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Poll: The Films of the Coen Brothers

Which film is your favorite?

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#1 Ryan H.

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 10:44 AM

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.



#2 Jason Panella

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 10:50 AM

Nice work, Ryan.

I voted for Fargo.

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 11:36 AM

I'm going to watch/revisit a few more Coen films before voting, but so far my unofficial vote is for True Grit.

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 11:43 AM

I saw True Grit again yesterday, and I loved it even more. But my favorite is still Raising Arizona (say what you will, I love the characters as much as I believe the Coens do, I love the dialects, and I love every hilarious line... wouldn't change a thing), with Barton Fink, and Fargo as two more A+ titles for me. The Big Lebowski, A Serious Man, The Hudsucker Proxy, and True Grit are next with solid A grades.

Edited by Overstreet, 05 September 2011 - 11:44 AM.


#5 Ryan H.

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 11:45 AM

Never really cared for RAISING ARIZONA, but I haven't seen it in a long time.

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 12:25 PM

A SERIOUS MAN is probably my favourite of their recent films, and FARGO is a remarkable film. But my vote for favourite has to go to THE BIG LEBOWSKI.

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 05:06 PM

This is like asking someone to keep only one toe and lop four others off. Ouch.

That said, today I went with The Big Lebowski. Could change at any time though. I'm not too moody, I've seen all of these (I think I even like them all), and there are probably five that would be contenders for the top slot at any time. Including Raising Arizona. Yes, Ryan. Two comedies are in my top slots for the Coens. :)

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 03:00 PM

I didn't vote for it, because it's not that great of a movie, but the "You know, for kids!" refrain from Hudsucker Proxy is one of my favorite Coen lines.

I still haven't figured out why people like The Big Lebeowski.

#9 Gavin Breeden

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 03:12 PM

I reckon I'll be the only one voting for LADYKILLERS.


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Just kidding. That's the worst. My first Coen Bros. movie is still my favorite: RAISING ARIZONA. But, what a catalog. I could happily sit down and watch almost any of those movies right now.

#10 Josh Hurst

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 03:30 PM

Raising Arizona for me, too-- with No Country for Old Men as my second in line.

#11 Ryan H.

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 05:07 PM

I still haven't figured out why people like The Big Lebeowski.

It's all about the lovably weird characters.

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 06:37 PM

I still haven't figured out why people like The Big Lebeowski.

Me neither. It's one of the few Coen movies that offends me.

#13 Ryan H.

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 06:42 PM

It offends you? Why?

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 01:19 AM

Raising Arizona for me too. It's the only one that I really liked without any particular reservations, but I still have way too many gaps in my Coen viewing (which, at my rate, will probably take years to fill).

Edited by N.W. Douglas, 07 September 2011 - 01:20 AM.


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Posted 07 September 2011 - 02:18 AM

I voted for Raising Arizona as well.

Next would be A Serious Man followed by True Grit, then No Country for Old Men.


Those three are more interesting from a spiritual, theologically questioning perspective. But there aren't many films out there that I get
a laugh out of more than Raising Arizona.

Edited by Attica, 07 September 2011 - 02:18 AM.


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Posted 07 September 2011 - 07:14 AM

As of right now, I'm surprised (thought not bothered) by the fact that A SERIOUS MAN is out in front of both RAISING ARIZONA and THE BIG LEBOWSKI. I think that might be a peculiarity of this board and its interests. (Even thought I voted for LEBOWSKI, I do really like A SERIOUS MAN and upgraded it from a 9 to a 10 on a reviewing earlier this year).

I'm surprised at the lack of votes for FARGO or NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, which I would have pegged as the most popular in the general public (barring LEBOWSKI and ARIZONA).

#17 Jason Panella

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 08:04 AM

I'm also surprised that Barton Fink hasn't gotten any votes. Well, maybe I'm not surprised...I don't know many people that list it as their favorite Coen brothers movie, even if it is one they like. Still, I feel like it's a dense, rich movie that works on all different kinds of levels.

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 08:29 AM

I'm also surprised that Barton Fink hasn't gotten any votes. Well, maybe I'm not surprised...I don't know many people that list it as their favorite Coen brothers movie, even if it is one they like. Still, I feel like it's a dense, rich movie that works on all different kinds of levels.

Oh, it was my favorite for a while. Love it. It was down between BARTON FINK, THE BIG LEBOWSKI, and A SERIOUS MAN. A SERIOUS MAN won. Yeah, my favorite Coen flicks are probably those three, along with BURN AFTER READING. The rest don't resonate with me.

Edited by Ryan H., 07 September 2011 - 08:30 AM.


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Posted 07 September 2011 - 08:38 AM


I'm also surprised that Barton Fink hasn't gotten any votes. Well, maybe I'm not surprised...I don't know many people that list it as their favorite Coen brothers movie, even if it is one they like. Still, I feel like it's a dense, rich movie that works on all different kinds of levels.

Oh, it was my favorite for a while. Love it. It was down between BARTON FINK, THE BIG LEBOWSKI, and A SERIOUS MAN. A SERIOUS MAN won. Yeah, my favorite Coen flicks are probably those three, along with BURN AFTER READING. The rest don't resonate with me.

Sorry to ignore your earlier question to me about Lebowski, Ryan. I thought I'd written on that in other threads but am having a hard time finding even a brief mention over my Lebowski discomfort, which has to do with sensitivities involving drug use and pornography. That might seem prudish, but there are elements that I have a hard time getting past in broader stories, even comedies. I can think of other examples of movies I've liked in spite of such stuff -- including some other Coen Brothers films -- but Lebowski has never sat right with me. I've watched it a few times over the years, in very different life situations each time, and have had the same struggles with it. Considering its cast and directors, it was and remains a bitter disappointment.

I can see how others might be able to get past that stuff, considering the tone of the film. But to see it named by so many as their favorite Coen Brothers film? That surprises me and, hate to say it, kind of disappoints me. Am I allowed to say that? I love all you guys, but seriously: Lebowski?

After some reflection, I voted for A Serious Man.

Edited by Christian, 07 September 2011 - 11:32 AM.


#20 Ryan H.

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 08:51 AM

I thought I'd written on that in other threads but am having a hard time finding even a brief mention over my Lebowski discomfort, which has to do with sensitivities involving drug use and pornography. That might seem prudish, but there are elements that I have a hard time getting past in broader stories, even comedies. I can think of other examples of movies I've liked in spite of such stuff -- including some other Coen Brothers films -- but Lebowski has never sat right with me. I've watched it a few times over the years, in very different life situations each time, and have had the same struggles with it. Considering its cast and directors, it was an remains a bitter disappointment.

Thanks for the explanation. We all have our scruples.

I can see how others might be able to get past that stuff, considering the tone of the film. But to see it named by so many as their favorite Coen Brothers film? That surprises me and, hate to say it, kind of disappoints me. Am I allowed to say that? I love all you guys, but seriously: Lebowski?

I did vote A SERIOUS MAN, but LEBOWSKI is the cinematic equivalent of the ultimate drinking buddy. It's warm, familiar, friendly, and never fails to put me in a good mood. And yeah, we need those serious friends to challenge us, to push us. But sometimes, we just need that good ol' pal to lighten our mood. LEBOWSKI is my go-to "cheer up" flick.

Edited by Ryan H., 07 September 2011 - 08:51 AM.






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