Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
Murder's hard the first time. After that, it's...
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…
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…
Blood Simple was directed decades before Coen's more renowned releases but still features the facetious structure and dark, crisp cinematography for which he is known. Blood Simple follows a man who cuckolds his villainous employer, and the shady private investigator hired to kill him. It is abundant with twists, turns and churns for the characters involved but cleverly remains unconvoluted.
But for me, Blood Simple is special because of its tremendous sonic arrangement. The panting of a dog is slickly transformed into a hypnotic sinusoidal beat, and experimental rhythms form the bulk of the film's soundtrack. It is incredible creative and is more captivating that the simple silences which occur in Coen's later releases, which kind of saddens me.
A crime thriller which marks the beginning of the reign of the Coen. An accomplished piece.
Coen Brothers' one of earlier projects with film-noir elements. Chilling story and typical Coen photography here.
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 always go wrong.
I haven't yet seen every film they've made, but I think that most of the stories the Coen brothers have told over the past thirty years can be summed up in that one sentence: Something can always go wrong. Crumbling marriages, backfiring plots and characters down on their luck are some of the common threads running through the Coens' diverse filmography. They have essentially created a very successful career on the backs of characters who fail.
The Coens had already found their nihilistic, sadistic and darkly humorous voice…
EPIC BLU RAY GAUNTLET CHALLENGE, #1
So. "Blood Simple."
This is the first film directed by the Coen brothers, and like a good many of their work, this owes a lot to the film noir genre. In fact, along with "No Country For Old Men," it may be their purest and most distilled attempt at a noir story. It begins with a possessive husband's plot to murder (or rather, HIRE someone to murder) his cheating wife and her new lover, and soon proceeds to move in unexpected and unforeseeable directions with each new action. It's no secret that "Fargo" is my favorite film from the directing duo, and I couldn't help but think of "Blood Simple" as sort of a…
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the Coens are gifts, not just in Hollywood but, in world cinema. to create a fantastic story such as Blood Simple is an understatement. in which, as early as Blood Simple, the brothers knew how to attack a scene and how to tell a story even with the seemingly limited resources. if you are going to deconstruct the whole film, you'd probably see the simplicity of the set-up, the accidental conflict, and the ultra-thrilling finale. and everything was just exquisite, to create the tangled storyline of love, vengeance, and greed. it was a homerun of all sorts that does not drag nor curtail any expected suspense.
A truly great film, and exceptional for a debut. The Coen brothers made a clever, gritty, tension-filled thriller here with some absolutely brilliant shots. The movie is great, suspenseful and dark, but for people who pay attention to actual filmmaking, this transcends a simple genre flick. This is just so gorgeous to look at. That "Evil-Dead", racing-across-the-street-and-over-the-lawn shot is awesome.
Not the biggest fan, but then again did not hate it. Definitely took some time to get going, but the back half and finale really picked up the pace and delivered on pay off. Acting felt a little soapish throughout. Can definitely tell they were still working out the kinks of their style when making this movie as some directorial choices detract from the film and feel corny (ex: bu running into the lamp).
Blood Simple is certainly an intense film with fine performances all around. The film is also emotionally cold, so I had a hard time feeling any sympathy for any character, so I had little reason to care where they ended up, therefore the end result was less interesting than I would have hoped.