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.
Lord, I feel sick.
Very cathartic movie, will make any bad day of yours seem tame in comparison. The Coens produce a smart, interesting movie, that ends abruptly to invite interpretation from the audience. Good working knowledge of Judaism, The Book of Job, and Schroedinger's cat paradox required. This may not please everyone, but it's really worth a look.
I was missing a few Coen movies so I peeped this out this afternoon. It's not one of my favourite Coen pictures, by a long stretch, but it's a suitably quirky little Jewish character piece. The humour is sporadic and never in 'laugh out loud' territory. I can see why people might dislike it.
The plot sees a middle-aged Jewish man in the late 60s struggling to come to terms with social change and a series of incidents that deflate his quality of life. It did seem somewhat coincidental that one after another befall Larry. I've had some shitty luck during my life but nothing even close to what Larry has to suffer with. I'm also not overly keen on…
Joel and Ethan Coen bring their unique style and substance to this dark comedy drama about a middle aged family man whose life starts to unravel, causing him to question his faith in God. The central performance by Michael Stuhlbarg is brilliant, conveying a rather weak but ultimately sympathetic character. It's not my favourite Coen brothers film but there is plenty to like and admire in A Serious Man. An interesting, moving and thought provoking film.
i suspect this may become my favourite coen brothers film - there's a delicacy and sadness to it which tonally completely works with the content. there are big, ridiculous moments of farce and the strange air of a shaggy dog story unfolding before you... but it all hangs together so beautifully and michael stuhlbarg just holds it together perfectly. astonishing
There's a Big Eyes painting in here, didn't notice that before...
Such a film. The mensch cries 'oy gavalt!' and feels better. The kvetch cries 'oy gavalt!' and wants someone to make him feel better. Stories are and they aren't, and the trick is realizing you're a story, too.
The 60s Jewish society was crazy .
The worst part is that it doesn't look that different compared to us at this very time .
Damn it dude .
Desde el comienzo es notable que es un guión increíble, y fue así siempre, pero el final dejo una interrogante que pone en duda toda la película.
- 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:…