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…
Second viewing, and my first was only two weeks ago. I know it's unfair to say the Coens never topped their first movie (though I won't pass full judgement until I watch/rewatch all of their films), but it's quite possible that they never have. Blood Simple is that good.
i find it extremely difficult to view frances mcdormand with any amount of sexuality.
It works like a swiss watch. A bloody Hitchcock with some Coen craziness.
Gosto de Sangue é um suspense de causa e efeito, onde um deslize ou uma ação calculada geram consequências inesperadas a partir das suposições erradas dos personagens.
O filme apresenta movimentos de câmera dinâmicos que hora enfatizam a emoção da cena, hora mostram detalhes que passam despercebidos pelos personagens mas serão importantes mais adiante - como um isqueiro esquecido embaixo de alguns peixes.
O silêncio é usado em vários momentos pra criar tensão, principalmente no clímax, que é construído com calma e lembra bastante os filmes do Hitchcock.
Almost Carpenterlike in its camerawork and brutality. That 25-minute wordless act in the middle is just killer. So very, very far from what we would consider a Coen film today, and yet so obviously in the same wheelhouse.
This is a film that deserves repeated viewings
Not a wasted moment in this, the debut of The Coens
I think this is my favorite film of theirs.
Fantastically confident and competent debut from the Coens, pulling at the strings of the small town mystry with a healthy slice of noir and a Hitchcock-level finale. Also an early appearance of the brothers' penchant for giving fine roles to character actors who repay their scripting in spades.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Of course the Coen brothers debuted with a masterpiece. Of course.
The Coens' first feature is a barebones thriller, every ounce of fat trimmed off to leave an unrelentingly suspenseful story and an unrelenting sense of dread, one with a potency that few films achieve. Though the plains of Texas are shrouded in shadows, only lit by passing headlights, the Coens diligently communicate every single element of the movie to the audience; nothing is hidden. There are no plot twists, no red herrings, no secrets. Just four characters, every one of them overly confident in their capacity and each making mistakes to one another's detriment. Toss in a crime born from hubris, and suddenly this comedy of errors is transformed…
Frank Ocean’s list of his 100 favorite films, as published in “Boys Don’t Cry” on the release of his album,…