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LWD – No Country For Bardem & Brolin

Two goofy men on one serious film… the interview

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15 Responses to “LWD – No Country For Bardem & Brolin”

  1. Jerry Colvin says:

    Even though six years have passed since I suggested it (writing to you as Ben Grimm), I still think Josh Brolin would have made a good Superman… better than what we ended up with, you’d have to admit.

  2. brack says:

    If only Bradon Routh was the only thing bad about that movie.

  3. mutinyco says:

    1) iKlipz has crappy streaming that keeps freezing to buffer.
    2) Bring back that porno intro music.
    3) Invest in a good microphone (or at least another black dildo, if you recall)
    4) Why is that lamp behind Javier about to fall over?

  4. David Poland says:

    Thank you, Mutiny. You would have done better.

  5. mutinyco says:

    A Doppler effect is not supposed to be heard when the people speaking are facing the camera…
    The lamp though is something that people can study and try to find the existential meaning behind. You should keep doing things like that. Just throw in one non sequitur per piece…

  6. movieman says:

    Brolin is going to get the most traction from “No Country.”
    He’s long overdue.
    Loved him in “Flirting With Disaster” eleven years ago, and he was great on that 1-season Michael Mann show way back when.
    Brolin also gives the best performance in the otherwise disappointing “American Gangster,”

  7. brack says:

    I still think his best performance was in The Goonies.

  8. movieman says:

    I know that it has a fanboy cult following, but “The Goonies” never worked for me.
    It’s overdirected (a typical Richard Donner problem) and the Chris Columbus script is his usual wearying arrested adolescent schtick.
    CC’s best and only enduring work is his “Gremlins” screenplay, and that obviously got a lot of input from director Joe Dante and producer Steven Spielberg.

  9. brack says:

    You obviously weren’t a kid when you saw The Goonies. It is pure entertainment, as funny as it is touching. Those kids were a great group of actors. I bought all their performances. And the story moved at a wonderful pace, which also benefited from a terrific score. You didn’t like the script, but I’m telling you, it’s one of the most quotable movies of all time.

  10. brack says:

    Speaking of The Goonies, it looks like a sequel is going to happen:

  11. The Carpetmuncher says:

    Wow, I am a total film snob but would never ever say a bad word about THE GOONIES, which is just about the greatest film a kid could ever ask for.
    It is Indiana Jones for kids. Just awesome.

  12. movieman says:

    Different strokes, Mr. Contraire Brack.
    I preferred “Back to the Future” and even Dante’s criminally underrated “Explorers” from the summer of ’85.
    I did like Brolin in “Goonies,” though.
    He showed promise even back then.

  13. brack says:

    I’ve seen those as well countless times.

  14. jeffmcm says:

    I enjoy the subtext in the Mutiny/DP exchange.

  15. Lota says:

    I enjoy the subtext of Javier’s animal-ness.

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