A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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.
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."
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.
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."
this is perfection
the Coen bros kill it every time
This was so bleak but so damn funny, I can't believe it took me so long to see this
Wow. This might actually beat out Fargo as my favourite Coen Brothers film of all time.
Happy birthday to Erik. I'm very fond of your soul.
Slowly but surely getting through every Coen brothers movie ever ( Intolerable Cruelty and The Hudsucker Prodigy are the only two remaining), this viewing of A Serious Man gave me a sure realization (something I receive every time I view a Coen film) that these two guys are one of the best filmmaking teams in modern cinema.
This dark, terrifically funny, and pessimistically themed drama goes through the life of a man who sets off on a moral adventure of faith, logic, philosophy, and, well, life , and in the hands of these brothers, nothing goes as expected.
There is no silver lining here. Every laugh (and there are many of them) is somewhat smothered by the gloom of the…
Part of My August 2016 Scavenger Hunt
#17: A film with an actor or actress from the regular Big Bang Theory cast.
If you replace the lines of dialogue where God or Hashem is mentioned with "The Coen Brothers" this film makes a lot more sense.
"Sure! We all want the answer! But the Coen Brothers don't owe us the answer, Larry."
But seriously, this film is near-perfect, the performances, the cinematography, everything about it is executed perfectly. There is not a missed note in the whole film.
What does any of the film mean though?
Well, in the words of Rabbi Nachtner: "Who cares?"
"Blessed are the Coen Brothers. Good riddance to evil."
I can't possibly describe this movie in words, it just understands the miserable, endless, unbearable impossibility that is life. It's sad, hell it's one of the most depressing movies i've ever seen, but it's soul-crushing melancholy is uplifting in some weird way. I can't wait to watch this again though. Hell I think I might bump the rating up after a few rewatches.
Also if you like this movie you NEED to read White Noise by Don DeLillo.
Wanted to rewatch this.
In my opinion, A Serious Man is our closest ever look into the meaning of life itself.
Shit happens and nothing matters, and the entire meaning is just gibberish.
The Coen brothers have mastered this art over the years; life is questioned, morals are questioned, everything is questioned.
And they do it with ease. Deakins' visuals show us tragedy in a close-up intimate space. This really helps us feel for Larry Gopnik, yet another embattled character created by the almighty Coens. In-between the meticulously placed Jefferson Airplane is a fantastic Carter Burwell score grounded in sadness.
My only gripe with this movie is that it entirely feels too slow.
This isn't my favorite Coen Bros movie, but I enjoyed it more the second time around. I enjoy when the Coens explore the idea of faith and religion. I can relate to the frustrations of Larry, who upon being plagued with a series of unfortunate circumstances finds that the people he's supposed to seek out for answers don't really have the answers either.
Scavenger Hunt - August 2016 - Film #11
Task #17: A film with an actor or actress from the regular Big Bang
I'm so glad I still haven't seen half of the Coen brothers' films. That means I hopefully have some great masterpieces left on my list.
What I love about the Coen brothers' work is that they usually (looking away from Hail, Caesar!) make things so simple. For some directors, that could go terribly wrong because it feels like something is missing, but when it's made by the Coens, it often turns out brilliant.
Great performances. Great humour. So many people on here have said so much wise things about this film on here, that I don't know what else to say. I'm definitely looking forward to watch the rest of their films.
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