The Keith & the Movies Valhalla is a place of tribute for those movies that I hold in the highest regard. These are films that embody everything that is great about motion pictures. These are the best of the best – movies that I truly love and that stand above the rest. There are many great movies that won’t find their way into these sacred halls. But here you will find those films that I believe personify brilliance in filmmaking, storytelling, and entertainment. These glorious 5 star accomplishments are worthy of special recognition as the very best. Ok, enough of the high drama! In other words, these are my favorite movies of all time, ok?
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (2007) – I’m a huge fan of Joel and Ethan Coen and their crime thriller “No Country for Old Men” is one of their very best films. This Best Picture winner features the Coen’s signature mix of blood and grit with their unique brand of dark comedy. The brothers stick surprisingly close to Cormac McCarthy’s novel while at the same time making it unmistakably their own. It’s a riveting hunter versus hunted story led by perfect performances from Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones, and Kelly Macdonald. And who can ever forget Javier Bardem’s work as the psychotic Anton Chigurh, one of cinema’s most memorable movie villains. Everything about this picture works – the sweaty southwestern locations, the subtle and dry humor, the sparse and often times absent score, the meaningful yet gruesome violence, the well-structured pacing. “No Country for Old Men” is the jarring revelation of a new age of violence and crime for a small town Texas sheriff. It’s a case against the pursuit of a quick and easy fortune. It shows the domino effect of one poor but crucial decision. I could go on and on. There’s a lot going on under the surface of this film if you just dig enough. But even without that, this is a spectacular action picture with some of the Coen’s funniest moments sprinkled in. It’s the total package and one of my all time favorites.
No Country for Old Men is the third inductee into the Keith & the Movies Valhalla. But there are more amazing movies to come in the near future so stay tuned. What are your thoughts on this Coen brothers classic? Is it worth the accolades it’s received or is it an overrated picture? You now know my opinion. It’s one of the very best. Take time to share your comments below.