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No Country For Old Men:  Ending Explained

The Coen brothers’ 2007 film No Country for Old Men is not your typical Western: the hero doesn’t win, or even survive, the villain gets away, and the ending isn’t a shootout but rather a slow, calm, monologue by a character who was the least involved of the three main characters. The final scene, much debated by fans and critics, does however give us a window into the movie’s deeper meaning and the Coens’ pessimistic worldview.

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What is the underlying philosophy of the Coen brothers’ films

Despite their penchant for dense and endlessly interpretable storylines, there are some major recurring features that echo throughout the Coen brothers' filmography.

A Serious Man
Blood Simple
The Man Who Wasn’t There
No Country for Old Men
Burn After Reading
Hail, Caesar
Raising Arizona
Miller’s Crossing
Barton Fink
Inside Llewyn Davis
O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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Screenosophy: Is there such a thing as “mere” or meaningless entertainment

Diminishing the significance of entertainment allows those who create it to abnegate responsibility — after all, it's "only" entertainment. If entertainment is inherently meaningful, then its makers are responsible for what they produce.