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Old 08-26-2007, 01:11 AM   #166
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You crazy mother*ucker.
To whom are you referring?
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Old 08-26-2007, 03:39 AM   #168
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Just finished Fargo. I was little disappointed, seeing as it's widely considered the Coen Bros.' best movie. William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, and of course Frances McDormand were great, but I didn't like the story or pacing all that much.
I thought it was overrated as well

Much prefer Oh Brother Where Art Thou'

No one mentioned Raising Arizona yet, did they?
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Old 08-26-2007, 06:20 AM   #169
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^ Hehe I love Raising Arizona, my Dad pointed it out to me a while back. It's a great comedy that's got loads of quotable dialogue just like Lebowski but never gets brought up as much. Totally unique from that and Hudsucker Proxy too, they really didn't put a foot wrong right from the start for so many years.

I can't be the only one who didn't think Intolerable Cruelty was that bad though? I mean, not classic Coens but not BAD.
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Old 08-26-2007, 10:28 AM   #170
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No, Intolerable Cruelty wasn't that bad. It wasn't a very creatively done film, but it was funny. The leads were great.

The Ladykillers, on the other hand, is neither creative nor funny. Tom Hanks seems like he's in a different film than everyone else, and while he really went for it here, the rest of it is just crap. When the church gospel performances are the best thing in a Coen Bros film, you know there's a problem.

Their worst film by far.

Lemon, I would def put Blood Simple on your list before this one.
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Old 08-26-2007, 10:31 AM   #171
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Thanks.

I've seen Raising Arizona about 3 times on cable, and I just don't like it. Jeez, how much of a Coen Bros. fan am I if I dislike Raising Arizona AND Fargo.
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I didn't think Intolerable Cruelty was all that bad. I even didn't mind the Ladykillers.

I've seen most of the Coen brothers movies, and my two favorites are Fargo (by far - I think it's just awesome and hilarious ... but maybe it's because I'm from northern Wisconsin, where that accent is common) and O Brother Where Art Thou.

I found both Raising ARizona and the Big Lebowski to be overrated. I just didn't find them nearly as funny as everyone else seems to. Guess I just missed the boat on them.
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Old 08-26-2007, 11:11 AM   #173
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So far here are my Coen Bros. rankings, it'll change after I re-watch Oh, Brother (haven't seen it in years) and see The Man Who Wasn't There, Blood Simple., and The Ladykillers:

1. Barton Fink
2. The Big Lebowski
3. Miller's Crossing
4. The Hudsucker Proxy
5. Fargo
6. Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou?
7. Raising Arizona
8. Intolerable Cruelty

I really expect No Country for Old Men to be amazing, too.
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Rankings:

1. The Big Lebowski (I don't even care, shut up)
2. Fargo
3. Barton Fink
4. Raising Arizona
5. Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou?
6. Intolerable Cruelty
7. The Ladykillers

I haven't seen Miller's Crossing recently enough to rank it fairly, and I have yet to ever see Hudsucker or Blood Simple yet, so this will surely change.
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The only ones I haven't seen are Barton Fink, the Hudsucker Proxy and Blood Simple ... I'm sure Barton and Blood are in my Netflix queue. I don't really care about Hudsucker.

Or his proxy.
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Old 08-26-2007, 01:10 PM   #176
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Lemon, we really seem to be on the same page with the Coens because I don't find Raising Arizona all that great either. As a comedy, I find it funny, but it doesn't have the weight or subtext of their better films. However, I don't rate Blood Simple & Fargo higher because I don't think they're weird enough. I am looking forward to No Country of Old Men after the fluff of the last two films, even if it's not likely to be the hybrid I prefer.

Here are my rankings:

1. Barton Fink
2. The Man Who Wasn't There
3. The Hudsucker Proxy
4. Miller's Crossing
5. The Big Lebowski
6. O Brother Where Art Thou?
7. Fargo
8. Blood Simple
9. Intolerable Cruelty
10. Raising Arizona
11. The Ladykillers

You guys really need to see The Man Who Wasn't There, an amazing blend of all the film noir staples with their unique sense of humor and visuals. If you're at all a fan of Thornton, you're going to love him in this. Tony Shalhoub, a great Coen supporting actor in the past, is on fire here. I'm not going to spoil anything about the film, but I think the final line/shot is one of the most poignant in their entire filmography.

From a visual standpoint, the black & white photography is perfection. The DVD actually has a lengthy interview with Roger Deakins about cinematography that's a real treat. Best of all is the rarity of the Coen Bros. in a commentary, along with Billy Bob. Their recognizable laughter is present through a good portion of the film.
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Now I'm really itchin' to check out The Man Who Wasn't There.

Another interesting thing about No Country for Old Men is that most, if not all, of the Coen Bros. group of actors aren't anywhere to be seen in the cast on IMDb.

I only recognize Stephen Root from The Ladykillers and Oh Brother...
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Woody Harrelson is a new presence, but he sure SEEMS like he's part of their revolving cast. I daresay we'll be seeing him in future Coen films.
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Oh, I'd completely forgotten about The Man Who Wasn't There! It was pretty good. Very visually striking.
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Old 08-26-2007, 02:24 PM   #180
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Woody Harrelson is a new presence, but he sure SEEMS like he's part of their revolving cast. I daresay we'll be seeing him in future Coen films.
He does, it's crazy.

Kudos to Josh Brolin for being in Grindhouse, No Country for Old Men, and American Gangster, 3 potential Pantheon-level movies this year.
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