Once this awful election is over on November 8th, everyone will probably want to binge on Netflix movies and TV shows to get the bad taste out of their mouth. Thankfully, Netflix has a whole batch of new programming coming to the streaming service next month. Among the new choices are one of Disney’s most successful movies of the year, a recent Best Picture nominee, a classic Best Picture nominee, the return of The Gilmore Girls, a bunch of new stand-up specials and much more.
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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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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 »
Both the Writers Guild of America (East and West) and the Producers Guild have nominated The Dark Knight as one of the best films of the year. This further solidifies The Dark Knight as a Best Picture contender, shocking some Hollywood insiders. Full list of nominations after the jump.
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This Week in DVD is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy, Circuit City, and Fry’s.
Please don’t take the commentary on the movies and TV shows too seriously, as they’re meant not to be reviews but rather previews that include the general thoughts and ramblings of a twice-committed DVD addict. The categories represent solely the author’s intentions towards the DVDs at hand, and are in no way meant to be a reflection on what he thinks other people should rent or buy. So if he ends up putting a movie you like in the “Skip it” section without having seen it, please keep in mind that the time you could spend leaving a spiteful but ultimately futile comment could instead be used for more pleasant things in life. Like buying DVDs.
BURN AFTER READING
Coming hot off the heels of last year’s celebrated masterpiece No Country for Old Men, the Coen brothers decided to play it smart by kicking things down a notch with something a little more fun. Burn After Reading is vintage Coen, throwing a mess of memorable characters into an outlandish plot (that’s once again trigged by a desire for money) and is filled to the brim with hilarious dialogue and gags. It’s also really dark, with some truly twisted sequences creating a jarring but welcome contrast against the more wacky comedic ones.
Notable Extras: 3 featurettes (‘Finding the Burn: The Making of Burn After Reading’, ‘DC Insiders Run Amuck’, ‘Welcome Back George’).
|Amazon – $16.99
How much you like Hamlet 2 will depend a great deal on how much you like its lead actor, Steve Coogan. His performance is what carries the film, making all the mugging he has to do actually bearable. The movie itself is pretty funny as well, due in large part to its hilarious premise. It wasn’t necessarily the surprise comedy of the year I was hoping for, but it provided enough laughs to make for a decent viewing or two.
Notable Extras: Commentary with director Andrew Fleming and co-writer Pam Brady, deleted scenes, Making Number 2 features (Duty Calls, Part Deux), and an Oscar Winner vs. High School Drama Class feature.
|Amazon – $19.99
Exactly as stupid as you would expect a Paul W.S. Anderson production to be, Death Race doesn’t waste time any more time on stuff like plot and character development than it has to, making room for what it really cares about: racing, mayhem and explosions. And in that regard, it completely delivers. As long as you know that going in, there’s no reason you should be disappointed.
Notable Extras: Commentary with director Paul W.S. Anderson and producer Jeremy Bolt and 2 featurettes (‘Start Your Engines: Making a Death Race’, ‘Behind the Wheel: Dissecting the Stunts’).
|Amazon – $20.99
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American Teen was one of the most talked about documentaries on 2008, praised for its charmingly-presented look into the lives of a bunch of regular teenagers over the course of high school. So why is it that the only place you can buy it is Target? What the hell is that all about?
Notable Extras: Cast interviews, deleted scenes, and Hannah Blogs.
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Other noteworthy DVDs available this week…
Savage Grace – WWE Edge – A Decade of Decadence
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$44.99 – Planet Earth
$24.99 – John Adams
$19.99 – Bourne Trilogy, Rocky: The Complete Saga
$17.99 – Firefly (Complete Series)
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$89.99 – The Wire (Complete Series)
$124.99 – Six Feet Under (Complete Series)
$174.99 – The Sopranos (Complete Series)
$16.99 – Entourage (Seasons 1 – 5)
$32.99 – Band of Brothers
$27.49 – Generation Kill, John Adams
$13.49 – Flight of the Conchords (Season 1)
$74.99 – Deadwood (Complete Series)
$29.99 – Rome (Seasons 1 – 2)
$17.49 – Curb Your Enthusiasm (Seasons 1 – 6)
$99.99 – Sex and the City (Complete Series)
$12.99 – Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles (Season 1)
$16.99 – Angel (Seasons 1 – 5), Martin (Seasons 1 – 4), King of the Hill (Seasons 1 – 6), Friends (Seasons 1 – 10)
$19.99 – My Name is Earl (Seasons 1 – 2), Futurama (Seasons 1 – 4), The Boondocks (Seasons 1 – 2), Seinfeld (Seasons 1 – 9), The West Wing (Seasons 1 – 7), Supernatural (Seasons 1 – 2), Babylon 5 (Seasons 1 – 5)
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The balloon of blind faith gifted the Coen Brothers after No Country For Old Men (and many other great films) by critics and bloggers is beginning to sputter across the Netz. The bros’ new CIA kneeslapper Burn After Reading starring George Clooney and Brad Pitt is receiving decidely mixed early word-of-mouth and reviews from the Venice Film Fest.
“Everything here, from the thesps’ heavy mugging to the uncustomarily overbearing score by Carter Burwell and the artificially augmented vulgarities in the dialogue, has been dialed up to an almost grotesquely exaggerated extent, making for a film that feels misjudged. …Nothing about the project’s execution inspires the feeling that this was ever intended as anything more than a lark, which would be fine if it were a good one. As it is, audience teeth-grinding sets in early and never lets up.” – Variety
“Joel and Ethan Coen clearly are in a prankish mood, knocking out a minor piece of silliness with all the trappings of an A-list studio movie. Those who relish this movie might treat it as the second coming of “The Big Lebowski”; those who don’t might wonder at a story in which no character has a level head.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Word of mouth…
“I’ve spoken to another critic who saw it and was asking himself as he watched the first two acts, ‘Why am I not laughing?'” – Jeff Wells jus’ sayin’
The Guardian was seemingly pleased with the film, but they also refer to it as an “afterthought”…
“Burn After Reading may also go down as arguably the Coens’ happiest engagement with the demands of the Hollywood A-list – but this bit of career development may also be contributing to a diminishing of their particular film-making strengths. …in comparison [to NCFOM], [the film is a] bit of a bantamweight: fast moving, lots of attitude, and uncorking a killer punch when it can.”
Personally, I’ve seen Raising Arizona and The Big Lebowski countless times, but I casually walked out on both The Ladykillers and Intolerable Cruelty. When Clooney does cheeky comedy, it rarely gels—he often reminds me of a pillow trying to be funny, weird, right?—while the pics of Brad Pitt’s hair are too overly stylized Beavis for my liking. And yet the cast undeniably slays: Tilda Swinton, John Malkovich, JK Simmons, Richard Jenkins and Frances McDormand. We’ll be there, what about you?
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Discuss: Were any of our readers at the screening? Do you plan on seeing this? What’s your favorite Coens comedy?
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/Film reader moosatov sends over two new posters for the new Coen Brothers comedy Burn After Reading. Again, we see the inspiration of legendary poster artist Saul Bass, but I still like the original teaser poster more. High Resolution versions after the jump.
Focus Features have released an international teaser trailer for The Coen Brothers’ Burn After Reading on MSN. This is a perfect example of a fast cut, no nonsense teaser trailer which gets it right. And you have to love Brad Pitt’s “Appearances can be Deceptive” line. Classic. And why isn’t JK Simmons getting a topline credit? He’s all over the trailers. Tell me what you think in the comments below!
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Official Plot Synopsis: A dark spy-comedy from Academy Award winners Joel and Ethan Coen. An ousted CIA official’s (Academy Award nominee John Malkovich) memoir accidentally falls into the hands of two unwise gym employees intent on exploiting their find.
Burn After Reading hits theaters on September 12th 2008.
The movie poster for Coen Brothers’s Burn After Reading is one of my favorite posters released this year. The distinctive style is a call back to the one-sheets of legendary poster/title artist Saul Bass. I have included some of the great Bass posters which might have inspired this new design below. Click on the image to the right to see it in larger resolution on Cinematical.
Written and directed by The Coen Brothers, this new dark-spy comedy stars Academy Award nominee John Malkovich as an ousted CIA official, whose memoir accidentally falls into the hands of two unwise gym employees (Brad Pitt and Frances McDormand) intent on exploiting their find. Also featuring George Clooney, Tilda Swinton and Richard Jenkins. If you haven’t already, you should watch the red band movie trailer.
Burn After Reading will hit theaters on September 12th 2008.