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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Monter Movie Club: True Grit

You know how it works; go watch a movie then nerd out with us here. We will have the open thread sometime this week. If you have any suggestions for movies which will not likely be covered by Videogum, gives us a heads up & we shall start an open thread. SHALL I say!!

Also, don't forget to vote on on the People's Gummies. today is the last day to do so.


  1. I saw this today! I liked. It was kinda grim and talky, but very good. One of the ten best I've seen this year.

  2. This movie needs a snake warning. So um... snake warning.

  3. Maybe its just because I live in a small country town and have grown up around mumbling, drunken rednecks my entire life but this movie didn't do anything for me. True Grit just kind of dragged along and ended with a whimper. Now trust me I don't have to have action happening all of the time (I actually liked Sofia Coppola's Somewhere) but it didn't seem like the film had anything to say and had no reason to be remade.

  4. oh and I guess I should add a lot of it was shot about 20 minutes from where I live

  5. I liked it a lot! I love old Westerns, and Jeff Bridges is wonderful. Maybe I just have a special place in my heart for mumbling drunken rednecks?

  6. I enjoyed this, but having read the book, everyone should read the book?

    It's told from the POV of Mattie as a scripture-quoting spinster looking back (the movie opens and closes with her narration, but reading the whole book in first-person is obviously a whole different deal) and it is as grim and scary as the movie but there is also such a PROFUSION of character-based unintentional humor that (to me) it comes across as much warmer and with a lot more heart.

    Charles Portis has written five books that are digressive, absurd, deadpan, sometimes violent and all either first person or practically first person accounts from narrators that are just smart enough to be too smart for their own good, and I would include all of them among the best books I’ve read (Dog of the South might be a personal favorite if you get done with your bookgum selection early). OK!

  7. ALSO: a passage from the book (and in the original movie) when Mattie's at the boarding house was cut, and we are worse off for it (paraphrased):

    OLD MAN: Watch out for that chicken & dumplings. It'll hurt your eyes.
    LA BOEUF: How's that?
    OLD MAN: It'll hurt your eyes looking for the chicken!
    LA BOEUF: You squirrel-headed bastard!