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.
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.
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 first time I watched A Serious Man, I was bored out of my mind for the entire movie and then I was extremely frustrated with the ending. I gave it a second chance because I completed the entire Coen brothers filmography earlier this year but I didn't want to rank their films until I had rewatched this. I was much more amused with the film this time! I attribute that to my familiarity with the material and my constantly darkening sense of humor.
What frustrated me most the first time was that the ending felt abrupt and left me scratching my head for days. I was a different film fan back then…
Simply in terms of sheer film-making craft, this is the Coens, and certainly cinematographer Roger Deakins, at the peak of their respective crafts. The recreation of a late 60's heavily Jewish mid-western locale is pitch-perfect. Not a scene feels wasted, not a shot expendable.
Michael Stuhlbarg does a fantastic job portraying the conflicted and confused but down to Earth Larry Gopnick that embarks on the craziness and randomness that is his life.
It's very heavily Jewish and being as "Goy" as they come, the cultural references flew straight over my head and I found the constant religious references utterly bewildering.
Then there's the ending, or perhaps, lack thereof. Not unlike the ambiguous note that No Country For Old Men went…
I'm kind of on a Coen Brothers kick lately and not at all ashamed. This was a beautiful film. Perfect directing and cinematography. The sound mixing was spot on (I mean, I've never enjoyed listening to someone sit on a chair before) and the soundtrack, well lets just say I was downloading it 20 minutes in.
One of the best films I've seen so far this year.
I wish I had six stars
What a bizarre delight. I know this movie means something, but I have no idea what.
But it doesn't matter, because it has a magical otherworldliness about it, perhaps resulting from the documentary-ish feeling that we are actually peeking into a stranger's life during a time where even he can't hope to get a handle on what's going on. The Coen's mastery of creating captivating stories resulting from a character's inability to understand what the hell is happening has never appeared more brilliantly than it does here. Perhaps it was laugh-out-loud funnier in Burn After Reading, but where that CIA caper leaves you indeed laughing out loud, A Serious Man might leave you breathless in an entirely different way.
(Upon seeing this film, Daniel returned to the Book of Job with fresh empathy and imagination.)
It's also striking to see such a perfect portal of dark humour.
El fotograma que ven pertenece al que es uno de los pocos momentos de sosiego que llega a disfrutar Larry Gopnik. Aunque se trata, eso sí, de una calma enrarecida y perturbadora, características omnipresentes en el último Coen Bros. Gopnik emerge como un náufrago de entre el turbio océano suburbial y adquiere brevemente -es un decir, pues el film se alimenta principalmente de una dilatación calculadísima, casi rítmica, crispante también- una perspectiva diferente de su existencia.
Los Coen jamás han escondido su hebreidad; ya habían jugado antes con ella, empleándola mayormente como herramienta cómica y observatorio moral. Pero ‘A Serious Man’ se construye exclusivamente sobre la mencionada hebreidad, ya desde su prólogo, tan hilarante como desconcertante, en absoluto caprichoso, y…
This film is Joel and Ethan Coen’s most personal film to date as it is set around the time and place of their childhood: 1967 Minnesota. Writing their first autobiographical screenplay, the film is about Larry (Michael Stuhlberg), a local college professor whose life is crashing around him with his wife cheating on him with a recent widower (Fred Melamnd) and becoming the caretaker to his inept brother (Richard Kind) in a matter of days within each other. As thing could not get any worse for Larry several bizarre and humorous events begin to occur and he seeks the advice of three local rabbis. A Serious Man is the Coen Brothers meanest film to date in terms in how they…
A Coen Brothers
Film that I kind of dislike?
Yes. I'm serious.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- 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:…
- 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).