"Coen Brothers Week!" concludes at Trailers from Hell with director John Badham introducing the brothers' 2007 Oscar winner and near-perfect, bleak-as-hell noir Western "No Country for Old Men."
Javier Bardem enters the pantheon of formidable movie monsters as the implacable killing machine on the prowl for his $2 million. Not since Robert Mitchum in Night of the Hunter has an actor made evil so unsettling. Widely acclaimed as one of the most accomplished films of its era; nonetheless, some audiences found it impenetrable. The Coen Bros. take liberties with Cormac McCarthy's novel, particularly at the end, but their Oscar-winner found broad acceptance despite its pervasive air of bleak tragedy.