Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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.
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.…
Barton Fink is no less than a directorial masterpiece. You can say what you will about the characters, even about the story itself, but there is no denying that it is masterfully executed in the way that only the Coens could manage. What struck me most is their skillfulness showing action off screen or behind a wall and give their audience just enough visual clues to leave them jumping with anticipation (the best example in their filmography is the hotel door scene in No Country for Old Men.) This works so very subtly and so very well in countless scenes. Consider, if you will, the box that John Goodman's character gives Barton. We can only help but wonder, what's inside…
Ingeniously written and directed by the Coen brothers, Barton Fink is set in 1941, initially in New York and we follow the playwright 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 screenwriter…
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…
"Right now, the contents of your head are property of Capitol Pictures. And if I was you, I'd speak up, and pretty goddamn fast."
Today, I have achieved two significant things: I have Finally finished the Coen Brothers' filmography, and I have finally watched 1,000 films!
My, what a fitting film for this occasion. Barton Fink is a film that defies classification, and a near-masterpiece of surrealist and postmodern cinema. Everything is so meticulously crafted, and the film works in all its absurdity, horror, allegory, and comedy. I can't really think of anything else to describe it. It simply blew me away.
Despite having heard about this film, I really didn't know much of what it actually contained. I just…
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…
john goodman plays a really friendly serial killer
"...do me a favor, Fink, throw it hard."
Three stars for the film, half an extra star for John Turturro's dancing!
fun movie. fun. doing some fun stuff. i like it. not a favorite coen bros movie. john goodman's fantastic in this one though. goodman's fucking incredible. i love john goodman! gotta say it: love john goodman. so great. great in this movie.
movie is pretty basic coen stuff. some phrases get repeated ominously and ironically. there are some runnin' gags. coen bros movies to me are comedies that aren't afraid to not be comedies for huge portions of their running times. don't tell me a movie where a man named chet inexplicably hands someone a card that says "CHET!" on it isn't a comedy
Plot made no sense
The important thing is that we all want it to have that Barton Fink feeling. Well i guess we all have that Barton Fink feeling but since you are Barton Fink i'm assuming you have it in spades."
This was probably The Coen Brothers picture i was more interested in re-watching. I had only seen it once and well to say the truth i didn't have many recollections from the picture and the one's i had were that the film was not that great. This is a thing though that has often happened when it came to the Coen's work, i always found more to dig in with new viewings. My mind has changed in almost every picture…
"I've always found that writing comes from a great inner pain."- Barton Fink
The Coen Brothers Barton Fink is a great look at the dark side of Hollywood. In some ways it reminded me of Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard. That's certainly not a bad thing. John Turturro gives a fantastic performance as the titular character, who is a successful playwright who moves to Hollywood to become a screenwriter. This was only the Coen's fourth film, but it shows a technical mastery beyond their experience. The cinematography, the music, the script, the direction, almost everything is just fantastically done.
About halfway through the film, something very unexpected happened. I was in total shock. From there to the end the film was…
I would contend that this is when the Coens kicked it up a notch.
(Not to belittle BLOOD SIMPLE or MILLER'S CROSSING or RAISING ARIZONA or anything)
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Tokyo Story
- The Rules of the Game