Feature Four Frames

Four Frames: No Country For Old Men (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2007)

Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) has become one of the most iconic bad guys in cinema history.¬†¬†With his penchant for quiet weaponry and disquieting conversation, the character takes on a mythic quality that reads to both the audience and the inhabitants of the film as an unstoppable force of evil, an angel of death, or, perhaps, […]

Feature Screengem

Screengem: Rooster Cogburn’s Colt Navy Sixes in True Grit (Joel & Ethan Coen, 2010)

There is surely something of the War on Terror in the Coen brothers’ big screen version of the 1968 Charles Portis novel, True Grit. This enduring Western tale – already filmed, with John Wayne as US Marshal Reuben “Rooster” Cogburn, in 1969 – follows a manhunt in late 19th Century Arkansas and Oklahoma, a quest […]