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  1. I usually find myself the ambivalent cousin to the family of Coen admirers, but I confess this movie worked well for me. The anthology format plays to what I consider the Coens' strengths--quick and precise characterization and scenes with multiple layers--while downplaying what I consider their weaknesses--tonal shifts that are initially endearing but too numerous and quirkiness (or grotesques) for their own sake rather than in service to a larger story. I did think it went on one story too long, so I might downgrade it a half star on a second viewing if I can't figure out how that chap
  2. No thread on this, it seems. I wish I could do something like justice to all the things going on in this film. It's obviously a very dark portrayal of the writing process (and, I suppose, the art-making process in general) and the demons that can arise from it. And it's very honest in facing the perversity of the mind of a writer, who can so easily come to care more about describing the world than observing it, and writing about people rather than listening to them. It takes well-deserved shots at both highbrow and popular culture. It's a playful dance through various dialogue and visual sty
  3. So, here it is. The new Coen bros. thread, complete with a brand new poll. The old thread is here. Vote and discuss as you see fit. My vote? A SERIOUS MAN.
  4. The LA Times reports... and the AV Club follows up.
  5. I posted this bit of info in our Ridiculous Remakes thread about 6 months ago, and now that casting rumors have begun, I thought I would start an actual thread. The Coen Brothers are set to remake True Grit, although keeping their film closer to the actual book. I've never read the book, mainly because the original film has never inspired me to pick it up. I not a big fan of the John Wayne film... everyone either overacts (Wayne), acts stiff as a board (Kim Darby), or flat out can't act (Glen Campbell). Only the villains come off smelling like a rose. This morning, Variety announced that J
  6. Yes. I love Richard Kind. And it makes so much sense that he's becoming a Coen Brothers star. QUOTE The Coen brothers have tapped a pair of relative unknowns to star in their next pic, "A Serious Man." Michael Stuhlbarg, a Tony-nominated actor with little experience in front of the cameras, and Richard Kind, a character actor best known for his role on ABC's "Spin City," will star as brothers in the period black comedy. Set in 1967, story centers on Larry Gopnik (Stuhlbarg), a Midwestern professor whose life begins to unravel when his wife sets out to leave him and his socially inept
  7. After No Country For Old Men, it'll be... BURN AFTER READING Starring Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Marge Gunderson. The Coens directing Pitt... at last! The story involves "a CIA agent who loses the disc of the book he is writing."
  8. Finally took another step out of the darkness of pop cultural illiteracy. Saw THE BIG LEBOWSKI. Pretty funny. Fun performances. At a certain point, I was trying to think what the movie reminded me of. Couldn't, so I said out loud "I've never seen a movie like this." But not long after that The Dude arrived at the police chief's office, and I realized we were watching the Coens turn Chandler inside out. It's THE BIG SLEEP (and probably lots of other Philip Marlowe novels); Los Angeles, rich father hires dick to find nympho-porno daughter, blackmail, knotted plot. Loved that final shot,
  9. The next Coen Brothers film... starring Tommy Lee Jones and Javier Bardem.
  10. George Clooney will join the Coen Brothers yet again for Hail, Caesar! This plot sounds more like a Christopher Guest project than a Coen Brothers film...
  11. For the past couple years I've been working on a movie book: started planning it summer of 2002, started writing summer 2003, but it got side-tracked a year ago when events at my theatre company suddenly demanded all my attention. Well, today I'm jubilant: after almost exactly a year lying fallow, seasons have changed and I'm back at it again! My board of directors has given me a month of sabbatical time now and another three next year to compensate for the time lost this past season, and after a week or so labouring to get re-engaged with the darn thing, I finally got back to the writing toda
  12. Just rented this one from the Coen Brothers, and like all Coen collaborations it left me feeling I'd witnessed great moviemaking and pondering the meaning for days. If there's an existing thread on this or the Coens, please redirect; meanwhile I'd like to start a dialogue about this one because it's been replaying in my brain. Unfortunately the library only had the VHS, so no benefit of director's commentary or other DVD extras that would help decipher the plot. Acting was super (Frances McDormand was great as usual; Tony Shalhoub was almost unrecognizable in his best role ever as a slick la
  13. Just a glimpse of the NEXT Coen Brothers flick, a remake of the Alec Guinness comedy The Ladykillers... Tom Hanks, Ryan Hurst, Marlon Wayans, Tzi Ma and J.K. Simmons in THE LADYKILLERS JK Simmons! Woo hoo!! These pics come from http://www.empiremovies.com/movies/2004/th...dykillers.shtml
  14. Anders

    Fargo (1996)

    What with the upcoming release of Intolerable Cruelty, and the release of this special edition DVD today, I thought I'd give Fargo a spin, seeing as I hadn't seen it in a good 4-5 years. A few random thoughts: This was the first Coen Bros. film I'd ever seen. And it's still great. Not my favorite of their's, those honours go to The Big Lebowski or O Brother, Where Art Thou depending on my mood, but it's still really good. I know that a lot of people on the board have mentioned that the Coen's almost seem to dislike there characters, that there's an almost mocking, cruel tone in the way som
  15. Shucks. Turns out my sister-in-law, who does PR for Bloomingdale's, works with a local ad agency that screens films before their commercial release. She forwarded me a pass to see tonight's screening of "Intolerable Cruelty," but it looks like I'll have to skip it. That's the bad news. The good news is that my wife will be able to see it instead. One of us has to stay home with the baby, and because I skipped out on Saturday night for "men's movie night" at a friend's place (we watched "American History X") and will do so again Friday for "war movie night" at another friend's (probably wil
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