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…
Duivels deel 1:
Coen Brothers, dikke liefde, heerlijk.
John Goodman is my friend :)
schwierig einzuteilender film, da man ihn nicht so recht in eine genreschublade stecken kann. ein wenig drama, ein bisschen humor, ja sogar etwas von einem thriller. insgesamt recht ruhiger film der erst zum schluss etwas in fahrt kommt. allerdings gab es, obwohl nicht viel erzählt wird, keine übermäßigen längen, was wohl an der gar nicht mal so schlechten umsetzung liegt.
I don't know where I stand with this Coen Bros film. It needs a revisit (or five).
It started out like all of the best of the Cohens' movies, and then it ended like Raising Arizona. Still great, though. It was nice to finally see John Goodman play a madman—oh wait. Goodman's characters are always insane, but that's why they're so great. Miller's Crossing next?
Damn. This certainly ranks up their with the Coen brothers' best and that's saying something, as they've made some of the best films of the last 20 years. With Barton Fink, the Coens have crafted a brilliant tragi-comedy about neuroses and creativity. In fact, it almost completely eviscerates Hollywood and the Hollywood system. In Fink's Hollywood, talented writers are taken in, chewed up, and spit out until they resemble very little of what made them good in the first place. It's also incredibly allegorical, referencing a number of biblical people and themes. Like most Coen movies, the writing is superb, with even the side players getting fleshed out. The Coens know how to create an entire world for their characters to play off of. The movie is certainly a lot to unpack and I don't think the Coens would have it any other way. This is a movie that would buckle under the guidance of almost any other director(s).
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Proto-LLEWYN DAVIS, except instead of the Gorfeins' cat running away, the Gorfeins' cat turns out to be a serial killer.
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I've always found that writing comes from a great inner pain.
A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!