Ranked: The Coen Brothers

With The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs arriving on Netflix, it felt like time for a daunting career appraisal of the brothers Coen. Theirs is a cineliterate canon; a body of work in constant awe of past masters, yet imbued with their own inimitable style. Their reverence is transformed into the personal. Thanks to faithful work with … Continue reading Ranked: The Coen Brothers

Review: Suburbicon

Director: George Clooney Stars: Matt Damon, Noah Jupe, Glenn Fleshler Poor George Clooney, he just can't seem to get a break. Go back 20 years or so and that statement would sound ludicrous; he was the biggest name in Hollywood (whether he wanted to be or not) and could have the pick of projects to … Continue reading Review: Suburbicon

Review: Cold In July

Cold In July, directed by Jim Mickle, is one of the most confusing films I've seen in a while. Not because the plot is complex or hard to follow (and believe me, we'll come back to the plot later), and not because I missed some important information at a pivotal moment. Instead the confusion arises from … Continue reading Review: Cold In July

Review: Inside Llewyn Davis

"Life's dealt me some bum cards, or maybe I just haven't played 'em right," so says ever-self-deprecating narrator Ed Crane in The Man Who Wasn't There, one of the Coen Brothers' several masterpieces. It's a line that feels fitting to a few of their movies, but one which suits their latest, Inside Llewyn Davis, perfectly. To eschew … Continue reading Review: Inside Llewyn Davis

Why I Love… #19: The Man Who Wasn’t There

Year: 2001 Director: Joel Coen Stars: Billy Bob Thornton (Ed Crane), Frances McDormand (Doris Crane), James Gandolfini (Big Dave Brewster), Michael Badalucco (Frank), Scarlett Johansson (Birdy Abundas), Tony Shalhoub (Freddy Riedenschneider), Richard Jenkins (Walter Abundas), Jon Polito (Creighton Tolliver) Genre: Film Noir / Comedy Pick your favourite Coen Brothers movie. Go on, pick. Got one? … Continue reading Why I Love… #19: The Man Who Wasn’t There

Review: True Grit

***originally written 14 February 2011*** At the end of the Coen Brothers' True Grit there is a slightly surprising credit. Executive Producer Steven Spielberg. Surprising in the sense that if you were to jump back ten years or so, you couldn't imagine more unlikely bedfellows. Only slightly surprising in the sense that, despite what the … Continue reading Review: True Grit

Review: A Serious Man

***originally written 21st December 2009*** "What have I done?" "What's going on?" "Why is this happening?" These are big open questions, and exactly the sort of questions that Larry Gopnik is moved to ask in A Serious Man, the latest film from the Coen brothers. Two years after they scooped Oscars for No Country For … Continue reading Review: A Serious Man