I can’t get past the ripoff Social Network soundtrack.
I have long contended that the setting in a Coen brothers movie is also a character. By this I mean that their settings are often one of the most distinguishing elements of their films, their settings help to drive the plot just as much as the people do, and their settings seem to have a life of their own.
I'm often in awe of the authentic language they are able to give their characters based on the setting, balancing a…
Whenever Miller's Crossing begins, I get the same feeling I do when talking to an old friend or listening to a favorite song from my youth. Movies like GoodFellas can cause the "I can't turn it off" effect. This film also falls into that category. But GoodFellas excites and challenges, where Miller's Crossing comforts.
The Coen Brothers have a layered use of language, and this is a prime example. Here the language works as a way of establishing setting, of…