Posted on Friday, February 5th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The filmography of Joel and Ethan Coen is untouchable. Of their 17 films, at least a dozen of them are arguably great films and more than a few of them are genuine masterpieces. Ranking them is a fool’s errand. I know this because I have tried. Within a year, I wanted to erase the whole thing. Their work sticks with you, attaches itself to your mind and grows with you. Minor films become masterpieces over time. Little moments reveal their layers, their profundity, upon repeat viewings. The Coen brothers filmography feels alive – it’s always growing, always changing. Even their newest film Hail, Caesar (out today) threw me for a loop. I literally have no idea how I’ll feel about it tomorrow or six months from now.
So I’ve assembled a list of ten perfect scenes from the Coen canon. They are unranked, presented in chronological order, because I do not want to impose rigid form on something that I know will shift and change within a year or two. But right now, these scenes sum up why they’re special and their work should be celebrated. Few modern artists have showcased such range and fewer have dabbled in so many different genres and forms while maintaining their voice at every moment. These scenes represent a sublime partnership and the best modern cinema has to offer.
Spoilers follow, of course.
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Posted on Saturday, January 16th, 2016 by Fred Topel
Season one of Fargo was 2006 and season two went back to 1979, but when will season three take place? FX Networks and FX Productions CEO John Landgraf knows when the third season of Fargo will be set. And also, will we see any characters from the previous two seasons in Fargo season 3? Learn the details after the jump.
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Posted on Sunday, January 10th, 2016 by Angie Han
Mad Max: Fury Road basically dominated our top 10 lists for 2015, and we at /Film were hardly alone in loving it. The National Board of Review deemed it the best film of the year, and filmmakers as different as Quentin Tarantino and John Waters named it one of their favorites, too. It’s even earned nominations from the SAG, the PGA, the BAFTAs, and the Golden Globes — a rare feat for a blockbuster action sequel. Even so, all the critical adoration in the world can’t guarantee Mad Max: Fury Road a shot in the Best Picture Oscar race. At this point, it’s still far from a shoo-in for the category, and (let’s be real) stands almost no chance of taking home the prize itself.
All this praise can, however, win Mad Max: Fury Road the Golden Tomato Award for the best reviewed movie of 2015. As you’ve probably deduced from the name, these award are given out by the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Besides Mad Max, Inside Out and Room have also emerged as some of the most highly praised films of the year, while Master of None and Better Call Saul were two of the best loved titles on the TV side. After the jump, find out what the other best reviewed movies of 2015 are, and see George Miller and Pete Docter‘s (adorable) official responses to their big win. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 by Jack Giroux
On Monday night Fargo closed out its excellent second season. Creator and writer Noah Hawley proved season one of the show was no fluke. Fargo, in many ways, improved. This time around the crime story was funnier, sadder, and, surprisingly, more sincere and kindhearted. FX has already ordered Fargo season three, which will, despite only taking place a few years after the 2006-set first season, not feature any of the characters from season one.
Read Hawley’s comments on season three after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, December 4th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
The first season of FX’s Fargo was one of the most pleasant surprises in recent TV history. Showrunner Noah Hawley took an idea that seemed like pure folly, an anthology series set in the same universe as the Coen brothers’ classic 1996 film, and crafted a series that acted as a perfect companion for the original movie while being very much its own thing. To those who are still turning their nose up at this show because it sounds like a terrible idea, know that you’re missing one of the best pieces of entertainment available to you right now.
Season 2, which is currently airing to all kinds of acclaim, took the action back to the ’70s, tracking an incident that was only alluded to in season one. And while Fargo could easily keep on jumping across the timeline, telling whatever stories it wants for as long as it wants, it looks like the officially confirmed third season may very well return to some familiar faces… presumably so it can do all kinds of dark and horrible things to them.
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We are more than halfway through the second season of Fargo, and FX has already announced they will be bringing their limited series back for a third season. So far the first two seasons of the dramatic television series have shared very few connections aside from locations and a few characters at very different times in their lives. So what might Fargo season 3 bring? Lets speculate.
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Posted on Friday, October 30th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
It’s that time again: a bunch of movies are getting ready to depart Netflix. That means you only have a few days to catch up with a batch of masterpieces, interesting curiosities, fascinating disasters, and other films worth your time. After all, once they leave streaming, you’ll actually have to get off the couch and put a DVD in the player and ugh, who wants to do that in 2015?
Check out our recommendations for movies leaving Netflix to watch (as well as a complete list of what’s departing) after the jump.
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Noah Hawley did the seeming impossible, turning the Coen Brothers acclaimed film Fargo into a TV series. Not only did he do the name justice, but FX’s Fargo is one of the most acclaimed series on television in its own right, joining the ranks of Breaking Bad, Man Men, Game of Thrones and True Detective on lists and nominations. So far there have been no characters from the movie Fargo in the series, so no Marge Gunderson or Jerry Lundegaard. It’s all been original characters like Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) and police chief Molly Solverson (Alison Tolman).
For season two, Hawley took Fargo back to 1979 with an all new cast of characters. Patrick Wilson and Ted Danson play cops investigating the new crime, and Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons play a husband and wife who get wrapped up in it. I spoke with Hawley after FX’s Fargo panel for the Television Critics Association. Season two premieres October 12 at 10 on FX.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 by Angie Han
It’s not like we were short on stuff to watch this summer (hello, UnREAL, nice to see you, Mr. Robot), but when it comes to TV there’s no time like the fall. Along with the annual onslaught of new shows competing for our attention, we’re ready to welcome a bunch of old favorites back to our DVRs. After the jump, some of the fall 2015 returning shows we’re most excited for. Read More »