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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There’s plenty of heroes out there, but what people really go crazy for is a great villain. Over nearly a century feature filmmaking has delivered some pretty mesmerizing, fascinating and memorable villains on the big screen. But which ones are truly the best?
Well, the folks at CineFix have attempted to answer this seemingly impossible question by counting down the Top 10 Movie Villains of All Time. And don’t worry, Christopher Nolan fans, because Heath Ledger‘s take on The Joker from The Dark Knight is on the list. However, you might not be so happy with some of the choices for best movie villains. Read More »
Have you ever flipped your TV to a movie and been delighted it was one of those presentations with facts that pop up on the screen? If so, you might want to know about a new site just launched that provides that sort of presentation all the time.
The site is called Yeah! and is run by AMC Networks, which own AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv and IFC Films. Basically, the site allows you to stream movies like Scream, Reservoir Dogs, 300, The Terminator, Clerks, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Pulp Fiction, and This is Spinal Tap. Along with each film are 400-500 pieces of new, original context and facts that appear on the screen during the film. Check out a video and read more below. Read More »
Joel and Ethan Coen are not known for doing interviews. But over the weekend they took part in the opening celebration of the Film Society of Lincoln Center‘s new Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, by participating in an hour-long talk with director Noah Baumbach. The subject was primarily the openings to several films from all the participants, but the conversation ranged a bit wider than that.
Check out the entire conversation via video after the break, and we’ll also highlight the news that emerged about one of their possible next films. Read More »
Texas is known for being flat, minimalistic but still incredibly beautiful and that’s certainly the theme of the posters for the 2011 Rolling Roadshow. This year, instead of going all across the country, the Alamo Drafthouse is keeping things close to home as they’ll travel across the Lone Star State and show Texas films set in Texas. Films such as Blood Simple, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Searchers, Red River and more. The posters premiered on Apple.com and, much like happened last year with Olly Moss, this year they were all done by one artist: Jason Munn. We’ve got all the images and schedule after the jump. Read More »
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Feel like watching some of the biggest American films under the big skies of Texas? (I know Montana is the Big Sky state, but I’m briefly re-purposing the phrase.) For several years the Alamo Drafthouse has done a series of free, first come first seated screenings of famous films in locations featured in or related to the movies. There have been events like Close Encounters of the Third Kind at Devil’s Tower (pictured above), Deliverance in the North Georgia mountains, and The Warriors on Coney Island, complete with a scavenger hunt.
This year the Roadshow is targeting Texas in June, with ten screenings of Texas-appropriate films like Giant, No Country For Old Men, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and more. The full schedule is after the break. As is often the case with Rolling Roadshow screenings, most of these are taking place well outside major metro areas, so you might have to make a trip just for the film. But that’s part of the point, right? Read More »
UK graphic artist Tom Muller has created an awesome infographic connecting the dots of reoccurring actors in the movies of Coen Bothers. Hit the jump to see the graphic.
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Subtonix decided to create a map of the United States by pinpointing the movies which best represent each of the 50 states. For example, New Jersey is Clerks and Kansas is The Wizard of Oz. There will likely be some debate over some of these choices (is Fast Times at Ridgemont High the ultimate representation of California?) but it is an interesting concept none the less. It’s also interesting to note that more Coen Brothers films appear on the map than any other filmmaker. Hit the jump to see the whole map, and click to enlarge.
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We love movies with ambiguous endings, but sometimes you just want to see a definite conclusion. The guys at CollegeHumor have decided to resolve some of the biggest movie and television endings in history, including: The Wrestler, Lost in Translation, No Country For Old Men, The Graduate and The Sopranos. Watch the video after the jump.
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