True Grit - 135
Island Blue - 114 (has been lower at Rack & 6pm, but good run)
Midnight LHT - 116
Lord of Nep - 168
As usual, check the charts posted compared to your best fitting jeans instead of relying on your usual tag size. True Grit is unsanforized and has two tables.
Maybe I have an uncultured and undiscerning anal palate, but I remember a while ago visiting a friend who had the most outrageously soft toilet paper it felt like I was wiping my rusty sheriff’s badge with the actual white kittens you see on the package of that one brand. Sure the skid marks on the TP eventually stopped appearing after probably the same amount of wipes as when I use the “gritty” TP, but it just left me feeling like I hadn’t grabbed all the Klingons.
Is this what a rich person’s chocolate starfish feels like all the time?
First off, I just want to say that these two films are (obviously) tied for first place as my favorite movies of all time. I remember the first time I watched No Country For Old Men at the age of 16 and it left speechless. The script, the cinematography, the score (or lack thereof at times) the acting, all of it just captured my focus in ways I didn't even understand. This was the first time I had seen a movie where the "good guy" dies and the "bad guy" walks away. I immediately picked up the novel by Cormac Mccarthy and read through it in almost a day. The movie captured the novel beautifully and the message itself, which is focused on Sheriff Ed Tom, took a long time to understand. I'm 29 now and still have much to learn from it but the film is damn near perfection in my eyes. Dark, deep, violent, humorous, and chaotic. Life itself in many ways. If you have never read the poem by W.B. Yeats which the phrase "no Country for old men" originates from, I highly recommend it. The link is here. Sailing to Byzantium I memorized it years ago and it brings warmth in contrast to the darkness from the movie and book itself.
In the flip side... there is True Grit. When I first watched this movie, it didn't hit me in the same way and I almost dismissed it. The movie didn't seem to have as much depth and just told a simple story. I was obviously wrong and the more I've watched it over the years, the more it hits me. This movie is full of... people. All of the characters are polarizing. Are they good? Are they bad? Are they somewhere in between? To me that is the biggest point of the story. People in general are usually in between and the films showly this beautifully. As with No Country For Old Men itself, the film itself is damn near perfect but it lacks the same darkness and gives almost a strange hopefulness at the end. I'm not sure of that even makes sense but it always leaves me feeling calm.
Both of these films deserve all of the recognition they get but for me personally, they have helped me through life in odd ways. Accepting the inevitably of age, understanding people a bit more, looking for beauty in places you normally wouldn't expect, and understanding that this world can be a very bright place at times, even with so much darkness around us. The older I get, the more these two films hit me and I can't decide which is better. What do you guys think? Let me know your thoughts and what... keep reading on reddit ➡