Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
Murder's hard the first time. After that, it's...
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,…
”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…
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.…
A gorgeous blood soaked noir!
Very simple plot that keeps you on the edge.
I don't need everything tied up, but I don't think I got an explination as to how they heard Dan Hedaya's voice on the answering machine after his disappearance... I'd like to get that problem solved, otherwise it was very effective.
'As black, sinful and nasty as a week full of Hitchcock's. In a word: deadly.'
Hard to imagine there are many better debut films from directors than this by the Coen brothers.
Twisty, exciting neo-noir that's perfect for a double feature with Red Rock West!
Also features some of the best sound design this side of the 1970s Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
Ridiculously good for a first effort.
Seamless adventure into neo noir capturing the atmosphere you want from the genre.
Arguably their most cinematic film in terms of visual story telling, definitely their bleakest.
Full of poignant and unforgettable scenes.
Arguably one of the best debuts ever.
A rich but jealous man hires a private investigator to kill his cheating wife and her new man.
Masterful and complex neo-noir drama spiced with some dark humor.
People really need to learn to just talk to each other. It would clear up so many misunderstandings.
A taut thriller - intense - dark comedy - the shadows - the use of sound - brilliantly performed - perfect direction - THE FOUR TOPS!
Oh a sentimental fool am I
To hear a old love song
and wanna cry
But the melody keeps haunting me
reminding me how in love we used to be
Keep hearing the part that used to touch our hearts
staying together forever
Darling, breaking up never
It's the same old song (can't bear to hear it)
but with a different meaning since you been gone
It's the same old song
but with a different meaning since you been gone