Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
A Serious Man
A Serious Man is the story of an ordinary man's search for clarity in a universe where Jefferson Airplane is on the radio and F-Troop is on TV. It is 1967, and Larry Gopnik, a physics professor at a quiet Midwestern university, has just been informed by his wife Judith that she is leaving him. She has fallen in love with one of his more pompous acquaintances Sy Ableman.
like what the fuck, this film is everything
Why does he make us feel the questions if he's not gonna give us any answers?
He hasn't told me.
Unpopular opinion incoming! ‘A Serious Man’ is one of my favourite Coen’s and I would actually call it more likeable than ‘No Country for Old Men’. I love how their trademark edgy dialogues greatly blend into the much smaller and amateurish setting of the film, just like in ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’. It creates an intelligent comedy, which I think hits the directors talents better than the western crime gems they’ve created. Not often do I laugh out loud when watching a film, so honour where honour’s due, ‘A Serious Man’ deserves its four stars.
Fiddling with the aerial doesn't always make the signal more clear. The cat is both dead and not dead (Clive understands the dead cat, but not the math). The man in the prologue is or isn't a dybbuk. The bookends suggest an unbroken cycle that may or may not relate to what characters have and haven't done. "Accept the mystery."
Rabbi Nachtner: "We can't know everything."
Larry Gopnik: "It sounds like you don't know anything! Why even tell me this story?"
Nachtner: [laughing]"First I should tell you, then I shouldn't, hoo!" [places hands on cheeks]
Gopnick to dream class: "Even though you can't figure anything out, you will be responsible for it on the mid-term."
The Uncertainty Principle. It proves we can't ever really know... what's going on. So it shouldn't bother you. Not being able to figure anything out.
After seeing the brilliant Llewyn Davis, I have decided to work backwards through the Coen Bros filmography hitting every single forgotten gem or under appreciated masterpiece. Im doing this because my gut tells me that if Llewyn Davis doesn't see a second life on home video, it will sadly join the ranks of those other Coen films that have sunk below the radar.
The first stop on this tour through the Coen Brothers dark fairy tale universe is 2009's A Serious Man. Set in a predominantly Jewish suburb in the early 60's, (a setting very…
"Accept the mystery"
Another great one from the Coens that I'd been meaning to rewatch for a long time. It contains all the elements that the two directors often couple together to make their films so remarkable - a great lead performance, beautiful cinematography, a biting and terrific screenplay, and a uniquely established tone. However, the main aspect that sets A Serious Man apart is its supremely Jewish setting. Despite being familiar, the film is triumphantly unique and interesting.
On this watch, I kind of noticed a lot of similarities to Barton Fink, with it's offbeat nature and awkward male lead who's life is going in bad places. Both are probably the Coens most ambiguous films, with lots left up to interpretation. There is a lot of symbolism and depth here, it'd be interesting to see, or possibly write a full blown analysis.
It's also darkly hilarious. Poor Larry.
The question most people seem to have about A Serious Man, judging by the reviews I've read, is "What's it actually about?"
A lot of the time I don't think it matters what a film is about. I often find myself going round in circles trying to get to the bottom of this subject and losing sight of whether I enjoyed the film or not. Actually, I have this problem more when it IS a film I enjoyed. If it's a film I hated then I'm not going to waste my time trying to figure out what was going on with it. It can just piss off.
A good people movie. Impressive characters and situations and spectacular dialog.
(To be re-reviewed if/when I see this again.)
The last shot is one of my favorite in film history.
This is a great movie, I loved it.
So funny, yet sad, yet sardonic.
I kept watching not knowing what I was getting into.
Like a television antenna occasionally loses reception, there are moments in life when we struggle to hear God's voice.
I seem to give many Coen Brothers film 4 stars but FWIW this is "almost 4.5 stars" where many are "barely 4 stars."
Brāļiem Koeniem ir pāris filmas, kuras ļoti mīlu un ir pārītis ar kurām man nav gājis viegli, bet šī laikam ir pirmā brāļu filma, kuru otru reizi noteikti neskatīšos.
WOW WOW WOW .
Great Cinematography .
Like the Coen's previous comedy Burn After Reading, their immediate follow-up A Serious Man, isn't really about anything. The plot is perhaps best summed up as being loosely based on the biblical book of Job, but only that skims the surface of what this film is truly about. It's a mood piece, it's also riotously funny while simultaneously it addresses faith, mathematics, the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, and has a good helping of Jefferson Airplane. In short, it is, like so many of the Coen brothers films, one about the details and minutiae of everyday life, and what these mean for us all, and whether or not they do mean anything. It's really rather excellent if you ask me and a film I enjoy more and more every time I revisit it.
It is always a little intimidating when an audience encounters a film one suspects is more intelligent than they are. Some films may require a reasonable knowledge of the history it is attempting to portray in order for you to engage with it, such as Luchino Visconti's critically regarded but unhelpful and perplexing 'The Leopard'. Then there are some films that feign intelligence, dressing up their lack of depth with overly artistic composition and mistaking obtuseness for ambiguity - Nicholas Winding Refn's amateurish art school effort 'Valhalla Rising' springs to mind.
But then there are some film makers that know exactly what they want to say, and are willing to say it in the most uncompromising way, and either the…
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- Under the Skin
- Tropical Malady
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Inland Empire
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
- There Will Be Blood
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
- Mulholland Drive
- Children of Men
- No Country for Old Men
1. THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007) by Paul Thomas Anderson
IMDb: 8.1 | RT: 91% || Points: 2110 | Peak:…