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  • The Hudsucker Proxy

    The Hudsucker Proxy

    ★★

    The Coens are obviously great lovers of old cinema and were not afraid to let their influences show in these early films. This one may be the most overly stacked mixtape but the desired synergy is completely missing and instead it feels disjointed. The characters feel like flat copies of better ones in other movies, which is quite a problem as colorful characters is one of the strengths of most Coen films.

    It wouldn't have to be an issue that…

  • Mademoiselle Paradis

    Mademoiselle Paradis

    ★★½

    There are some promising ideas about multi-dimensional privilege making characters a bit more complex than you would expect. Unfortunately a lot gets lost as the movie is just a bit too much in love with Maria Dragus' face acting. It's hard to tell if her labored effort is impressive or just overworked. Either way it gets distracting without adding a lot.

    It's hard to not compare this to Amour Fou, which is quite unflattering since this movie lacks all of…

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  • 3-Iron

    3-Iron

    ★★★★½

    The first time I watched this movie I enjoyed it but wasn't blown away. I think I was expecting something more surreal after loving Dream (Bi-mong). This time around I was struck by how similar those movies are, and I'm a bit surprised I didn't appreciate it more before.

    The gradual introduction to the protagonists' world says enough about the whole movie. You get an image of the male character looking for something that he doesn't have, and then you…

  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    ★★★★½

    I don't understand how the Coens manage to make stories that appear cynically dark but infusing them with a warmth and humor. This story of a singer-songwriter with a romanticized self-image is a hilarious tribute to struggling artists and the way they can sabotage themselves. Llewyn Davis writes nonsensical lyrics as he hasn't lived anything to write about, since that would cramp his artistic style and not let him live. This type of warped self-image is standard for the Coens…