Sunday, April 11, 2010

Movie Switch: Double Jeopardy

KW's pick: KW suggested that I watch Double Jeopardy, starring Ashley Judd and Tommy Lee Jones, which I finished last week. It was a thriller/action movie, and I can't say I disliked it, I can't say I liked it either. In fact, I only watched it last week, and I feel like I don't really remember it. Now, that could say something about my memory, but I'm gonna say it says something about the movie. I do remember a portion of it was set in New Orleans, which I paid attention to as I knew I would be here this week.

My pick: As far as a great movie starring Tommy Lee Jones, my pick would be No Country for Old Men. The movie while disturbing, was awesome. Here's Tommy Lee Jones closing monologue in the film: 

I was sheriff of this county when I was twenty-five years old. Hard to believe. My grandfather was a lawman; father too. Me and him was sheriffs at the same time; him up in Plano and me out here. I think he's pretty proud of that. I know I was. Some of the old time sheriffs never even wore a gun. A lotta folks find that hard to believe. Jim Scarborough'd never carry one; that's the younger Jim. Gaston Boykins wouldn't wear one up in Camanche County. I always liked to hear about the oldtimers. Never missed a chance to do so. You can't help but compare yourself against the oldtimers. Can't help but wonder how theyd've operated these times. There was this boy I sent to the 'lectric chair at Huntsville Hill here a while back. My arrest and my testimony. He killt a fourteen-year-old girl. Papers said it was a crime of passion but he told me there wasn't any passion to it. Told me that he'd been planning to kill somebody for about as long as he could remember. Said that if they turned him out he'd do it again. Said he knew he was going to hell. "Be there in about fifteen minutes". I don't know what to make of that. I sure don't. The crime you see now, it's hard to even take its measure. It's not that I'm afraid of it. I always knew you had to be willing to die to even do this job. But, I don't want to push my chips forward and go out and meet something I don't understand. A man would have to put his soul at hazard. He'd have to say, "O.K., I'll be part of this world." 

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