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Film, "True Grit": The Coen brothers' perverse buddy tale

"True Grit": The Coen brothers' perverse buddy tale

Boldly reanimating the comic Western that secured John Wayne his Oscar 41 years ago, the Coen brothers' True Grit is well-wrought, if overly talkative, and seriously ambitious. Opening with a strategically abbreviated Old Testament proverb ("The wicked flee when none…
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Culture, Stage "The Sunset Limited": Cormac McCarthy brings a welcome chill to SF Playhouse

"The Sunset Limited": Cormac McCarthy brings a welcome chill to SF Playhouse

Some novelists seem like natural-born playwrights. At first glance, Cormac McCarthy wouldn't appear to be among them. He writes first-rate dialogue in novels like Blood Meridian and No Country for Old Men, but nobody reads him for the dialogue. The…
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Calendar, Night&Day Two Men Walk Into a Subway Station...

Two Men Walk Into a Subway Station...

Two strangers experience a startling encounter on a New York City subway platform. It leads them to a tenement building, where they engage in a lengthy verbal exchange that covers the very meaning of existence. Welcome aboard. You’re on the…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Appaloosa</i>

Appaloosa

Virgil Cole (Ed Harris) and his sidekick Everett Hitch (Viggo Mortensen) are the new marshal and deputy facing down a posse of bad guys in Appaloosa, New Mexico, circa 1882, in Harris's latest directorial effort. Appaloosa has the shifting boundaries…
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SNL Throws In It's 'I Drink Your Milkshake' Two Cents

In the ongoing There Will Be Blood "I Drink Your Milkshake" phenom comes SNL's surprisingly funny addition in the form of a Food Network ("porn for fat people") Show in which Daniel Plainview -- in an uncanny rendition by…
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We Aren't the World

Cannes, France — The Coen brothers' pulpy, ultimately pretentious neo-western No Country for Old Men screened early in the Cannes Film Festival and, by the end, had maintained its standing as the most widely approved Yankee feature to bow here…
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