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No Country for Old Men (2007)

Wow. This film is something that I'll be thinking about and talking about for a long time. In fact, I need it to come out on DVD so I can see it again. Lets walk through what worked:

1. Tommy Lee Jones. This man doesn't make bad movies. On the whole he's one of the finest actors working today. Playing a sheriff in this film we see one of his best performances in recent memory.

2. The script. Based heavily on a Cormac McCarthy novel with the same title it an amazing thing. The Coen's did the right thing by bringing McCarthy in do assist them with the writing. I've always said that if one is going to make a movie based on a book the directors MUST bring in the author. The author also must have some say in how the film works. One is able to see the minimal hand of McCarthy all through out the film. \t

3. The violence and suspense. I'm going to be very honest. This is one of the most violent, blood filled films I've seen in a long time. Remember folks I just did a horror movie month so this is really saying something. It is not for the faint of heart, but every single scene where violence occurs does two separate things. It repels the audiences and brings them in. Watching it makes you feel like you are on a giant yo-yo.

The suspense in this film takes a page from the masters like Hitchcock. Drawing things out, making them slow, and showing how deliberate people are made me want to jump out of my skin.

4. This movie also gives us the best psychopath since Hannibal Lecter! Javier Bardem was amazing.

5. A random role for Woody Harrelson. I it when I show up for a movie, and find a hidden character in it that I love. He isn't in it for long, but it's nice to see his face again.