- Once (2006)
- All the President's Men (1976)
- Being John Malkovich (1999)
- In the Year of the Pig (1968)
- In The Mood For Love (2000)
- Hole, The (1960)
- Tokyo Story (1953)
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- Jurassic Park (1993)
- Gilda (1946)
- Rounders (1998)
- Masque of the Red Death, The (1964)
- Django Unchained (2012)
- Fat City (1972)
- Amélie (2001)
- All That Jazz (1979)
- Night of the Hunter, The (1955)
- King of Comedy, The (1983)
- Manhattan (1979)
- Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)
- Sullivan's Travels (1941)
- Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, The (1994)
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- Playtime (1967)
- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
- Haunted Castle, The (1921)
- Last Wave, The (1977)
- Naked Lunch (1991) * Weird and Wacky *
- Phantom Carriage, The (1921)
- Lolita (1962)
1001 Club - True Grit (2010)
#1089. True Grit (2010)
Why It's In The Book: "After flirting with Western conventions with No Country For Old Men (2007), the Coen Brothers made their first official cowpoke adventure with True Grit. Charles Portis's novel had been filmed before, but for their adaptation the Coens returned to the source rather than the film that garnered John Wayne his Oscar...
Accompanying the emotions and drama is the Coen's typical brand of humor... In the texture of the clothes, the characters intricate Biblespeak, and the final showdown, True Grit embodies classical Western tropes. Roger Deakin's cinematography captures the cragginess of Choctaw territory, while Carter Burwell's score manipulates Pentecostal hymns and nods to Night of the Hunter (1955). The Coens have blended religious symbolism and dimestore-style thrills to create a paean to storytelling and courage. It is a tale of a quest, an adventure, which has by it's finale become a story of legends and the bygone." -1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
Sunny D - 9.5/10
"Good writing doesn’t get very far without good delivery, and True Grit has talent to spare in every frame."
Squish - 9/10
"True Grit is the latest, greatest Coen Brothers film that serves as a reminder that their oeuvre is truly worthy of exploration."
Adolytsi - 8/10
"Even fans of the original will definitely want to check this one out, though it may be a bit samey due to its similarities."
Alyson - 8/10
"The Coen brothers have resurrected the Western from its old cowboys and Indians days into a darker, meatier film that can stand among today’s topics."
Branden - 8/10
"There was nothing else with the flick that raised it as a western. The acting and action saved it."
Chip - 8/10
"Without going into any key details on the ending, I will say that it has left some people feeling that it doesn’t fit with the rest of the movie. I’m one of them."
Doug Tilley - 8/10
"there's a roughness and wildness to the proceedings - along with touches that are purely Coen - that make this adaptation superior in nearly every way."
Movie Guy Steve - 8/10
"I like this film pretty well, but I do have to question what all the fuss was about, and this is coming from the perspective of someone who really likes the Coens."
Nicolas Krizan - 8/10
"Classic Western morality with fewer modern twists than expected."
Siochembio - 7.5/10
"The landscapes seem sun bleached, like a piece of driftwood that has been exposed to the elements for too long."
bpdreview - 7/10
"I don't have a problem with the Coens doing a straightforward film every once in a while, but they're capable of greatness. I suppose it's a little disappointing when they're willing to settle for goodness."
Kim Wilson - 7/10
"True disappointment is more like it! Three great actors and two Coen Brothers would seem like a recipe for success, but something went wrong with True Grit (2010)."