I'm on the phone with my father, who has just seen True Grit.
Did it hold up? I ask.
We both like the old John Wayne movie, if only for the line That's bold talk for a one-eyed fat man.
Yeah, he says, pretty much. The spy played a better part than the musician.
The spy? I say. We seem to be crossing genres.
I don't know, he says. You know. The guy who's best friend is Africa.
Huh. I try to make the necessary intuitive leaps.
Then I get it. Ohhhh, I say.
Matt Damon, who plays a spy in the Bourne movies, and whose best friend is Ben Affleck, is better than Glen Campbell, the singer, who played the same part in the original. Is that it?