Welcome to the latest episode of THE 250!
Hosted by Andrew Quinn and Darren Mooney, The 250 is a fortnightly trip through some of the best (and worst) movies ever made, as voted for by Internet Movie Database Users. New episodes are released every second Saturday at 6pm GMT, with the occasional bonus episode between them.
This time, Joel and Ethan Coen’s No Country for Old Men.
Lives are thrown into chaos when a drug deal in Texas goes horribly wrong. Llewelyn Moss stumbles across two million dollars in drug money, and finds himself drawn into a world of violence and chaos as cartel hitman Anton Chigurh is on his trail. If this is not the mess, it'll do 'til the mess gets here.
At time of recording, it was ranked the 171st best movie of all time on the Internet Movie Database.
- Recorded 21st May 2017.
- No Country for Old Men at The Internet Movie Database.
- The IMDB 250 as it appeared at time of recording.
- Christopher Orr at The Atlantic on No Country for Old Men as part of the Coen oeuvre, September 2014.
- Tasha Robinson at The Dissolve on the Coen Brothers' moral universe, January 2014.
- David Denby at The New Yorker on the dark humour of No Country for Old Men, February 2008.
- Noah Gittell at The Atlantic on the politics of the Coen filmography, December 2013.
- John Arthur at The Artiface on how No Country for Old Men skirts the boundaries of genre, November 2014.
- Jim Emerson at RogerEbert.com on the importance of boundaries and the limits of civilisation within No Country for Old Men, November 2007.
- Ronald Smith at Commentary Magazine on No Country for Old Men and the "culture of death", January 2008.
- William Deresiewicz at The Nation on the obsession with death and violence within Cormac McCarthy's novel, August 2005.
- Leo Braudy at Film Quarterly on No Country for Old Men as a study of post-9/11 masculinity, Summer 2008.
- Jim Emerson at RogerEbert.com on the three different types of violence that infuse Zodiac, There Will be Blood and No Country for Old Men, January 2008.
- John Patterson at The Guardian interviews Joel and Ethan Coen about the production of No Country for Old Men, December 2007.
- Asher Gelzer-Govatosat The A.V. Club on the tendency to "twin" Coen Brothers films, February 2016.
- Noah Hawley discusses the influence of No Country for Old Men on the television series Fargo at The Frame, October 2015.
- Bobby MacPherson at Screen Robot on the influence of Cormac McCarthy on modern American cinema, September 2013.
- Christopher Orr at The Atlantic criticises "the cattle-gun myth" that has built up around No Country for Old Men, February 2016.
- David Costill at Cut Print Film on the similar suitcases of No Country for Old Men and Fargo, May 2014.
- Chrissy Illey at The Guardian on Javier Bardem's "method haircut" for No Country for Old Men, February 2008.
- Reubin Muir at Diegesis Magazine on the use of silence within No Country for Old Men, April 2017.
- No Country for Old Mario Kart, July 2014.
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