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.
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…
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."
"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.
i watched like 1/3 of this i think and the first 5 minutes were cool but the other 20 minutes i watched werent as cool
One of the most frustrating experiences ever. It's like a beating you're grateful for.
One of the bleakest comedies out there. Outstanding performances, and writing (as expected). Rewatch necessary.
The Coen Brothers are master filmmakers and A Serious Man is a great film. A fantastic black comedy with depth and fantastic performances. Let's not forget gorgeous cinematography from master cinematographer Roger Deakins and a good score. Though it's a not for the impatient types or those who want their movies to end with obvious resolutions it will be a rewarding experience for those who embrace it.
Worst superhero name ever... "Serious Man?" Seriously?
And what are his powers even?
Rabbi Nachtner: "Sure! We all want the answer! But Hashem doesn't owe us the answer, Larry. Hashem doesn't owe us anything. The obligation runs the other way."
Larry Gopnik: "Why does he make us feel the questions if he's not gonna give us any answers?"
Rabbi Nachtner: "He hasn't told me."
A Serious Man is one of the Coen's films i had been meaning to re-watch for quite a while. I saw it a long while ago, probably a bit after it's release and the only thing i found in it was disappointment, my memories of the film certainly did not match the memories i have of the other work of the Coen's and it certainly did not match the…
Judios, weed, los 60's y un poco de rock n'roll suenan a un buen mix.
Dirigia de una manera genial "A Serious Man" cuenta la historia de un hombre al que el destino, por llamarlo de alguna manera, lo hace pasar por racha de estrés, inconformidad o tristeza y que nos enseña como la vida de este hombre correcto se va yendo en picada hacia la perdición.
A diferencia de otras de sus excelentes películas, los hermanos Coen toman una historia un poco más cotidiana, unos suburbios de los 60's y una comunidad judía, y hacen de una historia con personajes y situaciones que comúnmente serían depresivas y las convierten en una película muy entretenida y por momentos graciosa, con grandes tomas y muy buenas actuaciones.
Cuando todo crees que esta yendo mal siempre ocurrirá algo peor, definitivamente Lawrence Gopnik no es A Lucky Man.
Even if the Coen Brothers refuse to give you a closure to some of their films, they still amaze you with every picture.
- 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).