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October 9, 2010

Coen Brothers Re-Imagine True Grit. The Dude Replaces The Duke.

by Matt Forcey

In 1969 John Wayne was chosen to play the drunken, irascible U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn in the big screen adaptation of Charles Portis’ True Grit.  The role won Wayne the Academy Award (his one and only) and Golden Globe for Best Actor.  Over the years though, many film critics have dismissed Wayne’s performance as over-the-top and hammy, suggesting that these accolades were more an overdue recognition of his forty year career. 

Regardless of The Duke’s performance, the reality is that the whole movie was fairly schmaltzy, like so many movies from that time are when compared to the original author’s manuscript or to today’s explicit, often graphic, cinematic style.  Come this December, True Grit fans (hell, movie fans all) will be reintroduced to what is sure to be a more “authentic” rendition of  the Portis classic.  And, nobody does authentic and graphic quite like the Joel and Ethan Coen. 

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September 15, 2010

Get Your Freakonomics On… at the Theater

by Matt Forcey

The bestselling book by University of Chicago economist, Steven Levitt, and New York Times journalist Stephen Dubner, Freakonomics, is now a movie by the same name.  In a move as unconventional as the material it covers, Magnolia Pictures has chosen to

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