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December 2, 2007
November 20, 2007
Campbell CA -- Camera 7
English / Spanish
Crime / Drama / Western
Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
There Are No Clean Getaways
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...it's easier to concentrate on performances and pacing when you're aren't afraid that you'll see blood every five minutes...I was amazed at how the tension still there even though I knew what was going to happen...I also liked the audience reaction to things I knew about...The performances remained impeccible...on the other hand, something was missing this second time...it didn't hit me as hard or live up to what I've had in my brain for the past 12 days...the law of diminishing marginal utility? Maybe...still one of the most invigorating visits to the theater in years...
--tense action from start to finish
--MichaelVox crush Kelly MacDonald has a role
--all extra people are perfectly cast
--no bumbling cops this time
...the most masterful film in many years...every shot matters, every angle perfect, everything on and off screen is there for a reason...every word is perfect...
--Supporting Actor Javier Bardem
--Director Joel and Ethan Coen
--Adapted Screenplay Joel and Ethan Coen
Does it really matter?