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…
What a tale! What performances! This was the first Cohen Brothers movie I saw, and I knew nothing of it or them beforehand. I was blown away.
unique cinema language in a nihilistic way.
One of the Coens' richest, most fascinating films.
A successful New York playwright gets a job writing for the pictures out on Hollywood in the 1940's. Turturro great as always plays Barton Fink, he arrives at The Earle, a spooky decrepit hotel that produces a brutal case of writer's block. How this comedy suddenly veers into an almost horror story is the reason I love it so. Nothing is what it seems and the downward spiral comes to shocking climax in the form of Mundt, played by John Goodman. "I'LL SHOW YOU THE LIFE OF THE MIND!" Also Michael Lerner fast talking studio head is fucking funny.
This is such a visual feast and something that you can decipher anyway you see fit there are so many ways you can view this film
The ending is such a delight
I liked it but I'm still trying to make sense of what I just watched. It felt like a dark comedy but then towards the end I kind of got a horror vibe. John Turturro and John Goodman give great performances that's for sure. Maybe I just need to understand the symbolism more but I still enjoyed watching this. The Coen Brothers never fail to make a good film.
"I'm a writer, you monsters! I create! I create for a living! I'm a creator! I am a creator!
[points to his head]
This is my uniform! This is how I serve the common man!"
Se o bloqueio criativo pelo qual os irmãos Coen passaram durante a escrita de Ajuste Final deu origem a isso, que eles ainda tenham muitos contratempos pela frente.
After seeing this and Blood Simple it's really interesting how surrealist the Cohen brother's first movies are and further's evidence of their ability to write and direct any style of film. Like wtf man, leave something for the rest of us to make.
Jk please don't, make any and everything.
another gem from the Coen brothers. great script here. goodmen and turturro make a great team.
Films where their style fills the screen so absolutely, substance is but an afterthought.
Only added some that I've seen,…
This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…