The Mythic Power of ‘The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford’

Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.

“I can’t figure it out. Do want to be like me or do you want to be me?”

From the opening frames of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Andrew Dominik stokes
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FX Orders "The Strain," "Desperados"

FX is moving forward with its TV series adaptation of Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan's "The Strain" novel trilogy. The cable network has given the project a thirteen episode order.

del Toro, Hogan and Carlton Cuse will produce the vampire drama which is aiming for a July 2014 premiere. Cuse will also serve as show runner.

FX has also begun development of "Desperadoes," a six-hour miniseries based on Ron Hansen's 1979 novel about Old West outlaws the Dalton Brothers. Robert Knott is penning and executive producing the project alongside Josh Maurer and Alixandre Witlin.

The Dalton Brothers gang specialized in bank and train robberies and the mini-series chronicles their infamous crime spree in the 1890s, as seen through the eyes of the youngest brother Emmett Dalton.

Source: FX
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FX Developing Western Miniseries Desperadoes

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If famous half-mad Russian mystics aren't your thing, perhaps you'll enjoy Desperadoes, the latest historical drama to enter development at FX. Based on the 1979 Ron Hansen novel of the same name, the six-part miniseries follows bank and train robbers the Dalton Gang on their crime spree through the American Old West. It'll be weird that a new generation of TV viewers might not immediately associate the word "desperado" with Elaine Benes's never-ending string of weirdo boyfriends, but that's okay. That's fine.
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"Assassination of Jesse James" Revival Screening

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Museum of the Moving Image, working with a longtime Museum member, will present a rare big-screen showing of the 2007 Western The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, starring Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Rockwell, and Sam Shepard, with director Andrew Dominik in person. Arguably a cult favorite since its release, this masterful and magisterial film was described by Star-Ledger critic Stephen Whitty as an "epic film that's part literary treatise, part mournful ballad, and completely a portrait of our world, as seen in a distant mirror." The screening on Saturday, December 7, at 6:00 p.m. will take place in the Museum’s Sumner Redstone Theater, with the post-film conversation moderated by Chief Curator David Schwartz.

Jesse James is the thing that I've done in my life that I'm most proud of,” Dominik said. “I think it's a movie that really benefits from being on the big screen,
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‘The Assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford’: The indefinable western

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert

Directed by Andrew Dominik

Screenplay by Andrew Dominik based on the novel by Ron Hansen

2007, USA, UK, Canada

“I’ve been a nobody all my life. I was the baby; I was the one they made promises to that they never kept. And ever since I can recall it, Jesse James has been as big as a tree. I’m prepared for this, Jim. And I’m going to accomplish it. I know I wont get but this one opportunity and you can bet your life I’m not going to spoil it.”

Movies are littered with characters who want nothing but to be great, characters who ache to unforgettable, and who want to be more than footnotes in history. With Andrew Dominik’s 2007 beautiful achievement The Assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford, Dominik and company were able
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Brad Pitt: Hot Hollywood Celebrity Photo Gallery of the Day Our selected celebrity to be included in our “Hot Hollywood Celebrity Photo Gallery of the Day” is Brad Pitt. Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life,” one of the most anticipated films of the Cannes festival (if not of the entire year), finally screened for critics in France this morning and Brad Pitt is the star.

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Brad Pitt - 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival - "The Tree of Live" Photocall - Palais des Festivals - Cannes, France

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Brad Pitt - 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival - "The Tree of Live" Photocall - Palais des Festivals - Cannes, France

William Bradley “Brad” Pitt[1] (born December 18, 1963) is an American actor and film producer. Pitt has received two Academy Award nominations and four Golden Globe Award nominations, winning one. He has been described as one of the world’s most attractive men,
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Exclusive Interview: Garret Dillahunt (Raising Hope)

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Garret Dillahunt has come full circle. This versatile actor known for his off beat roles in television, film, and in the theater, has navigated his way through a colorful range of characters over the past fifteen years. Starting off as a comedic actor, Garret moved on to darker, more villainous roles such as the murderous Jack McCall in HBO's Deadwood (TV), the terminating Cromartie/John Henry on Fox's Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (TV), and the lonesome dim-witted outlaw Ed Miller in The Assassination of Jesse James (2007), starring Brad Pitt. Now he's starring in the new Fox comedy hit Raising Hope (TV). Garret plays young grandfather Burt Chance, who's son has a new and unexpected delivery in the form of Hope, a baby girl. The show has received rave reviews for it's funny, yet believable depiction of a modern-day dysfunctional working class family, and is backed by writer/producer Greg Garcia
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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford: A psychological Maze

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford:  A psychological Maze
I confess that this movie made me fall asleep after the first half hour. When I woke up, certain images from the film persisted in my memory (Roger Deakin’s play with light and shadow of the approaching train), nagging me to view the film once again from the start. To my surprise, on my second attempt, I found it to be one of those rare films which do not provide much evidence of good cinema in the early sequences while it provides such evidence much later on. And this is a rather long (2hr 40min) film. However, the film gradually entices the viewer to keep watching with the filmmaking competence improving as the film keeps un-spooling. By the end of the movie, it is quite likely that a patient viewer will not feel cheated by the director Andrew Dominik but instead admire his work that is a cocktail of delicate performances,
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2007 Fall Preview Top 20 picks: 20-17

  • Apart from our Top 100 (intro to the year ahead) preview list,’s Fall top 20 is our favorite list to compile. The wealth of quality film selections makes this task of ranking films a difficult one - there are many films that didn't make the cut that I'd wait in line and pay the full price for. Unlike say EW, we balk at including holiday fair (or anything in December) as studios often don’t keep strategies in place come last week of November and we don't include every single title (if you want to check out the full list venture here and click the arrows to advance to the next months). The consensus is: this year’s fall movie sch. is packed with films that will have a tough time to find their audience only because there is so much competition. So here they are. We've looked
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