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dodger_winslow
dodger_winslow
I'd Sell My Soul for a Blunt Instrument ...
Wed, Sep. 16th, 2015 11:19 pm
And the Oscar Goes to ... JDM!!!

Extraordinary review for an extraordinary actor and even better man:

"As the Oscar race begins to come into focus, the best actor field looks extremely crowded, but the best supporting actor field does not. That being the case, some smart distributor ought to act quickly and pick up Jonas Cuaron's Desierto, a deeply disturbing drama about Mexicans trying to sneak into America, because in it Jeffrey Dean Morgan — supporting Gael Garcia Bernal and an ensemble of lesser-known thesps — brings to life one of the most hauntingly evil characters in the history of the movies. (The film had its world premiere and follow-up screenings this week at the Toronto International Film Festival.)

Morgan plays an embittered American redneck who drives around the border in his Confederate flag-waving pickup truck, sipping on booze and talking to his vicious dog Tracker — the most unlikable canine of all-time — as he scouts for border-crossers to pick off with his rifle. He does so with such a sense of purpose, pleasure and utter disregard for others' humanity — despite undoubtedly being a man who values "the sanctity of life" when it comes to, say, fetuses — that he makes the nutcase played by Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men look sweet and innocent."

Read the rest of the article here.

Congratulations, JD! About time he got the right role to bring him the right kind of attention from the right industry types. Couldn't be happier.


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metallidean_grl
metallidean_grl
metallidean_grl
Thu, Sep. 17th, 2015 04:27 am (UTC)

I've never heard of this movie. I will have to look it up. JDM does indeed deserve to have some recognition. Thanks for the recommend.


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dodger_winslow
dodger_winslow
I'd Sell My Soul for a Blunt Instrument ...
Fri, Sep. 18th, 2015 12:41 pm (UTC)

You bet. Always happy to spread good reviews!


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liliaeth
liliaeth
Liliaeth
Thu, Sep. 17th, 2015 12:08 pm (UTC)

I'm glad for him 😌

Edited at 2015-09-17 12:09 pm (UTC)


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dodger_winslow
dodger_winslow
I'd Sell My Soul for a Blunt Instrument ...
Fri, Sep. 18th, 2015 12:42 pm (UTC)

Me, too. He deserves it.


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morganslady
morganslady
morganslady
Thu, Sep. 17th, 2015 01:40 pm (UTC)

He hasn't been nominated yet.. The author of this article thinks he should be,as do we !!


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dodger_winslow
dodger_winslow
I'd Sell My Soul for a Blunt Instrument ...
Fri, Sep. 18th, 2015 12:44 pm (UTC)

Well since the movie hasn't actually been picked up by a distributor yet and actually released, and also the nominations haven't come out, it'd be pretty hard for to have been put on the ballot. But I'm confident someone will pick the flick up and that he'll not only get the nod, but also get the final vote. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it. ;)


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landrews
landrews
landrews
Thu, Sep. 17th, 2015 03:37 pm (UTC)

Thanks for the heads up!


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dodger_winslow
dodger_winslow
I'd Sell My Soul for a Blunt Instrument ...
Fri, Sep. 18th, 2015 12:44 pm (UTC)

You bet.


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trishabooms
trishabooms
trishabooms
Thu, Sep. 17th, 2015 03:55 pm (UTC)

Oh, that would be amazing! He's such a brilliant character actor and it's about time his talent was recognised.


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dodger_winslow
dodger_winslow
I'd Sell My Soul for a Blunt Instrument ...
Fri, Sep. 18th, 2015 12:46 pm (UTC)

I think many folks don't realize how chilling he is as a villain. His style is SO naturalistic that it feels like he's not acting. When he does that playing someone like Denny, half the world population falls in love with him. Whe he does that playing someone like Eddie, however ... the result can be terrifying simply because you can't see him ACTING the way so many character actors do when they are playing a heinous character.


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qultng1
qultng1
qultng1
Thu, Sep. 17th, 2015 09:14 pm (UTC)

Awesome! !!


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dodger_winslow
dodger_winslow
I'd Sell My Soul for a Blunt Instrument ...
Fri, Sep. 18th, 2015 12:46 pm (UTC)

Happy dance! Happy dance!


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celticlonging
celticlonging
celticlonging
Thu, Sep. 17th, 2015 09:59 pm (UTC)

He makes Anton Chigurh look WHAT??? Bloody hell...

By the way, I noticed something in your story that's become a bit of a running theme in 'Supernatural'. It's that people who the Winchesters don't know are pretty much worthless and disposable, and that it's OK to just sacrifice their lives like they're throwing away an empty beer can instead of a human being. They're never called out on it and it's something I find very upsetting. I've read stories that actually excuse that mentality. I'm not criticising you, I just wanted to point that out.


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dodger_winslow
dodger_winslow
I'd Sell My Soul for a Blunt Instrument ...
Fri, Sep. 18th, 2015 12:52 pm (UTC)

Which story are you referring to? I agree with you ... it is a theme in SPN that people who aren't the Winchesters are disposable. It is one of my greatest peeves with them ... that they can't be bothered to even TRY to exorcise a demon anymore. Just gank 'em and move along, and screw whatever innocent person might have been the vessel possessed and capable of being saved if they cared enough to even try any more.

But I'm unclear where you're seeing that reflected in my story? If you're thinking of The Unspoken, the only non-Winchester in there is the YED, and I'm okay with them not losing any sleep over his fate. Are you referring to another story, perhaps? I'm always interested in honest feedback. If there's a story where you feel I've treated someone as disposable, point it out and I'll tell you what I was thinking ... or maybe agree with you that it's a misstep I overlooked in the writing!


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celticlonging
celticlonging
celticlonging
Sat, Sep. 19th, 2015 05:15 pm (UTC)

You know Dean wouldn’t have let you hurt Jo. Maybe somebody else — maybe somebody you didn’t know — but not her. - That's what I meant.

It's not just possessed people - it's characters that people know and love (the Harvelles, Bobby, Kevin and Charlie to name a few).


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dodger_winslow
dodger_winslow
I'd Sell My Soul for a Blunt Instrument ...
Mon, Sep. 21st, 2015 10:15 pm (UTC)
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Ah! Okay. I know what you're referring to now. The point of that statement --- and remember, it is from John's perspective, not necessarily mine :D --- is not that either John or Dean would value an innocent person's life less than Jo's. Rather, it is John saying that the REAL Dean (as compared to the YED masquerading as Dean) would have killed Sam to keep Sam from having to live with killing someone he loved (ie: Jo).

So John's point there isn't that Jo's life would be worth the real Dean saving here someone else's life --- someone Sam or Dean didn't know or love -- wouldn't be. Rather, his point was that the REAL Dean will ALWAYS choose Sam over ANYONE (John being unaware that the possible exception to that rule would be if Dean were forced to choose beteen Sam and John ... something I explored in a pre-series story with a title that escapes me at the moment), so while the REAL Dean would allow Sam to kill pretty much anyone rather than killing Sam to protect the innocent person's life. The REAL Dean would NOT let Sam kill Jo ... not because Dean would be protecting Jo's life, but rather because Dean would be protecting Sam from having to live with the weight of having killed someone he loved (Jo) while possessed.

So from John's perspective on that statement, he's not talking about Jo as an individual, either important or not, either loved or not. Rather, he is talking about Jo as an avatar for "someone Sam loves enough that him killing them would destroy him."

And John is pointing out to Sam something Sam knows, on his deepest levels, is true about the REAL Dean: That John would trade his live for Dean even knowing the kind of damage that would do to Dean because John is just that selfish. And Sam would not kill John to kill the YED even knowing the kind of damage that would do to John because Sam is just that selfish. But Dean --- the REAL Dean --- put in that position, would sacrifice his most sacred possession (Sam) and destroy himself in the process (by being the one to have to kill Sam) in order to stop Sam from killing Jo, knowing the kind of damage that would do to Sam to have to live with the knowledge of what he'd done. Because Dean is exactly that UNSELFISH when it comes to love, and both John and Sam understand the difference between themselves and the REAL Dean on that level.

And this is also why John says he trained Dean his whole life to be the one to pull the trigger when killing the YED would require him to kill John, too. John is saying Dean would have sacrificed himself (having to live with having killed his dad) to do what he knew John most needed (to kill the YED even at cost of his own life) because Dean loved John more than he loves himself. And John had been counting on that personality train all those years that, if it came to it, he was selfish enough to be able to live with knowing he'd caused the damage to Dean that it would cause to kill John if what that damage accomplished was destroying the YED.

And John is honest enough about his own failures of character to admit he would inflict that damage on Dean out of his own selfish need to destroy the YED (something he knows Sam agrees with about him) while at the same time being (arguably, as you are hearin it from what John says, not what he might be thinking, which is usually 2 different things with John) blind enough to his own heroicism of character to realize he would inflict that damage on Dean to save Sam from his eventual fate if the YED isn't destroyed, and he is doing that NOT necessarily to save Sam (again, arguable as we aren't inside his head in that instant) but rather to save DEAN from having to eventually KILL Sam to save the world.

So the whole circulinear point of that statement is this: (continued)


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dodger_winslow
dodger_winslow
I'd Sell My Soul for a Blunt Instrument ...
Mon, Sep. 21st, 2015 10:16 pm (UTC)
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(continued)

That John is telling Sam what Sam knows and believes about the REAL Dean: that Dean so loves Sam that he would kill Sam over allowing Sam to do something that would destroy Sam. And he is saying this is unique to Dean where he and Sam would choose differently, preserving Sam's life out of their own selfish need to keep Sam alive (something Sam also believes). Even while John is lying to himself (failing to know himself, IMO) and also, intentionally or unintentionally depending on your POV of the inside of John's head in that moment, lying to Sam (because if he told him the real truth, Sam would never believe it ... the truth to telling lies is to tell the ones that will believed as truth) inthat the parallel for this ultimate selfless act to prove how much better man Dean is than either John or Sam is, in truth, EXACTLY what John did in trading his life to the YED, but not his soul (which is how I will ALWAYS believe that trade should have played out and also a major reason I wrote this fic in the first place: to make that point with my reasoning for it), because he was willing to "kill" Dean (the damage he inflicts by knowing Dean will know John traded his life for Dean's) in order to save Dean from being DESTROYED, which is what John knows will happen to Dean if he ever has to kill Sam for any reason ... all of which circles back to John's point of proof for the REAL Dean over the YED Dean inthat the REAL Dean would have DESTROYED himself by killing Sam in order to save Sam from DESTROYING himself by killing Jo (ie; someone he loves, family, as Sam can survive killing an innocent even if the guilt plagues him for the rest of his life, but everything that is Sam would have been destroyed by killing someone he considered family ... also a point John fails to understand about Sam not shooting him in the Devil's Trap moment, as Dean would be saving Sam by shooting him -- an equitable trade in John's eyes --- but Sam would NOT have been saving Dean to shoot John, he would have only been destroying the demon, which was about saving HIMSELF from his future fate ... something that isn't important enough to Sam to sacrifice his father to it. The whole point of the story ... that both John and Sam fail to see their own depth of love as would fail to sacrifice their loved ones for their own salvation even as they recognize it in Dean, if not in one another.

So pulling this to a full (and I realize VERY confusing0 circle: that's why John can prove to Sam it wasn't the REAL Dean in Born Under a Bad Sign. Because the REAL Dean would have destroyed himself to save Sam from having to live with killing someone they consider family. So the Dean who DIDN'T make that sacrificial, self-destructive, choice? Can't possibly be the REAL Dean.

So in the long run, doesn't have anything to do with Jo VS someone they don't know other than in the difference the cost it exacts to kill family versus killing an innocent person you don't know. (not right or wrong, but cost to self ... think of how differently you'd feel if you had to choose between killing a stranger to save the world or killing your mother to save the world ...). Rather, it has everything to do with FAMILY and LOVE and SACRIFICE as all the Winchesters view them, even if John and Sam only really see that in Dean. Because Dean is Mary, while Sam is John. :D

Hope I haven't hopelessly confused you. I know this is an incredibly convoluted explanation, but hopefully it was cogent enough for you to follow my thinking to some degree. If you have questions and you want to risk another novel-length response, feel free to ask and I'll try to clarify if I can.


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celticlonging
celticlonging
celticlonging
Mon, Nov. 2nd, 2015 12:01 am (UTC)
Another strange (and possibly very stupid) question

Thank you for answering my previous question. Sorry it took me so long to reply to your answer!

Here goes another question. If the Winchesters came across a civilian in danger, would they kidnap that person in order to protect them if they had no other choice?


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rose_the_hat
rose_the_hat
Rose
Thu, Sep. 17th, 2015 11:04 pm (UTC)

brings to life one of the most hauntingly evil characters in the history of the movies.


Well I'm sold! And given how batshit Anton Chigurh was in No Country For Old Men.... I NEED TO SEE THIS MOVIE!

Thanks for bringing this to my attention!


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dodger_winslow
dodger_winslow
I'd Sell My Soul for a Blunt Instrument ...
Fri, Sep. 18th, 2015 12:53 pm (UTC)

Happy to do it. I'm DYING to see it now ... I love JD as a villain!


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