No Commercials In 'No Country For Old Men'

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Javier Bardem played ice cold killer Anton Chigurh in No Country For Old Men. Richard Foreman/AP/Miramax Films hide caption

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Javier Bardem

Javier Bardem played ice cold killer Anton Chigurh in No Country For Old Men.

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Sunday night, as my s.o. prepared dinner and the pie I'd baked cooled on the counter, I flipped on the TV. It was a fairly idyllic moment — the house was clean, the cats were lolling on the floor, a soft breeze wafted through.

As I flipped through the listings, one caught my eye, in a sea of dreck: No Country For Old Men, the terrifying Coen brothers movie. I clicked over and before I knew it, s.o. and I were glued to the couch.

But you know what? That movie should NOT be on TV, and not because it's terribly gory, which it is, but I knew that — I saw it in the theater. No, that's the kind of movie that absolutely should not receive the commercial-interruption treatment. It's an abomination. No Country For Old Men is scary like a slow-moving snake in the water. It's coming at you, and you know it, and it's completely silent.

And then, suddenly, a Bath Fitters commercial overtakes the screen.

It's incredibly disorienting, and really, just wrong. It made me think, too, about what other movies should never, ever be interrupted by scammers hoping to cash in on your old gold, Chester the Cheetah and hamsters pushing Kias. Precious might be a close second on the list. What else belongs in that company?

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