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Teasing True Grit

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49 Responses to “Teasing True Grit”

  1. Hopscotch says:

    Trying to keep cool….fuck it.


    Mark it dudes!

  2. Paul MD (Stella's Boy) says:

    Great song. Great teaser. Can’t wait.

  3. Whomever sings that cover of ‘Where No One Stands Alone’ deserves a bonus check and/or box of chocolates from Paramount. Easily on par with Stark Trek, Inception, and Where the Wild Things Are, where gorgeous music elevates a moody teaser into a piece of stand-alone art. It’s funny, back in the 1990s, Jeff Bridges was Mr. ‘great actor, but no one sees his movies’.

    With this and Tron 2 within a week of each other, he’s probably going to have two big hits in a row, possibly the second and third-biggest grossing films of his career (True Grit could theoretically surpass Seabiscuit’s $120m gross, and Disney will commit suicide if Tron 2 doesn’t). I doubt that either of them will beat the $318m of Iron Man, but Tron 2 could theoretically break out big (not likely, but we’ll see…)

  4. Hopscotch says:

    Completely agree with your note on the song, Mends, as well as your note on the other trailers. Warner Bros should have cut arcade fire a giant check for that teaser(well they obviously did to license that song, but you get my drift)

  5. leahnz says:

    oh cool!

    i’m thrilled to see it would appear (at least from this brief trailer) that the coen’s have indeed remained true to the style of portis’ book and made mattie’s movie wherein she is the protagonist and storyteller (and from her speech patterns in this perhaps she even adheres to the ‘no conjunctions’ dialect in the novel noted by scooterzz ages ago…i didn’t hear a single conjunction from mattie but granted she doesn’t say a great deal in the teaser, i’d have to watch again to be sure)

    steinfeld certainly looks like she’s up for it anyway, what a pistol. the cast looks super. and hints of the coen’s trademark blend of weird humour and compelling drama and violence and pathos and action…i’m officially giddy as a schoolgirl for the grit, yay

  6. Rszanto says:

    I can confirm that there aren’t any conjunctions in the script. It reads incredibly awkwardly, but I’m sure the Coen’s will pull it off.

    This film is poised to be the Coen’s best film yet (however I wouldn’t say it’s their opus because I have extremely high hopes for “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union”).

    As a side note, if you watch closely, there’s a scene in the trailer that gives away the ending.

  7. IOv3 says:

    Not a fan of it at all.

  8. Monco says:

    Looks great. Of course there is no way to know of the finished film from a teaser but it is safe to have confidence in the Coens. “I hear you’re a man with true grit.” I’m there.

    Also hope that the Coens’ next movie is “The Yiddish Policeman’s Union”. Stunning book.

  9. LexG says:

    Teaser LOOKS awesome but that song BLOWS.

    Needs some METAL, Jonah Hex-style.

  10. hcat says:

    Looks incredible, can’t remember the last time I was this excited for a film.

  11. GradyTripp says:

    I don’t think “True Grit” is going to be judged on its box office, just like most of their movies. It looks like the Coens are on a hot streak in regards to quality, which I think has to do with Rudin — the guy can find titles for them.

  12. IOv3 says:

    Hcat, is that you being silly or serious?

  13. leahnz says:

    good to know re: the lack of conjunctions rszanto, that is truly bonza. kiss on the cheek to the gutzy bros for their fearlessness and intestinal fortitude, rock on coens

  14. hcat says:

    IO – Raising Arizona was one of the top five theatrical experiences of my life. Then Millers Crossing quickly became my favorite film. There is no current director that I look forward to more. Rudin is one of the more interesting producers in the last few decades, especially since concentrating more to the dependent audience and ditchng all those First Wives Club/ Lisa Kudrow Rap comedies.

    Add that to the fact that this is a western, the most wonderful and neglected genre of film, and yea, this is manna from heaven. (And I just want to crow that I predicted Bridges for the role when it was first announced). This is pure red meat, done by the sure hand actual honest to god artists.

    Inception was exceptional (in fact the only thing it was missing was a couple of horses) but the in front and behind the camera talent hits all my sweet spots. The last films I was this eager to see were Eastern Promises and No Country, but even the anticipation for those was a notch below.

  15. Maxim says:

    IO, the fact that you are not excited is not suprising. That is because you are a neoroutic pederast. I am serious. You and Jeff Wells have something in commom. You are both surly little curmudgeons who feeds on other people’s excitment and appreciation. Wells is a lost cause because he only seeks out the best to jerk off on. He also attacks it like coward, not true any actual merits but by blank dismissal. He is a lost cause though. I hope that’s not a case for you.

  16. Maxim says:

    Quick favorite Coen Brothers memory: as a kid watching previews for Hudsucker’s Proxy and thinking: wow, this looks awesome. Than watching the film and finding it wonderous, suprising and amazing. Thinking how it shared something with Brazil and how it may have been better. Than watching Raizing Arizona and that loving that Motorcycle fight.

    As a grown up, rediscovering Coens through the Man Who Wasn’t There. Loving subsequent films. Discovering and finally watching the perfect noir that is Blood Simple.

    Now this.

    Fuck, I am leigitimately excited. I am serious.

  17. David Poland says:

    You know… I don’t have the same taste as IO… but he’s allowed not to be excited about a Coen Bros western or whatever else he doesn’t care about.

    And really, I don’t see much comparison to Wells. Jeffrey has a weird disconnection from certain things he has decided are inauthentic. IO just like candy.

    Truth is, however big a hit True Grit is in Coens terms, it is unlikely to outgross Yogi Bear. But that teaser has made me and many other film lovers giddy. And that kind of thrill is what we are all after, no matter how good or bad our taste. Even IO.

  18. Count me among those excited by this teaser. Can’t stop watching the bloody thing. Marvellous stuff.

  19. IOv3 says:

    Maxim, a neurotic pederast? Really? You are a sycophantic fascist! Nevertheless, I love the Coens, but I also happen to like the original True Grit. It’s the film that got Duke his only Oscar and it’s exceptional. It also is not a revenge flick as much as the trailer for the new True Grit makes that film out to be, and that bugs me.

    Still, the lot of you being excited for this more than TRON LEGACY, states as much about you as you think this says something about me. Seriously, it’s all about TRON LEGACY at XMAS! Be prepared.

  20. LexG says:

    It’s all about SOMEWHERE and TRUE GRIT opening on the same day… the greatest one-two punch since Liv Tyler and Alicia Silverstone in 1993… or the Hydrox oreos that were half vanilla, half chocolate.

    TRON is a cool-looking distant afterthought.

  21. LexG says:

    Also when IO does one of his “I’m a Spree-addicted Ritalin kid” switchups to being some alleged old dude who reveres John Wayne and “grew up” on “Rocky Horror” and squabbles with people about GNR trivia… Makes me wish Poland, Kim Voynar and Jeff McMahon would load up the camcorders and travel to Memphis to film a CATFISH-like doc on what the hell IO’s deal is, and why it’s some annoying and huge secret what age he actually is, and why he’s so tenaciously violent about his opinions.

    CATFISH 2: THE POLAND CYCLE. Make it happen.

  22. IOv3 says:

    Lex, seeing as I have been posting on something called the HOT BLOG since DAY FREAKING ONE. It would stand to reason that I would not be the same person I was five years ago. Seriously, if you are not evolving, you are dying, and this is why I am always evolving. That’s how it goes and it’s not my fault you never got my love of Rocky Horrour before but it’s been a part of my life for two decades. It’s not like that happened over night.

    Now with the Duke, it just took my lady getting through my Duke hating biases to make me realize how awesome the man indeed still is, and that’s why the trailer for True Grit does nothing for me. It’s literally a shot taken at the legacy of the film that got the Duke his only Oscar. I’m sure it will be another quality Coens flick, but remaking True Grit is bullshit, it’s always been bullshit, and it will remain bullshit. More people would think it’s bullshit if they actually enjoyed the Duke or understood his enormity in the history of film and the US, but no one really gets why it’s bullshit because it’s the COENS! [crowd noise]

    They will just overlook how lame it is to remake a classic with the whole EVERYTHING GETS REMADE argument, and ignore just how lame it is to remake True Grit. Seriously, the Coens are amazing writers and filmmakers, but doing this film is just weak no matter what the final results are.

  23. leahnz says:

    the coen’s flick is based on portis’ book, not wayne’s movie version. if the actual story of ‘true grit’ bugs you so much, why don’t you go have a big psycho whinge on portis’ blog

    “Still, the lot of you being excited for this more than TRON LEGACY, states as much about you as you think this says something about me.”


  24. leahnz says:

    here you go io, from above:

    the coen’s flick is based on portis’ book, not wayne’s movie version. if the actual story of ‘true grit’ bugs you so much, why don’t you go have a big psycho whinge on portis’ blog.

    you’re fucking insane, coen’s movie is not an affront to The Duke in any sense except in your mind

  25. IOv3 says:

    Leah, the book is not a revenge novel. It’s not. Have you read the book or known anyone who has? Seriously, if you want to carry this on forever then David, give me an ignore button, so I can ignore this lady’s lunacy.

  26. leahnz says:

    i HAVE read the book io, in school back in the day. you have no idea what you’re talking about, as usual

  27. leahnz says:

    wait, you’re appealing to your mate Dave, whom you insult and berate day in, day out?

    true grit is a frontier tale of revenge told from a girl’s pov. learn it, live it, love it

  28. leahnz says:

    for the late night threepeat:

    a little tally of io’s current sight-unseen movie vendettas:
    – social network
    – true grit

    a betting pool on what will be the next unseen film to earn io’s wrath for having the audacity to exist sans his approval

  29. IOv3 says:

    Again, you Leah, you want to deny me from having an OPINION because it does not coincide with EVERYONE ELSE’S OPINION. Do you realize how full of shit you have to be as person to feel that way about someone else? Good lord, I can have a vendetta against anything I want and guess what? I probably stated in this blog months ago that I thought remaking True Grit is bullshit. It’s not my fault you were too busy shaking your fist at a cloud to read that post.

    Once again, if I do not agree with you, then I have a vendetta. What if I agree with you about movies none of you have seen? What does that mean again? Seriously, you are such a huckster and bullshit artist of the highest caliber.

    Seriously, you are giving me shit for not wanting True Grit, a great film already, to be remade. Seriously? Really? Fine. Let’s really remake the Searchers and not half-ass it like Ron Howard did. Let’s remake Stagecoach again because you know, that really worked out well in the 70s. Let’s remake They Were Expendable while we are at it.

    I can go on all day but True Grit is True Grit and remaking it is lame. Oh yeah you fucking loony bird, I am going to see True Grit and The Social Network. The fact that you think a differing of opinion from the rest of you is a VENDETTA, is so fucking lame that only you, the huckster bullshit artist, could think something like that up.

  30. leahnz says:

    good god you really are delusional. i actually feel sorry for you. it’s not the fact that because you don’t agree with me or others that you must therefore have a vendetta, it’s the fact that you’re like a dog with a bone, and every movie you decide you’re going to hate/or do hate, every thread/comment, first you seep in and like a bloodstain or bacteria you infect the discussions with indignant sniping about the film/s (often which you HAVEN’T EVEN SEEN) and then slowly but surely it escalates to insults to the people who might have the audacity to disagree with you/or want to see the movie/or like the movie, and then people call you on it/tell you off and you inexplicably deny it all like teflon tom. it’s a pattern of irrational behavior and fixated hatred which you then BROWBEAT onto this blog.

    THIS is why i refer to your vendettas, numbskull, not because you disagree with a minority opinion, that has nothing to do with it. people disagree with minority opinions on this blog all the time and yet manage not to to infect thread after thread after thread with their rage and provincial prejudices and vitriol about movies they likely haven’t even seen. think whatever every you like but you don’t have some divine right to run roughshod through threads with your dog-with-a-bone irrational ad nauseum io-hates-blank tirades, and if you insist on persisting with such behaviour be prepared to deal the consequences, ie people telling you off. the ‘i was just joking!’ excuse got taken out back to the shed and shot

  31. IOv3 says:

    Yeah yeah yeah. What the fuck ever. There is clearly no winning with some of you and you are their defacto leader Leah. The fact that you go on about me brow-beating people, when you brow-beat me, might be one of the funniest things I have ever read on this blog. Seriously, I have never brow-beaten a person in my life. Good lord. Get over it already, hater.

  32. Paul MD (Stella's Boy) says:

    IO, sometimes you got pretty cranky with anyone who dared to question the awesomeness of Scott Pilgrim, even before the movie was released. Aren’t you kind of complaining about the same thing here? You shouldn’t be attacked for not being totally thrilled about True Grit (I have resigned myself to remakes so I don’t get too upset about them anymore), but you gave me a lot of grief for not being totally thrilled about Scott Pilgrim. Is there a difference I’m missing?

  33. IOv3 says:

    Yeah the difference you are missing is that you and others called me a LIAR about seeing Scott Pilgrim early, then you gave me all sorts of crap for liking it and stated why I liked it meant you could not believe my opinion. That’s what got me pissed off more than anything else, and all of you hip cinema snobs dissing it out of hand did not help either.

    Again, I have resigned myself to remakes and I doubt this film is going to be god awful, but just like the remake of Dawn of the Dead. I find it a bit hokey that either one exist and that’s just not going to change.

  34. hcat says:

    “Still, the lot of you being excited for this more than TRON LEGACY, states as much about you as you think this says something about me.”

    That the rest of us have graduated Junior High?

  35. Paul MD (Stella's Boy) says:

    I think that’s a bit of revisionist history and not exactly how it played out, at least speaking for myself. I also recall you getting upset with me for stating less than complete and total excitement for Scott Pilgrim. Just doesn’t seem any different to me IO.

  36. IOv3 says:

    No, that you are all cinema snobs and I am not. Apparently, I can own a Criterion Collection film and a Savage Steve Holland film without it causing me internal trauma.

    Seriously, you don’t even get excited for movies, so you giving me shit about my sense of whimsy is a great compliment.

  37. IOv3 says:

    Revisionist history? Nah, that’s what happened but many of you, when it comes to me, like to think you act all nice and sweet and what not, when you are just mean and condescending. You literally stated that my liking Scott Pilgrim made you question if the movie was worth seeing or not, because I was a questionable source. Seriously, have I ever been that mean or rude to you Paul? The fact that you and others treat me like shit but forget you do so, is just weird.

    Excusing me for busting your balls about not seeing an awesome movie. It’s not like you actually saw it, so what’s your problem? TOO GOOD FOR AWESOME?

  38. movieman says:

    Leah, you rock as much as that uber-cool “TG” teaser!

  39. IOv3 says:

    You know what’s really cool? THE ORIGINAL MOVIE!

  40. hcat says:

    Damn you IO any mention of Savage Steve Holland and the Honeymoon Suite song from the end credits of One Crazy Summer immediatly pops into my head. I’ll be humming that all day.

    As for not getting excited about movies, all of us were just saying how pumped we are for this. We might be a little more discrimanate in our tastes, but everyone is in nothing less than a fever pitch over Social Network, True Grit, and Black Swan. I like the milder diversions as well but don’t chomp at the bit over kiddie fare.

    Honestly why are you constantly complaining when you should be happy as a pig in shit. The studios make movies almost exclusivly for you and your geek ilk. I get a western about every two years and this looks like the best in some time (on a side note, Open Range was superior to every comic book movie in the last decade).

    And when the hell do you talk about Criterion movies? Almost all you ever champion is the shit with their own aisles at Toys R us.

  41. IOv3 says:

    Hcat, the studios do not make everything for me. Until I have a JLA movie or a quality Superman film, they have not covered all their bases. You also have to realize that I own more movies than all of you combined. Now, in that condescending head of yours, add up all the comic book movies ever made then realize that does not even come close to 1100 DVDs. Seriously, the fact that you people think about me a certain way, when I am not that way at all, is all on you. Excuse me for not being a cinema snob and actually embracing all aspects of cinema and not just fucking Fall/Winter arthouse films.

    Sure, I will see all of these films, but let’s be honest… Harry Potter will most likely be better than all three, and that’s fine by me. Probably not by you but you don’t get excited for anything outside of stuff playing to your wheel house. I find that sad.

    Oh yeah, Kiddie fare? What is that, Toy Story 3? If you think Iron Man is just for kids then David Poland has a nice song and dance number about 4 QUADS he can do for you. Seriously, if you want to put everything into little boxes and only choose one box to like, what’s the fucking point of any of this? Life’s too short.

  42. hcat says:

    So since they are not making your specific comic book movies they are not targeting the kid/geek audience?

    As for the fall, I am sure you will enjoy Potter the most. You are a kid with kid tastes. Potter is a quest film, about a boy becoming a hero. Tony Stark becomes Iron Man, Peter Parker becomes Spider Man etc… Now compare that to Bond, Indiana Jones, or John McClane. They didn’t become through the movie, they were the right men for the job. That’s what appeals to me, those are the movies I get psyched about. Is Casino Royale a snob film? Is Die Hard? No they were action films made without taking the sensibilites of the tykes into account.

    Yes Iron Man is four quad. Shooting for kids with the whiz bang, adults with Downey (I cant speak for all the other grumpy old men but looking good in a suit is second in cinematic aesthetic appeal to riding a horse). But I am more excited about films that are made for me as opposed to made for everyone.

  43. hcat says:

    “You also have to realize that I own more movies than all of you combined”

    You get a nice allowence then? And you’re not counting DTVs or your multiple seasons of Scrubs toward the 1100 are you, we are talking theatrical movies here.

  44. hcat says:

    But getting back to the trailer. I don’t think odd speech patterns will hamper people’s enjoyment of the movie, the Coen’s haven’t been exactly naturalists in the past when it comes to the way people talk.

  45. Kevin Schoonover says:

    Isn’t the first word in the trailer, “I’m?” It may not be dialog from the film, but kinda hard to miss…

  46. Foamy Squirrel says:

    That’s a contraction, not a conjunction.

    I don’t know anything about the book, so I’m not sure if “conjunction” is what was meant. 😉

  47. IOv3 says:

    I am not a kid with kid’s taste. I have universal taste because unlike you hcat, I still enjoy THIS STUFF! I do not wait for it to get cold for certain movies to come to theatres because I can like everything. That’s what so many of you old blokes posting as if you are dead inside people never get (Yeah I saw the Sunday sneak preview of Die Hard, I saw an early sneak of The Hunt for Red October and thanks to the great Joe Bob Briggs, I love the Warriors!): THERE’S MORE THAN ONE WAY TO BE A FILM FAN. God forbid someone likes In The Realm of the Seven Senses and Iron Man 2. GOD FORBID!

    Oh yeah I fucking hate Scrubs. Horrible show. Absolutely horrible. Apparently owning Monty Python makes me a tyke. The same with Caligula. Seriously, come around me, and I will throw that set at your old man head.

  48. IOv3 says:

    Tweetbeat is awesome. Thanks to that Joe Bob Briggs reference, I now know he’s on twitter. That’s just awesome.

  49. leahnz says:

    contractions! sorry that ‘conjunctions’ call was totally my bad, as least people seemed to know what i was talking about.

    (and i think she does say “i’m” in the teaser after watching it a second time 🙁 maybe it’s a one-off or just the voice-over for the trailer… i hope so cuz i was really looking forward to no CONTRACTIONS in ‘the grit’)

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