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No Country for Old Men: The Unpredictability of Life and Death

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A video essay examining the ways No Country for Old Men depicts our struggle with the unpredictable nature of life, and inevitably, of death.
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Stepan Bandera (1 month ago)
Your interpretation and conclusions drawn are remarkably astute - not to mention poignant and articulate.
Chinmay Moghe (2 months ago)
I understand that you're making a comparison between Anton Shegur and Death, while analysing how this movie represents reality far more accurately/ truthfully than most hollywood films; however, I have a problem with what you said about your father. Some deaths happen suddenly such as a car crash, falling down a hard/ sharp set of stairs, etc...But there is always a reason why. Cancer, is not a random thing. Cancer cells can only feed off of sugar/carbohydrates, this is fact. Cancer grows in those societies where humans are conusming corn, wheat, other grains, fruits and other sugar filled substances regularly...can you think of any such societies? (That's a rhetorical question). You might wan't to read Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Dr. Weston A. Price. Also check out Dr. Sarah Myhill, Dr. Jason Fung, Dr. David Jockers, Dr. Allan Goldhammer. You'll learn that cancer is what happens to those who deviate from natural eating habits. Our bodies prefer fat, meat and some small amounts of fibre. We are carnivores and stand on the top of the food chain because of this fact. Vegetables and fruits (as staples of diet) are for other animals.
NewGoldStandard (3 months ago)
really great insight and all-around awesome content, as usual. thanks.
Frost787 (3 months ago)
Good channel and video my dude
lhakpa tsering (3 months ago)
Really love your interpretation..
Hassan zee (3 months ago)
I think he got t-boned because he killed the widow even though she didn’t call it at the end.
Gary Jones (3 months ago)
Okay cool .... Now can you break down Hot Shots ? 😅😅😅😅
Gary R Moor (3 months ago)
I think Sherrif's Bell's sharing of his dream in the last scene poignantly and powerfully sums up your point.
Aragorn Stellar (3 months ago)
Had Moss found the transmitter in the case of money and gotten rid of it, he would have still been pursued by Chigur through his family. Moss’s truck was identified at the scene of the drug battle. Chigur would have still gotten all of the information he needed from his home, and sooner or later it would have been his life.
dippster357 (2 months ago)
As a kid growing up i used to wonder if it was a scene like this that someone got money in the way that he did why they would take the time to put the money in another container or bag because in most movies they wouldn't explain it, now i know some kind of tracking device could be in the bag they found the money in
K (3 months ago)
You deserve way more subs.
Reliablethreat (3 months ago)
I love this movie.
Ronnie Bishop (4 months ago)
What does the cab driver mean when he tells Newelen he doesn't want to get in a jackpot?
Ronnie Bishop (2 months ago)
jbot91 Yes but that expression is one I've never heard and I'm from that part of the country and never heard it ever.
jbot91 (2 months ago)
Ronnie Bishop he doesn't want any trouble
Murican Warrior (4 months ago)
Making a call on the coin symbolizes taking a risk for a reward. Anton even alluded to this at the gas station: “You stand to win everything. Call it.” Carla Jean’s refusal to call represents the refusal to take a risk, which results in an immediate loss, and she is killed. The message here is that risk is a necessary part of life, and it’s others refusal to take risk that ends with their downfall.
Robert New (4 months ago)
Very good explanation of the thoughts we all have regarding our mortality and how this movie contradicts our expectations.
Blue Brick Wall (4 months ago)
You find a large suitcase full of money ---you better check it for a tracking device. ...and lose the bag and get a new one. It's not like you can't afford it. o.O
J B (4 months ago)
Great movie, but the “go back” scene is silly. Nobody takes that risk. Next up the bag. Moss puts that money in some old suitcase. Not because he has any idea its bugged, but because he wouldn’t want to be spotted with it. Just him, a welder cowboy, carrying such a bag would raise suspicions.
jmalcolmg123 (5 months ago)
I don't normally like neutral American accents, but you have a great voice. So relaxing and the pace you speak at...
Shane Bertram (5 months ago)
It depends on if I've talked to family or other Australians recently! But I've definitely lost a lot of it in general use in my day to day life, although bits slip in sometimes.
Girtis Holland (5 months ago)
Shane Bertram That's actually quite interesting. Do you have to focus on narrating or have you lost most of your accent?
Shane Bertram (5 months ago)
Thanks for the kind words! I was born and raised in Australia, but I've lived over half my life in various parts of the USA now. So as you can imagine, my accent sometimes tends to be a little all over the place!
Joseph565112 (5 months ago)
Man, I've had some relatives fall to disease and accidents too. Don't know how I'll die, but I do believe that everyday that I wake up (and feel well) is a victory.
HagerTX (6 months ago)
Well done...MITS.
Website guy (6 months ago)
there are no nobel things in this movie
Cao Ang (8 months ago)
Man, the lack of a score in this movie gives many scenes a very creepy and realistic feel. Llewelyn's dog chase scene is a great example of that.
Why does everyone miss the fact the this movie is just a reinterpretation of the Jesus story? Or specific parts thereof. The whole scene with the water and the river are nothing less than Moss/Jesus being baptized. When Moss is tossing in bed and suddenly says "All right." Who is he talking to? He's talking to God, who is telling him to go back to the scene. Moss even admits he is about to do "something stupid", but goes anyway. It's a higher calling that he absolutely cannot deny. The wounded cartel member who begs for water is, in a sense, John the Baptist. Luring Moss into a situation in which he must immerse himself in a river to be saved. Jesus, People! This ain't rocket science! The book and movie NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN is easily one of the most obvious Jesus allegory projects in modern times. Although, I have to admit that the unique quality of the book (and movie) is its concentration on the figure of Satan instead of Moss. Satan (Chigurh) is the protagonist rather than Jesus (Moss). In that way, it's glorifying Satan instead of Jesus--think of Milton's PARADISE LOST as a comparison.
This is Rocket Science
Blue Brick Wall (4 months ago)
or perhaps they are mocking God because that is what satan worshipers like to do
Mitvinder Singh (1 year ago)
James Smith, The Quiet Hiker so the antin chigurgh is the jesus?
jimmi izzy (1 year ago)
No way he would go back. No way in hell. 2 scenes in this movie that are too far out there. The scene of him going back, and the scene of the bounty hunter (Woody) getting shot -(he would have never said "You don't have to do this", he probably would have never sat down)
Phil Rudd (1 year ago)
Seems like a nice bloke.
robert roussett (1 year ago)
well said. and nice interpretation...rr
Dmitriy Makovkin (1 year ago)
Well done.
Sidney Olsen Povlsen (1 year ago)
Good stuff!

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