Happy holidays and welcome to "Showtime with Sasha." During the past five or six months, it has been a pleasure to review the latest films that have hit the big screen or become available on DVD. My goal has been to get you excited about projects that are too good to miss and to help you avoid films that aren’t worth your time — and hopefully have some fun along the way.
Today, I’m going to discuss a gun-slinging Western flick and give you the year-in review.
"True Grit" originally hit theaters in 1969, starring John Wayne as eye-patch wearing U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn, hired by 14-year-old Mattie Ross to catch the man who murdered her father and stole his horses. In the remake, which is based more closely on the book, the Cohen brothers tackle the same story. And they do it beautifully.
This time, Jeff Bridges plays Rooster, Matt Damon is a sometimes clownish Texas Ranger, Josh Brolin is a cold-blooded killer and Barry Pepper is a gang boss.
"True Grit" is a flawless film, sure to earn Oscar nominations for best adapted screen play, best direction, best actor for Jeff Bridges (who won last year for his role in "Crazy Heart") and best actor and actress noms for Matt Damon and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld. The dialogue is perfect. I’m definitely a fan!
In fact, I’m ready to offer you my top five films of the year. They are "Inception," "The Social Network," "Toy Story 3" and "True Grit."
Hold on a sec. You’re right. That’s only four.
Well, I have yet to see "The Black Swan," "The Fighter" and "The King’s Speech." So many films and so little time, am I right? I’m sure one of those three is perfect for the fifth slot. Let’s see them all and decide together!
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