HAHAHHAHAHAHHA. Oh man. This is probably going to be great? Tommy Lee Jones is a very compelling actor who only gets more compelling with age, which means he’s really compelling at this point (because of the being a million years old, especially in his face). Samuel L. Jackson is probably the single worst actor in America right now but whatever. We’ve survived this long. Also: Cormac McCarthy is a great writer and small-bore attempts at adapting plays into movies are always at the very least kind of interesting even if they’re stilted and weird and don’t really go anywhere (just like how plays are stilted and weird and don’t really go anywhere). But even if this ends up being the Greatest Movie Ever Made, this trailer is still hilarious. Like, if you made a joke about Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson starring in a one-room play I would have said “that is a hilarious joke.” I’m pretty sure they’re going to run this at the beginning of Tropic Thunder 2: Tropicer Thunderer. “I believe in the Sunset Limited.” HAHAHHAHAHHA. CURTAINS!

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  1. In a room I can’t leave, having forced conversation with someone I can barely relate to. They should have called this movie “Christmas at Frank Lloyd Wrong’s In-Laws.”

  2. Why did they feel the need to make this into a movie? IT TAKES PLACE IN ONE ROOM!! Why not leave it a play??

  3. More like “The Sunset Limited Number of Sets”, amirite?


  4. Haha, Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L Jackson, together at last? This is like for real Grumpy Old Men. Tommy Lee Jones is just going to be shaking his fist and muttering about gas prices and politicians while Samuel L Jackson screams obscenities at nobody in particular. Two ticket, please!

  5. You’re tearing me apart, Tommy Lee Jones!

  6. “Say I’m the single worst actor in America again, Gabe.”

  7. Something tells me the only thing to eat in that room is a bag of Doritos.

  8. Does Tommy Lee Jones really get more compelling with age?

    He gets older with age, that much is clear.

  9. As long as SLJ yells, I’ll be good

  10. This movie was better (no it wasn’t) when the room could fly and was filled with snakes.

    • This movie was better when Cristina Ricci was half naked and played Tommy Lee Jones’ part.

      • This is what I was scrolling down to see. I wanted to see if anyone expressed that they were a bigger fan when Tommy Lee Jones was a sex addict, barely dressed, chained to a radiator and was also Christina Ricci (whose birthday is coming up and I know this because we share the same birthday!)

  11. Every new Sunrise begins After Sunset Limited

  12. So in what I see as this trailer’s central metaphor, the “table leg” is the bankability of Samuel L. Jackson, Hollywood is the one that has “got hold to” it, and we are all the collective head which is being beaten, until Hollywood eventually gets tired, puts its foot on us, and pulls it out.

    Which is a shame, because I used to like the guy before he started being in every movie and always just kind of playing to what everyone expects from him – i.e. lots of shouting and tirades.

  13. I’m looking to the sequel, The Sunrise Limited, which will come out nine years from now and follow Samuel L. Jackson and Tommy Lee Jones through a romantic afternoon in Paris.


  14. Cool. Now I can experience the play without all that pesky immediacy and live tension. Next thing you’re going to tell me they’re going to put Spider-Man on stage.

  15. This post gives me a good reason to say that I don’t like Cormac McCarthy and I don’t think he is a very good writer. I know I am almost alone in this, but I just drank some tea so I can’t control myself.

    • you and Nicholas Sparks I guess.

      • “Horrible,” Mans says, looking at Cormac’s posts on videogum under the pen name “Gabe.”
        “This is probably the most pulpy, overwrought, melodramatic blog story ever written.”

        Mans’ favorite? “I think My Mom made us leave in the middle of Dragnet:The Movie,/i>,” he says, citing his own post. “That’s my version of a coming-of-age.”

        • Ugh, html fail. I’ll be lying down over there. This is what I get for opposing Mans and tea.

          • I’ll also add that Mans wrote an essay on Cormac over at Bookgum for anyone who has the time. But as I recall it does not directly answer the question, “Why won’t Mans let Cormac be great?” He even seems to find aspects of Blood Meridian that he respects.

    • Really, Mans? I respect you and as such I would like to know why you feel this way (if you don’t mind explaining)

      • Same request here.

        • 1. My opinions are based on reading “Blood Meridian” and “No Country for Old Men.” So I have a limited knowledge of his whole body of work, so take my comments with a grain of salt.

          2. Also know that just because I don’t care for him, it doesn’t mean that I judge anyone who does like him. I know I am in the minority here and several people whose opinions I hold in high regard, like Hotspur, do like him.

          3. The first thing that I don’t like is his prose. It is just really bad to my ear. It reads to me like someone asked a 14 year old in his first creative writing class to “write like the Bible.” If I had a copy of the book here, I would cite specific sentences which I think are just plain bad–and this comes from someone who loves Melville, Faulkner, Pynchon, DFW, etc. I’m love rambling, circular, overworded sentences. I do not think McCarthy does it very well.

          4. The only way that I could read “Blood Meridian” and not hate it was to imagine that the whole book was written by the Judge and a joke on the reader. I wrote about this for Bookgum, and you can read it
          here if you care to.

          5. I don’t care for McCarthy’s stated goal of writing about “life and death” only. First, I think there are more things, and more interesting things, to write about than violent struggles for life and death. Second, I think that he has a really limited understanding of what that means. There is more to “life and death” than shooting and corpses. There is life and death in a baby being born, working a job, cleaning a house, caring for a sick loved one, pining for someone you love. But in the two books of his that I have read, he seems only concerned with humans being cruel and if feels immature to me.

          Plus this subject matter, and the way that he has chosen to present it, excludes women from the conversation. Does he think that women do not face life or death struggles? I don’t know. Again, I’ve only read two of his novels. I think maybe one of his early novels has a woman in it. I don’t know.

          6. I actually think that “No Country for Old Men” is the better of the two books. It is less obsessed with its own violent excesses and seems more human. But I also think that the movie was better than the book.

          7. There were parts of “Blood Meridian” that I ended up enjoying, which I write about in the Bookgum post. I was surprised to find some humor in it, though perhaps it was humor that was not supposed to be there. I don’t know.

          But that is a short version of why I do not like McCarthy.

          • 2. No judge-o of you either.
            3. To me, this sounds close to “Any 14-yr-old could write like Lovecraft/could paint like Jackson Pollock.” Well, anyway, I hear Cormac really having a blast with the language. But I agree that he is not consistent: I couldn’t finish All the Pretty Horses; it felt weighed down by effort to make every detail feel poetic and crucial.
            4. It is a good essay.
            5. It seems like you are more holding against him that he doesn’t write about certain things than judging him by what he does write about. It would be like getting upset at Song of Solomon because why no white people in there? (Doesn’t Toni Morrison know it’s hard being white?) And I’d say that in all the adventure/crime story, he is writing about how characters invent themselves and their surroundings, and I think that is fairly mature.

            Shutting up now! Thanks for posting your reasons, Mans, they are interesting.

        • 3. I understand what you mean about the “paint like Jackson Pollock” thing, but I don’t quite mean that. I only mean that his prose is praised as being Biblical and beautiful and poetic, but it doesn’t read that way to me. It reads like he is trying way too hard, perhaps how you feel about All the Pretty Horses. I think maybe I liked “No Country” more because he wasn’t trying as hard. It was more plain spoken. I liked that.

          5. I am not necessarily criticizing him for what he doesn’t write about and not what he does: I have plenty of beef with his chosen topic. People are violent. I get it. But what else? Where do you go with that? What room for kindness is there? Where is the ‘life’ in the ‘life and death’ struggle?

          I think “Moby-Dick” is one of the great works of the human mind an there are no women in it. I have no problem with that. I don’t require or expect every work of art to encompass everything at all times. But, I McCarthy seems to have avoided women. In a recent article I read on him, he discusses an upcoming novel with his first woman main character and I think he says he’s avoided writing about women. That just seems weird to me. Since he is so firm on his “books that don’t deal with life or death don’t make sense to me and are not literature” point, to have spent 40 years avoiding writing about women, it seems to say, “women are not part of that.”

          And again, there are parts of both books that I did enjoy. The parts with the Judge were interesting and I liked the end of the book.

          However, I will say one more thing: When I saw “True Grit,” which I really loved, I thought, “This movie is everything that I think that ‘Blood Meridian’ was aiming for and missed.” The language was beautiful and Biblical and Shakespearean and funny. The characters dealt with life and death, but also with human compassion and redemption and everything. It moved me in ways that “Blood Meridian” didn’t and don’t think could.

          • I almost posted something that was way too long, decided to behave charitably, and instead posted it on bookgum. This is going to be fun, Mans

          • Thanks for all of this Mans. I haven’t read the same two you have, so there is some missing connections here, but overall not that much. I think part of what you pointed out comes down to taste, part is flaws I am willing to overlook in him, and yeah, part is spot on, and a real problem that keeps me from just devouring more of his writing and keeps him from ever being named among my favorites.

    • He’s all right, but he is NO GENIUS.

      Mans, you have my B.A. in comparative literature. Almost as good as a sword.

  16. I think it looks good.

  17. Funny, it looks like they’re in Bret and Jermaine’s apartment. Wait a second…oh.my.god…THEY MURDERED THE CONCHORDS!

  18. Yep, it’s a bottle episode.

  19. I read Play and Apartment and all i can think of now is raisin in the sun.

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