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September 30, 1992 | by Kathleen Carroll, New York Daily News
"Gas Food Lodging" is fueled by the intelligence and refreshing wit of a new talent: writer/director Allison Anders. The movie is loosely based on Anders' own experiences as a single mother, and it's a wonderfully humorous, heartwarming tribute to the natural resilience and true grit of women. In this poignant comedy, a somewhat bitter single mother and her teen-age daughters must cope with the loneliness of living in a cowboy-dominated desert town where men are constantly abandoning their women and riding off into the sunset.
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October 8, 1992 | by John M. Baer, Daily News Staff Writer
Anyone who's ever surveyed door-to-door or over the phone knows the two great polling truths: 1. It ain't easy. 2. It's scary out there. The truths emerged during the preparation for the Daily News Keystone Poll as well. Millersville University students conducting the poll over four days and nights saw it. So did a Daily News reporter who sat in one of the nights. First, it ain't easy because many people aren't home, don't want to talk or aren't voters (an automatic "terminate")
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December 22, 2010 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
Are the Coen Brothers going biblical on us? Although True Grit , Joel and Ethan Coen's artfully wrought and agreeably wry western, is based on Charles Portis' 1968 novel, the film's quotations from the Old Testament, literal and metaphorical, are everywhere. Some of these references, too, hail from Portis' book, but after tackling the trials of Job in A Serious Man , it appears that the moviemaking siblings have taken an especially keen interest in the venerable Christian and Hebrew texts.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 26, 2010 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
Mattie Ross, the 14-year-old played by Hailee Steinfeld in True Grit , is a self-composed Arkansan who kept the books for her father's ranch until her father was shot and killed. The time is the 1870s, the West is wild, and Mattie - determined to avenge her father's death and bring the perpetrator to justice, if not to his demise - speaks with a flinty eloquence that shows uncanny intelligence and resolve. In Joel and Ethan Coen's rousing adaptation of the Charles Portis novel - their True Grit opened Wednesday - Mattie drops words like braggadocio with aplomb.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 2011
SOME GOOD movies in the bin this week, starting with the Coen brothers' Oscar-nominated "True Grit. " It's their more grounded-in-reality take on the iconic John Wayne classic, with Jeff Bridges as the U.S. marshal who helps a girl (Hailee Steinfeld) find the man (Josh Brolin) who killed her father. Superb support from Matt Damon, though I fear this movie will suffer in a small-screen downsizing. There's a featurette on "True Grit" novelist Charles Portis - it's a great book, well worth a read.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 22, 2010 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
THE COEN BROTHERS' "No Country For Old Men" told of a Texas sheriff who, confronted with the worst criminal he'd ever seen, spit the bit. He would, he figured, have to corrupt himself to stop the killer. It's "what you're willing to become," he tells us. "A man would have to put his soul at hazard. And I won't do that. " Now the Coens have made another western, from the Charles Portis novel "True Grit," and it's a fair to say there's a new sheriff in town. He's the legendary Rooster Cogburn, happy to take on a half dozen evil men by putting the reins in his mouth and riding out with a gun in each hand.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 2011
GIMME FIVE "True Grit" gave the Coen brothers their first box office smash and membership in the $100 million club. 1. "True Grit," $171 million. 2. "No Country for Old Men," $74 million. 3. "Burn After Reading," $60 million. 4. "O Brother, Where Art Thou," $45 million. 5. "The Ladykillers," $39 million.
NEWS
October 6, 1989 | ANDREA MIHALIK/DAILY NEWS
Showing true grit as he dangles from a rope, window cleaner Lucas Cantey goes after the other kind of grit that mucks up a sparkling view of some neat boats anchored alongside the Pier 3 apartments on Delaware Avenue. Photo was taken using a "fish-eye," or super wide-angle lens, on a sunny, crystal- clear day just made for doing fun things - like washing windows.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2011
1. Just Go With It . (PG-13) 2. True Grit . 1/2 (PG) 3. The Dilemma . 1/2 (R) 4. I Am Number Four . (PG-13) 5. Drive Angry 1/2 (PG-13) 6. No Strings Attached . (R) 7. The Mechanic . (R) 8. Gnomeo and Juliet . (G) 9. The Roommate 1/2 (PG-13) 10. The Company Men Top DVD titles at Redbox kiosks for week ended June 12.
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October 14, 2013 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
Angela Duckworth is the genius in socked feet. Named a MacArthur fellow last month, the Penn psychology professor snacked on candy and padded around her Positive Psychology Center corner office, cluttered with papers, a Wheaties box sporting her freckled likeness, and multiple copies of True Grit . Grit is the plucky four-letter word that Duckworth owns, defined as perseverance and passion for long-term goals, "sticking with your future,...
SPORTS
October 5, 2011 | By Ray Parrillo, Inquirer Staff Writer
ST. LOUIS - Like the spinning numbers on a slot machine, the pitch count for Cole Hamels was adding up quickly in Tuesday's Game 3 of the National League division series at Busch Stadium. More important from the Phillies' perspective, the Cardinals' hit count and run count weren't. Hamels' job was to prevent the Phillies from facing a Wednesday elimination game in a postseason that's supposed to fill up most of the days in October. The 27-year-old lefthander did his job well, if not efficiently.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 2011
"THE HELP" is now the nation's most popular movie, and officially a word-of-mouth hit. The film, which stars Viola Davis, crushed "Conan The Barbarian" and "Fright Night" and retained 80 percent of its audience to claim the top spot for the first time, after opening two weeks ago in the second spot. It's the first movie to climb from two to one in successive weeks since "True Grit" in January, and before that, since "The Blind Side," said Box Office Mojo. Note that the summer's other wide-release word-of-mouth phenomenon, "Bridesmaids," also held 80 percent of its audience week to week.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2011
1. Just Go With It . (PG-13) 2. True Grit . 1/2 (PG) 3. The Dilemma . 1/2 (R) 4. I Am Number Four . (PG-13) 5. Drive Angry 1/2 (PG-13) 6. No Strings Attached . (R) 7. The Mechanic . (R) 8. Gnomeo and Juliet . (G) 9. The Roommate 1/2 (PG-13) 10. The Company Men Top DVD titles at Redbox kiosks for week ended June 12.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 2011
GIMME FIVE "True Grit" gave the Coen brothers their first box office smash and membership in the $100 million club. 1. "True Grit," $171 million. 2. "No Country for Old Men," $74 million. 3. "Burn After Reading," $60 million. 4. "O Brother, Where Art Thou," $45 million. 5. "The Ladykillers," $39 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 2011 | By Rick Bentley, McClatchy Newspapers
The top DVD choices this week include the remake of a western classic and a long list of TV shows. True Grit, Grade A: Sibling directors Ethan and Joel Coen combine the grandeur of a traditional western with their quirky sensibility. It takes an actor of Jeff Bridges' caliber to step into the big boots of Rooster Cogburn, a role that earned John Wayne his only Oscar. With strong supporting performances from Hailee Steinfeld and Matt Damon, the film is one of the best of the West to come moseying along in years.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 2011
SOME GOOD movies in the bin this week, starting with the Coen brothers' Oscar-nominated "True Grit. " It's their more grounded-in-reality take on the iconic John Wayne classic, with Jeff Bridges as the U.S. marshal who helps a girl (Hailee Steinfeld) find the man (Josh Brolin) who killed her father. Superb support from Matt Damon, though I fear this movie will suffer in a small-screen downsizing. There's a featurette on "True Grit" novelist Charles Portis - it's a great book, well worth a read.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2011
STRANGE-BUT-TRUE Jeff Bridges fact: His last two movies, "Tron: Legacy" and "True Grit," each made almost exactly the same amount of money, $171 million. They were, however, of differing quality. "Tron: Legacy" is a wacky sequel to the ahead-of-its-time 1982 animation/effects movie (the DVD extras include an informative look back at the original), slicker and better-looking, but strapped with a story that managed to be incomprehensible and predictable at the same time. Bridges, though, had fun as the digitized hippie locked in a virtual world of his own design, visited by his son (Garrett Hedlund)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2011 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
IF WE THINK of the Coen brothers' career as Jeff Lebowski's living room, we realize that despite the eight Oscars on the mantelpiece, something's missing. Something that would really pull the room together. No dude, not a rug. A blockbuster. A hit movie that would earn these fringe artists and cult filmmakers the warm embrace of the general moviegoing public. "True Grit" is that movie, and, in true Coen style, it's not behaving like a regular hit. At more than $150 million and counting, it's a word-of-mouth rocket that refuses to obey the laws of box-office gravity.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 2011
TODAY, OSCAR snubees are wondering what they have to do to get a nomination. Cut off an arm? Possibly. It worked for James Franco in "127 Hours," for "True Grit," and for "Winter's Bone. " All of these limb-rending epics scored nominations for cast and crew yesterday, while other folks went home . . . empty-handed. Like Chris Nolan. His hit "Inception" scored nine nominations, second only to "True Grit" (10) and "The King's Speech" (12), but he was again shut out in the race for best director (shades of "The Dark Knight")
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