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That's a pretty good match up, but for me Shawshank wins out. No Country is probably only my 3rd favorite Coen brothers movie.
For me Shawshank will win against all most every movie.
Look it is my number one movie. Shawshank has yet to lose for me after over 32,0000 rankings. No Country however is the laziest attempt at filmmaking I think I have seen since Alone in the Dark.
Really? Laziest? Because it sure takes a lot of effort to achieve some of the craftsmanship on display, there. I'm thinking about the first chase scene in the desert, where the delicate changes in lighting as the sun rises is in perfect continuity with a white-knuckle action sequence. I had a couple of qualms with the film, as well, but I felt very manipulated by SHAWSHANK, and I never felt the kind of affection for it so many people seem to have. It's got to be NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, no question about it.
No Country For Old Men is a stunning film! The Coen Brothers just make it look easy. However, Shawshank is special. A film that resonates like few others.
100% agree with JRM, shawshank is special, country is great but shawshank is something else, my fave film of all time!
No Country is good...but against Shawshank? C'mon son!
Shawshank is a pure classic. NCFOM is pure crap. I found NCFOM to be one of the worst movie going experiences of all-time. I understood the underlying themes and the attempts of the Coen brothers. I still hated the film. Off camera deaths, a cartoonish villain that gets away practically unscathed and the ridiculous ending makes this film as overrated as any in history. It's pretentious, crude, cruel, bizarre and not even remotely as clever as it pretends to be.
Two questions: #1 Why are off camera deaths bad, exactly? #2 Why do you think the villain got away unscathed? It seemed to me that all the cocky characters ended up being humbled in one way or another. I can understand someone liking Shawshank (which I find to be extremely maudlin and tedious, but to each his own). You reasons for not liking No Country are just kind of vague. I can give more specific reasons for not liking Shawshank. For example, I hate Tim Robbins as an actor. I always have. Also, Morgan Freeman's narration is so repetitive and annoying that it I felt like it became an instant self-parody the first time I watched the film. Your problem with No Country being "cruel" doesn't even make much sense to me. If it is cruel, it's not just to the good guys. The villain, who based his whole philosophy on randomness without taking responsibility for his actions, got a taste of his own medicine at the end. The movie isn't really about good or evil winning the way I saw it. Maybe people don't like the ambiguity, which is fine for them. I liked it just for that reason. The sentimentality of Shawshank is far more irritating to my movie tastes.
Hey, could it be that some people dislike No Country because there's no redemption in it? I mean, Tim Robbins gets framed for murder, raped in prison and taken advantage of by a crooked warden for a really long time. But he does dig a hole in the wall and escape to freedom at some point. No Country doesn't really have that "triumph of the spirit" thing going for it. Quite the opposite, really. Then again, life isn't always about redemption.
Like Red would say, "First time I saw NCFOM, I didn't think much of it."
NCFOM is brilliant but Shawshank is cinema's pure gold.
NCFOM is good, but Shawshank is the definition of pure cinema. Plus, Morgan Freeman narrates it.
My God this is tough.
Both are pure movies, but shawshank is better
Both are great, but I gotta go with the dynmic duo of Robbins and Freeman.
No Country. It's subtle, it's thrilling and it has Chigurh.
Just rewatched NCfOM, scariest villain in movie history, but Shawshank is awesome
No Country for Old Men, easily. It has the scariest villain since Hannibal Lecter.
Both are masterpieces, but you gotta go with Shawshank
on May 2
Voting against 'the mighty' Shawshank 'cause people (& charts) praise it 2 much, while it's not even in my top 50 :-)
on May 3