Tuesday, January 11 2011
Among this year's winners include a fake documentary, a comedy about Jihad, a vampire story NOT dealing with tacky tween romance, a haunting hillbilly noir, and an elegant tale about clones. Not necessarily the usual cinematic suspects.
Tuesday, January 4 2011
Heroes and villains, criminals and crazed creative types: the 20 best male performances of 2010 definitely run the dramatic/comedic character topography... with a few unusual turns tossed in for good measure.
Tuesday, March 11 2014
Llewyn doesn't look like a nice guy: he specializes in unsmiling bumbling coupled with prickly stubbornness. Yet he becomes oddly endearing, oddly fast.
Friday, December 6 2013
The Coens appear to be back in Barton Fink mode, setting up a straw man whose creative arrogance ensures that he won’t see a moment’s happiness from his work.
Thursday, December 23 2010
True Grit clarifies the relationship between their very rugged physical adventure and their storytelling, their repeated efforts to claim control of the brutality they encounter and enact.
Tuesday, August 30 2011
Perhaps the greatest American filmmakers of the last 25 years, here are the Coens' 10 best movies. Fifteen movies since their early '80s start, and very few, if any are true artistic flops.
Thursday, September 2 2010
The Coen brothers’ stable of actors is not to be trifled with. It boasts such enormous matinée idols as George Clooney and Brad Pitt,
Monday, July 12 2010
While Inglourious Basterds is about a band of freedom fighters standing against the Nazis, rather than one man’s inward crisis with the riddle of existence itself, there is a profound and personal moral center to the Basterds’ struggles, a “seriousness.”
Tuesday, June 29 2010
The Coens' A Serious Man is a more successful attempt at putting across some of the same ideas that Burn After Reading gestures toward -- exploring whether stories have inherent meanings, or whether these are imposed institutionally or individually after the fact -- and is much funnier too.
Sunday, January 31 2010
Parables are supposed to explain the world, not make it more complicated. We are supposed to gain insight and wisdom from religious allegory, not reel
Sunday, January 5 2014
One of the most beguiling folk records of the year has the bonus of ferrying along a Joel and Ethan Coen plot line. The songs
Friday, November 9 2007
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