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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Two questions concerning "True Grit." (And I haven't yet seen the new one.)

I am off to see the new Coen Brothers' movie "True Grit." I like much of the Coen Brothers' previous work, including "No Country for Old Men," "Raising Arizona," and "Fargo." I anticipate liking this one, as well.

But I have two very important, substantial questions regarding the movie and its marketing. They are:

1. Matt Damon, who plays a Texas Ranger and did not contribute to the script, is billed as an "Academy Award Winner" in the trailer. True, but his Oscar was for screenwriting (along with Ben Affleck) "Good Will Hunting," not acting. Is that misleading? I mean, you could cast an Academy Award winning sound editor in a lead role, and bill him as an "Oscar Winner." It is a true statement, but I believe a misleading one.

2. Is the current, 2010 movie version with Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn more accurately described as a remake of the 1969 John Wayne movie, or a second adaption of the Charles Portis' novel? I think the latter.

These types of questions, and their literal import, keep me up for hours.

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