Movies that I like, despite their scores on Rotten Tomatoes being deemed "Rotten"
The Hudsucker Proxy
They took him for a fall guy... but he threw them for a hoop.
When Waring Hudsucker, head of hugely successful Hudsucker Industries, commits suicide, his board of directors, led by Sidney Mussberger, comes up with a brilliant plan to make a lot of money: appoint a moron to run the company. When the stock falls low enough, Sidney and friends can buy it up for pennies on the dollar, take over the company, and restore its fortunes. They choose idealistic Norville Barnes, who just started in the mail room. Norville is whacky enough to drive any company to ruin, but soon, tough reporter Amy Archer smells a rat and begins an undercover investigation of Hudsucker Industries.
"The Hudsucker Proxy" is something I can only describe as.......I, honestly don't know. I'm joking. I've been having the hardest time trying to come up with what to say about this movie.
There's just something about it that keeps me from figuring out the perfect words to properly describe it. It's a dark screwball comedy with plenty of the typical things you'd expect from a Coen brother's production (Along with co writer Sam Raimi) but, I don't know what it was, I just, couldn't get enough of it.
There's this weird charm to it that lasts throughout a the entire run time that I never wanted it to end and even if I knew where most of the story beats…
I'd like a tickbox when I do Letterboxd reviews marked 'This review isn't really about this film at all and is of no use to you at all if you were looking for an opinion on this film'. I would probably end up ticking that a lot.
I would definitely have been in with a great chance of ticking that box with The Hudsucker Proxy - and I think I would have been considering doing it after just a couple of minutes of Jennifer Jason Leigh's performance. I would like to know at what point she is going to be recognised as the outstanding actor that she is…
The minor works of some directors could just be the masterpieces of other filmmakers, and The Hudsucker Proxy is just another proof of how good and talented the Coen Brothers are. I'm aware that this might not be for everyone, but I'm sure that Joel & Ethan Coen's hilarious satire on American industry & dream will please most of their regular fans as it's a continuously fun and eccentric ride that shows some of the Coen Brothers' best qualities as film directors and writers, which means that The Hudsucker Proxy is far from being as bad as most critics say.
Following the suicide of Waring Hudsucker, president of the Hudsucker Industries, his team of directors, headed by Paul Newman's Sidney Mussburger, engenders…
"You know, for kids!"
Misunderstood period comedy from the Coen brothers which was panned on its release. While it's certainly not up to the standard set by the duo's other works, it's also much better than critics would have you believe. Great unity of visual composition (the shots of the Hudsucker board room and the mail room as well as the shot straight down the front of the building are all structurally identical), and Tim Robbins and Jennifer Jason Leigh are a delight.
The films of the Coens have this rare quality in them that separates them from normality. That quality in itself makes us able to suspend our disbelief and let them off the hook whenever they introduce a bit that seems out of place within the universe or genre they're working in.
As in The Hudsucker Proxy, wich always is a bit goofy but never supernatural, until late on.
THP might be far from my favourite Coen, it is none the less an entertaining tale, wonderfully cast and executed the way only the Coens can.
The frequent characterization of the Coen Brothers' movies as misanthropic is extremely misguided; while their characters are frequently dim or flat-out buffoonish, the brothers' attitude towards them is never condescending. Instead, they regard well-meaning screw-ups like H.I. McDunnough and Jeffrey Lebowski with wry affection. The villains in the Coens' universe are the cynics, charlatans and hypocrites, men in unearned positions of power who reside behind large, imposing desks. Their heroes are the dreamers and optimists, even (especially?) when they're not particularly bright.
This is especially clear in The Hudsucker Proxy, their Preston Sturges-esque comedy about Norville Barnes (Tim Robbins), a guy from the mail room who becomes the president of Hudsucker Industries after company chairman Waring Hudsucker (Charles Durning) jumps…
As inúmeras referências me fizeram querer assistir toda a filmografia do Capra
After a lifetime of reading, thought and self introspection, I have concluded that my own personal world view is closest to that of the Greek philosopher Epicurus. I encourage you to learn a bit about him and Epicurean philosophy.
Life is to enjoyed, not endured. Everything in moderation. Pleasure is to be sought, pain is to be avoided. Find peace in friendship and camaraderie, not in leadership and achievement. Death holds no fear, no pain. I do seem to like sex more than Epicurus would consider healthy.
I have a quick trigger finger when it comes to turning off movies that I am not enjoying. If I hate the first 15 minutes of a film, then I am very…
Perfect mix of socially concious narrative and filmmaking straight out of a different time to make its satire even sharper. As this is my final film during this stay in the Coen-cave I can say without a doubt that the Coens are two of the most commercially versatile and adeptable directors of all time. And this is such a perfect point to make with this film, which becomes almost a carbon copy of a certain type of filmmaking and a critique of that itself as well, obviously born from the confident execution of a specific vision. I mean films don't come much more blatantly melodramatic than this, there is no subtility in it's emotion, all the characters are archetypes and…
Trend is a circle.
Beaurocracy is a cycle.
Youre defined by your input and judged by your output.
An enjoyable, 1940s Hollywood inspired film that very much drives the Coen brothers' main narrative that money is the root of all evil: if you seek it at the expense of other things, you will be punished.
Flamboyant performance by Jennifer Jason Leigh doing her best 1940s girl Friday impression. Tim Robbins is doing a "classic" performance too and the whole film ends up looking and sounding like "what if Hollywood films hadn't followed the times?"
Coen conservatism reaches fever pitch in The Hudsucker Proxy, a celebration of good old fashioned can-do and the redeeming value in remembering your fellow man. Twisting Capra style filmmaking through a Gilliam-esque filter, the Coens and co-writer Sam Raimi cook up a dizzy vision of Americana with such whimsical reminiscence that most of its problems are overcome by the heart of gold loudly beating at the center. Given a sizable budget to work with, the Coen brothers craft a movie so old-fashioned that it was doomed to flop, but the main joy in The Hudsucker Proxy is witnessing the directors' attempt to ape 1940s/1950s screwball, burning through money without hesitation.
Most of the budget goes into the elaborate set design,…
One of the odder films of the Coen brothers. The visuals are fantastic (minus some dodgy 90s CGI); the production design is possibly the best aspect of the film. The worldbuilding is playful and intriguing, and some of the stranger and more inventive aspects of the world actually do impact the story heavily, particularly in the third act.
The cast is a mixed bag, with Jennifer Jason Leigh doing very entertaining work, but the rest of the cast (particularly Tim Robbins) failing to do much interesting with their characters. That is partially the fault of the writing, which seems much more concerned with its own cleverness and strangeness than actually constructing a meaningful story with meaningful characters. The Coens do…
The Coen Brothers are really good at putting all of the jokes about an era's mannerisms and slang into one place at one time.
I almost want to say this is an inversion of the feeling of Barton Fink, but at the very least this and that would make a good double-feature.
Definitely not what I was expecting. This is one of the few Coen movies that I hadn't seen before this whole marathon idea (others being The Man Who Wasn't There, A Serious Man and their most recent.) And it surprised me in a way that only the Coens could do. But I was still conflicted about the movie. I would like to say it was a departure, but from the dark movies and the light movies there is always definitive Coen things about them. This one feels very Sam Raimi mixed with Gilliam, more particularly a very big and obvious influence from Brazil. It's a ridiculous and over-the-top satire set in the late 50s and while light on the outside,…
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…
UPDATE: I can't add any more titles (it's actually a limit set by Letterboxd). I may create another list to…