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: Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

"This is a true story" reports Fargo at it's very beginning; an untruth that spun out into the world back in 1996 like so much yarn tumbling down the stairs and is still cascading into today's cinemas, thanks to this wonderful little film from David Zellner. The image of the Coens' smirking disclaimer opens Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter, albeit … Continue reading Review: Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

The Lost Highway Hotel’s Alternative Christmas

Here at the Hotel I have a different approach to Christmas. Sure, there are the classics. It's A Wonderful Life, Die Hard, Gremlins etc, etc. But a tradition of sorts has also appeared of going back to the least Christmassy of yuletide films. Essentially, if you're not one to deck the halls with whatever but still like to theme … Continue reading The Lost Highway Hotel’s Alternative Christmas

Why I Love… #39: Fargo

Year: 1996 Director: Joel Coen Stars: Frances McDormand (Marge Gunderson), Steve Buscemi (Carl Showalter), William H Macy (Jerry Lundegaard), Harve Presnell (Wade Gustafson), Peter Stormare (Gaear Grimsrud), John Carroll Lynch (Norm Gunderson), Steve Park (Mike Yanagita) Genre: Crime Thriller / Comedy "They got this guy, in Germany. Fritz Something-or-other. Or is it? Maybe it's Werner. … Continue reading Why I Love… #39: Fargo