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…
The Cohen Brothers first movie. A dark murder mystery in the true noir sense. Blood Simple is gripping and sets atmosphere like a sledge hammer, it's unforgiving and authentic. Recommended.
As good of a debut film as Reservoir Dogs. Probably better. Has aged very, very well.
I don't know what you're talkin' about, Lettrboxd... I ain't see no Blood Simple...
The Coen Brothers' first feature film is a nouveau noir set in Texas. It features the recurring Coen Brothers' theme of bungling criminals and convoluted crimes gone awry. It lacks some of the humor that would also become a hallmark of their later films, but you can see the embryo of that humor here, as well as their affinity for odd characters. This is a great debut with a smart, tense scrip, good acting, and excellent direction.
This film would have been over a lot quicker if people just talked, instead of staring at each other likes rabbits in a head light.
As with all things Coen, this will grown on me upon rewatch.
Volviendo a ver Sangre fácil, tuve una revelación. Creía que sí, pero había vuelto a verla desde hacía 15 años, en aquel VHS en el que podría decirse que la mitad de la película se intuía, más que verse. Creo que incluso me ha gustado más que entonces.
Beautiful, cool film with an amazing soundtrack. I love Burwell's music.
Blood Simple, much like No Country For Old Men, is a prime example of how well the Coen Brothers pull off Noir films down to the last detail. Blood Simple is a brilliant thriller and way ahead of it's time. This is the Coen Brothers very first movie and must've been a very clear sign of how talented they were and how successful they would become.
Another year, another update. 2012 List can be found here.
The following is a really extensive and great list of…