Tuesday, January 29, 2008

scaring the academy into votes

My best friend & I went to see No Country for Old Men on Saturday and let me tell y'all, I am still shivering from the experience. Not because the theater was cold (remember, I lived in the Arctic last week), but from witnessing the truly chilling performance by Javier Bardem. And it wasn't just his hideous haircut:

I keep trying to figure out the potential symbolism behind that hair. The Coen brothers are nothing if not all about allegory and symbols (Raising Arizona, Miller's Crossing, Fargo, O Brother, Where Art Thou?), but I am coming up with nothing other than that 'do is what makes the character homicidal.

Regardless, every scene with Anton Chigurh is one in which my heart stops beating for a few seconds while I hold my breath. The exchange between him and a gas station attendant is possibly the most uncomfortable, terrifying scene that doesn't involve a physically violent act.

I've seen Javier in other sexy & delicious intellectually satisfying roles and have found him admirable. But this. If I were an Academy voter, I would feel my life perhaps in danger if I failed to give him the Oscar.

Ahhh. Mucho mejor.


Lisa Wheeler Milton said...

I don't think I've watched any of his other movies - for shame.

I need to; it will heal my psyche.

(I love all the symbolism! More symbolism!)

Mrs. G. said...

Stephanie, you are so right. I had true terror in my heart during that convenience store scene. And I was blown away when the young widow refused to call.

And the end worked for me. Tommy Lee Jones was simply outmatched and life (and evil) goes on.

katydidnot said...

picture one and picture two cannot be the same person...picture two ...delicioso

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

It's on my (very long list) of movies to see.

I'm with katydidnot--not much of a resemblance between the two photos.

Minnesota Matron said...

Ah, what about Barton Fink? That movie had nothing but allegory and symbolism, if my aging memory serves.

Unknown said...

You crack me up sometimes.


Tootsie Farklepants said...

Yes! But did you see him at the SAG awards? Hubba hubba!


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