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What 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' Gets Right (and Wrong) About America

Telling the tale of the cyclops through the lens of high and low culture, in O'Brother, Where Art Thou? the Coens hammer home a fatalistic criticism about the ways that commerce, violence, and cosmetic Christianity prevail in American society .

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The Coen Brothers' 'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs' Is American Myth in Vignette

In the Coen Brothers' The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, there's something altogether new about having revisionist western ideas filtered through their rich sense of character, black comedy, and their penetrating awareness of humanity's fatal imperfections.

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For the People: Bush-Era Protest Songs and the Promise of Web 2.0

Remember when Bright Eyes' "When the President Talks to God" and TV on the Radio's "Dry Drunk Emperor" protested George W. Bush? And when the Internet was full of promise for the best of humankind?

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'Inside Llewyn Davis' Is Subdued But Undeniably Affecting

The Coens' Inside Llewyn Davis isn’t overwhelming at first glance, but it has a perfect, natural rhythm and flow that you don’t even notice how it sticks in your head.

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Various Artists: Inside Llewyn Davis

The soundtrack to the Coen Brothers' film about Greenwich Village's folk scene is slick, polished, and reverent to a fault.

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Go Play in Traffic: 5 Movies About Kids That Are Better Than 'Hugo' and 'True Grit'

Precocious cherubs and wise-beyond-their-years savants are a Hollywood staple, but they don't really reflect the state of actually being a kid. Here are a five good, great, or interesting films that are far more effective in portraying that being a kid is a really weird thing to be.

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Various Artists: O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2 CD Deluxe Edition)

The Coen Brothers' beloved soundtrack of '30s-era Americana gets an upgrade with unreleased tracks.

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Rescripting the Western in 'No Country for Old Men'

How the Coen Brothers' ostensibly faithful award winning adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's No Country For Old Men diverges from its creator's rather questionable politics.

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Physical Evidence: Selected Film Criticism by Kent Jones

What matters isn’t whether you or I agree with Jones, of course, but whether his writing offers new insights into the films and directors at hand.

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