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 bizarre, inventive, tightly-wound, bloody electric shock of a film.
I'm so sorry that it took me this long to see it. If the Coens just remade this film every year, we'd probably all be satisfied.
It's a lean, mean, plot-driven neo-noir for the ages.
Texas bar owner Julian Marty (Dan Hedaya), who is generally regarded as not a nice person, hires shady private detective Loren Visser (M. Emmet Walsh), who is able to obtain what Marty requests: evidence - in this instance, photographic - that his wife, Abby (Frances McDormand), and one of his bartenders, Ray (John Getz), are having an affair. As Ray and Abby realize that Marty has found out about them, it allows them to plan for their future away from Marty, while being up front with Marty about the situation. Marty, in turn, decides to hire Visser once again, this time to kill Abby and Ray, and dispose of their bodies so that they won't be found.
This is the…
Janus films and the Criterion Collection received the Mel Novikoff award as part of the SF International Film festival. Following the award and interview, Joel and Ethan Coen talked about the process behind making this film and how they tricked the studio into financing them before even having filmed a single scene.
Blood Simple tells an often excellent story, but the intelligence of its writing and the complexity of its characters are far from those of later productions from the Coen Brothers.
The Crook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
“The world is full of complainers. The fact is, nothing comes with a guarantee. I don’t care if you’re the Pope of Rome, President of the United States, or man of the year; something can all go wrong. Go on ahead, you know, complain, tell your problems to your neighbor, ask for help, and watch him fly. Now, in Russia, they got it mapped out so that everyone pulls for everyone else. That’s the theory, anyway. But what I know about is Texas, and down here, you’re on your own.”
This singular and seemingly omnipotent profundity serves as the first piece of dialogue the Coen Brothers ever put on screen (for any feature film, anyway), and it has informed every…
The soundtrack by Carter Burwell is amazing. He has to be one of the most underrated composers in existence.
The first from the Coen brothers is right up there with there best. Blood Simple is a violent thriller that will keep you intrigued, entertained, and guessing till the closing credits.
The Coen brothers' debut is a nasty little neo-noir. Absolutely worth your time - bleak violence and betrayal abound in this lusty, boozy thriller.
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I think the May hunt went okay, so let's keep this thing rolling!
Task # 1:…