake was that memorable role Javier Bardem played. So many psychopaths portraid in Hollywood flicks which even makes it a bigger accomplicement to come up with this creepy character. BTW, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin are great too. I hope the Coen brothers continue to make these kind of movies and don't go too mainstream. Their next project apparantly is an ultra-violent ode to the Spagetti western so that looks very promising allright.

 

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  posted on 2/25/2008 at 10:58 AM
I thought the movie was amazing. Javier Bardem plays about as scary of villian as I have ever seen in a movie. However I think they missed an opportunity and should have developed the Woody Harrelson character a bit more, I had no idea why his character was even in the movie. I guess i need to read the book.

 

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  posted on 2/25/2008 at 01:05 PM
Not bad the one movie my wife and I pick to go to see wins it all. As we haven't been to theatre in 2 years (1 year old and 3 year old). We picked a gooder thats for sure.

 

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