A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
Breaking up is hard to do.
The owner of a seedy small-town Texas bar discovers that one of his employees is having an affair with his wife. A chaotic chain of misunderstandings, lies and mischief ensues after he devises a plot to have them murdered.
The story of a bar owner, his wife, her lover the bartender, and the private investigator.
Joel and Ethan Coen are just like Mario and Luigi, they're super. With a debut film like Blood Simple, the Coen Brothers do it all and then some.
The editing. There's a ceiling fan shot that changes over to a scene In a bed, a finger press of an answering machine turning into a finger in the back seat of a car, and a newspaper that hits the door like a ton of bricks when dark news is delivered. Can you say, fucktastic editing?
The music. What a mix. One part is early 80's piano pop. I guess it's a piano. You hear the…
Blood Simple may very well be the most powerful and confidant debut film of the last 50 years. It's a paranoid stunner: a film full of paranoia as a terrific means of suspense building. But also it's a film that is so good that it seems to have been made by a paranoid director and writer who feared that they would only be able to make only one film, so they made that one film the best representation of their talent imaginable. It's an explosively controlled and terrifically engaging piece of irrepressible intensity; and in the Coen Brother's hands, it's a debut masterpiece.
The film shows a duo of Coens who know exactly what they're doing. If, like most debuts,…
As awful as I found The Counselor to be, something good will come of it.
The subsequent discussion/scrum in the comments led to discussions about Cormac McCarthy and then No Country For Old Men. Then I started thinking, "Now there's a film I need to rewatch. Hmm, there are some Coens I haven't seen yet as well. Really need to get round to Barton Fink. And A Serious Man. It's been a few years since I've seen Fargo as well. And The Man Who Wasn't There. I wonder...."
And thus the decision was made to wade through all of the films directed by one or both of the Coens in chronological order,…
”If you point a gun at someone, you'd better make sure you shoot him, and if you shoot him you'd better make sure he's dead, because if he isn't then he's gonna get up and try to kill you.”
Smart, unpredictable, gripping and at times spine chilling, Blood Simple is the ultimate crime thriller and the marvelous debut of Joel and Ethan Coen, the genius brothers take the simple and even cliched story line of punishment and by adding their favorite elements turn it into an electrifying and fascinating neo-noir which with its dark humor and eye-catching violence never fails to surprise. Like other films from Coens here a simple matter that can be solved easily turns into series of…
It had been years since I'd seen this, luckily after revisiting it remains my 2nd favorite from the Coens. Though they've made many other films, and all but 2 of them absolutely perfect, BLOOD SIMPLE still stands out as:
1. Their best use of soundtrack/sound design. They have put together some of the all-time best scores and soundtracks (my favorite is probably FARGO - goddamn!), but here they incorporate it as another "speaking" character. The sound of a lazily turning ceiling fan is made deeper and louder, becomes the sound of menacing footsteps or a slowly dying heartbeat.
2. Maybe their best "show don't tell", but of course the bits of dialogue pack a serious punch.
3. Their bleakest, and…
As assured a debut as you will ever see. Blood Simple is a twisty, genuinely unpredictable thriller with a pitch black heart. The Coen brothers established themselves instantly as major talents in a mere ninety minutes of Southern noir style and invasive paranoia.
For a first-time viewing the other Coen work it most immediately brings to mind is No Country for Old Men. There is a devilish spirit of chaos at play in Blood Simple. It begins in darkness and rain and never lets up. If the night won't get you the day and its inexorable heat will. Hats waved in front of faces are a common visual beat, and Carter Burwell's oppressive pulsing score is accompanied by the thrum…
A great directorial debut from the Coen Brothers!
I feel like this film set the benchmark for the rest of their films. The story was very entertaining and the performances were great! I really enjoyed the music as well.
I'd highly recommend this film to any Coen Bothers fans!
An incredibly tight yet languorous thriller.
The, shall we say, "go to bed" shot was stolen by the Sherlock episode A Scandal in Belgravia.
Both surprisingly hilarious and suspenseful, Blood Simple is truly a masterpiece of dark comedy.
BLOOD SIMPLE, 1984
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Dir: Coen Brothers
DoP: Barry Sonnenfeld
Sure the 1980's had a lot of thrillers in this vein, but the Coen's debut showcases their singularity as filmmakers.
The camera movement may be a bit more wild than that of their later work, but the tracking shot down the bar and the rapid zooms in the front-yard confrontation were stellar.
They perfected the understated cat-and-mouse thriller in No Country for Old Men, but this was a fantastic start. Also, the last scene may be some of the best action that the Coens have ever done.
Having yet to fully develop the Coen Bros quirks that we all know so well, Blood Simple is instead a cold and humourless tale of jealousy and revenge. M. Emmet Walsh is main attraction here as a greasy hillbilly hitman, his laughter is pretty goddamn creepy.
The movie looks beautiful. The cinematography is striking and it's got this soft neon glow on everything. Looks just a Todd Hido photo.
A story about a man who just wants his lighter back.
The recently released 30th Anniversary DCP remaster looks great! An incredible starting point for the Coen Bros. I enjoyed the use of the Raimi-esque shaky cam near the beginning of the second act. Didn't realize until I checked IMDB that Joel Coen assistant edited on Evil Dead. Neat! Anyways, a thrilling trip through Austin back before it became the mecca of hipness it is today. I'd like to think that Dan Hedaya's character extricated himself from his shallow grave and moved to Beverly Hills to become Mel Horowitz.
"Well, ma'am, if I see him, I'll sure give him the message."
If this was a more polished film in the brothers filmography it would be more well known/liked. Me, I enjoy that grittiness. This is an ugly film, it's meant to be. This is the Coens at their most stripped back, heavily relying on the atmosphere and letting the plot work it for it's self. The brothers trademarks are all there or you can see them forming into what they are known for today. From day one they were masters of camera placement and movement. An astonishing feat for first timers.
UPDATED: June 23, 2016
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