I just got around to posting my list for the best films of 2007 and I noticed something rather peculiar. Well, I guess it’s not that peculiar, but the two best movies of 2007 each had a main character sporting a sweet mustache. The very best film, the Coen Brothers’ masterpiece No Country for Old Men, starred Josh Brolin. You may remember him as the Mikey’s older brother from The Goonies, you know, the exercise kid who wore shorts over his sweatpants (that wasn’t even cool in the 80s when that movie was shot).
Anyway, he is a lot older now than he was then (obviously). In No Country…, set in 1980, he plays a guy living in a trailer park in Texas who stumbles upon a satchel full of sweet green money. Unfortunately for him, finding that money sets off a string of horrific events he’ll never be able to shake. And since it’s set in Texas, and in 1980, Brolin carries a mighty heavy mustache.
The next best film is PT Anderson’s There Will Be Blood. Daniel Day-Lewis plays Daniel Plainview, an oil-obsessed wealthy man moving into a small religious village to drill in the early 1900s. He too sports sharp mustache. If he doesn’t kill you with his pistol, the ‘stache will slice you quicker than a blade.
There Will Be Old Men (1/2008)