With the Coen Brothers releasing their new movie True Grit in less than a month I decided to make a list of my 8 favorite Coen films Joel and Ethan Coen.
8. O Brother, Where Art Thou
The Coen brothers go down South with this romp starring George Clooney and John Turturro. A country style take on Greek mythology and biblical stories brings up big laughs and thrills. The acting was spot on and the silliness factor and the film has a humorous charm that no movie lover can resist.
7. Raising Arizona
Staring Nicholas Cage and Holly Hunter, Raising Arizona is probably Nicholas Cage’s most charming and hilarious role in his career. This Southern based Coen brother’s film is about a convict couple who steals a baby and tries to raise the baby on their own. Overall, this is film is funnier than eating southern fried chicken on thanksgiving.
6. Blood Simple
Blood simple is a low budget thriller and the Coen Brothers first film. Blood Simple provides thrills chills and suave characters. The quality of the film is amazing for the low budget it was made on.
5. The Big Lebowski
Jeff Bridges stars as “The Dude” in this comedy about bowling and kidnapping. This comedy is quirky, smart, and filled with twist and turns. My personal favorite character is “The Jesus” who lights up the stage with 2 whole minutes of screen time. The Big Lebowski has become even more popular through the years with a huge cult following and a series of midnight releases.
4. Burn after Reading
Burn after reading is a delicious dark comedy with an all star cast. Burn after reading stars Francis McDormand, Brad Pitt, and George Clooney. Burn after Reading could be hilarious at times, but it can also catch the viewers by surprise with shocking twists. Burn after Reading lacks a logical plot but makes up the plot with spot on acting and entertaining dialogue.
Fargo takes place in North Dakota where a man (William H. Macy) hires two criminals(Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) to kidnap his wife. Fargo is known for its extremely original story line and humor. There is also a wood chipper. (I like wood chippers)
2. Barton Fink
Barton Fink is a classic tale of friendship, murder, and betrayal. It is a movie that many people have a tough time attaching to. The first time that I watched Barton Fink I thought it was a little boring and found no point in watching it. But a couple weeks later it was on television again and I watched it again and I really enjoyed it. Barton Fink is one of those movies where you can watch over and over and find new meanings and metaphors that you didn’t notice in your previous viewings. These reasons make the movie very enjoyable.
1. 1. No Country for Old Men
No Country for Old Men is a western thriller starring Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, and Josh Brolin. The three main factors that stand out are the plot, atmosphere, and acting. The plot is very complex and requires viewers to watch the film numerous times to fully understand the plot. The atmosphere is increasingly chilling and suspenseful throughout the entire film. Finally, the acting by all of the performers are truly impressive, the actor that stands out the most is Javier Bardem providing an amazing and chilling performance. All of these reasons and more is why No Country for Old Men deserves the number 1 spot.