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22 Classic Westerns We Love

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 22, 2010 6:01 AM
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True Grit
There are two genres that every filmmaker wants to tackle: the musical and the western. Having flirted with the latter a number of times, the Coen Brothers, undoubtedly one of the foremost filmmaking teams of their generation, have finally delivered their first full-flung oater with "True Grit," a second adaptation of the Charles Portis novel made famous for winning John Wayne his only Oscar the first time around.

Academy Disqualifies Scores For 'Black Swan,' 'True Grit' and Others From Oscar Consideration

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 21, 2010 2:40 AM
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The trouble with the Academy awards, and indeed in putting too much stock in them, is that you're relying on the decisions being made by a relatively small, aging group of people. In many ways, things are improving -- Academy membership is getting younger, and it's starting to show: we can't imagine "The Hurt Locker" winning Best Picture even a decade ago. But in some categories, and some branches, there's still a frustrating conservatism at work; the Foreign Language branch, for instance, have a long history of picking safe choices over other, more worthy films.

Review: 'True Grit' An Old-Fashioned Oater Only The Coens Could Make

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 15, 2010 3:04 AM
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Judging by some of the early reviews of "True Grit" you would think that the Coens had left their bag of tricks at home when making the film, delivering a respectful if overly formal western. However, it seems those reviewers who got an early look forgot that the Coens are often found at the height of their creative powers when operating with a genre milieu. Take "Miller's Crossing," "The Hudsucker Proxy" or "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" -- all films with giant nods to filmmakers of yore, yet each imbued with the Coens' own distinctive thematic obsessions: this all continues with "True Grit." Wickedly funny, undeniably compelling and yes, touched with a less cynical heart than some of their most recent efforts (though hardly "sentimental" as some critics have suggested) the picture finds the Coens pushing all their usual techniques to the fore, while at the same time keeping them constrained by the genre they're working within and for most part, it works wonderfully.

Snubs, Stupidities, Surprises & A Few Delights From The 2010 Golden Globe Nominations

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 14, 2010 3:32 AM
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'True Grit' & 'Another Year' Totally Shut Out, '127 Hours' Fails To Score Directing Or Best Drama NodsOnly in the bizarro world of the Hollywood Foreign Press does "The Tourist" earn a Best Picture nomination and Danny Boyle's "127 Hours" go empty-handed. Granted, the Depp/Jolie pic scored a nod in the Best Comedy or Musical section and Boyle's mountain climbing drama was shut out of the five noms-only Best Dramatic picture category, but still, doesn't that seem odd?

'True Grit' Score By Carter Burwell Hits Stores December 21st, Album Streaming Now

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 11, 2010 4:03 AM
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Is this the year -- ok, at the least the month -- of the arthouse film? It would certainly seem that way. Big glossy studio pictures like "The Tourist" (opening this weekend), the forthcoming "Tron: Legacy" and "How Do You Know" are arriving with tepid buzz while auteur driven work such as "Black Swan" and the Coens' "True Grit" are riding a huge wave of anticipation. And we are certainly looking forward to it. The film boats the usual pedigree of high talent in front of the camera -- Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld -- and once again, the directors have assigned scoring duties to composer and longtime collaborator Carter Burwell.

Can't Wait To See 'True Grit'? Here's Four Clips From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 10, 2010 11:14 AM
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While all the Oscar prognosticators are spit shining "The Fighter" this week and trumpeting it as the Best Picture winner, that sentiment will pretty much change next week when "True Grit" starts screening en masse and every crystal ball awards season genie will switch up their tune.

First Reviews For 'True Grit' Reveal The Coens At Their Most Traditional & Sentimental

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 1, 2010 7:05 AM
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"True Grit," the last potential Oscar player in the mix, has finally screened for critics and with the embargo breaking this afternoon, first reviews are beginning to trickle out. And scanning through them, there seems to be a big leeway being given to the directing duo for a film that apparently bears very little of the usual imprint or flourishes and plays strictly as an homage to westerns of yore. While most are pleased with the film, it seems the picture's tone and deliberate old school feel may be a dealbreaker for some Coen brothers fans, and it remains to be seen if it has the right stuff to hoof it into the awards season race.

New 'True Grit' Character Posters Demand Retribution

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 18, 2010 4:25 AM
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Some new "True Grit" characters posters have landed today and they keep up the solid tone the film's marketing team have evinced thus far, that of a gritty, no holds barred western from the Coen Brothers. But as it's pretty much the last holdout to screen for critics, is it going to be the Oscar contender everyone thinks it is?

Matt Damon Admits Channeling Tommy Lee Jones For Texas Ranger La Boeuf In 'True Grit'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 4, 2010 1:15 AM
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With the Coen Brothers' adaptation of Charles Portis' Western tale "True Grit" now three days closer, anticipation will probably increase exponentially as the year draws closer to an end and closer to the film's release. Speaking with Empire about the pic, co-star Matt Damon took to discussing his self described "supporting role" as Texas ranger La Boeuf, revealing his own interesting inspiration for the role.

'True Grit' Release Date Moved Up To December 22nd

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 2, 2010 9:41 AM
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The wait for the Coen Brothers' highly anticipated "True Grit" has just gotten slightly shorter. Paramount has moved up the release date of the film by three days to December 22nd from its original Christmas Day bow.

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