Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Oh, To Be 14 Again

True Grit

Spoiler Alert

Mattie claims to be too young to drink coffee yet she rolls cigarettes like Phillip Morris.  How did she acquire this and her other skills?

LaBoeuf confesses sexual attraction for / to Mattie Ross.  Is this appropriate?  Did Mattie enjoy the attention?  Does Cogburn compete for Mattie's attention?

LaBoeuf has serious disagreements with both Mattie Ross and Rooster Cogburn.  Who/What/When/Where/Why for these disagreements?

Why did Mattie Ross act as peacemaker between Cogburn and LaBoeuf?

Did Rooster Cogburn have a death wish?

Did Cogburn return to help LaBoeuf as he said he would? Did LaBoeuf die on the mountain top?

Two animals play major roles in the movie. Discuss.
Why is Ned Pepper confident that his latest gang member, Tom Chaney, will loyally obey orders? 
Why does Mattie Ross call Billy the Kid "Trash"?

Is Rooster Cogburn a father-figure?
Is the comedy in the movie appropriate?

What was Mattie's goal? How close did she get?

After her adventures with the true grit of Cogburn and LaBoeuf, Mattie Ross grows to adulthood yet never marries.   Why not?


Q: What are Rooster Cogburn and Mattie Ross looking at in this still?
Q: What question does Mattie Ross ask and what is Cogburn's answer?


Where did Mattie get the bucket?
Mattie is looking at Tom Chaney who teaches Mattie Ross to fire her pistol. How stupid was that?


"I discharge every person under punishment or prosecution
under the Sedition Law, because I considered, and now consider,
that law to be a nullity as absolute and palpable as if Congress
had ordered us to fall down and worship a golden image."
-- Thomas Jefferson
(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President
Source: Letter to Abigail Adams, 22 July 1804

"Stop wasting jail space on prostitutes, drug users and other
victimless criminals. Even if we find it morally acceptable to
imprison these people for choices they make regarding their bodies,
we must realize that we simply cannot afford to continue clogging
the court system and the prison system with these harmless criminals."
-- Edward B. Wagner

"Man is created free, and is free, even though born in chains.
[Ger., Der Mensch ist frei geschaffen, ist frei
Und wurd' er in Ketten geboren.]"
-- Johann von Schiller
[Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller]

"Freedom to publish means freedom for all and not for some. Freedom to publish
is guaranteed by the constitution but freedom to continue to prevent others
from publishing is not."
-- Justice Hugo L. Black
(1886-1971) US Supreme Court Justice
Source: One Man’s Stand For Freedom, 1963

"Coercion by government, the main fear of our founding fathers, is now its most common attribute."
-- Philip K. Howard
New York attorney
Source: The Death of Common Sense: How Law Is Suffocating America (New York: Random House 1994)

"Civil libertarians must often remind government officials (and others) that if
the First Amendment only protected the expression of popular and agreeable
ideas, it would be totally unnecessary since those ideas would never be
threatened by our democratic form of government. Our society's commitment to
free speech is tested when we encounter the expression of ideas that are
disagreeable -- or even offensive."
-- Timothy Lynch
Director of Cato Institute's Project on Criminal Justice

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