Hail Caesar

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Movie: Hail, Caesar!

Where You Can Stream It: Netflix

The Pitch: In 1950s Hollywood, a studio fixer named Eddie Mannix must solve several crises around the lot, including the fact that a big star is kidnapped, a starlet finds herself pregnant, and a British director is furious that his comedy of manners has been saddled with a Western star who can’t shake his twangy accent to save his life.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: I remember lots of my colleagues being mixed about Hail, Caesar! when it was first released in 2016, but four years later, I still think this belongs in the top tier of the Coen Brothers’ storied filmography. That’s something of a controversial statement considering just how incredible the top tier of their work is (Fargo, No Country for Old Men, Raising Arizona, Inside Llewyn Davis, etc), but now is the perfect time to join me on the “Hail, Caesar! is great” side of the fence. Read More »

The Coen Brothers This Book Really Ties the Films Together

With The Coen Brothers: This Book Really Ties the Films Together, film critic Adam Nayman takes readers on a journey through the singular filmography of Joel and Ethan Coen. From Blood Simple through Hail, Caesar!, Nayman chronicles what it is that makes the work of the Coens so incredible. “To move back and forth through the Coens’ career is to get caught in the loop,” Nayman writes in the Introduction, “like riding a merry-go-round through a house of mirrors.”

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buster scruggs early buzz

The Coen Brothers are back with The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Originally planned as an anthology TV series, the Coens re-edited Buster into a film, which just debuted at the Venice Film Festival. Reviews of the Western comedy are flooding in, and they hint at a movie that will wow Coen Brothers fans, and possibly perplex everyone else. See the Ballad of Buster Scruggs early buzz below.

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Ballad of Buster Scruggs

The Coen Brothers were headed to Netflix with their anthology series The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, which was set to tell six Western stories in six episodes. Now, things have changed. Buster Scruggs will still hit Netflix, but the Coens have re-edited the series into a feature film instead, just in time to premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

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Best Movies Streaming Ghost Story

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) 

How’s 2018 going for everyone? We’re not even a full month into this new year yet, but personally, I’m already exhausted. Thank heavens for movies, that’s all I can say. Movies can be a great balm for the soul – a reminder that even when everything is a terrible mess, there are still folks out there making great art, and trying like hell to make that art connect with an audience.

Which brings us to this edition of Now Stream This. As always, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best movies streaming right now. There’s something for everyone here: drama, horror, comedy, documentary. I’m not going to say you will personally love every movie on this list, but I sure as heck hope you’ll try to love every movie on this list. This installment features a ghost story unlike any other captured on film before, an hilarious movie with puppets, a documentary about a shocking moment in sports history, a long-delayed horror movie, a one-man-show, a quirky comedy, an existential crime thriller, a cerebral nightmare, and a doc about a Stephen King adaptation. It’s time for the best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming.

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raiders

This Monday, on my first day at the site, /Film reader Jean Morel asked: “Who the F is Jack Giroux?” But my question is: “Who are you, Mr. Jean Morel?” Rather than explain who I am or provide you with a background profile, I thought it’d be best to let my taste in movies do the talking. After the jump, read about my favorite movies of all time.

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quentin vs coen

In 2011, the Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco, CA came up with the great, simple idea for an art show. Take the wildly varied films of two of the most eclectic and revered filmmakers out there, and mash them together. The result, Quentin vs Coen, opens yet again Saturday July 5.

Quentin Tarantino and The Coen Brothers are obviously successful, talented filmmakers. But what makes them so similar to each other is how different they continue to be. From film to film to film, audiences never know what they’re going to get when they sit down for a Tarantino or Coen Brothers film. A film noir masked as a stoner comedy, a murder mystery set in Minnesota, a series of stories told out of order, a near four hour samurai movie. The sky is the limit.

And that’s reflected in the art show, too. The huge scope of films made by these filmmakers, filled with iconic imagery and classic characters, is paradise for an artist looking to do something different. Below, we’ve got a small sampling of what’s in store for the show, as well as information on how you can attend and buy online. Read More »

Inside Llewyn Davis

The Coen BrothersInside Llewyn Davis has earned strong buzz from the get-go, picking up the Grand Jury Prize shortly after its Cannes debut and earning Best Feature at the Gotham Independent Film Awards this past weekend. Now, after months of hype and even more months of marketing, it’s finally about to arrive in theaters.

Oscar Isaac leads the drama as Llewyn, a singer trying to make his way around the folk scene in the early ’60s. He’s not having an easy go of it: his solo career isn’t taking off, his best friend’s girlfriend is pissed at him, and he doesn’t even have a proper coat to keep him warm through the winter. But his misfortune is our good luck, as his many trials make for a pretty great film. Watch the newest U.K. trailer after the jump.

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The Coen Brothers Are Going Digital

The Coen Brothers

The number of filmmakers who continue to shoot movies on film dwindles every single day. Now, one of the most well-respected holdouts are going to the digital side. The Coen Brothers, Joel and Ethan Coen, believe their new movie Inside Llewyn Davis will be the last one they ever shoot on film. Read More »

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The Coen Brothers

Unless you were at a film festival recently, you’re probably still waiting for the new Coen Brothers movie, Inside Llewyn Davis. The tale of a ’60s New York folk singer got stellar reviews out of Cannes and Telluride. It hits US theaters on December 20.

Of course, with the pending release of one Coen Brothers movie, fans can start to look towards their next work. At the Telluride Film Festival, Joel and Ethan gave a small hint at what they’re currently writing. It’s a film with an opera singer as the main character. Read More »