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It is amazing that this film did not receive a theatrical release -
surely someone in Hollywood has their head up their ass. This movie
could have been a major Oscar contender. It is a beautiful story, told
to near perfection. Haley Joel Osment continues to prove he's one of
the greatest child actors of all-time, and Liam Hess makes an amazing
impression as Tolo. Both performances are Oscar worthy, as are the
script, direction, cinematography, and picture.
Without revealing too much of the film focuses on the story of a young boy torn from his parents and Jewish upbringing and forced into a Catholic peasant community during the War. The horrors of the War are shown full, and the children of the community become heavily involved with the church as a means to escape the horrors, especially the impressionable, younger Tolo.
This is definitely one of the best movies to ever deal with the horrors of World War II, and certainly the best since "Schindler's List."
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The Coen Brothers have succeeded in making what is possibly the most
nihilistic film in the history of cinema, and in doing so they have
divided the audience like Moses parting the Red Sea. A lot of people
love this film and feel it is one of the greatest ever made, while I'm
on the opposite side, thinking the film is too frustrating to be
The story, as you may know, revolves around Lleweleyn Moss (Josh Brolin) and, upon his discovery of a crime scene (a drug sale gone horribly wrong), the theft of two million dollars. From the moment he steals the money, Moss is followed by Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem), a menacing figure who kills anyone who gets in his way. Along the way, we meet Sheriff Ed Thom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones), who really does nothing to advance the story any, since his character does little to stop the events which unload on screen. In his soliloquies, we learn that he has seen better times than the horror unraveling around him, and that this is no country for old men (thus the title).
And that's basically the story in a nutshell. There is virtually no development of characters, no backdrop to show us why Chigurh is involved and so evil, and no involvement of Bell's character. There is a brief appearance of Carson Wells (Woody Harrelson), who is hired to track down Moss and Chigurh by someone who obviously was behind the whole drug deal, yet we know nothing about who hired him (even the credits list the character as "Man who hires Wells"). After Wells fails, the "Man who hires Wells" then involves a band of Mexicans to track down Moss, and the story goes off the rails from there.
What is even more frustrating is the final quarter of the film, where not only do we not get any further development of character, we get the lead character killed off camera, a scene involving Chigurh and Moss' wife that is not fully realized, an out-of-the-blue car accident which doesn't do anything of any importance, and, yet, another meaningless soliloquy from Jones.
I truly do not understand the hype and love surrounding this film. When I saw the film, several people walked out, and there was a groan at the end of the movie and multiple apologies to loved ones from people had brought them to see what was to be the "movie of the year." Sure, the movie had great cinematography, great sound, and decent acting (it's a Coen Brother's film, would you expect less?) - the problem lies in the script and the lack of character development. There were some great scenes of tension, especially one involving Chigurh and a gas station owner and the toss of a coin, scenes which truly deserved to be in a better movie.
If you're looking for entertainment, the best advice here is to stay far away from this film.
Olivia makes a tremendous leap in her acting abilities following a
rather "wooden" (pun intended) performance as a mannequin in yet
another Christmas television movie, "A Mom for Christmas." This
wonderful movie co-stars Gregory Harrison, whom she would also act with
in the AIDS-drama "It's My Party," and also marks the acting debut of
her daughter, Chloe Rose Lattanzi, whom, much later, would become an
international singing sensation in her own right.
The film centers on a widowed mother of two young girls who is struggling to make ends meet in order to save the bank from foreclosing on her mountainside home. Bleak stuff for Christmas, huh? Then, along comes mean mister bank man, played by Gregory Harrison, who must give Olivia the bad news that the bank has taken over her house and she must move. All this fun on Christmas Eve...
Well, along comes a storm and forces Harrison to stay with Olivia & girls , and romance ensues, but not without some trials (including a dying lamb)... It really seems bleak, but it all works out in the end, and Olivia turns in her strongest role yet.
It is unbelievable that this movie has yet to be released on DVD - it was a top 10 favorite the year it was made, and has been re-run on television throughout the years since. Also, with Olivia's (and now Chloe's) popularity, the movie would surely be a strong seller. Repeated viewings have proved just how strong this film is, and it definitely ranks up there with the seasonal holiday classics that are re-run every year. It's a beautiful film.
This movie is god-awful! It plays too heavily on too many push-button
topics, and the writing and direction are terrible. Definitely one of
the worst movies of the year, and totally a waste of time for the
strong to wonderful cast that was wasted in this piece of garbage (what
were they thinking???) Sarah Jessica Parker's transformation seemed too
rushed - all she needed was to get liquored-up during one night out on
the town with her boyfriend's brother??? Her sister's (Claire Danes)
affair with Mulrooney, and Mulrooney's infatuation with her, was also
rushed. And the whole family treated SJP like crap, not liking her from
the beginning. At one point, I really felt like walking out of the
theatre, but, like a trainwreck, I had to stay and watch. Once Keaton
revealed she was dying and SJP made the comments about having a gay
child, I honestly felt that there couldn't be a worse picture this year
(except, perhaps, Bewitched).
A total waste of time, money, and talent.