Yay Oscars!

I am, of course, mightily pleased that my favorite movie of 2007, No Country For Old Men, won the big awards last night. For those just joining the conversation, or those who are wondering why No Country was actually the year’s Best Picture, my thoughts on the movie can be found here: part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4. If that is not enough Coen analysis for you, the whole kit and kaboodle of my thoughts on the Coens movies can be found here.

I know I’m getting old when the Oscars start making sense to me.

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4 Responses to “Yay Oscars!”
  1. curt_holman says:

    Last Milkshake Reference

    Did you hear about this?

    From CNN’s Oscar blog comes this factoid:

    Finally, a comment from “There Will Be Blood” cinematographer Robert Elswit that should give us all pause. Asked what the film used to create its “oil,” Elswit said it’s something most of us have imbibed at one time or another: “It was industrial material used by McDonald’s to thicken their milkshakes, and I’m not kidding. That’s actually true.”

  2. curt_holman says:

    Another Oscar-related, Coens-related observation that you will probably like, from :

    Something I keep meaning to discuss since seeing No Country again. I noticed something odd about the set design, and maybe you noticed it, too. In the gas station coin flip scene, you can see a sticker on the wall behind the clerk. The sticker is all words, mostly too small to read, but you can sort of make out the top line, and the bottom line is pretty noticable, reading in large text: “GETTING UP!!” It’s obviously the punchline to whatever joke is on the sticker. Here’s what I never noticed: Later, when Sheriff Bell goes to visit his brother, the same sticker can be seen on the brother’s refrigerator.

    This was obviously done on purpose, either by the set designer or by the Coens themselves. I’m now curious to see if the sticker appears elsewhere in the movie, or if perhaps I can get a better look to see what the joke is.

    Anyone else notice this, or anything like it?

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  4. curt_holman says:

    ‘Burn’ notice

    BTW, I wrote a review of The Coens’ ‘Burn After Reading’ today, and because of you I almost started it with The Little Man: