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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When did The Big Lebowski 2 become a thing we talk about? Not only that, but a thing we ask the Coen Brothers about? 2009 is about as far back as I could go to find the filmmaking duo shooting down the idea of a sequel to The Big Lebowski. With their latest film opening in theaters this Friday, Hail, Caesar!, once again they’ve been asked about the imaginary project.
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Posted on Friday, October 23rd, 2015 by Angie Han
It only took four and a half years, but /Film has finally, graciously given me the opportunity to introduce myself. Hi, I’m Angie Han. I like movies, and I have for a while. Which movies I like the most changes from year to year, if not day to day (though it’s admittedly been a while since my #1 changed), but these are some of my favorites at this very moment in time.
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If you’ve recently been craving to watch the Dane Cook star vehicle, Good Luck Chuck, then you better hurry up, because it’s about to leave Netflix. Once again, the company is depriving us of comedy classics we just need to watch again and again. In reality, the streaming service is actually dropping some great movies next month. After the jump, check out our rundown of some of the best films leaving Netflix in October 2015.
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If the idea of seeing Michael Fassbender as the Dude in The Big Lebowski sounds weird and terrific, then Jason Reitman‘s next live-read is for you. He’ll mount a one-night-only stage reading of the Joel and Ethan Coen script in Montreal later this month, with Fassbender in the role originally played to perfection by Jeff Bridges. Read More »
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Inherent Vice, the new film from Paul Thomas Anderson, isn’t just an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Thomas Pynchon. It is part of a specific tradition of movies that pry into the gaps between visions of American culture, especially as seen on the streets of Los Angeles locations. Paul Thomas Anderson has talked about one or two specifically as Inherent Vice influences, and beyond those few titles is an expansive set of movies in which characters who are all but lost as mainstream culture and power swirl around them.
These are films that line up with the spirit of Inherent Vice. Sometimes it’s just in the case of one sequence, or one shade of the movie. But put all these films together and you have a weekend worth of movies that will prepare you for the desultory, city-spanning story of Doc Sportello. No spoilers for PTA’s movie are here as we talk about the films that link up with it in this particular cinematic tradition, but when you do see Inherent Vice after seeing these you’ll immediately see how they all fit together.
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Posted on Monday, August 18th, 2014 by Angie Han
Joel and Ethan Coen have made it pretty clear that they have no intention of making a Big Lebowski sequel, but John Turturro is still hoping for that Big Lebowski spinoff. The actor recently reiterated his desire to make a Jesus Quintana film, although it doesn’t seem like it’s happening just yet.
He may have better luck with the Barton Fink sequel, which he also wants to do — because the Coens are actually interested in that one. Hit the jump for Turturro’s latest updates on the Big Lebowski spinoff and the Barton Fink sequel.
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You know him, you love him, you’ve been creeped out by him. Nobody f’s with the Jesus. John Turturro‘s character in The Big Lebowski, Jesus Quintana, is only on screen for a few minutes. He utters only a few precious lines of dialogue. But he’s just as memorable, if not more so, than the lead characters created by Joel and Ethan Coen. Now, it turns out, Turturro is trying to secure the rights to the character to revisit the role in a new film. Read more about the potential Big Lebowski Jesus movie below. Read More »
Well here’s something you don’t see every day: a gold medal-winning figure skater paying homage to The Big Lebowski. Thanks to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Tara Lipinski took center stage on the ice rink at Rockefeller Center in New York City to twirl around with a long brown coat and White Russian. And no, she doesn’t spill the beverage. Read More »