2010: #5 True Grit


Directed by: Joel and Ethan Coen
Written by: Joel and Ethan Coen
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Hailee Steinfeld, and Barry Pepper
Distributer: Paramount
Country: USA
Language: English
Rating: PG-13
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Date released: 12/22/2010
Date seen: 12/25/2010
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $193 Million
# of Oscar nominations: 10 (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Sound Editing.)
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 11 (Shootout, Score, Cinematography, Villain, Cameo, Actress, Actor, Ensemble, Line, Adapted Screenplay, Trailer)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 1 (Shootout)

[Ed. Note: original piece was lost, what follows was written retroactively in 2011] The Coen Brothers are capable of many things, but I never expected them to make a relatively straightforward traditionalist western and to make it with such skill.  The film is generally an improvement on the 1969 adaptation of the same source novel, made with more skill and with a the Coens’ dry wit added to the mix.  There’s fun to be had here but it’s also a movie that knows to be somber when it needs to.  Add to the mix a really good cast and some excellent cinematography by Roger Deakins and you have one of the year’s most enjoyable films.

Full Review

#6 Year End Honors #4

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