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She's Scottish actually. She was also in Trainspotting.
Call it, friendo.
You might also recognize her from Boardwalk Empire.
Beautiful prose, great characters, an unflinching look at the real brutality of the old west (the Glanton Gang actually existed and were as savage as the book makes out), etc., etc.
Different strokes I guess but I've read it more times than any other book (six or seven iirc), and I still find something new each time.
A review from the NYT circa 1985: https://www.nytimes.com/1985/04/28/books/blood-meridian-by-cormac-mccarthy.html
Like the movie. Love the book.
Eh... it's very close, certainly how I picture the world and characters in my mind's eye, but there's some missing bits in the movie. There's that whole arc about Llewellyn's time with the woman he meets in the motel, might have added a little to the film. The book also makes clear what happens to Carla Jean at the end.
Fairly exhaustive read on the delta between book and film here: https://www.avclub.com/book-vs-film-no-country-for-old-men-1798213032
From the days when my kids were young, I seem to remember her being in "Nanny McPhee", as well.
That's interesting...I read the novel and really enjoyed it, then walking out of the theater after seeing the movie it struck me that "No Country" could essentially be viewed as a grim, thinking-man's remake of "The Getaway" (the McQueen/Peckinpah version, not the lesser 90s remake.)
Was the movie ambiguous? That wasn't dust he was wiping off his shoes when he left her house.
As depressing as it is, I love this film. It is possibly the best book to film translation that I have ever seen. It doesn't just do justice to the book, it embodies it. The Coen brothers are masters, to be sure, and just about every performance in this movie is outstanding.
It's the most accessable McCarthy book that I've read. It carries all of his favourite themes but presents them in a straightforward manner by using the structure of the Western.
I also love the villain and the use of the coin as a metaphor. Evil exists and when your time has come it's coming whether no matter what you've done or if you're ready for it or not. What's the line in Unforgiven? "Deserve's got nothing to do with it."? This film takes that idea to its logical conclusion.
it's a fairly great movie, but i consider the novel to be the least of McCarthy's work.
Great post. Most of Cormac's work follows that sort of... I dunno... nihilism is the wrong word, but that theme of inevitability and of good people sometimes dying, of evil winning, it's always there in heaps.
For me, I love the book because of the way the Sheriff's thoughts are alternated in sections with the narrative arc. Really a page turner, just incredibly easy and entertaining to read.
You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.
It's a good pitcher show for sure. Right up at the top for me.
Still I don't watch it much ... since it is so slow.
And that damn coffee scene and all the cats is just disgusting.
I'm a fan of the Coen Brothers and this for me is easily one of their best movies.
Tommy Lee Jones is magnificent and Javier Bardem's Anton Chigur is one of the great movie villains. Very good turns from Woody Harrelson and Josh Brolin too.
Did you notice there's no musical soundtrack?
"You don't have to do this"
I had a hard time with NCFOM.
Too violent for my taste.
I really enjoy the Coen Brothers, especially loved O Brother and The Big Labowski etc.
Didnt much care for Fargo... because again, it got kinda violent.
It seems to me that they sometime use violence as a prop.
For shock value.
I loved “No Country for Old Men” from the beginning of the first scene to the end, and have enjoyed it multiple times. It’s one of my favorites.
It's one my favorite movies. The characters are fantastic and I think they all have a great story arc, but it's been a while since I have seen it. The villain is who I remember the most. After his first appearance, I thoroughly loathed him. Somehow, by the end of the film, I almost respected his tenacity. I wouldn't choose him as a role model or anything, but I didn't completely hate him at the end.
The movie didn't adhere to the typical formula. They may have ignored or totally forewent focus groups during production. Whatever happened, it was nominated for some Oscars if I recall correctly, and it probably did well at the box office. That takes some chutzpah, so hats off.
And oh yeah, Tommy Lee Jones. I can't name another movie of his - and I've probably seen a few of them - but that man knocked his role out of the park. What a great flick. Time to check this one out again.
But ... surely ...
You're really gonna hate Miller's Crossing then. No Country is an exceptionally violent book. If the movie had strayed from that, I'd have been very disappointed.
I liked "No Country For Awkward Men" too!