Review: In the Valley of Elah

In the Valley of Elah from 2007 is a searing condemnation of the war in Iraq. The story is a mystery about a father and a cop who investigate the son’s murder just outside a mythical Army base in New Mexico.¬†Continue Reading: Review: In the Valley of Elah

Review: The Homesman

The Homesman showed up recently on Netflix. I watched immediately.

The movie annoyed me. And the more I think about it, the more annoyed I become.

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Watch and Listen: New Trailer for Homesman and a Listen to the Music

The Homesman starts this weekend in theaters. It’s a film about women, but the title talks about a man. Go figure. The film stars Tommy Lee Jones and Hillary Swank. Tommy Lee Jones is also the director and wrote the screenplay.

I’m thinking Mary Bee Cuddy might turn out to be one of the more interesting characters to appear in a film in a very long time. Tough, independent, brave and real. In this film, there’s no flying through the air like The Dauntless, no 16 year old girls saving the world with a bow and arrow. Nothing against that kind of female heroine, but this story is much more down to earth. It’s about how real women endured (or failed to endure) the hardships of the prairies during the mid 19th Century.

The International trailer has some scenes that we haven’t seen before.

The music from the movie uses several unusual instruments that reflect the sounds of the beautiful New Mexico countryside where it was filmed. Tommy Lee Jones and composer Marco Beltrami discuss how the haunting melodies were conceived and recorded.

You can see an earlier trailer for The Homesman here.

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Watch This: Trailer for The Homesman

This is the International trailer for The Homesman, which will release in the U.S. in November. The film stars and is directed by Tommy Lee Jones. Others in the film are Hilary Swank, Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, and Sonja Richter. The tale is about claim jumper and a pioneer woman, who team up to escort three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa.

Meryl Streep is also in the cast. It looks like a small part based on the trailer, and the IMDB info for the film shows her name way down at the bottom of the cast list. The reason I’m making a big deal about it is that as far as I know this is the first film that Meryl Streep has appeared in with one of her children also in the cast. Grace Gummer is Meryl Streep’s daughter. (Another daughter, Mamie Gummer, is also an actress.)