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Film: No Country for Old Men
Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 3:00pm
"Joel and Ethan Coen bring a touch of levity to their faithful adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's relentlessly bleak 2003 novel No Country for Old Men, though it's the type of nervous humor born from relieving immense tension. The Coens' first film since their leaden remake of The Ladykillers is an exceptional return to their Blood Simple roots, offering up a crime saga in which money is almost as irresistible as bad choices are inevitable. Their cynical streak finds its perfect complement in McCarthy's gloomy tale of Biblical-scale chaos in 1980 Texas, and yet the Coens nonetheless locate the black comedy hidden within the acclaimed author's terse, punctuation-sparse prose. Brusque exchanges and austere violence are the story's stock-in-trade, with both elements so downbeat and harsh that they occasionally veer close to absurdity, thereby providing the filmmaking siblings with opportunities to wryly alleviate the oppressive despair and viciousness that hovers over the proceedings in the same way that the enormous Western landscape and its weighty silence hang over its human inhabitants. As Tommy Lee Jones's sheriff Ed Tom Bell says in reference to a particularly grim anecdote, 'I laugh sometimes. 'Bout the only thing you can do.'"

- Slant Magazine


Format:
35 mm Film
Runtime:
122 minutes
When:
Feb 29 - Mar 1 at 7 and 9:30 pm, Mar 2 @ 3 pm
Where:
5th Ave Cinema, 510 SW Hall St. @ PSU
Admission:
Free for PSU Students, Faculty and Staff with ID; $2 for Other Students, Seniors and Children; $3 General Admission

For more information:

PSU Film Committee
film@pdx.edu

503-725-3551
http://www.fifthavenuecinema.groups.pdx.edu