Friday, August 01, 2008

friday confession: sort-of shotgun

We watched No Country for Old Men last week and it was great. I swore off violent movies some time ago, but I make an exception sometimes, at least when renting. Anyway, it wasn't until a couple days ago that I realized a sawed-off shotgun really is sawed off. It never occurred to me to consider the phrase. Guess I move, thankfully, in the wrong circles.

Anyway, it was a great movie, insinuatingly quiet, long landscaped, slow and taciturn. When the violence happens, it's focused. There aren't big bust-em-ups, rains of bullets or car chases. But the overall quiet of the movie makes the violence that does happen all the more potent.


sam of the ten thousand things said...

The film captures the essence and flow of the novel. Jones is magnificent in his role. I really liked the film. The book blew me away - no pun intended - or maybe I do intend it.

Rachel Mallino said...

Loved, loved, loved the movie. But, I love everything by the Coen Brothers. Was he not the scariest man you've seen, like, ever?!

I agree with Sam, Jones was great...he captured what the movie was about - how things have changed. I'm glad the "violence" was quiet(actually I think "stoic" might be a good word to describe it) because the meaning of the movie could have easily gotten lost.

LKD said...

This movie.

Geez Louise.

It really knocked me down to the ground and stepped on my throat.

After I watched it, I tried to sleep and couldn't.

I want to see it again.

SarahJane said...

I want to watch it again, too. The casting was terrific all around. That little wife!
I saw Llewelyn sawing off the shotgun and still didn't get "sawed-off shotgun." Until a couple days later.

Liz said...

The sawed-off part of a sawed-off shotgun is news to me too!

Hope to see this film over the holidays.

SarahJane said...

glad I'm not alone.
If you showed me a shotgun I'm not even sure I could identify it.

Tracey said...

Last summer I had, and still do, a simmering of thoughts and yearnings to repeat viewings of 'There Will Be Blood'.

I realize Sinclair's 'Oil' and Anderson's views were not word-for-word/image-for-image-- but could Anderson have nipped more poignantly the current dynamics and clashes of the oil co's and religion that just saturate every nook and cranny today?

Daniel Day-Lewis, like Javier Bardem just haunted my senses... there was so much more there, many layers to unpeel, to peek under if one dared.

Sawed-off shot guns and dead bodies buried under dirt, gravel oil and hand-made explosives.

I also was apparently outcast in lovin' Jonny Greenwood's musical score-- I felt it was perfectly suited to Anderson's cinema directive simplicity.

Guess we shall be Blockbuster's-NetFlix frequent renter's... I should just go and buy the DVD at this point- sheesh!


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