Great observation about the ending as a reversal of The Searchers final scene. Over the last year, I've also been watching and rewatching lots of Westerns. Saw High Plains Drifter for the first time and was amazed at the intensity of the story/mystery. Eastwood is a master of the genre and one of the all-time greats. Hope you enjoy as much as I did! Proof that watching cheesy 90s dramas can give one unforeseen powers. Thanks for reminding me of David's short-lived jingle career! It's a shame he never connected with Charlie Sheen's character on Two and a Half Men. Think of all the great jingles those two could've written. Thought the same! This show does have some pretty excellent musical choices. "You on the Run" by The Black Angels sounds like classic Velvet Underground. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSD5e8s7RaI This is the second type of show. And it is excellent. One of the best post-apocalypse shows I've ever seen. Interesting observation (posted April 2020). I was thinking the same thing, but, weirdly, house prices are up more than ever here in Florida. Not sure if it's people relocating from other states or foreign investors but mid-range houses are getting snapped up in days, usually above their list price. Haven't seen hardly any foreclosure sales. Maybe it's just me, but I've never been able to buy DiCaprio as a tough guy (i.e. The Departed, Gangs of New York). When he plays a part closer to himself (Great Gatsby, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), he can do good work. And you're right that his accent was a mess (same for Gangs of New York). He should take the Sean Connery approach and always use his regular voice. You got it. It's rare that a film is able to mix genres so well, but they made it all work. Glad Netflix put this in the "Hidden Gems of the 2010s" category since I'd never heard about it. It was overly talky even back in 1994. But it was still a revelation in terms of the sensibility it brought to general public (most of whom had never seen anything like it). Tarantino has always been too in love with his own dialogue. He could've benefited from a writing partner who was willing to edit him, but he's too big for that now. At this point, he could probably deliver a 200 page first draft and get a green light. I had totally forgotten about that! Thanks for the reminder. Hopefully, Plemons will continue to make interesting films. Maybe he thought like the General from the beginning... Down to Gehenna or up to the Throne, He travels the fastest who travels alone. Wow, he's only directed four feature films (The Shawshank Redemption, The Majestic, The Green Mile, The Mist) and three of them were based on Stephen King stories. Shawshank is an all-time best drama and The Mist is one of my favorite creature features. Definitely seems like a quality over quantity director. I think most people have had at least one friend like this at some point in their lives...usually when you're younger and can tolerate the nonsense, but The Dude was old enough to know better! Totally agree! I waited tables all through college and this movie is amazingly accurate in so many ways. Cool story about the film's writer/director (who was a waiter at TGI Fridays) https://www.orlandoweekly.com/orlando/out-of-the-weeds/Content?oid=2254167 The Jackal himself! That family is very good at playing villains...which probably means they're perfectly nice in real life. Did you ever notice what GIANT breakfasts Cindy always prepared? Like entire bowls of fresh cut fruit? Brenda and Brandon never seemed to appreciate their mom's wonderful breakfasts. If they had cast someone like David Paymer as Sam it might've made more sense. But there's no way the studio would've funded the film without a major star like DeNiro. "Gangs of New York" also seemed miscast with DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz. They were there because the studio loved them, but the only sensible lead casting in that film was Daniel Day-Lewis, Brendan Gleeson, and Jim Broadbent. Well now it's too loud! You know, just talk like a normal person, OK? I think Jim and Cindy were really feeling his vibe, too.