all the awkward interviews are posted
and all the American actors are wondering what the hell happened, have we learned anything? I, for one, learned that Daniel Day-Lewis wears bizarre hoop earrings, Joel and Ethan Coen are the most socially awkward filmmakers outside of Kubrick (post-mortem), and Javier Bardem likes showing off his Spanish. Hey Javier, I speak Spanish too and you don't see
showing it off, comprehende?
As for the No Country
sweep in general, Iâm all for anything that further justifies my almost fetishistic love of The Hudsucker Proxy
. But Iâve got to say I was a little surprised. There Will Be Blood
was by all accounts an excellent film, and on top of that it had a natural advantage in that it didnât aim to piss off the audience, whereas No Country
spent its last forty minutes brazenly jerking you around and showing you what a pavlovian tool Hitchcockian suspense movies have made you.
All of which is weird for me to say, because I actually really liked it. But come on, youâve got to admit thereâs a point in that movie when you realize theyâre not even going to
the final confrontation theyâve been methodically building to for an hour and a half and a little guy in your head stands up, walks out of the theater, and sets fire to the snack bar. And then the whole bit with the car accident happens, and the little guy in your head finds the theater manager and pisses on him for wasting his time. But, really,