|FCC 151 NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN|
|On this episode of Finding Christ in Cinema, we pump up the cattle prod as we look for Christian themes in NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN. Is Anton Chigurh really an unprecedented evil? Is Ed Tom Bell living in an illusion? All that and more in 3, 2, 1!||GUEST(S)|
|Hey, come on in. Admission is free. Grab a bowl of popcorn (extra butter, of course) and find a seat smack dab in the middle - It’s time for Finding Christ in Cinema, episode 151.|
I’m Michael, I’m Brenden.
Join us and together we’ll dig deeper into the silver-screen classics of yesteryear as well as the box-office hits of today, we’ll take a closer look at the stories they tell, and see if we find the face of Jesus looking back.
We’re gonna explore the deeper meanings of these films; the plots and their twists; the characters and their choices; and how we can relate them to the gospel of salvation, and ultimately our Christian walk.
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|OH, AND ANOTHER THING... ADDENDUMS & AFTERTHOUGHTS|
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|GENERAL FILM REVIEW (Trailer)||AUDIO|
|Tommy Lee Jones as Ed Tom Bell|
Javier Bardem as Anton Chigurh
Josh Brolin as Llewelyn Moss
Woody Harrelson as Carson Wells
Kelly Macdonald as Carla Jean Moss
Nostalgia For An Age That Never Existed
|Jeremiah 17:9 NLT|
The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?
Jeremiah 17:9 NASB
The heart is more deceitful than all else
And is desperately sick;
Who can understand it?
Job 17:11-16 NLT
My days are over.
My hopes have disappeared.
My heart’s desires are broken.
These men say that night is day;
they claim that the darkness is light.
What if I go to the grave
and make my bed in darkness?
What if I call the grave my father,
and the maggot my mother or my sister?
Where then is my hope?
Can anyone find it?
No, my hope will go down with me to the grave.
We will rest together in the dust!”
Ecclesiastes 9:11 NASB
I again saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift and the battle is not to the warriors, and neither is bread to the wise nor wealth to the discerning nor favor to men of ability; for time and chance overtake them all.
Ecclesiastes 7:10 NASB
Do not say, "Why is it that the former days were better than these?"
For it is not from wisdom that you ask about this.
Acts 17:26-28 NASB
[A]nd He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’
Hebrews 12:18 NASB
For you have not come to a mountain that can be touched and to a blazing fire, and to darkness and gloom and whirlwind,
Hebrews 12:22 NASB
But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels,
1 John 5:4 AMP
For everyone born of God is victorious and overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has conquered and overcome the world—our [continuing, persistent] faith [in Jesus the Son of God].
World - Greek kosmos: [present] ordered arrangement
|I was sheriff of this county when I was twenty-five years old. Hard to believe. My grandfather was a lawman; father too. Me and him was sheriffs at the same time; him up in Plano and me out here. I think he's pretty proud of that. I know I was. |
Some of the old time sheriffs never even wore a gun. A lotta folks find that hard to believe. Jim Scarborough'd never carried one; that's the younger Jim. Gaston Boykins wouldn't wear one up in Comanche County.
I always liked to hear about the oldtimers. Never missed a chance to do so. You can't help but compare yourself against the oldtimers. Can't help but wonder how they would have operated these times.
There was this boy I sent to the 'lectric chair at Huntsville Hill here a while back. My arrest and my testimony. He killt a fourteen-year-old girl. Papers said it was a crime of passion but he told me there wasn't any passion to it. Told me that he'd been planning to kill somebody for about as long as he could remember. Said that if they turned him out he'd do it again. Said he knew he was going to hell. "Be there in about fifteen minutes".
I don't know what to make of that. I sure don't. The crime you see now, it's hard to even take its measure. It's not that I'm afraid of it. I always knew you had to be willing to die to even do this job. But, I don't want to push my chips forward and go out and meet something I don't understand. A man would have to put his soul at hazard. He'd have to say, "O.K., I'll be part of this world."
How'd you sleep?
I don't know. Had dreams.
Well you got time for 'em now. Anythin' interesting?
They always is to the party concerned.
Ed Tom, I'll be polite.
Alright then. Two of 'em. Both had my father in 'em .
It's peculiar. I'm older now then he ever was by twenty years. So in a sense he's the younger man. Anyway, first one I don't remember too well but it was about meeting him in town somewhere, he's gonna give me some money. I think I lost it.
The second one, it was like we was both back in older times and I was on horseback goin' through the mountains of a night. Goin' through this pass in the mountains. It was cold and there was snow on the ground and he rode past me and kept on goin'. Never said nothin' goin' by. He just rode on past... and he had his blanket wrapped around him and his head down and when he rode past I seen he was carryin' fire in a horn the way people used to do and I could see the horn from the light inside of it. 'Bout the color of the moon. And in the dream I knew that he was goin' on ahead and he was fixin' to make a fire somewhere out there in all that dark and all that cold, and I knew that whenever I got there he would be there.
And then I woke up...
|Bad stewardship to treat this story as realistic.|
-- The setting is highly romanticized and sensationalized - literary license.
What can we do for Anton Chigurh?
He relies on the coin to make his decisions
-- Coin = chance/fate
-- He doesn't make the choice, he just obeys it
-- -- Automaton
-- -- Heartless / Psychopath
Anton is a literary / symbolic character.
-- "The African Queen" the rainstorm
-- Cormac McCarthy's own nihilism
|Ecclesiastes 9:11-12 CJB|
Yet another thing I observed under the sun is that races aren’t won by the swift or battles by the strong, and that food doesn’t go to the wise or wealth to the intelligent or favor to the experts; rather, time and chance rule them all.
For people don’t know when their time will come any more than fish taken in the fatal net or birds caught in a snare; similarly, people are snared at an unfortunate time, when suddenly it falls on them.
|SFX #1: 00:45 - 01:09|
(Coin flip) Call it. | No. | Yes. | For what? | Just call it. | Well, we need to know what we're callin' it for here. | You need to call it. I can't call it for you. It wouldn't be fair. | I didn't put nothin' up. | Yes, you did. You've been puttin' it up your whole life, you just didn't know it.
SFX #2: 01:10 - 01:34
You know what date is on this coin? | No. | 1958. It's been travelling 22 years to get here. And now it's here, and it's either heads or tails. And now you need to say it. Call it. | Look, I need to know what I stand to win. | Everything. | How's that? | You stand to win everything. Call it.
SFX #3: 01:22 - 01:52
I knew'd you was crazy when I saw you sitting there. I know'd exactly what was in store for me. | Call it. | No, I ain't gonna call it. | Call it. | The coin don't have no say. It's just you. | I got here the same way the coin did.
|What Christian themes have you found in...?|
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|PS Philip | Comment on MUD: Coming of Age with a Jealous Love | FCC 150||Hey guys, I love it when you cover a film and you make me like it even more than I already did. Jeff Nichols does amazing work, and if you ever get the chance to hear him talk about it, it's fascinating. There are podcasts that he's a guest on out there, and his motivations for the stories he writes reveal why they work so well.|
In MUD as well as other films, his characters are so grounded and authentic that heightened situations they find themselves in become very believable. McConaughey's restrained performance is a hallmark for Nichols' direction, and what he gets out of Michael Shannon in TAKE SHELTER is one of the best acting jobs I've ever seen- bar none. That film is my favorite of his, and it's take on family and marriage is a beautiful thing. Jessica Chastain plays on e of the most admirable characters you can hope to come across in the movies, you guys would have a field day with that film. And if you like chase movies and homages to film history, then MIDNIGHT SPECIAL has a take on parenthood that will reel you in, big time. Plus Kylo Ren is in it!
Your approach to MUD and focusing on love was genius. It reminds me of God's love expressed in the old hymn “O Love That Will Not Let Me Go”. I also get the message of how important a healthy marriage is to children, and why modeling proper Christian love is so vital to their maturity and development. Kids like Ellis who experience family trauma can end up looking for love outside the home in unhealthy and unrealistic ways. It's crucial for us parents to have our act together so we don 't mess up our kids.
I could go on, but I'm trying to be brief. Love the show guys! #muhweeladgimli
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