Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

Trailers from Hell: John Badham on Coens' Grim Masterpiece 'No Country for Old Men'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood September 21, 2012 at 2:26PM

"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."
3
Javier Bardem in "No Country for Old Men"
Javier Bardem in "No Country for Old Men"

"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.

This article is related to: Trailers, Trailers from Hell, Video, No Country For Old Men, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen


E-Mail Updates








Thompson on Hollywood

Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.