Articles tagged joel coen

The Big Lebowski: 10th Anniversary Edition

A generation-defining comedy about peace and brotherhood, set in a world of backstabbers, liars, and semi-professional bowling leagues.

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How to play at being a villain: Bardem, Ledger reignite media interest in craft of acting

The verdict is nearly unanimous: As the Joker in “The Dark Knight,” Heath Ledger gives a great performance. But what exactly does that mean? As

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24 Feb 2008 // 4:19 AM

There will be confusion: Deliberately vague films leave critic cold

Walking out of a press screening of Paul Thomas Anderson’s “There Will Be Blood” in early November, I turned to a fellow critic in

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Joel and Ethan Coen’s ‘No Country for Old Men’ is favored for the Oscar

LOS ANGELES - On a Sunday night this past January, as the filmmaking brothers Ethan and Joel Coen were picking up one of several New

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A Gallery of Good Works: The Best Films of 2007

From Julian Schnabel's artsy The Diving Bell and the Butterfly to the legendary Coen Brothers splendid adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men, PopMatters counts down the 30 best films of 2007.

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Performance Art: The Best Acting of 2007 - Male

From the tender and eerie precision of Sam Riley's depiction of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis in Control to yet another superlative performance by Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood, PopMatters highlights the best male actors of 2007.

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12 Nov 2007 // 3:36 AM

Sex and violence are not always gratuitous, directors say

What has more sex and violence than an episode of “The Jerry Springer Show”? The multiplex. You can pass through any neighborhood in America and

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Q&A with ‘No Country for Old Men’ makers Joel and Ethan Coen

Joel and Ethan Coen are in almost constant motion. Three days after completing photography in New York City on their upcoming spy comedy “Burn After

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9 Nov 2007 // 4:10 AM

No Country for Old Men

The desolate landscape and moral layout evoke old Westerns, but the film, based on Cormac McCarthy's novel, also reconsiders the genre's conventions, comparing now and "the old times."

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8 Sep 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Ladykillers (2004)

Pious, earnest, and broadly drawn, Marva is the first black character in a Coen brothers movie to occupy center stage.

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26 Mar 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Ladykillers (2004)

Pious, earnest, and broadly drawn, Marva is the first black character in a Coen brothers movie to occupy center stage. For a minute, anyway.

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Intolerable Cruelty (2003)

The Coen brothers' latest venture is a rat-a-tat romantic comedy of the Preston Sturges persuasion, at least for its first hour or so.

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30 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Fargo (1996)

This is the film's genius, its simultaneous emulation and excavation of true crime's obsession with dull or spectacular minutiae, coupled with a refusal to make such details cohere into master plans and meanings.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

It's a Depression-era musical laid on top of a chain gang escape film, inspired at once by Homer's 'The Odyssey' and Preston Sturges' screwball comedies. But outrageous as it might seem, this ultra-high-concept project suffers from a lack of inspiration.

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The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001)

While Ed confides his dissatisfaction, you also get a glimpse of how he sees the world, the camera peering down at scalps or neck napes, apparently always in need of trimming or cutting or buzzing.

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

// Notes from the Road

"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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