One my biggest flaws when judging a film, besides lack of basic knowledge and a general disdain for everything, is that there are certain genres that never seem to win me over. The biggest offender in this category is the Western. There's just something about the whole cowboy mentality, which some would refer to as manliness, that I find impossible to relate to. This has also been the overriding reason that Marlboro advertisements have been largely ineffective on me.
So imagine my surprise when, upon watching this trailer for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, I found myself genuinely interested. And, even more surprising, I think it's Casey Affleck's performance pulling me in. In this two-and-a-half minute montage, he completely sells me on this awkward, desperate, pathetic, obsessive character. Now that's something I can relate to!