The Counselor

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  • 08 Dec 2013 at 2:28 pm #4857

    The Tramp
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    Another reading suggestion: Dark Feelings, Grim Thoughts (New York:OUP, 2006).

    Camus: ([I]t was in the depths of winter,I finally learned that, within me, there lay an invincible summer.’


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    10 Dec 2013 at 7:48 pm #4861

    Candy Minx
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    11 Dec 2013 at 11:54 am #4863

    leedriver
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    Given the discussion upthread of Bolano’s treatment of violence against women in Juarez in 2666, and the drug cartel activity there associated with The Counselor and No Country, I think this an appropriately opportune place to post this link to a short film made by my niece.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6dyp_rwuqI


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    11 Dec 2013 at 3:42 pm #4865

    Candy Minx
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    Wow, that was a really good film. Mazel to your niece Alice Driver.

    It’s one of the better pieces about the border and I loved the people interviewed. The fellow with glasses says ” the real violence is the minimum wage”. And the photographers insight and wisdom about images contrasted with words was so powerful.

    I’m going to post it on my blog and on FB. Thanks Lee


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    15 Dec 2013 at 6:15 pm #4881

    E Grande
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    I believe I have been wearing rose-colored glasses. The more I wrestle with The Counselor the more I feel that McCarthy penned a cleverly crafted screenplay that in the end is nothing but a decorative literary exercise. Granted I received much pleasure deconstructing the piece but it was too self indulgent. In the end, the biblical story from Samuel 8:10-19 (mentioned by the Tramp’s post) and Lee’s (his niece’s) documentary was where the truth/reality was hidden.


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    08 Jan 2014 at 10:45 am #4935

    Ken
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    The Counselor DVD and Blu-Ray will be released on February 11.

    The DVD will include the theatrical release only, while the Blu-Ray will also include an extended cut, which is about 20 minutes longer, plus a commentary on that cut.

    See here and here.


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    08 Jan 2014 at 10:57 am #4936

    Dowdy
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    Ken: The DVD will include the theatrical release only, while the Blu-Ray will also include an extended cut, which is about 20 minutes longer, plus a commentary on that cut.

    I’ve heard that the commentary track contains over 150 expletives, 200 uses of the word ‘sorry’, and ends with the sound of McCarthy sighing deeply and saying ‘Jesus fucking Christ what was I thinking?’


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    14 Sep 2015 at 10:50 am #7595

    Richard L.
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    From Rene Rodriguez in the Miami Herald. Nice mention of author Don Winslow whose McCarthyesque leanings I once discussed in a blog.

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    During an interview to promote his upcoming film adaptation of The Martian starring Matt Damon, I asked director Ridley Scott how he felt about the critical and commercial pounding his thriller The Counselor received when it was released in the fall of 2013.

    Based on the first original screenplay written by author Cormac McCarthy (Blood Meridian, No Country for Old Men), The Counselor starred Michael Fassbender as a lawyer who dabbles in the Mexican drug trade in order to make a quick profit, with disastrous consequences.

    Despite its formidable pedigree and cast (which included Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz and Penelope Cruz), The Counselor flopped, grossing a measly $17 million in the U.S. and earning largely negative reviews (although the movie did have some passionate defenders).

    But Scott says he wouldn’t change a frame.

    “Cormac McCarthy sent me the script and I was blown away by the material,” he said. “I loved the complexity of it, all the details that showed how this particular situation evolved. The dialogue was fantastic – the best dialogue I’ve ever had. The film was so nihilistic. But so what? Occasionally, nihilism is an interesting subject. Apocalypse Now, Aguirre: The Wrath of God and The Godfather

    are nihilistic.

    But the film focuses on “the characters and the price [Fassbender’s character] would pay, it became quite a lot to stomach, I think. It upset a lot of people. But [the movie] is filled with great performances. The cast was fantastic. How great was Rubén Blades as the head of the cartel, right? The reason [author Don Winslow] chose me to direct the movie adaptation of his book The Cartel is because of The Counselor. So I’m very happy with it.”

    Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/entertainment/article35109546.html#storylink=cpy


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    30 Sep 2015 at 12:22 pm #7636

    Candy Minx
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    I really enjoyed that interview with Ridley Scott. Thanks!


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    03 Jan 2016 at 3:17 pm #7990

    Claudio
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    Hello,

    One line in particular from Reiner really stuck with me and I can’t seem to figure it out. Maybe I’m overthinking it, but I’m not seeing a difference here between ‘does’ and ‘is’, yet I feel there is a meaningful one. Any help?

    Malkina: Greed really takes you to the edge, doesn’t it?
    Reiner: That’s not what greed does. That’s what greed is.


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