The Philosophy of NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN - Wisecrack Edition

23 nov. 2019
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No Country For Old Men - What's REALLY going on in the film?
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No Country for Old Men is simultaneously incredible and baffling. But what are the Coen brothers really trying to say with this breathtakingly dark film? We have some thoughts and it has everything to do with the origin of the western genre. Let's find out more in this Wisecrack Edition on the Philosophy of No Country for Old Men.

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Written by: Tricia Aurand
Directed by: Michael Luxemburg
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  • I like Ellis. He’s a wise old man.

    K BK BIl y a 2 jours
  • There is another genre subtly and discreetly layered in here: Anton transcends being simply a man who is crazed killer. He literally is an unstoppable and un-killable zombie.

    Amy HogartenAmy HogartenIl y a 3 jours
  • This is a Cormac Mcarthy book. That thr cohen brothers adapted. The Cohens didn’t make the story... just retold it with pictures.

    Tom WagerTom WagerIl y a 5 jours
  • Anyone know the outro song

    pete lebeoufpete lebeoufIl y a 5 jours
  • One can discern a Freudian triad in NCFOM. Chigurh being the Id - Llewellyn - ego - the sheriff - the superego, How all three are constantly intersecting, battling it out for dominance of psyche both at the individual level, but at the macro level too. Llewellyn is constantly negotiating his way between his superego and his Id. He takes the money, then goes belatedly back to save the dying guy. He tries to do the right thing, but the money keeps dragging him into danger. And in the end, he sacrifices his wife rather than surrender to Chigurh's ultimatum. Not for the money but purely for pride. Meanwhile Chigurh amoral, virtually without conscience. The conscience he does have, is child-like, deferring to a coin toss, which demonstrates even the id can be troubled by the ego, and the superego - albeit in an infantile way. And the Sheriff of course is above it all, but weak and melancholic, struggling with his lack of action, his unwillingness to carry a gun, the fact that his efforts are not making the world a better place, giving him a crisis of faith. Which you might say are the wages of the superego, crippling, introspection and world weariness. The tyranny of the superego. as Freud put it. The film also explores the pointlessness of growing old without faith. On hanging onto life in a unfair world. And the pointlessness of morality without faith. Whether that be faith in progress, the law, the human spirit - or god. The paradox of the superego, or higher states of consciousness - they allow us to question our baser motives. but also to question the meaning of morality itself.

    trev moffatttrev moffattIl y a 6 jours
  • 1) You don't know that he killed Carla Jean. 2) Tgis was a great discussion of Western noir.

    Dean J. SealDean J. SealIl y a 6 jours
  • This is fuckin fantastic.

    Blonde McGuinnBlonde McGuinnIl y a 6 jours
  • Existentialism is a philosophy for those who have realized philosophy doesn't matter. I don't want to be an existentialist but often I see no other option in this wretched program of life.

    Sanghoon LeeSanghoon LeeIl y a 7 jours
  • NCFOM is a movie completely lacking in a classic western core value: "western" morality. Good vs evil, etc. Instead our characters are driven by random force (wind, windmill) and unpredictable like the weather. Each of the 3 leading characters fail to display a genuine concern the suffering of others. A patient's lack of empathy is an essential ingredient in the diagnosis of mental illness, especially the social disorders, when combined with highly organized personal habits (I only wear white socks) it spells psychopath in large letters . Viewers quickly assume that Anton is a psychopath, yet each of these three otherwise random characters display a profound lack of empathy, even awareness, of the pain around them. Except when Moss makes the fatal error of returning to the scene of the crime--something that all three of the main characters do in this story. Sheriff Bell goes back to the motel room--Anton the hotel, Moss the dying man in the pickup. They all pay a price for it. Bell decides to retire, Moss triggers his own imminent doom, and Anton gets wounded in the shootout w/Moss.

    Jim ParkerJim ParkerIl y a 8 jours
  • I think one of the major issues with the movie is that it doesn't mention one of the biggest plot points in the book that the sheriff was in the war and in the war he had a moment of cowardice and it haunted him for the rest of his life

    Shelby BrownShelby BrownIl y a 10 jours
  • To be honest, the film is almost a literal adaptation of the novel. It even reads like a movie script. Most of the points that you pay attention to are specifically mentioned in the book. Even the scene with the crow. Coen brothers do not undertake to interpret it in their own way, but adapt it to other media. Your interpretation of Anton Chigurh as chaotic confuses me. The coin scenes suggest otherwise. Especially meeting with Carla Jean: "I got here the same way the coin did". In the book, their argument goes further, Anton insists that he has no choice, the coin could not fall in another, etc.

    Подкаст Daily ShtukyПодкаст Daily ShtukyIl y a 21 jour
  • "dId U gIvE CrEdIt tO tHe AuThOr?? DaS FuCkEd uP" Settle down, pretentious try hards. We all know you only read the book because the movie too, as most people did. You can PROBABLY IMAGINE like many people that Wisecrack didn't even know it was based off a book, otherwise they would have mentioned it. Use for common sense, jesus fucking christ.

    Born Stellar1337Born Stellar1337Il y a 23 jours
  • My mystery is why did moss waist time taking off his boots and why did he get out of the river. He could have drown the dogg and floated for miles

    THE VOICE OF REASON FruzzelTHE VOICE OF REASON FruzzelIl y a 26 jours
  • Moss shoots the Deer, at 10:10, but the dog didn't claim the deer. He was limping because he was shot and was heading to water.

    THE VOICE OF REASON FruzzelTHE VOICE OF REASON FruzzelIl y a 26 jours
  • I honestly don't think they put this much thought into the movie, or any movie. This 19:54 is just some guy trying to sound insightful and intelligent beyond the norm. It's really just twenty minutes of Film School BS.

    Mark McCormackMark McCormackIl y a 27 jours
  • Overrated movie... "good but not great " category movie

    Charan TejCharan TejIl y a 28 jours
  • Does he actually hit the bird? Is there a second bird that was shot before we see the one fly away in the next shot? When I first watched this movie I always though he flat out shot the bird on the bridge, but now it just looks like he missed.

    SynthalitySynthalityIl y a 29 jours
  • Fuck Up start!

    bLaCjAcK DanielsbLaCjAcK DanielsIl y a mois
  • i stopped watching your content mid way through because you double dipping on too many ads, look throw one in the middle but two after you already threw two at the beginning is too much your opinion isnt worth that much out of my time for a 20 minute video.

    Joseph CJoseph CIl y a mois
  • I just saw this movie on amazon last night. Very disappointing story, which is pretty much what life is. I love it.

    josef rootgumjosef rootgumIl y a mois
  • Anton is like my rdr2 arthur, chaos. Goes to some grandmas housr steals her stuff and kills her with shotgun, kills anyone in his way, is unpredictable, the coin toss just is what I think I will do.

    Rasmus SyrjäläRasmus SyrjäläIl y a mois
  • The part where Chigur shoots the bird seems out of touch with the persona they try to give him. Which is “evil but fair” hence the coin toss. What’s the most you’ve ever won* on a coin toss? There are so many interpretations of this film and that’s what makes it so awesome. I don’t think Chigur walks off into the sunset tho, he’s gotten hurt in a car accident and perhaps can’t go to a hospital. The same fate he believes in eventually gets him

    DDIl y a mois
  • Okay I get it now. It's like the main characters are each doing a personal character analysis on themselves. Reasoning: If you can see Anton then you are a character that still fits into the modern western but if you can't then you no longer exist as a character that real people (viewers) can relate to as real but still respect and understand as an archetype. Anton is not meant to be seen as the only person with chaotic elements in the modern world but a person who has accepted their chaotic elements and embraces them in search of understanding them. In the same way that the Sheriff doesn't understand the chaotic actions instead has accepted that he doesn't understand and embraces this similarly in search of understanding himself better.

    Darks PaceDarks PaceIl y a mois
  • That whimper is probably my favorite ending ever.

    chamchamtriggerchamchamtriggerIl y a mois
  • The wolves weren't the interlopers, the men were. That was the irony of it all, that they'd encroached on nature.

    Prototyp3m1ndPrototyp3m1ndIl y a mois
  • Revisionist westerns are part and parcel of the very agenda which is responsible for the indoctrination, which was extremely evident and pretty blatant in teen and children's TV programming by the mid to late 2000s at the latest, into the belief among children that they knew better than the adults around them, as besides that specific indoctrination, it is the agenda responsible for the propagation of the demonization of those who were heads of households in the past, right up until the agenda began to manifest itself in the mid '50s, and to fully come to fruition in the '60s, with morality, decency, and quality of life including value of income declining tremendously and to an ever-greater extent for the vast majority of the people of the western world ever since, as intended by the conspirators, the decline being the point, and the propagation among the mindless majority of lies of victimhood and oppression of the most violent and immoral by the most conscientious and justice-upholding, such as in limiting their opportunities in order to limit their influence to limit their destructive effects it was recognized they would have upon society (and with regard to that, they have been proven absolutely and completely correct by the "progress" of the several decades that have passed since it all began) being the primary means.

    MELEKH HA OLAM The Saga ContinuesMELEKH HA OLAM The Saga ContinuesIl y a mois
  • "Here, Bell acknowledges that this old dog can't keep up with the new tricks..." Unless you have some kind of clear statement from the author that that is the meaning of the line, I would say that is a tremendously presumptuous interpretation. I tend to think of its meaning as being far more in line with that of the Wings song Live and Let Die, as opposed to the more David Hogg-esque false, myopic, foolish presumption of greater awareness and ability of the young which this video espouses.

    MELEKH HA OLAM The Saga ContinuesMELEKH HA OLAM The Saga ContinuesIl y a mois
  • Yeah, very smart to use education as a factor in issuing a loan given how many with advanced degrees are delivering pizzas nowadays.

    MELEKH HA OLAM The Saga ContinuesMELEKH HA OLAM The Saga ContinuesIl y a mois
  • Determining the genre of the film don't count as philosophy

    JasonJasonIl y a mois
  • I like most of the Coen Brothers movies. I hated this! I felt cheated at the end! This movie makes no sense and is often boring. Since Tommy Lee Jones turns out to be a coward, there are no characters worthy of caring about. If the point was to give the audience the finger, it suceeded!

    Don CarltonDon CarltonIl y a mois
  • What is a country?

    faindaoutfaindaoutIl y a mois
  • You really didn't understand this film did yah Wisecrack?

    Guy PiersonGuy PiersonIl y a mois
  • that dog isn't stealing Moss' deer, its been wounded in the sour deal, which tips Moss off. He's following the deer's blood trail and then comes across the dogs blood trail intersecting it, follows it backwards, and finds the aftermath of the drug deal

    Rhys KendallRhys KendallIl y a mois
  • Larry Mahan boots. Stetson makes hats.

    Thomas EnseyThomas EnseyIl y a mois
  • No Country ????? No contest...It's Brilliant....

    Max TicknerMax TicknerIl y a mois
  • No, Anton is NOT an agent of chaos. He clearly has a very strict, consistent, and defined code of morality. It's very ordered. Woody's character even says this and he knows Chigurgh arguably better than anyone. He only kills people that threaten him or fail the coin toss (or fail to take that option).

    Fit and Healthy at Any AgeFit and Healthy at Any AgeIl y a 2 mois
  • Bell as played by John Wayne or Robert Mitchum would have given us that sense of defeat Bell feels because we would expect Bell to win. Jones doesn't have that sense to me of assured power.

    Tim PeeplesTim PeeplesIl y a 2 mois
  • You're A syllable short on your pronunciation of 'archetype,' there, slim.

    Rage Against My HairlineRage Against My HairlineIl y a 2 mois
  • Film was a masterpiece in my opinion

    Sebastian TinajeroSebastian TinajeroIl y a 2 mois
  • Y'all got it all wrong

    Jeevan GijoJeevan GijoIl y a 2 mois
  • This movie stayed with me for years..

    ErinErinIl y a 2 mois
  • Might be a tired opinion and a rehash of what the Cohen Brothers have done here, but I need them to make a Blood Meridian adaptation.

    Jack MelvinJack MelvinIl y a 2 mois
  • anton is not chaos.....the world/justice is.

    Ellis PiperEllis PiperIl y a 2 mois
  • The dog didn't steal the animal Moss shot. It was just another wounded animal whose blood trail crossed paths with the wounded animal Moss was tracking.

    The Burning SensationThe Burning SensationIl y a 2 mois
  • You got a lot of things wrong in this one. The dog going after Moss' deer (it wasn't, it was wounded and limping away), Chigurh being an "agent of chaos". Chigurh isn't the joker, he's not random he almost see's things as more preordained. His conversation with the gas station manager :"You married into it" is something he insists on, the moment the old man chose to marry that woman he married into the job he now has, even though it was decades ago. Similarly Chigurh see's himself as preordained, his focus on coins "Do you know what date is on this coin? 1958. It's been traveling 22 years to get here, and now it's here. And it's either heads or tails. and you have to say i call it" As well as his conversation with Carla at the end where she tries to push against his mentality "the coin don't have no say! It's just you!" which he rebukes "I got here the same way the coin did" It's a crazy person's logic, but still a logic, it's not random. It's leaving it up to his victims, if they'd chosen correctly then fate must want them dead, if not then fate wants them to live. it's his rule "If the rule you followed, led you to this. Of what use was the rule?" This is why it's fitting when Carla refuses to choose on his coin toss and then afterwards Chigurh ends up in a car crash, he is not an agent of fate or death, he is at the mercy of life same as everyone else. Not an agent of chaos.

    SolusSolusIl y a 2 mois
  • This movie was depressing. It ended bad, where evil prevailed. It left unsettling feeling behind, with no resolution, but continuation of that evil existing within the story line. Besides of getting shot, Anton has never been reprimanded for his actions.

    Timur ZavidovTimur ZavidovIl y a 2 mois
  • I loved the break down and explanation of the movie. not a whole lot of philosophy though.

    RedRavenRedRavenIl y a 2 mois
  • 4:40 damn

    Hamid KhanHamid KhanIl y a 2 mois
  • As I lived in Laredo Texas for a few years, to me personally this movie depicted what is happening to an extent in the world of the drugs trade. Or perhaps a take on what early on it must’ve been like because now it is much worse. Although the violence is consistent.

    blahoblahoIl y a 2 mois
  • What an over analysis of a great and simple movie. Videos like this are like people who explain how a hurricane destroys a town, yet lack the insight to predict it before all of the information is already given. It's all hindsight, yet never explains the "why"... only the "how".

    Stalker Stomper3Stalker Stomper3Il y a 2 mois
  • This _almost_ qualifies as a Narco/Cartel-movie

    Mr. BlackMr. BlackIl y a 2 mois
  • You didn't touch on it specifically, but I LOVED the VERY ending of the film, and it mirrors what Bell says about God. He tells his wife about a dream he had where everything was wonderful... "then I woke up." Bam. Forget a shootout. That was an incredible end imo.

    Steve BullerSteve BullerIl y a 2 mois
  • I though Anton was from the Cartel but the idea of Anton being a hired assassin from a corporation makes him scarier than he originally was

    A is for AmericaA is for AmericaIl y a 2 mois

    Puppy PuppingtonPuppy PuppingtonIl y a 2 mois
  • No Country for Old Men (2007) Full Movie HD Full Movie Streaming ----------------------- quality HD ➥ All languages available айлык алгыныз келеби? Бирок сиз бала менен уйдо

    The MovieThe MovieIl y a 3 mois
  • Sounds like The Last of Us 2 for me

    El PersaEl PersaIl y a 3 mois
  • Personally I love the open ending, makes me think that Anton is out there still causing mayhem.

    JJIl y a 3 mois
  • You're either up or down, there is no win or lose.

  • NO!, No!, God that was bad. You got nothing correct! Sheriff Bell is the protagonist and wins by quitting and accepting his insignificance. The Raven (bird) represents a soul, meaning after life. It starts with Bell talking about his link to the past (past law men) it ends with Bell seeing his future in dreams (afterlife). The wreck at the very end (noisy) verses Del Rio murders (silence) shows Chigurh has lost his divine host (Angel of Death). The whole film deals with real life and its link to the afterlife. The Angel of Death follows the drug deals, and collects bodies there, and also through good or bad luck (coin flips) innocent people who get in the way. Notice the moral have a better chance, the immoral fall like flies. fyi - no corporation exists, just a phony company. Wide open scenes because you are insignificant.

    Whats UpWhats UpIl y a 3 mois

    Tony Tone DavisTony Tone DavisIl y a 4 mois
  • It’s a film noir

    Ben QuinneyBen QuinneyIl y a 4 mois
  • Effective new rule

    Ben QuinneyBen QuinneyIl y a 4 mois
  • lmao that horse punch. I gotta watch blazing saddles

    0o I Died In A Time Machine o00o I Died In A Time Machine o0Il y a 4 mois
  • My Fav movie

    Wepa Latin Beats Recording StudioWepa Latin Beats Recording StudioIl y a 4 mois
  • Two hours I wish I could have back.

    M TM TIl y a 4 mois
  • Best movie I've ever seen.

    Savon DavisSavon DavisIl y a 4 mois
  • The voice of God in the film is the the sound of the wind

    Pagan PilgrimPagan PilgrimIl y a 4 mois
  • I always thought that Anton did what he did because he believed he was some kind of bearer of fate, but he really was just psychotic. The coin toss symbolizes this, and you really have to pay attention to the opposite side, which reveals the holes in Anton's philosophy. The clerk doesn't understand the coin toss because it doesn't make any sense to him, he doesn't understand what he's gaining or losing because he has no reason to lose or gain it.

    E–ArtistE–ArtistIl y a 4 mois
  • Im mad i just found out about this channel over the weekend

    Sirro MinusSirro MinusIl y a 4 mois
  • Disliked because you wouldn't shut the fuck up about that scammy Upstart company.

    Santa ClausSanta ClausIl y a 4 mois
  • Truly one of the most brilliant movies made of late

    Entropy AchievedEntropy AchievedIl y a 4 mois
  • I have to return some video tapes.

    Richard CollierRichard CollierIl y a 4 mois
  • I just realized Bell's wife is Jesse Pinkman's mom

    Corey MooreCorey MooreIl y a 4 mois
  • Great movie.

    Duder 5o2Duder 5o2Il y a 4 mois
  • Chigurh doesn't see the coin flip as "chance", he sees it as unavoidable fate. Just as he believes fate has led them to that unavoidable moment, he believes fate has already chosen if they live or die. Just like when they cast lots in the Bible, they KNOW the lots cannot fall any other way than what God/fate has already preordained. Chigurh IS a psychopath and God complexes are common to psychopaths. So he sees himself as somewhat of a Reaper of death. Which allows him to feel no remorse or regret. In his mind, he's simply serving a necessary function in a circle of life & death where he believes there is no good or bad, there is only what is predestined and therefore necessary.

    T- BoogT- BoogIl y a 4 mois
  • I loved the Antichrist clip with the Fox 🦊

    ESV _ESV _Il y a 4 mois
  • Great analysis but....STETSON BOOTS!? Not what Stetson is known for! 😡😤

    Tim WalkerTim WalkerIl y a 4 mois
  • Video starts at 1:57

    Thorson WayneThorson WayneIl y a 4 mois
  • I think the villain is like the Joker, only saner.

    GREGORY90GREGORY90Il y a 4 mois
  • What i tool from movie was what can good men do when faced with immovable will

    unstoppablefenimoreunstoppablefenimoreIl y a 4 mois
  • They are on native Americans territory

    Cody SouthwindCody SouthwindIl y a 4 mois
  • most movies have dumbed down audiences so as not to critically think anymore. leftists -_-. hence why movies like this are lost to the masses. and for good reason too

    wretched17wretched17Il y a 4 mois
  • Sheriff Bell : Fantasiesd Wyatt Earp Llewelyn : Man with no name Chigur : Henry Fonda’s Frank

    Dwight K. Shrute Assistant Regional ManagerDwight K. Shrute Assistant Regional ManagerIl y a 5 mois
  • The corporation sent chigur after the money, and after things got messy they sent Carson Wells after chigur and then the money.

    Dwight K. Shrute Assistant Regional ManagerDwight K. Shrute Assistant Regional ManagerIl y a 5 mois
  • Now I'm sad. I love movies with "unsatisfying" endings, where the bad guy wins or no one wins or everyone dies. I might have liked this movie but it's spoiled now. Ah well

    Cookie MonstACookie MonstAIl y a 5 mois
  • Why almost every single phlosophy video in this channel is nihilism propaganda? A bunch of intelectual arrogance, overexplanation and excuses to justify morally bad actions. Evil actions makes you evil, good actions makes you good. And nihilist propaganda is just lost people, trying to make their way out of responsability. Sorry for being so negative :( I am a very peaceful and quite person, but this days got me fed up. Get yourself together and at least try to do the right thing. This world is messed up enough, for you to mess it up even more

    Kevin Domenech AliagaKevin Domenech AliagaIl y a 5 mois
  • The movies stays true to the book to a stunning degree, except I think they should of kept the eagle hotel shootout. In the book that's a f****** bloodbath as the cartel & Anton get to the hotel at the same time looking for the money.

    Angel CanezAngel CanezIl y a 5 mois
  • My problem isn't the blue ball ending... But means... Was not fan of the cartel storyline.... And importantly, through stupid ass mother in law

    Akshit BhatiaAkshit BhatiaIl y a 5 mois
  • Actress playing sheriffs wife and gas station old man are perfect

    A CummingsA CummingsIl y a 5 mois
  • Root for chigurh he keeps his word and has honor

  • The shot show off the characters body lines...

  • I don't agree and you view of him shooting the guard rail with the bird discredits the rest of your views... Most of them still entertaining

  • You see the bird fly away fuckin idiot

  • It's exactly like the book.

    Adam StoroschukAdam StoroschukIl y a 5 mois
  • Incredibly shallow. There are two cryptic layers in the movie and nothing is said about it.

    Kosta ZertsekelKosta ZertsekelIl y a 5 mois
  • good video but the dog didn't come out of nowhere nor did it steal the kill... it was from the shootout

    banecastlebanecastleIl y a 5 mois
  • A halfway move

    Tito DalessandroTito DalessandroIl y a 5 mois
  • The police are wimps, in the movie

    Tito DalessandroTito DalessandroIl y a 5 mois
  • why no mention of the book?

    Lucy FerrrLucy FerrrIl y a 5 mois
  • In 2007, the Cohen’s believed that this country had progressed towards a future of meaningless violence and chaos. A place where there’s no room for heroes or hope.

    Edna ModeEdna ModeIl y a 5 mois