Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The Hot Club

Contraire was talking about polenta. "That's a peasant dish," I said. Contraire agreed (a rarity). "Like tiramisu, the dessert", I said. Contraire disagreed (naturally).

In talking about food, I mentioned how much I liked Chinese Szechuan food, and especially Louis Yip's China Inn. Contraire said that his company hosted some Chinese customers. Contraire said that the only Chinese restaurant they liked was China Inn.

We were trying to get the TV on the inside bar to show the Celtics' game in HD. Foot Joy knew it was Channel 727. Dan the chef tried but it kept going back to Channel 55. FJ then said he tried the remote but nothing happened when he pushed the buttons. I asked Foot Joy, " How long have you been here?" He gave me that scathing look of his.

Finally Foot Joy and I got to watch the Celtics' game in HD on the Hot Club's TV. It showed Kevin Garnett looking fierce with sweat dripping off his bald head. I told FJ, "Victoria thinks that Garnett looks like the creature in Alien." At first Foot Joy was stunned by the suggestion, but then said he had to agree.

Paul Lancia made an appearance at the HC with his friend Bo from Finland. Paul was on his way to Ft. Myers for a few months to be joined soon by Jarna and son Rocco.

Contraire told Lauren to watch what she said around me because I quote people in Sportzine. Said Contraire, "After a few drinks, he misquotes some things. Get him early"

Foot Joy was telling Avery about Dizzy Dean, a pitcher from the '30's. FJ said Dizzy would say that a player 'slud' into 2nd base. Then FJ told Avery that Dizzy had a brother named Daffy. Avery said, "Oh like Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee?" Foot Joy said, "No, more like Tweedle Dum and Dumber."

CSNY's Ohio was playing. Mr. D. said that the same day the Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 1970, the students closed down the campus at RI College. Mr. D. said he stayed on at RIC even after he graduated. Mr. D. said he was both an inside and an outside agitator.

Don't forget that Mr. D's band Almond Joy is playing this Saturday (2/2, 7:30) at Patrick's Pub (381 Smith St., Prov.). Fleet Feet Pete is in the band too. Hope to see you there.

Mr. D. said, "I predict that for the Super Bowl Uno Mas will drink 31 beers." Mike Module replied, "What's the over/under on that?"

Overheard at the Hot Club after a patron knocked over a bar stool which hit the floor:
"I did some stool."


Victoria and I finally got to see this Coen Brothers movie at the Showcase in Seekonk. It smacks you in the head like a pressurized air punch. The film gets your attention in a hurry and then keeps it.

Javier Bardem is riveting as Anton Chigurh, a man on a mission. God help those poor souls that cross his path in the pursuit of his prize.

This is the best Coen Brothers movie since Blood Simple, their first film. It grabs you by the lapels and won't let go.

Josh Brolin is very good as Llewelyn Moss, a Texas cowboy who is in way over his head. Tommy Lee Jones is charismatic as a sheriff who is wise beyond his years, and knows that time is running out on him.

The cast also includes Woody Harrelson who doesn't show up until 55 minutes has passed. The movie is so mesmerizing that you don't even notice.

The film is based on the book by Cormac McCarthy. Victoria, a voracious reader who has read McCarthy, surprisingly had not read it. She will now. Joel and Ethan Coen did the screenplay, which has many memorable lines from different characters.

Cinematography is by Roger Deakins and is stunning to behold. His work captures both the beauty and the barrenness of the Texas/New Mexico landscape.

Once you see this film, you won't forget it, especially Bardem who steals the movie with his sly smile and ominous presence. This is not a man you want to meet. An early scene with a gas station owner who makes Bardem cross is notable for its brutality with neither a gunshot nor a slap occurring. Just words.

Some may not like the ending of the movie, but it is understandable given the context. And if the movie is faithful to McCarthy's novel then it's his conclusion.
No Country For Old Men is rated R for strong graphic violence and some language. It's 122 minutes.

IMDb says of this movie:
"The Coen Brothers used a photo of a brothel patron taken in 1979 as a model for Anton Chigurh's hair style. Looking at its weirdness after getting the hair cut, Javier Bardem said 'Oh no, now I won't get laid for the next two months'."

IMDb states that the Coen Brothers' script is very faithful to Cormac McCarthy's novel.

The Coen brothers wouldn't let Josh Brolin do an audition tape for the movie. So Brolin got Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino to do one for him and got the role of Llewelyn Moss.

Heath Ledger was considered for the Llewelyn role but bowed out to take time off.

The movie was shot mostly in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Tommy Lee Jones got the Coens to shoot a few scenes in West Texas.

The title of Cormac McCarthy's novel No Country For Old Men was taken from the William Butler Yeats' poem Sailing to Byzantium.

The movie theater experience has markedly changed. Before the feature presentation, we were subject to a number of commercials and ads for TV shows. They showed one preview of a coming attraction. One!


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