In this week’s podcast, Glenn and Daniel return from a wander on the plains to review Hell or High Water, a new modern western from Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan, featuring a very familiar Jeff Bridges landing somewhere between his own mumbly personage from True Grit, and Tommy Lee Jones in No Country For Old Men. Can this Southern crime tale do enough to differentiate itself? Tune in and find out (34:17).
May contain NSFW language.
FilmWonk rating: 7 out of 10
- Music for this episode is the track “You Ask Me To” by Waylon Jennings from the film’s soundtrack, and Blakwall‘s cover of “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door“, which appeared in the film’s trailer.
- Steven Michael Quezada and Dean Norris, who played Gomie and Hank respectively in Breaking Bad, are more or less the exact same age. Whoops – we might’ve been reaching a bit hard for this comparison. But Gil Birmingham‘s character definitely played a similar role to Steven Gomez in this film.
- Also the same age? Chris Pine and Ben Foster. Gonna chock this one up to movie makeup and styling – Foster definitely looked older here.
- Also nearly the same age? Jeff Bridges and Gil Birmingham (66 and 63 respectively). So…we really biffed it on the age-related observations in this episode.
- Apologies, Glenn was getting over the sniffles during this episode – we cut what we could.
- Reverse mortgages are complicated. We correctly (albeit cynically) described the one that was featured in this film, but we’d encourage you to read up on them in detail before considering this film podcast too instructive on the subject.
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