40 movies for 40 days: No Country for Old Men — February 24, 2012

40 movies for 40 days: No Country for Old Men

I actually chose a movie released in this century for the third title on my Lent list, the Coen brothers’ Oscar-winning “No Country For Old Men.”

Here’s a quick synopsis: After Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) stumbles upon the remnants of a drug deal gone wrong, including $2 million, he’s pursued by single-minded hitman Anton Chigurh (Jarvier Bardem). Veteran Texas sheriff Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) is also on the bloody case, which makes Ed Tom ponder his effectiveness as a lawman in what he perceives as an increasingly violent society.

I love “No Country” because… Continue reading

She is a girl with true grit — June 9, 2011

She is a girl with true grit

True Grit was released on DVD and Blu-ray this week, which affords me the chance to write about the movie that made me consider wearing my hair in tight plaits.

When Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld), the movie’s 14-year-old protagonist, approaches U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) with the offer to hire him to bring her father’s killer to justice, Mattie tells Rooster she’s heard he has true grit.

He’s not the only one with grit. Continue reading