Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
There's only one thing stranger than what's going on inside his head. What's going on outside.
A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood.
If the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" is a portrait of the artist as eternal wanderer, then their "Barton Fink" is a portrait of the artist as eternally distracted. It is, that is, until it becomes an indictment of soulless, brainless Hollywood product that then turns turns into a Faustian Los Angeles-is-hell allegory before returning to its meditation on the artist. To be sure, "Barton Fink" has a lot on its narrative plate. Although that mix of ideas, metaphors, symbols, and plot threads can be a little much, the film is an engrossing and inspired piece of work.
Barton Fink is a New York playwright who heeds the siren song of movie-writing and moves to Hollywood. "Barton Fink" is his…
Barton Fink is packed full of symbolism, allegory, and open-ended questions. About one man's struggles as a screenwriter in Hollywood, the film is at once realism and surrealism; comedy and tragedy. Willing you to discern meaning behind images and lines, Joel and Ethan Coen tease the viewer with a multitude of possible interpretations of their story and its characters. Littered with references to other films, novels, and poems, the viewing experience is overwhelming but rewarding.
With exhilarating performances from John Turturro, John Goodman, Michael Lerner, and Judy Davis, this is very much a character driven piece. Exploring the "life of the mind" from different angles, we are introduced to a variety of characters, each with their own issues and secrets.…
"You're just a tourist with a typewriter. I live here."
Easy Barton Fink primer:
A self-absorbed NYC playwright lauds the virtue of the common man all while remaining deaf to others; his lack of empathy lands him in a Hollywood hell.
With hints of an allegory about US isolationist policies (and some nasty business with fluids).
Ingeniously written and directed by the Coen Brothers, Barton Fink is set in 1941, initially in New York. It follows the playwright who is filled with social concerns, Barton Fink, who was a big hit on Broadway and immediately calls the attention of Tinseltown. Hired by Hollywood to write a wrestling film, Barton swaps the pollution of the city for the stardom of the movies.
When Federico Fellini had no idea on what to do with his next film, he created 8½, which portrayed an out-of-ideas director who didn't know what to do with his next film. When the Coen Brothers had no idea on what to do with their next film, they created Barton Fink, which portrays an out-of-ideas…
It has been almost twenty years since I saw Barton Fink. Back then in my early twenties I obviously missed something. I seem to remember it leaving me a little muddled and confused, and with this film coming fairly soon after my favorite Coen's film, Miller's Crossing, I was a little underwhelmed. I'd like to think my tastes have matured a bit since then and as I listed my Coen Brothers ranking last night, I was surprised at the reaction to my low rating for this. Rewatches especially after a long time can be beneficial, so imagine my surprise when I awoke after night-shift to find this just starting on Sky Movies.
While still not as appreciated as Miller's Crossing…
Being a big fan of most of the Coen Brothers films I've seen, I decided it's time I get on finishing their canon. Barton Fink along with Intolerable Cruelty are the last two I needed to see. I've put off the latter due to word of mouth stating it's probably their worst film along with The Ladykillers, the only film of theirs I've seen that I didn't at least like. When it comes to this film I was just waiting until I had access to it, and that access finally came in the form of Netflix streaming. Barton Fink is trademark Coens. Dark humor, satire, great performances, and it this case a pretty twisted and unsettling narrative.
Renowned New York…
Part of my blind-spot catch up for 'Great Movies About L.A.', I think I was expecting something in-between the comedy of A Serious Man and Intolerable Cruelty. Instead, I waded into what ended up being one of the darker explorations of stalled creativity, bargains with devils and angels, and hopelessness.
Some unorganized notes:
After Barton says he's checking in and Chet says "All righty," it sounds very much like Chet saying "Already?", as if he's been awaiting Fink's arrival (in a more cosmic sense beyond merely having registered) but is surprised by how early it is. Adds a nice touch of fatalism to the proceedings and is pleasingly reminiscent of Somerset Maugham's story about the appointment in Samarra.
The way Garland says, "Barton, it was a joke," and then we cut to Los Angeles gives the sense that what follows is yet another joke,.
Tried to focus on scenes that have always felt a bit out of place to me in the past, namely the picnic lunch and the U.S.O.…
It's a weird little film, that's for sure.
Wow that was much darker than I expected. The Coen Brothers have created a masterpiece, my favorite of their films that I have seen. It serves as an excellent counterpoint to Adaptation, with a bleak vision and a portrayal of the paranoia, madness, and obsession that comes with the creative process. Turturro and Goodman shine in portraying their characters' quirks, and the Coen Brothers' direction, writing, and editing is confident and stellar as usual. The film is a compelling insight into the darkness and absurd terror of this world.
Inmensa siendo pequeña.
Esta película es la mina que está buenísima y se hace la que no, la que te caga a piñas en Street Fighter y te dice que tuvo suerte, la que prepara flor de plato elaborado y bien presentado y se hace la boluda como si fuera irrelevante, la que bueno ya basta con la analogía pelotuda esta.
Química entre personajes, ellos dos, además de interpretar maravillosamente a estos personajes tan diferentes, tienen una conexión muy fluida que brilla en la plantalla, sus interacciones van evolucionando frente a tus ojos.
Calor, mucho calor y humedad de Los Ángeles en ese hotel de mala muerte de 1940 que se devora a Barton Fink a medida que transcurre el…
Oh hey! It's every insecurity I have about my career put on the big screen. Is Barton a champion of people's storytelling hung and dried by the industry or is he just a pretentious loser?
I would rather let the movie speak for itself. It's very good at saying things about writers and I'd rather let it talk than write about it.
"Charlie: I could tell you some stories...
Barton: Sure you could and yet many writers do everything in their power to insulate themselves from the common man, from where they live, from where they trade, from where they fight and love and converse and...So naturally their work suffers and regresses into empty formalism and... well I'm spouting off again, but to put it in your language, the theatre becomes as phony as a three-dollar bill!
Charlie: Well I guess that's a tragedy right there!"
John Turturro and John Goodman give great performances. The ending is one of the strangest endings ever committed to film.
"I've always found that writing comes from a great inner pain."
A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood. - IMDB
Of course, I love all of the Coen Brothers films. None of them have disappointed me at all. I'm fairly certain that they won't in the future either. Pretty great strike rate.
Barton Fink is a tough one. Off the top of my head, it sits within the 5th to 10th position of their best films list for me. I love all the scenes in hotel, but aren't too fond of many of the scenes outside of it.
John Turturro does a great job as the neurotic writer and his dynamic with the brash character of John Goodman is probably the best thing about the film for me. I think with a few extra viewings, I might grow to love it.
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A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…