Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
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.
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…
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…
Finally, FRIGGIN' FINALLY I got around to witnessing the first film from the minds of Joel and Ethan Coen and my goodness what a confident debut it was. Blood Simple is a masterful noir that plays like it was made by a filmmaker at the top of his craft, a crime thriller that both feels soothing in its calm pacing yet is also unnerving for the very same reason.
I have long admired the Coens ability to make a brief film feel as if it was bursting at the seams with detail and meaningful dialogue. I had seen Fargo multiple times before I realized that it checked in at under 100 minutes and it seemed like a typo, an impossibility.…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
코엔 형제 데뷔작.
상대방을 '이해'한다는 지레짐작에서 나오는 '오해'가 불러 일으키는 범죄.
마티는 아내를 빼앗긴데서 나온 증오로,
레이는 그 여인을 지키겠다는 사랑으로,
그 탐정은 탐욕으로,
결국 모두가 좇던 것은 소유욕- 그것은 계속되는 불행을 일으키는데...
30년전에는 매우 충격적이었을 영화
One of the Top 10 best debut films ever.
EDIT: This movie inspired this new list. Comments welcome! letterboxd.com/jessesp/list/best-directorial-feature-debuts-imo/
Set in the days before cellphones and seatbelts, a bar owner is suspicious that his wife is having an affair with an employee and uses a private detective. Plots, double crossing, suspicions and confusion lead to dead bodies and general unhappiness. Exactly as I'd expect from a film noir.
Don't let the laid back vibe of Blood Simple fool you. You need to play close attention. Joel Coen pulls a few cinematic tricks with time and location that give a slightly disconnected dream-like quality to the film.
I'm a late comer to the Coen Brother mystique. Not to the films, I saw a number of their films and I had heard about them before I matched the file makers to the films I'd seen. I had watched most of Blood Simple before I thought to myself: this reminds of Coen Brothers' films.
It's a shame about Ray...
Great debut for the Coens. I really liked the story. It wasn't too complex, or too expository. It was simple, blood simple.
Not only does it work as an evolutionary study of the Coen’s work, but ‘Blood Simple’ is also as an incredibly entertaining modern noir. The film is wonderfully acted, full of twisting plot, visually compelling, packed with of sharply compact dialogue, and excellently paced. So much fun to watch.
I'm a big fan of noir, but I couldn't really get into this. I think it's because of the characters, none of whom are likeable in the least. Their lack of communication really got on my nerves, and not in a good way. I suppose that's the point of the movie - that murder isn't as easy as it seems - but I couldn't bite into it. It's a shame, because it's terrifically directed with some great set pieces. The climax is appropriately thrilling, though I found the giant sniper rifle that the private eye had a bit unrealistic. Still a good film, but not the masterpiece I was expecting.
It's to see why the Cohen Brothers' debut film Blood Simple captured everyone's attention. This film about murder and misunderstanding is incredibly gritty, immensely tense, and strangely hilarious. Not only does it make tremendous use of character actors Dan Hedaya and M. Emmet Walsh, who thrive in this sleazy setting, but it also showcases Frances McDormand in her first role. Based on her affecting performance as a confused, frightened wife on the run from her dangerous husband and the hitman he has hired, it's no surprise that she became a muse for the Cohen Brothers and that she ended up marrying Joel Cohen. Blood Simple is the first of many fruitful collaborations between her and the Cohen Brothers.
One of my best movie experiences in recent months. Leaving me altogether shocked, enthralled, thrilled and amused, not necessarily in that order. Like "Fargo", the film draws its strength from putting ordinary people in a Hollywood-plot, unsure of how to cope. There is always one body too much, always someone who doesn't have a clue what's going on, yet the film never undermines its own infallible logic.