No country for old men

Finally saw the film last night; I read the book months ago. No one equals Cormac McCarthy in portraying a pitiless, random, violent universe, occupied by pitiless, random, violent human beings. The film is great, and captures the novel perfectly. In one respect it’s better: Chigurh’s speeches aren’t as long and preachy. The best line of the film comes near the end, when Chigurh commands his next victim to call a coin toss; her life depends on it. She says, “The coin doesn’t decide; you decide.” And he says: “The coin and I got here the same way.”

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Curious about the ways humans use their minds and hearts to distract themselves from the meaninglessness of life.
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4 Responses to No country for old men

  1. Rob says:

    I expect the upcoming adaptation of THE ROAD to be even better because its director’s previous film, THE PROPOSITION (written by Nick Cave), is a brooding and grimly expansive anti-Western clearly inspired by BLOOD MERIDIAN:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/27/movies/27road.html?_r=1&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&oref=slogin

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  2. Mike says:

    Sarah read THE ROAD for her book club and it’s on my shelf. I should give McCarthy a read.

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  3. Alex says:

    I loved No Country for Old Men, Tommy Lee Jones’ character in particular (though of course, Anton as well). After seeing the movie I picked up The Road, which I finished in one (long) night. I will be heading to the bookstore soon with the intent to pick up everything else McCarthy has done.

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  4. ganselmi says:

    What I’m NOT excited about is Ridley Scott’s upcoming adaptation of Blood Meridian.

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