Movies that are slightly off.
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.
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…
Moral of the story: God doesn't exist and He hates you.
"You'll find you need the iced tea."
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.
Bumped up to four stars on my third watch. I think I am beginning to accept the mystery.
Cada trabajo que logro ver de estos hermanos, exceptuando la horrible Raising Arizona, me demuestra una vez más cuan talentosos son. Esa manera tan pulcra de escribir historias con tan particulares personajes, esa manera cómo logran representar en pantalla todo lo que quieren y esa impecable selección sonora que siempre se considera un personaje más de la historia no deja simplemente de asombrarme. A Serious Man representa un trabajo magnífico rico en verdadera comedia negra y un drama familiar impecable. Sin duda alguna, uno de los mejores films de su filmografía con una dirección de actores magistral. Tan particular de estos americanos.
"I don't want Santana Abraxis! I've just been in a terrible auto accident!"
What a wild ride
Very odd and very Jewish. One that needs a rewatch I feel, as I probably judged it too harshly.
I came into this film anticipating a parallel of Job. I came out of it confused. There was a lot of great moments, comedy amidst diversity. A little celebration of the absurd/quirky moments in life. All of their films seem to be parables. They are steadily driven by a particular message or moral. The audience of the parable is often the character within the story and he is being told this lesson, by life, by coinciding circumstances, by God. Fargo is a parable for the pregnant cop within the story. In Oh Brother, Where Art Thou, it is clooneys character. In Hail Caesar, it is the production manager who is able to gain a new perspective on life. In this…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"Please. Accept the mystery."
I'm sure this film has been heavily analyzed by people far better at analyzing/grasping things than me so I'm not attempting that, but I am pumped that I finally got a chance to rewatch this and take a bunch of notes and I'm going to share just a little.
85% of my notes were just noting symbolism, of which there is a GLORIOUS amount (e.g. dramatic music/camera angles/editing given to simple everyday events, demonstrating Larry's inability to cope with or control his life and painting LIFE itself as a tireless threat). I am sure I missed so so much and lots of it should be fairly evident so I'm not going to go into detail about…
Watching the Coen Brothers being interviewed in the special features.
Girlfriend: "Aren't they women now?"
Me: "No. Those are the Wachowski's."
I didn't ask for Santana Abraxes!!!!!!!!!
Larry/Job didn't ask for anything. It all just happens.