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Now Playing at BAM: No Country for Old Men

November 19, 2007

Easy Being Greene is happy to introduce our newest contributor, Corey Green, who will be reviewing new films as they premiere at BAM.  First up is No Country for Old Men.  Keep an eye out for his review of Margot at the Wedding later this week.

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
Written and Directed by the Coen Brothers
Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, and Woody Harrelson

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Have you ever been out with an older relative who muses that things were better in the old days?  I’ve always thought these declarations were born out of nostalgia for the past; that things now are more or less the same as they always were.  In the Coen Brothers latest, the magnificent No Country for Old Men, the writer/directors confirm my suspicions by making a movie that can easily hold its own against any film of the Golden Age. 

After indulging their more quirky side with lesser efforts like Intolerable Cruelty and The Ladykillers remake, the Coen Brothers return to the more desolate and violent Midwest aesthetic that made their debut, Blood Simple, and their most feted film, Fargo, so successful.  In No Country, Josh Brolin plays Llewelyn Moss, a blue-collar welder who, out on a hunting trip, finds five deserted trucks, dead people, heroin and two million dollars, which he takes home.  The cash belongs to Anton Chigurh, played wonderfully by Javier Bardem with a distilled and succinct evil that may have gone over the top in lesser hands.  The balance of the movie is a cat-and-mouse game as Chigurh tries to hunt down Moss and his money through Texas and Mexico.  Based on a novel by Pulitzer-Prize winning author Cormac McCarthy and beautifully shot by Roger Deakins, No Country for Old Men feels like a Sam Peckinpah movie refracted through the Coen Brothers’ lens, proving that cinema today can be as good as it was generations ago.

-Corey Green

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2 comments

  1. This is a cool feature. Maybe I’ll finally get my caboose back to BAM for a movie. Thanks.


  2. By the way, Javier Bardem, who is so chilling in this new Coen Brothers movie, will be at BAM for a Q&A on November 26 following a screening of his film Before Night Falls. oh, director Julian Schnabel will also be there. Sweeeeeeeet!



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