The Road (Hillcoat, 2009)

It’s been a busy week over at my home away from home GCP, where I tackle John Hillcoat’s long delayed The Road.

It’s a somber, faithful adaption of Cormac McCarthy’s brilliant novel, but something is lost in translation, namely the horrifying detail of dying a slow interior death. The horror!

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8 thoughts on “The Road (Hillcoat, 2009)

  1. “A list of almost exclusively American big budget films in principle can not be taken entirely seriously, especially when most films are released the last four years. The Filmist made a comprehensive collaborative project, two blogspot critics together on a top ten and with massive support for this claim. The latter is also what puts me to this list as, despite the half-baked name (in form of “they have not really looked more”) still way things are written. It is good to re-evaluate yourself, even when it comes to Happy Feet.””

    I can’t tell if he likes us or not, really.

  2. Interesting, I’m not sure what the hell he is saying. I’m baffled, and I can usually ferret out the meaning in even the densest jumbles of verbiage.

  3. I’ve already sent Henry an email. It wasn’t intended to piss on your list, but I am not that big a fan of both Happy Feet and LOTR, so that struck me as strange. By the way, there are some things lost in your translation. With ‘half-baked name’ I meant the films on the list.

    For a better translation: I wrote that the titles on the list were not my favorites, but that I put the list in my own article because of the giant analyses to backup the choice. Then I say, jokingly, “It is good to re-evaluate yourself, even when it comes to Happy Feet” which is pointed at me since I hated-hated-hated Happy Feet.

    So sorry that I came off stupid (I haven’t read your articles, but I thought it was an interesting list, which is why I put it up there) and I hope you’re not angry or anything. 🙂

  4. Wait, another translation, I missed out on a few things:

    A list filled with almost exclusively American big budget films can not be taken entirely seriously, especially when most films are released the last four years. But The FilmList turned their top ten into a collaborative project, wherein two blogspot-critics backup their top ten with giant analytic arguments. And that is why I name-dropped this list: although the films aren’t my personal choices, they write some pretty wise things. It is good to re-evaluate yourself, even when it comes to Happy Feet.

    There.

  5. Bram – thanks for the clarification, and no I wasn’t pissed at your comments, just confused. We’ve worked long and hard on this project and just want a fair shake in the cluttered world of online criticism. Also, just so you don’t feel like we’re Western-centric, my list has four foreign films, and Henry is a man of the world and watches everything under the sun while writing extensively on many foreign filmmakers, so it’s not that we’ve ignored International Cinema simply for American big budget success stories. And I agree, it’s important to return to films and re-access. Thanks for the comments. I hope you’ll continue following our countdown.

  6. I’ll go ahead and reiterate what Glenn said. Don’t worry about a thing; but also, pitch in your opinion on the film on their respective article-pages, if that tickles your fancy. They’re more than welcome.

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