Now that you’ve seen it, what did you think? Retribution. The Coen Brothers are back once again with their 15th feature film- True Grit – a re-adaptation of the original Charles Portis novel that was adapted in 1969 into the John Wayne western. It’s the first time the brothers have worked with Jeff Bridges since The Big Lebowski in ‘98 and they almost gave up until they found 14-year-old actress Hailee Steinfeld to star as Mattie Ross. So how is it? Is it one of the Coens’ best films or one of their worst? What was your favorite part (acting, visuals, story)? If you’ve seen it, leave a comment and let us know your thoughts on True Grit!
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To fuel the fire, I’ve seen the Coen Bros’ True Grit twice (but haven’t seen the original or read the book) and I like it a lot, but it’s not my favorite movie of the year by any means and it is definitely not the best movie of the year – it’s just not that good. Joel and Ethan are some of the best technical filmmakers, so there’s always plenty to admire, but I felt the story just seemed a bit simple. I’m probably going to get crap for saying that, but it was just a very basic revenge story, no twists, she just kills him and that’s that. I loved all of the actors, especially Matt Damon and Jeff Bridges, and even Hailee Steinfeld held her own. My biggest problems lie in the overly abrupt and pay-off-less ending, but that seems to be something the Coens are fond of these days.
Posted by admin Date: Monday, December 27, 2010
Now that you’ve seen it, what did you think? It is time. We’ve been waiting 2 years, 4 months and 23 days for this day; or for some, they’ve been waiting 28 years. Tron Legacy, the highly anticipated sequel to Steve Lisberger’s techno-classic Tron from 1982, directed by first-time filmmaker Joseph Kosinski, finally hits theaters today in Disney Digital and IMAX 3D. How is it? Was it worth the wait and did it live up to all of your expectations? How is Daft Punk’s score? How is Jeff Bridges back as Flynn (and CLU!)? How are the visuals and fight scenes? If you’ve seen it leave a comment and tell us what you thought of Tron Legacy!
To fuel the fire on this, I’ve seen Tron Legacy twice (the second time in IMAX 3D and holy crap was that exhilarating) and I still think it’s an awesome movie. Look, I recognize that Tron Legacy has some script problems, issues with story depth and so on, but overall it’s still a frickin blast to watch, pure mesmerizing entertainment. Just watching Kosinski’s world actually come to life and all of the different places he takes us, it’s incredible. I enjoyed it even more a second time, but I wouldn’t say it surpassed my expectations. I think it lived up to them, in that it was an awesome, exciting, entertaining, visually breathtaking new Tron movie with a fantastic score, but nothing at Matrix or Blade Runner levels, which is what I was hoping for.
I think this is another case of way too high of expectations, and a screenplay with some problems, therefore resulting in a movie that just can’t ever blow us away in the way we all wanted it to, but don’t worry, as this doesn’t mean anyone has to hate it in response. I thought Olivia Wilde did a wonderful job as Quorra, Jeff Bridges was fantastic, especially as the older Kevin Flynn and the Daft Punk score was phenomenal. One of my favorite scenes is at the end when they’re on the final platform trying to reach the portal and old Flynn has to fight CLU himself to make sure they get out. That scene really hit me emotionally, a great way to end.
Posted by admin Date: Monday, December 20, 2010
Hot dog, hot dog, hot digity dog this looks so awesome! Paramount just debuted three TV spots for the Coen Brothers’ True Grit today just after Thanksgiving to give those of you stuffed with delicious turkey something to watch. Thanks to Awards Daily for finding YouTube embeds. True Grit is one of the few films left this year that I absolutely can’t wait to see (and haven’t yet). Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, Josh Brolin & Matt Damon star in this PG-13 gritty Coen Brothers western. There’s definitely a lot of Oscar potential with this too, another big reason why I can’t wait to see it. My favorite one is #3 at the bottom, just so Inception-like intense. Enjoy!