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No Country for Old Men, Hitman, Dan in Real Life, Bee MoviePosted Monday, March 10, 2008, at 11:31 AM
Another batch of new releases hit the market on Tuesday, March 11th, 2008.
Reviewed in theatres and nothing has changed. Check out the review from the Gazette's online amazingness at http://www.mccookgazette.com/story/12888....
Dan in Real Life
Another flick reviewed at the Cinema 3 that didn't change my opinion on DVD. The original review archived at http://www.mccookgazette.com/story/12948....
Finally! A flick I didn't see in theatres. This movie is based on the popular video game series by the same name. The movie takes its cues from the Hitman story lines, but comes up with a completely original story to tell. The dialogue is quick and witty, but lacks any real depth. The acting is adequate for a thriller that focuses most of its energy and budget on gunplay and action sequences, which are done very well.
Hitman is the story of a hitman who is one of the best. He was trained as a young boy by a religious order to do his job and do it good. He is soon setup by the very people he gets his jobs from and is forced to go on the run while attempting to find out why he was setup. He befriends a woman, who gives him a reason for finishing the fight and a chance for a happy ending.
Hitman is not original in its story, action, directing, or anything. This doesn't however distract from the fact that it is a great little flick that is well worth a rent. I enjoyed the film and recommend it.
No Country for Old Men
First of all, this film won many Oscar's at the Academy Awards in February including Best Supporting Actor for Javier Bardem, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Direction, and Best Picture. Obviously, the big prize is the Best Picture win which places No Country for Old Men among many great films of the past. Directors Joel and Ethan Coen did an excellent job with this little film which was adapted by a book of the same name into a screenplay by the brothers who then took on the task of directing it to perfection. The flick stars Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, and Javier Bardem.
The entire movie gets set off when Josh Brolin comes across a crime scene and finds a suitcase full of cash. He takes the money in hopes of a better life, but soon finds out the one man that is after the money will stop at nothing to get it. Soon, the two men are in a chase after each other, while a sheriff is right on their tail.
The flick mixes genre's around but is mostly a thriller. Josh Brolin gives an excellent performance as your everyday guy that finds the money and runs. Tommy Lee Jones knocks out a powerful performance with great lines delivered in a short matter of fact manner that sets wonderfully in the film, but the real winner of a performance comes from Javier Bardem. Javier won the Best Supporting Actor award for this role which finds him saying very little, but when he does it makes an impact and his eyes and face tell another story as he rampages the country looking for the suitcase of cash. Javier is remarkable creepy and mesmerizing. It truly is a most worthy acting performance. What is even more remarkable is that the three main actors don't even share one scene with each other. Each actor never actually gets in the same frame of film as the other except for a few notable bits that see them just barely see each other before one of them is gone.
No Country for Old Men is a great movie that will have you most likely confused or upset at the end. This is a most deserving picture to get Best Picture of the Year, even though before I saw this, I would have gladly voted for Juno. I actually might still have voted for Juno, but this is still a great flick that you shouldn't miss!
As always, all the flicks are available at Movie Gallery as well as many other new releases. Leave some comments on your own experiences with these flicks and check back next week for Atonement, Enchanted, I am Legend, and many more!
Cody Dame is the CEO and owner of three local McCook Businesses, Game On, Spotlight Studios and Divine Productions. He also manages to work for the McCook Daily Gazette.
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