Yet another year with yet another update.
2012 version can be found here.
2013 version can be found here.
A rich but jealous man hires a private investigator to kill his cheating wife and her new man. But, when blood is involved, nothing is simple.
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,…
Noir-November Challenge! Movie #47
Joel and Ethan Coen's directorial debut throws more curves at you than the legendary curveball master Sandy Kofaux!
I wanted to say M. Emmet Walsh really NAILED his role as the sleazy private eye but after recalling the infamous window sill scene perhaps that distinction truly belongs to Frances McDormand!
Fate dispenses a world of hurt on folks caught up in a shit storm of deception, lust and greed in this twisted southern gothic noir!
A few of these folks are suffering from a terminal case of the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing!
”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…
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,…
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…
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…
This is like No Country For Old Men meets Fargo.
"Blood Simple" ist immer noch ein Lehrbuchbeispiel dafür, wie man alleine mit Kamerabewegungen eine eigene Geschichte erzählt. Trockener wurde der Coen-Humor danach nicht mehr, das Finale ist und bleibt fantastisch.
You can see flickers of the Coens' debut in nearly every one of the films that followed.
No mistaking it, this is a Coen brothers film. You can see the DNA of everything from No Country for Old Men to The Man Who Wasn't There to Raising Arizona in this.
Three bullets. Three shots.
A masterful thriller from two of America's greatest filmmakers.
One of the tensest movies ever made, and one of the Coen's finest films to date.
For their first attempt at making a feature film, the Coen brothers did an amazing job. However, it is obvious they haven't come close yet to displaying their full filmmaking capabilities. Blood Simple is one hell of a first try.
One of the most ingeniously suspenseful movies ever made. Playful in a sadistic sort of way - an absurd tragedy and a gruesome screwball comedy.
Nice! This is one of the most suspenseful films I've seen. I have some problems with the editing and that seems to be a constant for me throughout the work of the Coen brothers, I just really don't like how short the shots are and how things are cut during many conversations. The cinematography has a lot of great shots mixed with a lot of okay to standard ones which is another thing I've always found underwhelming in their films but the shots that are great really stand out, perhaps because they are mixed with the others. That's a fine approach to filmmaking but it leaves me uninterested if other things aren't necessarily engaging and I found the acting apart from Dan Hedaya annoying at points and ambivalent at others. The story is much better than the characters that inhabit it but it's a hell of a story. 8.3/10.
Another year, another update. 2012 List can be found here.
The following is a really extensive and great list of…