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True Grit (2010)

10 Jan

If I told you what the exact nature of their relationship is, you wouldn't believe me. Just go see this great movie.

When I first heard rumblings of a remake of “True Grit,” I complained. Then I learned the Coen Brothers were helming the update, and I stopped grumbling. If any filmmakers are to be trusted with presenting an updated version of a beloved Western, it’s the Coens. They have displayed an appreciation for sparse scenery and restrained emotion which makes them ideal candidates for re-inventing (or perhaps reviving?) the genre. As it turns out, my faith in the Coens was well-placed. With “True Grit,” they delivered an elegant, yet entertaining, update of both the original film and the genre. Continue reading

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The Searchers (1956)

7 Oct

This one scene encapsulates the entire movie in such a bold way that it's breathtaking.

How often does the final scene in a movie really have impact anymore? Sure you’ll get some powerful endings from time to time, but more often than not modern films feel like they settle for winding down rather than going for it and making a true statement with an iconic, meaningful image. “The Searchers” goes for broke in its final scene and succeeds so well it’s breathtaking. Continue reading