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« Reply #40 on: December 23, 2010, 05:08:25 PM »

Quote from: USMC Kato on December 23, 2010, 04:13:43 PM

I watched True Grit last night at the AMC in Downtown Disney. Amazingly (or not) this is probably the best western movie or movie I have seen.

That's great to hear...we are going Monday. Really looking forward to it.
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« Reply #41 on: December 23, 2010, 09:04:11 PM »

My local newspaper reviewer loved the movie (A-) and loved both Bridges and the girl who played the Hattie character. In fact he said Bridges could win another Oscar for this role.
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« Reply #42 on: December 23, 2010, 10:02:38 PM »

that would be interesting if he did.  I wonder if the Best Actor Oscar has ever been awarded to 2 different actors for the same role.
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« Reply #43 on: December 23, 2010, 11:54:48 PM »

Quote from: rshetts2 on December 23, 2010, 10:02:38 PM

that would be interesting if he did.  I wonder if the Best Actor Oscar has ever been awarded to 2 different actors for the same role.

Totally different circumstance but Brando and Deniro for playing Don Corleone.
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« Reply #44 on: December 24, 2010, 01:39:11 AM »

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 23, 2010, 11:54:48 PM

Quote from: rshetts2 on December 23, 2010, 10:02:38 PM

that would be interesting if he did.  I wonder if the Best Actor Oscar has ever been awarded to 2 different actors for the same role.

Totally different circumstance but Brando and Deniro for playing Don Corleone.

Yeah I hear ya  but thats not really playing the same role, its playing the same character in a different role.   That might be as close as its come though.
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« Reply #45 on: December 26, 2010, 04:23:58 AM »

Saw this just now.  Great movie all around.  Storyline is simple, but effective.  Excellent acting, excellent cinematography, and the dry Coen Bros. humor is in full, and great effect.
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« Reply #46 on: December 26, 2010, 02:19:20 PM »

Quote from: ScubaV on December 26, 2010, 04:23:58 AM

Saw this just now.  Great movie all around.  Storyline is simple, but effective.  Excellent acting, excellent cinematography, and the dry Coen Bros. humor is in full, and great effect.

Which exactly describes the original for it's period in time.  Sure, it has not held up that well, but everything described above was true of the original when it was released in 1969.
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« Reply #47 on: December 26, 2010, 05:04:03 PM »

Watched it last night. One word to describe it: Terrific! This was the year of Jeff Bridges.. and Haylee Stanfield is some sort of phenom.
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« Reply #48 on: December 27, 2010, 10:25:07 PM »

Seen it this afternoon. Loved it  thumbsup
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« Reply #49 on: December 28, 2010, 02:44:42 PM »

Loved it, although I have to admit their manner of speaking was hard to get used to. I figure the Coen Brothers loved doing it that way.

Jeff Bridges was awesome, but Haylee Stanfield...dang, I want to bring that girl with me the next time I buy a car.  icon_lol She was fantastic and should get at least an Oscar nomination out of it.
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« Reply #50 on: December 28, 2010, 02:50:06 PM »

^ see, I felt just the opposite.....I get a kick out of hearing that manner of speaking
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« Reply #51 on: December 30, 2010, 04:39:48 PM »

Saw it on Christmas day with my mother.  It was a bit slower than I thought it would be from the trailers I saw before going into it, but in hindsight this is not really an action film.  It has action, but that's more a byproduct of the lives the characters lead instead of the focus.

Bridges is, of course, amazing.  There's very little that man can't do.  But as everyone is stating, the real runaway star is the girl.  She's absolutely astounding in that role.  Easy oscar win, imho. 

As for the dialog, it was exactly what I expected and wanted in a period piece.  Deadwood has spoiled me as I now expect the same attention to detail in dialog when I see a western.

Oh, and Brolin continues to be great.  I hardly recognized him as Tom Chaney at first.  His mannerisms were just the opposite of what I expected from the man himself.  His ability to change into that character so completely was great.
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« Reply #52 on: December 31, 2010, 12:36:12 AM »

Saw it the day after Christmas and really enjoyed it. Jeff Bridges was excellent as Rooster Cogburn and the story was really enjoyable. I haven't seen the original but I do love the Duke so I have nothing to compare this True Grit to. However, I have been a Coen Bros fan since Blood Simple and will defend them no matter what. Including the Hudsucker Proxy.  icon_wink
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« Reply #53 on: December 31, 2010, 05:38:27 AM »

Quote from: hispanicgamer on December 31, 2010, 12:36:12 AM

Saw it the day after Christmas and really enjoyed it. Jeff Bridges was excellent as Rooster Cogburn and the story was really enjoyable. I haven't seen the original but I do love the Duke so I have nothing to compare this True Grit to. However, I have been a Coen Bros fan since Blood Simple and will defend them no matter what. Including the Hudsucker Proxy.  icon_wink

Hudsucker Proxy is in my top 5 all time.

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« Reply #54 on: December 31, 2010, 02:43:51 PM »

I too am a big fan of the Coen brothers.  I mean really, anyone who can make Nic Cage look good has to be frikkin wizard. 
Seriously, they have made some of my favorite movies, including Fargo, Raising Arizona, O Brother Where Art Thou, The Big Lebowski,  even The Hudsucker Proxy.   Of course they are not perfect, after all they did Burn After Reading, which was barely tolerable and No Country for Old Men was good but it never did grab me the way it did a lot of people.  Still, I am looking forward to True Grit as I trust them to do it right and from the comments it seems that they have done just that.
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« Reply #55 on: December 31, 2010, 03:07:59 PM »

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I too am a big fan of the Coen brothers.  I mean really, anyone who can make Nic Cage look good has to be frikkin wizard. 
Seriously, they have made some of my favorite movies, including Fargo, Raising Arizona, O Brother Where Art Thou, The Big Lebowski,  even The Hudsucker Proxy.   Of course they are not perfect, after all they did Burn After Reading, which was barely tolerable and No Country for Old Men was good but it never did grab me the way it did a lot of people.  Still, I am looking forward to True Grit as I trust them to do it right and from the comments it seems that they have done just that.

People seem to ignore "A Simple Man" why? Because the movie sucked? Or because nobody has seen it?
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« Reply #56 on: December 31, 2010, 05:49:06 PM »

I saw A Simple Man.  It just didn't grab me in any way.  Maybe because I have zero exposure to Jewish culture outside Jon Stewart?
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« Reply #57 on: December 31, 2010, 06:19:37 PM »

Quote from: ScubaV on December 31, 2010, 05:49:06 PM

I saw A Simple Man.  It just didn't grab me in any way.  Maybe because I have zero exposure to Jewish culture outside Jon Stewart?

I thought from a character perspective they seemed OK but the movie was boring and pointless...isnt that the point of the Coen brothers?
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« Reply #58 on: December 31, 2010, 07:10:09 PM »

Quote from: dedewhale on December 31, 2010, 06:19:37 PM

Quote from: ScubaV on December 31, 2010, 05:49:06 PM

I saw A Simple Man.  It just didn't grab me in any way.  Maybe because I have zero exposure to Jewish culture outside Jon Stewart?

I thought from a character perspective they seemed OK but the movie was boring and pointless...isnt that the point of the Coen brothers?

Well, No Country for Old Men and True Grit certainly aren't boring or pointless.
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« Reply #59 on: December 31, 2010, 08:12:09 PM »

Quote from: dedewhale on December 31, 2010, 03:07:59 PM

People seem to ignore "A Simple Man" why? Because the movie sucked? Or because nobody has seen it?

Or perhaps because the Coen brother's direct "A Serious Man", not "A Simple Man".  icon_razz

For the most part, I really like Coen brother's movies. "No Country for Old Men" and "Fargo" are two of my favorite movies. But there are occasionally movies that I never got into, such as "Burn After Reading", "The Ladykillers", or "O Brother, Where Art Thou?". Still, I make it a point to see most any film that they direct.
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« Reply #60 on: December 31, 2010, 09:12:26 PM »

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on December 31, 2010, 08:12:09 PM

Quote from: dedewhale on December 31, 2010, 03:07:59 PM

People seem to ignore "A Simple Man" why? Because the movie sucked? Or because nobody has seen it?

Or perhaps because the Coen brother's direct "A Serious Man", not "A Simple Man".  icon_razz

For the most part, I really like Coen brother's movies. "No Country for Old Men" and "Fargo" are two of my favorite movies. But there are occasionally movies that I never got into, such as "Burn After Reading", "The Ladykillers", or "O Brother, Where Art Thou?". Still, I make it a point to see most any film that they direct.

oops yeah...Serious Man. They not only directed, but wrote and produced that movie too
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« Reply #61 on: January 02, 2011, 03:13:39 AM »

Saw this with someone last night. We both thought it was a very, very fantastic movie.  nod
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« Reply #62 on: January 03, 2011, 07:29:44 PM »

Quote from: Malificent on December 31, 2010, 05:38:27 AM

Quote from: hispanicgamer on December 31, 2010, 12:36:12 AM

Saw it the day after Christmas and really enjoyed it. Jeff Bridges was excellent as Rooster Cogburn and the story was really enjoyable. I haven't seen the original but I do love the Duke so I have nothing to compare this True Grit to. However, I have been a Coen Bros fan since Blood Simple and will defend them no matter what. Including the Hudsucker Proxy.  icon_wink

Hudsucker Proxy is in my top 5 all time.

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« Reply #63 on: January 31, 2011, 11:04:37 PM »

I didn't realize justin bieber was in the original.

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« Reply #64 on: January 31, 2011, 11:21:21 PM »

Quote from: WalkingFumble on January 31, 2011, 11:04:37 PM

I didn't realize justin bieber was in the original.



That kid is much too manly to be Justin Bieber.
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« Reply #65 on: February 08, 2011, 05:38:01 PM »

We saw this in the theater on Sunday and then watch the original at home on Monday. A few minor spoilers follow.

John Wayne was a better Rooster Cogburn. The role just fits him naturally, whereas I couldn't shake the feeling that Jeff Bridges was playing it with a wink under that eyepatch. Wayne deserved his Oscar.

As everyone seems to agree, the kid is much better in the remake (although the one in the original wasn't bad). Kim Darby was about 20 years old and not as convincingly childish, plus girls just never had short haircuts back then so that felt wrong. Hailee Steinfeld really was 14 years old, and a better actress as well. I loved her vocabulary and manner of speech.

Glen Campbell, WTF? He wasn't as bad as one might expect, but he sure wasn't Matt Damon. Advantage: remake.

Robert Duvall as Lucky Ned Pepper...advantage: original.

Josh Brolin as Tom Chaney...advantage: remake.

I liked the darker setting of the new movie with its night scenes, snow, and more forbidding landscape. The land felt like hostile territory. I prefer the bloodless violence in the original, but that's just a matter of conventional style and personal preference, not a criticism. Movies today are just more graphic than they used to be. Paradoxically, I liked the happier ending of the original movie better (especially Lawyer J Noble Daggett's walk-on role). The 2010 ending felt like it was tacked on. I don't know which version was faithful to the book (if either).

The 2010 movie makes it clear that Mattie is the character with true grit, and that casts the movie in a fresh light. Successful remakes need to bring something new to a story, and this one sure delivered on that.

I think you'd have the Ultimate Western if it were possible to mash together the best elements of both movies.
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