The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
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.
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…
A true achievement; especially for a debut. Narratively and stylistically, this film is absolutely on point. Kudos to Joel Coen for making a highly original film noir that is truly his own. One thing that stuck out to me was the subversion of the femme fatale tropes, Frances McDormand essentially plays the role of the femme fatale because Ray believes he is killing for her. However, her character is highly sympathetic and not evil or manipulative. I loved the ceiling fan motif throughout the film, it worked very well with this content. I also really dug the cut from the finger pushing down on the telephone message button to the finger pushing down on the bloody car seat. I thought…
The original Lost Highway.
With considerably more neon.
Never have I seen a debut so confidently and concretely capture the style, tone, humor and technical craft of its directors. Not even a little bit rough around the edges. It's the perfect debut, the perfect movie, and one of cinema's best all together.
Wonderfully dark and edgy noir to launch the careers of the Coen Brothers, Carter Burwell, and Barry Sonnenfeld. Can't believe I never got around to watching this gem till now.
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I've said it before and I'll say it again, the Coens are mediocre at best. I realize I could be wrong, but I've never been impressed by one of their movies and I usually have to force myself to finish them. Blood Simple is one of their better outings, though.
Esto es un muy muy buen debut de los hermanos Coen. Es sorprendente, un thriller del mejor cine negro. Tiene detalles de realización extraordinarios y momentos de tensión antológicos, dos de ellos brutales y espeluznantes, se siente un homenaje al grandísimo Alfred Hitchcock.
Fantastically convoluted. Simple yet engaging.
It's interesting to see it all play out, but it lacks the spark that would make me really love it (up until the end sequence, which I do love).
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