A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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…
I wish I wasn't limited to just five stars so I can give this movie what it properly deserves. "Barton Fink" goes beyond simple being yet another great film by two of the greatest filmmakers of all time, it's a brilliantly constructed character study of not just of the title character but of anyone who has ever experienced the pain writers block or any form of struggle with writing.
From the minute one my eyes were clued to my TV, and as the movie kept going and going, my heart started to race, I started to sink into my bed, and my brain was running wild with all of the deep and enriching themes this movie was throwing at me…
A strange and hilarious world with an incredible pair or leads in Turturro and Goodman.
I had the absolute best nap to this film.
Aka I need to rewatch this.
Aka fuck you.
As someone with hopes of being paid for writing in some capacity eventually, this movie is a horror film.
John f*cking Goodman everybody.
In my continuing quest to complete the Coen's filmography I watched their fourth feature, Barton Fink. Following John Turturro as Barton Fink, a writer who after getting success with his first Broadway play is hired to come out to Hollywood to write for movies. Struggling to escape his writer's block, he soon becomes rapt in a web of relationships that challenge him.
That's all that can really be said for the plot. This film is notable for its lack of a strong narrative thread. In many ways, the film's structure encapsulates the struggle of the main character. Fink is unsure of what direction to head in and feels pulled around by various forces. For all of the artistic merits in…
Coen's first masterpiece. An exploration of the separation of the intellectual and "common man" among many other things. Cynical and sharp. Visually stark and oddly funny. This movie is perfect.
The scenes involving either Steve Buscemi or Michael Lerner is outstanding, especially Lerner gives us a great performance. The rest of the film isn't as great though unfortunately and neither Turtorro's or Goodman's character is that interesting to be honest.
Deep movie for a college boy
This went to places I didn't expect it to. I think I'll need a rewatch.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
Think I feel comfortable with this again? The best. Chronological. Constantly in flux.