I’m putting down here my bare-bones notes for this great film, because I didn’t get around to filling them in back when my memory was fresh. At some point a repeat-viewing might allow some expansion. For now, do your best making sense of these, if you want.
“Hold still” – twice in first moments of film. Recall this later when Anton & Bell sit in front of same TV.
“Baby, things happen. I can’t take ‘em back.” – Llewelyn
Sharing the same milk, same reflection: “He’s seen the same things I’ve seen, and it’s certainly made an impression on me.” – Bell
Simplicity of choice: Llewelyn’s choice of rooms, rates.
Coen supporting characters – quirky-looking: gas station attendant, art lady, hotel lady, clothing store manager, Llewelyn’s mother-in-law, roadside assistant
Reflection: TV, hotel window, hotel mirror, truck side mirror, broken mirror in second hotel, shop window
Red quarter in Anton’s pocket
Woody Harrelson is country meets city, or country in the city.
“Doesn’t have a sense of humor.” – ultimate evil in Coens’ world
Llewelyn is “retired welder”
Llewelyn & Anton share a phone call.
“Can’t make up somethin’ like that. How dare you to even try?…Can’t help but laughin’ myself sometimes.”
Camera tiring of watching? It looks away in skyscraper murder, second roadside murder, hotel massacre.
“Who’d do such a thing? How do you defense against it?”
“What you got, ain’t nothin’ new. Can’t stop what’s comin’. No waitin’ on you. That’s vanity.” Rural wisdom.