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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 movie is so odd.
And I love it.
Maybe my new favorite Coen Brother's film. I would have to think about it.
This movie is pure craziness.
Cinematography and direction is spectacular.
Editing is amazing.
The perfomances are all wonderful.
The script is funny and depressing.
And wow, what an ending. It really got me thinking.
A lot of people say this is the 'Jewish American Beauty.' I can probably agree on that.
I swear, whenever I hear Richard Kind's voice, I only think of Bing Bong.
A Serious Man is very unconventional and well-done.
We're gonna be fine.
Joel and Ethan Coen's A Serious Man stars Michael Stuhlbarg in a remarkable performance as Larry Gopnik, a physics professor in a Midwest Jewish suburb circa 1967, whose life slowly begins to unravel into chaos as his wife, children and community turn against him.
The movie also features one of the finest Coens supporting characters ever – the hilariously repugnant Sy Ableman, played by Fred Melamed. A disturbingly accurate portrayal of a man attempting to do the right thing, A Serious Man may be the best movie ever made about a crisis of faith. The Coens have made a film about the end of a devoutly religious generation and the birth of the anti-establishment 1960s era, and a man caught…
"I didn't order Santana Abraxas, I didn't listen to Santana Abraxas, I didn't DO ANYTHING!"
Absolutely stunning. My favourite Coen brothers film and one of my favourite films of all time. So dense, so layered, told with such precision and sophistication it blows me away every time. It really resonates with me upon every viewing (this is the third time). This is, in my opinion, their most tender, spiritual and philosophical film. It means the world to me. I love it. I love Michael Stuhlbarg. I love the story of the goy's teeth. I love the music. I love the opening short. I love this film. A Serious Man is unlike anything I've ever seen, a very special film in a realm all of its own. I'm very glad it exists.
Wow secret best cohen film!
This was The Most Jewish Movie. I loved it and I love Michael Stuhlbarg
Looks like someone CAN have a worse week than Llewyn Davis did!
The Coens are on a serious roll right now.
im not impressed
((There's no doubt in my mind that this is the best Coen Brothers movie))
The fact that the Coens watch Dr. Strangelove, The Third Man, and The Conformist before production of each of their films bleeds into every fame they've ever shot. They have a way with extremely mannered comedy - even with their wonky camera angles and their playful editing, they dismiss self awareness. When the Coens are on, they are absolute masters of their tone, and I've always thought they were really funny dudes.
I'm not a big reader at all, but I read Portnoy's Complaint about a month ago, and it's basically a crash course in American Judaism. The conflicts of balancing Jewish and American culture, complaining…
An all-time favorite.
Movies that have such a powerful/memorable/weird/insane/awesome/surprising last scene (or shot) that made you say "THAT ENDING!!!!!" or variations
A list that, if nothing else, proves the day-to-day usefulness of applied statistics.
Between 2015 and 2016, a series of…