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I just returned from seeing it. I'll avoid spoilers...it wasn't bad, Jeff Bridges ain't no John Wayne, but that girl is a wonderful, she did a good job, a better job conveying that character than the original actress.

I'm glad I saw it and I'm glad I saw it on the big screen because there's a lot details to the props, scenes, make up, costumes, etc.
 

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Jeff Bridges would not make John Wayne's big toe. I might watch it when it comes to TV but I am not going to pay to see it.
 

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I may redbox it when it comes to it. I don't mind spending $1, but would not pay movie house ticket prices. *runs to the kitchen to refill my John Wayne coffee mug*
 

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the following styatement is NOT a personal judgement about other forum members in any way:

Screw the original and screw John Wayne. Seriously, is he considered a good actor because he mastered the art of playing the identical role in every film, Western or War, with nearly imperceptible differences? The onloy way I'm ever able to tell the difference between the characters of Rooster Cogburn and Big Jake McCandles is that Rooster has an eyepatch! :eek: Thank God he NEVER played Superman, NOBODY at the Daily Planet would've fallen for that 'glasses-as-disguise' thing if he played the part! :lolsmash:

In 1968, "The Green Berets" was released. It's laughable. "Hell In The Pacific", "Where Eagles Dare", "Charge Of The Light Brigade" are all war movies released in the same year that are FAR superior...

People often tend to think that John Wayne was the ultimate western star of his time, the fact that Gary Cooper was 10x the actor Wayne was during the exact same time seems to be lost on many of them...

Hell, I even like Jimmy Stewart westerns better than Wayne's... not to mention that Stewart was an actual combat bomber pilot & command-level officer of 20 successful missions in WW2, making him twice the he-man that draft-dodger John Wayne was. John Wayne's singular saving grace is that his conscience and the guilt he suffered because of it regarding his early life socialist leanings and his passive draft-dodging (allowing the studio to do the dirty work) in WW2 turned him into a 'superpatriot' at a crucial time and i think it is that warm & fuzzy feeling that many cling to & allow to spill over onto anything Wayne-affiliated.

Coen's remake of True Grit, which is based more on the original book and does NOT involve John Wayne hogging the film like the hammy love-child of William Shatner & Wiiliam Conrad at the plot's expense. In this version, Bridges would be playing Wayne's role of Rooster Cogburn.

Hollywood, since you're obviously going to be doing remakes ad nauseum, please remember that this is the way to do them.

The_Blob has spoken... :nuts: :lolsmash:
 

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I tend to view "remakes" as their own movies. They're usually quite a bit different from the original anyway. Think: "Freaky Friday", "The Parent Trap", "The Fog", "The Poseidon Adventure" and others. Both the old and new versions have merits of their own, as do the actors.

So, I'll see the new "True Grit", and I won't compare it to John Wayne or the old one, though I may come away thinking I, personally, like one or the other better.

Thanks, SNT and everyone else, for sharing your take on the subject.
 

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I appreciate the reviews. I have neither read the book nor seen the original but my hubby wants to see this in the worst sort of way. (He has seen the original.)

So ... In honor of his hitting his 20 years with the department he works for he is getting dinner out at his favorite restaurant and a trip to the movie theatre. A surprise, of course ... :sssh:

We never go to the movies ... So I hope he enjoys it as much as he keeps telling me he would if I would go ... LOL :D
 

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Blob, you echo my sentiments exactly, and I have taken heat on other forums for saying it. I like the DUke, and have a lot of his movies - but his range is sorely limited. He does have a boatload of 'presence' though.
Still, he only ever plays ONE 'character'...... John Wayne.
I have been pleased with Jeff Bridges'work lately, and he will do a good job - as said, thake the movie on it's own merits.
 

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True Grit was a disappointment.
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True Grits are best made in the South... (also known as Georgia Ice
Cream)... and are served up hot in the bowl with butter. :eek:

(I know..... BAD Harley!!) :D
 

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Harley, my Navy ship's messcooks a couple times tried to pawn off that nasty "Cream Of Wheat" crap on us Southern Boys as 'grits' - they darned near got themselves keel-hauled....... :D
 

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Harley, my Navy ship's messcooks a couple times tried to pawn off that nasty "Cream Of Wheat" crap on us Southern Boys as 'grits' - they darned near got themselves keel-hauled....... :D
*snicker, snicker* I like Cream of Wheat so well that I actually received two boxes of it for Christmas! Seriously! :D

But I can't stand it plain. I have to put a huge scoop of Nestle's Quick chocolate milk powder in it...kinda like coco wheats! And enough sugar it almost goes "crunch, crunch, crunch" when I chew! :eek:

I lived in SE Kentucky for 6 years, so I did my time with grits. That was some good eating, too. Hard to find them this far north. Oh man, and the biscuits in the south.... *drool*, they sure know how to make them!

Um, yeah, movies, namely "True Grit"...I haven't seen it yet but still plan to. Anyone see "A Christmas Carol" with Jim Carey? It's pretty good. Hard to believe that gravely British accented voice is Jim Carey. I guess he's maturing as an actor.
 

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This thread is great! I think every post cracked me up! I love John Wayne movies But that being said I have to admit that everything The Blob said is true. I am looking forward to seeing this version of the book. I would like to see it in the theater but at 9 bucks a ticket I really can't justify it. I think I'm stuck waiting for it to come out in the video store. :(
 

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*snicker, snicker* I like Cream of Wheat so well that I actually received two boxes of it for Christmas! Seriously! :D

But I can't stand it plain. I have to put a huge scoop of Nestle's Quick chocolate milk powder in it...kinda like coco wheats! And enough sugar it almost goes "crunch, crunch, crunch" when I chew! :eek:

I lived in SE Kentucky for 6 years, so I did my time with grits. That was some good eating, too. Hard to find them this far north. Oh man, and the biscuits in the south.... *drool*, they sure know how to make them!

Um, yeah, movies, namely "True Grit"...I haven't seen it yet but still plan to. Anyone see "A Christmas Carol" with Jim Carey? It's pretty good. Hard to believe that gravely British accented voice is Jim Carey. I guess he's maturing as an actor.
:eek::surrender: GAWD I hate Cream of Wheat ... MaltoMeal is the Breakfast of Champions!! :D My absolute favorite though is steel cut oatmeal with some real maple syrup and real butter. :melikey:

I'll try it with the chocolate ... maybe that is better ... but I doubt it ... seems to have more to do with texture than taste ... although the plain stuff IS pretty bland.
 

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I haven't been to a theater in many years - a couple decades even! I just will not pay those prices. I can put the same money into ammo and spend the day at the local range shooting! ;)
Iwill wait til it hit's the 'bargain bin' at Wally's.
My view on "Cream of Wheat" - it's the same stuff we used in art class in elementary school - 'paper mache'! I don't eat art supplies! :D
 

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I haven't been to a theater in many years - a couple decades even! I just will not pay those prices. I can put the same money into ammo and spend the day at the local range shooting! ;)
Iwill wait til it hit's the 'bargain bin' at Wally's.
My view on "Cream of Wheat" - it's the same stuff we used in art class in elementary school - 'paper mache'! I don't eat art supplies! :D
I eat ArtSupplies .. ya, I was the kid eatin' glue! :ignore:

BTW: I absolutly love Cream-of-Wheat, about as much as I love congee and regular rolled-oats!
 

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Hey GypsySue... I feel a song coming on.... :eek:


ROLL, ROLL, ROLL YOUR OATS,
GREAT WITH MILK OR CREAM;
VERILY, VERILY, VERILY, VERILY,
LIFE IS SUCH A SCREAM. :D
 

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Makes me want to get my guitar out and start a round. :D
 

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:eek::surrender: GAWD I hate Cream of Wheat ... MaltoMeal is the Breakfast of Champions!! :D My absolute favorite though is steel cut oatmeal with some real maple syrup and real butter. :melikey:

I'll try it with the chocolate ... maybe that is better ... but I doubt it ... seems to have more to do with texture than taste ... although the plain stuff IS pretty bland.
My husband won't eat Cream of Wheat either, not even with chocolate in it! That's why the boxes of Cream of Wheat were given to me as a Christmas present! Then they're all MINE!!!

Plain Cream of wheat, even with milk and sugar is just that...PLAIN, and even I am not wild about that! It has to be dressed up.

I just discovered that putting Strawberry "quick" milk powder in it instead of chocolate it pretty good, too! (Though my family says it's like a warm, gritty, strawberry milkshake! :eek: :lolsmash: ) I use half a cup of dry cream of wheat, 1/3 to 1/2 cup chocolate Nestle powder, and 1 1/2 to 2 cups water, depending how thick I feel like having it. When it's done, I add milk and about a quarter cup of sugar! Mmmmm....*bounce bounce bounce*...at least until the sugar wears off!:gaah: (Disclaimer: This is a TREAT food that I only have once or twice a month! NOT a part of my regular diet!)

Oatmeal is an awesome food. You can put all kinds of cool things in it! One of my favorites is to put diced up apples and chopped walnuts in it, then some butter and real maple syrup, maybe a touch of cinnamon! It's good with mashed pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices in it, then the usual butter, maple syrup, and milk! Or honey in place of real maple syrup.

Harley... Your song.... :melikey:
And I want to hear Uncle Joe on the guitar while we all sing it in a round!

Thanks! :D

Oh, back to the subject of movies, I just saw the movie "Salt" on a DVD from Redbox, and it was GREAT! I recommend it. It's one of the best action-filled spy movies I've seen! Great stunts, too. It's one of those movies where you're never quite sure who the good guys and bad guys really are!
 

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the following styatement is NOT a personal judgement about other forum members in any way:

Screw the original and screw John Wayne. Seriously, is he considered a good actor because he mastered the art of playing the identical role in every film, Western or War, with nearly imperceptible differences? The onloy way I'm ever able to tell the difference between the characters of Rooster Cogburn and Big Jake McCandles is that Rooster has an eyepatch! :eek: Thank God he NEVER played Superman, NOBODY at the Daily Planet would've fallen for that 'glasses-as-disguise' thing if he played the part! :lolsmash:

In 1968, "The Green Berets" was released. It's laughable. "Hell In The Pacific", "Where Eagles Dare", "Charge Of The Light Brigade" are all war movies released in the same year that are FAR superior...

People often tend to think that John Wayne was the ultimate western star of his time, the fact that Gary Cooper was 10x the actor Wayne was during the exact same time seems to be lost on many of them...

Hell, I even like Jimmy Stewart westerns better than Wayne's... not to mention that Stewart was an actual combat bomber pilot & command-level officer of 20 successful missions in WW2, making him twice the he-man that draft-dodger John Wayne was. John Wayne's singular saving grace is that his conscience and the guilt he suffered because of it regarding his early life socialist leanings and his passive draft-dodging (allowing the studio to do the dirty work) in WW2 turned him into a 'superpatriot' at a crucial time and i think it is that warm & fuzzy feeling that many cling to & allow to spill over onto anything Wayne-affiliated.

Coen's remake of True Grit, which is based more on the original book and does NOT involve John Wayne hogging the film like the hammy love-child of William Shatner & Wiiliam Conrad at the plot's expense. In this version, Bridges would be playing Wayne's role of Rooster Cogburn.

Hollywood, since you're obviously going to be doing remakes ad nauseum, please remember that this is the way to do them.

The_Blob has spoken... :nuts: :lolsmash:
This is so funny because I've said the same thing for years, never got tared and feathered but close..JW made one really good movie "The Shootist" I liked it but as a whole his movies were card board cut outs of the one before... what was the one with that ridicules Ricky Nelson walking around like a fence post with two guns screwed to his skinny ass?.. ohwell.. anyway I agree with Blob JW couldn't act worth a crap and walked like he had a cob up his.. "act"... I always heard the propaganda story that the Government asked him to not enlist because he was to valuable in making moral building movies...

I do put JW a notch above Stallone who pissed me off by making his name as a SF MOH recipient when in fact he spent the VN war teaching volleyball in a Swiss girls school ( which would not be a bag gig!!),,, or so goes the rumor..
And as long as we are rating Actors I'll pull for Jimmy Stewart!! him and Fonda made some great movies together.. " The Cheyenne Social Club" was great!! for you kids who never saw it, it about two broke down cowpokes who inherit a Whorehouse in WYO... really good one...They were real Actors !
 
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