Category Archive: Joel & Ethan Coen

Hail, Caesar!

A Hollywood fixer in the 1950s works to keep the studio’s stars in line. The Coen brothers latest film is an ensemble piece set in the Golden Age of 1950s Hollywood, built around… Continue reading

Inside Llewyn Davis

A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. The final film in my Coen Brothers retrospective, ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ is a brutally… Continue reading

True Grit

A tough U.S. Marshal helps a stubborn young woman track down her father’s murderer. This was my second watch of ‘True Grit’ after seeing it at the cinema when it came out, and… Continue reading

A Serious Man

Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern mathematics teacher, watches his life unravel over multiple sudden incidents. Though seeking meaning and answers amidst his turmoils, he seems to keep sinking. A Serious Man is the second… Continue reading

Burn After Reading

A disk containing the memoirs of a CIA agent ends up in the hands of two unscrupulous gym employees who attempt to sell it. Despite a great cast and a farcical set up,… Continue reading

No Country for Old Men

Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande. ‘No Country for Old Men‘ is the… Continue reading

The Ladykillers

An eccentric, if not charming Southern professor and his crew pose as a classical ensemble in order to rob a casino, all under the nose of his unsuspecting but sharp old landlady. The… Continue reading

Intolerable Cruelty

A revenge-seeking gold digger marries a womanizing Beverly Hills lawyer with the intention of making a killing in the divorce. I liked Intolerable Cruelty a lot more than I thought I would, but… Continue reading

The Man Who Wasn’t There

A laconic, chain-smoking barber blackmails his wife’s boss and lover for money to invest in dry cleaning, but his plan goes terribly wrong. The Man Who Wasn’t There follows themes explored in previous… Continue reading

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them. So after a lengthy hiatus during the World Cup, I’ve returned to the… Continue reading

The Big Lebowski

“Dude” Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it. The Big Lebowski is a very funny film where the wrong… Continue reading

Fargo

Jerry Lundegaard’s inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen’s bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson. Fargo is possibly my favourite Coen Brothers film, and… Continue reading

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