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,…
”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.…
una película perfecta.
estaba escribiendo una reseñita para letterboxd pero se me pasó la mano. quedó acá.
Damn, why I can't I just like Coen Brothers films!?
The piano soundtrack was great in this though.
The Barry Sonnenfield cinematography was the standout for me. It gives a kind of "desolate", lonely feeling to the film. Three particular images stick in my mind: Ray's car driving out of a remote field after disposing of Marty, Abby's head moving down from her standing up to lying down at her bed, and the gruesome shot of Visser's waggling, bloody hand at the window.
I always remember Blood Simple as being the answer by a pretty pretentious movie store clerk to 'what is your favourite movie'. I also remember that this was a few years ago, before my passion for movies really ignited and even before I really knew who the Coen brothers were or any other directors than John Hughes.
Well, there are many things to love about Blood Simple: a strong female heroine, the American southern touch and a solid score, but what I noticed most was its attention to sound. Droplets of water from the sink, the scrape of a shovel on the road, the ticking of a clock; these are sounds that makes my heart beat faster than hearing a…
Has there ever been more sleaziness on screen than Dan Hedaya and M. Emmett Walsh in Blood Simple? The latter just oozes sleaze. Blood Simple may be one of the best debut films out there. Hard to believe it's 30 years old.
Up a star from the last, pre-Letterboxd time I saw this, but while I appreciate it more now, I still don't see it as bringing anything new to the noir or neo-noir picture. A tremendous vision, executed well, especially for the first time out of the gate, but not the groundbreaking thing I was hoping for after hearing another wave of overwhelming support in its favor lately. (On the bright side, watching this did prompt me to bump THE HUDSUCKER PROXY up a half-star, so I guess that's something.)
Holy shit. How have I only seen Blood Simple now? This isn't just one of the greatest directorial debuts, this has to be one of the greatest films ever. It may be called Blood Simple, but there's nothing simple about this, distilling such a bleak, unforgiving view of humanity into 90 minutes of pure cinema. It's cathartic in the way only the best tragedies are. That final scene, with the drop of water threatening to drop from below the sink recalls the biblical parable of the rich man, looking up at heaven, begging for just a drop of water to cool his suffering. Blood Simple distills the pure torment of human existence into a bone-chilling masterpiece. Astonishing.
Not a big fan of this one. Seems more style than substance, although you can already see the blueprints laid out for the rest of the Coens filmography, which is fun.
Very impressive debut. Wanted to watch a horror movie for first night of fall but this is close enough. Especially the climax.
Another year, another update. 2012 List can be found here.
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My six hundred favorite films (1940-2014); 618-653 are not ordered yet.