No Country for Old Men

No Country for Old Men ★★★★½

“What you got ain’t nothin’ new. This country’s hard on people.”

The scene where the old sheriffs declare the loss of manners and old-fashioned ways as the cause of the modern increase in violence is beautifully paired with Ellis's story about their uncle being killed over 70 years earlier. That’s the history of America: we revere violence in certain aspects, such as war (which is reflected in the way the border guard drops everything to help Moss when he finds out he’s a veteran) but we also love to piously condemn it and misattribute the source and reason of it when our country was founded on violence. It is random and senseless and expected.