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.…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Anticipating their later films, the Coens start off strong with Blood Simple, a juicy southern noir that's characters are either too stubborn or too stupid to get out of their own way.
Part of my 5 directors, 5 unseen films list
"I've got a job for you."
"Well, if the pay's right and it's legal, I'll do it."
"It's not strictly legal."
"Well, if the pay's right, I'll do it."
Fucking A! I know I haven't seen many, but this just might be my favourite directorial debut.
As always, the Coens do it best. A script that had me on the edge of my seat (hell, the shoveling scene), fine ass cinematography and the wonderful, snappy Coen dialogue.
Blood Simple. is plain and simple one of the finest thrillers I've ever seen. The Coen brothers' directorial debut isn't just impressive for being their first film, it's one of their very best overall. It has a neo-noirish plot that had a simple structure; however, it has amazing twists that made it heart-throbbing and unpredictable. It was highly suspenseful and its well-written and compelling characters made it even better.
Displaying also for the first time their macabre sense of humor, the Coens' direction was marvelous in every way and also were the performances by Frances McDormand, John Getz, Dan Hedaya, and especially M. Emmet Walsh, who was terrifically creepy. This film is an usually overlooked little gem, not only from the Coens themselves but of cinema in general.
Very interesting to look at the Coen's first feature. There's a lot of interesting editing choices that don't seem overtly Coeny, but that dark humor is certainly present.
The last fifteen minutes are very elegant and tense.
Primera película de los Coen Brothers y bueno, fue una buena manera de empezar a demostrar su cine, aunque no me gustó demasiado, deja ganas de seguir viendo lo que a futuro lograrían estos hermanos. Cuenta con buenas actuaciones e historia, pero no me parece tan original ni asombroso, aunque la dirección sí es impecable. Ni mala, ni excelente. Se disfruta, pero se olvida.
"He was alive when I buried him."
"All Employees Must Wash Hands Before Returning to Work"
One of the great directorial debuts. Longer review to come.
Another year, another update. 2012 List can be found here.
The following is a really extensive and great list of…
My six hundred favorite films (1940-2014); 615-635 are not ordered yet.