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…
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.…
O filme de estreia dos irmãos Coen seria o ponto alto da carreira da maioria dos cineastas. Transições belíssimas, identidade visual e enredo/personagens marcantes.
Feels a bit like a Fargo dry run, but what a dry run indeed! John Getz is amazing and it's hard to believe that this was Frances McDormand's first role!
"Never point a gun at someone unless you mean to shoot him. If you shoot him, you better make sure he's dead."
Let me start off by saying that I am taking a writing class at BU right now called "Brothers Coen: Masters of American Film". Today was the first day. We spent almost half the 1.5 hour class watching the first 10 seconds or so of the movie and trying to analyse the tire on the road in the opening sequence. I think the point of the exercise was that we are supposed to find meaning in small things like that in cinematic art like the Coen brothers' films. That tire was put there for a reason although…
Coens' first is still a terrific watch. Neo-noir at its modern-day finest.
The Coen brothers' debut effort has all the dark plotting of Fargo with the humour drained out and replaced by grim absurdism.
A great Tufnell Park Film Club screening and well overdue rewatch for me. A triple bill of this, Fargo and No Country For Old Men would be perfect.
The opposite of A Simple Plan, this movie shows Sam Raimi's influence on the Coens. A rougher but still wonderful sign of things to come.
A grimy Texan noir made with true grit, and a fully realized debut feature. BLOOD SIMPLE is so uncommonly sure of itself and rightfully so: even in their earliest filmmaking incarnation, the Coen brothers present a work that's packed with both grisly violence and dark humor, elements that would remain career staples for decades to come. This is quite possibly the least amateurish feeling debut film I've ever seen, with a twisty, slow-burn narrative that boils and accentuates with a performance from M. Emmet Walsh, and a persistently unsettling air throughout. BLOOD SIMPLE frightfully examines morality, too, and the extent that ethics can be violated in circumstances where basic principles have already been tossed out the window. A startlingly ingenious first film from one of cinema's best duos.
Another year, another update. 2012 List can be found here.
The following is a really extensive and great list of…
Every film Roger Ebert has given a four-star rating. This is an ongoing project.