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Where's praise for 'No Country for Old Men'?

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Posted: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 12:00 am

I had to read Jason Wallis' "Top 100 Films of the Decade" three times to make sure he'd omitted the Coen brothers' "No Country For Old Men" from the list.

In my mind, a film that achieved worldwide recognition and won four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor, deserved some notice, even if it was "Most Overrated."

Speaking of over-rated: "Kill Bill" as No. 1? Tarantino's been on a downhill slide since "Pulp Fiction" and "Inglourious Basterds" is ample proof. Except for two scenes and a great performance by Christoph Waltz, the film was a self-indulgent piece of trash.

Granted, film criticism is subjective at best. Until now, I've been more than favorably impressed with Jason Wallis. Nevertheless, I'd be interested to hear his rationale for failing to praise or condemn "No Country For Old Men."

Donald Webster

Thornton

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4 comments:

  • posted at 12:01 pm on Wed, Jan 20, 2010.

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    I did not love the movie "No Country For Old Men". I gave it 3 out of 5 stars. That does NOT mean, Don, that you are not entitled to have your favorites. In our house everyone has different "loves".FYI... I really liked Tarantino's Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill (I did not like Kill Bill 2). In fact I own them.Dogs, I really liked "Blood Diamond"... very moving. I loved "The Bucket List", "Crash", and huge favorites were "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "The Notebook"...... "7 pounds"... "Gran Torino".I love movies. I could go on and on. I also have to add that I love Jason's reviews. I may not always agree with him, but anything he recommends... I will watch. THANK YOU Jason !!!!

     
  • posted at 8:01 am on Wed, Jan 20, 2010.

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    Kill Bill and Pulp Fiction would rank amoung the worst films I have ever seen. No country for old men wasn`t all that bad. My Top 10 would include Blood Diamond, a very grafic film depicting the harvesting of diamonds and what happens to anyone caught stealing one.

     
  • posted at 3:39 am on Wed, Jan 20, 2010.

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    Ironically, I too searched that list for No Country for Old Men - hoping that it had NOT made the list. I agree with Gator that it was a bad movie. But what are we to expect from Hollywood? Quality films are rare from an industry more concerned with slapping themselves on the back for work not well done. At this time of year we're subjected to one awards show after another as they hold themselves up as geniuses and artistic masters.On the other hand, since most movie theaters now have 30+ screens, Hollywood has to keep up with the demand. Few of us now can remember when each town had only one theater with one film - and the movie that was showing hung around for weeks. I'm not suggesting that we tear down these multiplexes in favor of the old ways; but to charge $10.00+ for the crap they distribute now needs to stop. Still, as long as people keep handing over the bucks they have no reason to adjust the quality on the screen.This goes for television as well.

     
  • posted at 1:57 am on Wed, Jan 20, 2010.

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    Well let’s start with what was so good about it?? Of the top ten of “MY” worst moviesit would rank in the top 3. To put it another way, It was a movie that should have never been made…

     

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