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interview george clooney, coen brothers film Hail Caesar, NRC 17-2-2016
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june 2016 by iljaVermeulen
Inside Llewyn Davis · Film Review The Coens pit a folk singer against the world in Inside Llewyn Davis · Movie Review · The A.V. Club
Like its protagonist, Inside Llewyn Davis falls just a little short. It’s a bit too meandering, too unfocused; about midway through, John Goodman shows up, bellowing insults as a junkie jazzbo, and the whole picture seems to careen off its axis. (It’s as if the Coens temporarily flip channels to one of their much broader farces.) But there’s also a weariness here, common to everything the filmmakers have spit out since No Country For Old Men, that elevates the movie above a simple exercise in cosmic cruelty. The circular plotting is important: Failing in his attempts to make it honest, to cash in, even to quit the game, Llewyn is caught in a professional purgatory. Twenty-some years after Barton Fink, the Coens have returned with another comedy about the maddening, exasperating business of trying to make art for money. The joke is still on the artist, but the brothers aren’t laughing so hard this time around.
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march 2016 by rufous
Movie Review - Inside Llewyn David - ScriptShadow
Inside Llewyn Davis is like the movie Once, but without a story, likable characters, or good music. It’s just not a good movie. Okay, it has a few interesting performances. I’ll give it that. But as a movie, it’s a disaster.
coen_brothers  film  story 
december 2013 by lukeneff
Welcome to the Basement | “Look At Delmar, Here”- considering the gopher eater
Whether or not there are such things as a “best” actor, actress, or whatever, two things remain true: most everyone in Hollywood wants an Oscar; and, every year someone is left out in the cold. It’s not just that they don’t win or not nominated, but rather they aren’t even brought up or boosted by entertainment journalists. The people most likely to be left out are those that work in either comedy or genre films. This is due to the old myth/prejudice/lie that comedy is easier than drama, and that genre movies (mostly action, sci-fi, fantasy and horror) are lesser than serious old drama.

The Academy must do penance for this ongoing bigotry. To do this, they gave out “Retroactive Oscar”– awards for someone who over time we have come to realize achieved something that was unique, astonishing and overlooked. The winner will be decided in advance (like Lifetime Achievement Awards), but not announced publicly until the ceremony. The recipient will know in advance. Any category can qualify. There would be one per year. These would not nullify the award winner for that year. If, say, Alien would be given a retroactive Best Picture Oscar, it would not nullify Kramer vs. Kramer’s original win.

Initially, this essay was to be a list of people who would qualify for these retro-awards, including Gene Wilder (Best Actor-Young Frankenstein or Willy Wonka), the late Bob Clark (Best Director-A Christmas Story), the editors of Groundhog Day and The Usual Suspects, and the art director of Team America: World Police. I was going to write a paragraph on all of these, but I started with one overlooked actor and just couldn’t stop writing about him. I am talking about Tim Blake Nelson playing the role of Delmar O’Donnell, the escaped convict and redeemed sinner, in the Coen Brothers’ 2000 Americana musical O Brother, Where Art Thou. He just might be the reason they invented the best supporting actor award, and yet when awards season came around, he might as well have been invisible.

Nelson is there every step of the way (Turturro disappears for a reel having been bewitched by sirens, obviously), but there is no scene in the movie that centers around Delmar. He simply plays Sancho to George Clooney’s Don Quixote, Bardolph to his Falstaff, Ralphie Wiggims to his Bart Simpson, offering short punctuation to the lead’s arias. He performs this deceptively difficult role of dim sidekick with abject humility and grace. This is what they mean by “supporting actor.” The audience watches and listens to Clooney’s pyrotechnic falderal, but they laugh at Nelson’s reaction. In fact, it makes it easier to listen to the blowhard Everett when the patient Delmar is listening, too.
actors  movies  coen_brothers  acting 
november 2013 by rufous
Fargo – A Documentary
(YouTube Link)

Fargo is the Coen Brothers movie that had everyone going around saying “dontcha know” and “you betcha!” for a while way back in the mid-90s, and it’s so highly regarded that it was inducted into the U.S. National Film Registry for being “culturally significant.”

It’s one of those rare multi-genre movies that actually works, and watching this making-of documentary made me love Fargo even more than before.

–via Slash Film

 
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july 2012 by lem0nayde
Fargo documentary
Minnesota Nice is a 25-minute documentary about the Coen brothers' Fargo.
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july 2012 by cmillward
BG: Hendrix – Winterland Box Set, Oct. ’68
On September 13, Sony Legacy will release a new deluxe box set commemorating Jimi Hendrix’s six show, three night, October 1968 run at San Francisco’s famed Winterland Ballroom, as part of four new archival releases due out this fall. The 4-CD set simply titled Winterland, expands on the original 11-track 1987 release, featuring 24 additional song, along with a 36-page booklet, and an audio interview recorded with Hendrix backstage at the Boston Garden.

List Time: Gibson’s Top 50 American Rock Bands Of All Time
Coen Brothers new movie to be about 1960s Village Folk Scene
Cover Alert: YACHT tackles Judas Priest
Jim Farber of the NY Daily News says rock is too sensitive
Download This: Deervana – Brooklyn Bowl (via NYC Taper)
Bright Eyes to release a live EP recorded during his current tour

Finally, with the proliferation of smart phones and tablets, print media is slowly looking like it will be going the way of the rotary phone and standard definition television. As a sign of the times last week Spin Media fired its editor Doug Brod and publisher, that according to the NY Time’s Media Decoder blog is “part of a larger transformation that will expand the publication’s presence online”. The music mag, which has extensively built out its website,  is expected to continue publish a print edition, along with further developing its online presence through apps.
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june 2011 by scotthuth
'True Grit' cinematographer Roger Deakins makes jump to digital cameras
Sorry film diehards, another ally has bitten the dust -- and this one's a biggie. After years of dismissing digital cameras over quality concerns, Roger Deakins, the cinematographer behind The Shawshank Redemption, Revolutionary Road, and pretty much every Coen Brothers movie, has made the jump to digital. The-nine time Oscar nominee confessed to The Hollywood Reporter that he shot the forthcoming sci-fi thriller Now using an Arri Alexa digital camera and is leaning toward using one for his next film, a Sam Mendes-directed James Bond flick. I'm sure Q would approve -- not to mention James Cameron and Peter Jackson, assuming they can put down their respective RED EPIC cameras for long enough.

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april 2011 by briburt
True Grit (2010 film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"The Coens, not known for softening anything, have restored the original's bleak, elegiac conclusion and as writer-directors have come up with a version that shares events with the first film but is much closer in tone to the book... Clearly recognizing a kindred spirit in Portis, sharing his love for eccentric characters and odd language, they worked hard, and successfully, at serving the buoyant novel as well as being true to their own black comic brio."
coen_brothers  westerns  movies 
february 2011 by rufous
Screenwriter » True Grit and the disappearing Western
As regards release patterns, when the western was in its prime, movies were released on a steady rollout. Half a dozen screens would take the picture in the first week. If it worked you’d expand by another 20 or so. The blanket opening weekend, drawing figures from thousands of screens across the country (and, often these days, the world), did not become commonplace until Jaws ate America in1975.
westerns  movies  cinema  coen_brothers  irish_times 
january 2011 by rufous
Movie Review - 'A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop' - Zhang Yimou’s Remake of Coen Brothers’ ‘Blood Simple’ - NYTimes.com
Twenty-five years ago Joel and Ethan Coen, rising stars of American independent cinema, made their debut with “Blood Simple,” a twisty tale of adultery and revenge with an obvious debt to “The Postman Always Rings Twice.” Six years later Zhang Yimou, a star of China’s rising fifth generation of filmmakers, contributed his own variation on the “Postman” theme with “Ju Dou,” his second feature as sole director. And now, for no good reason but with reasonably happy (which is to say grisly) results, Mr. Zhang has honored the unlikely affinity between himself and the Coens with a faithful remake of their first movie, a replica of “Blood Simple” called (in America) “A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop.”
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december 2010 by cmillward
Review of "a serious man"
He gave 5/10, but good reasoning for why I liked it: "They break every story paradigm there is, as if to suggest that they are now so great they can present a piece that has no development, no conclusion, a prologue that seems to have no relevance to the main body of the work, and no redemptive quality to extract from any of the characters. A bit like real life I suppose. But who wants to see that on a forty foot screen?"
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june 2010 by porejide

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