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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…
Cena inicial é um hino à sobreposição musical com as escovas do carro.. Fantástico.
Não querendo tornar o termo caricato mas as seqüências que os irmãos Coen fazem com o "suspense por sugestão" são extraordinárias.. São exímios contadores de histórias excitando a partes certas do nosso cérebro anestesiado pela linguagem criada ao longo do filme.
Verdadeira aula de cinema a todos os níveis, principalmente a nível de Montagem, Fotografia e Design de som com mais um trabalho de excelência no currículo de Skip Lievsay...
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A jealous bar owner hires a private investigator to kill his cheating wife and her new man, his employee. But all of them lie, are paranoid and make mistakes resulting in lots of blood spilled.
Debut film from the Coen Brothers. Might be called a modern film noir, and is actually one of my favorites from them.
Things I liked about this film:
- The editing is simply brilliant. First showcase of that is immediately in the beginning when Ray and Abby are making love in a motelroom. The fades between the different shots as cars drive by immediately peaked my interest for the rest of the film.
Most notably editing: Meurice's finger pressing the answer machine, changing over into…
Es una película lenta pero llena de sangre y confusión, la fotografía es muy buena y la música es excelente.
This is a terrific debut plain and simple. The camerawork and level of visual film-making present in this film is something to behold. You could turn off the sound and still understand everything that happens throughout. Loved the shimmering neon look of the bar and I loved the score by Carter Burwell, which felt different from the usual stuff I'd heard from him.
I felt like knocking the film a bit because to be quite honest I struggled to sympathize with or care about any of the characters. But the level of Hitchcockian tension that is built in multiple sequences really left me on the edge of my seat. You can really see the machinations of that bleak level of nihilism which borders on absurdity that the Coens have made a wonderful career out of.
a spectacular debut
a more neon villenueve imo.
You could find things to criticize here and there, but when you consider that this was the Coen's first film — writing, directing and producing — it's pretty damn impressive.
Coens were always best when they had some Raimi influence.
Only few could pull off this simple story which such a great style. Not sure whether I enjoyed it more because I know the Coens quite well, though, so you probably shouldn't start with this one if you try to get into their world.
Joel and Ethan Coen's debut lays a lot of groundwork for the rest of their career but feels singular, thanks to a budgetary-required sparseness and arrow-straight plotting.
The new Criterion edition has a great conversation with Dave Eggers and an interesting look at how they shot the film, along with a very nice remastering of the film itself.
UPDATED: October 21, 2016
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