Coen’s Return

Looking back over their career, with Blood Simple now being 27 years old, its pretty fair to say Coen bothers hardly put a foot wrong! There are a few on the list that are a little less than perfect, with ‘Burn after Reading’ and ‘The Ladykillers’ being average at best, but there’s very few that I can say I didn’t enjoy. They’ve always reminded me of Billy Wilder, in style and also the ability to move from one genre to the next with ease. In truth they owe him a lot, but if you are going to copy someone, copy the best!

2009 A Serious Man

2008 Burn After Reading

2007 No Country for Old Men

2004 The Ladykillers

2003 Intolerable Cruelty

2001 The Man Who Wasn’t There

2000 O Brother, Where Art Thou?

1998 The Big Lebowski

1996 Fargo

1994 The Hudsucker Proxy

1991 Barton Fink

1990 Miller’s Crossing

1987 Raising Arizona

1984 Blood Simple

Their latest effort is an adaptation of the book True Grit, but is said to owe little to the John Wayne movie of the same name. The reviews seem uniformly positive with all four or five stars, so I’ll head along this weekend!

Otherwise, ‘Never let me go’ is an adaptation of a Kazuo Ishiguro novel that gets average reviews, and ‘Paul’ a Simon Pegg and Nick Frost movie that the English press don’t seem to like, which is a little surprising. ‘Just go with it’ and ‘Gnomeo and Juliet’ sound like they’re best avoided!

Categories: Movies

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