The Directors: The Coen Brothers

What I love about the Coen Brothers is the fact that they stick to one simple film template: the film noir.  A mysterious woman, a man with wealth/power, an average person who gets drawn in, and one bad decision.  That’s all it takes.

1. “A Serious Man” – 2009

2. “Blood Simple” – 1984

3. “No Country for Old Men” – 2007

4. “The Man Who Wasn’t There” – 2001

5. “The Big Lebowski” – 1998

6. “Miller’s Crossing” – 1990

7. “Raising Arizona” – 1987

8. “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” – 2000

9. “The Lady Killers” – 2004

10. “Burn After Reading” – 2008

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Author: Frank Mengarelli

Everybody relax, Frank's here. After going to film school at Columbia College Chicago, Frank decided to underachieve with his vast knowledge of film into a career in civil service. Frank had a brief stint as a film blogger, and then he met the heterosexual love of his life, Nick Clement. The two instantly bonded over their love from everything to Terence Malick to THE EXPENDABLES films. Some of Frank's favorite filmmakers are Terence Malick, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Sylvester Stallone, Oliver Stone and Spike Lee. Some of his favorite films are THE TREE OF LIFE, STAR WARS (all of them), BAD LIEUTENANT, THE THING and ALL THAT JAZZ. Frank spends his free time with his dog Roger, collecting any Star Wars collectible he can find and trying to finish his pretentious, first person narrative novel(la), LARGE MEN IN SMALL CARS..

6 thoughts on “The Directors: The Coen Brothers”

  1. I haven’t seen A Serious Man or No Country for Old Men yet. The first I missed at the cinema and the second looks too violent for me. Although I really want to see it. My favourite there probably has to be The Big Lebowski. Love, love the Coen Brothers too.

  2. In my opinion Fargo & No Country for Old Men are the Coen Bros’ two greatest masterpieces – staggering stuff! Loved their Blood Simple, Big Lebowski, Miller’s Crossing & The Man Who Wasn’t There, too. And Burn After Reading was such a delirious black comedy! Watched A Serious Man last evening – I guess I need to give it some time to sink in.

  3. I loved Burn After Reading WAY more than I thought I would. Few things in life beat seeing Brad Pitt look like a dick. Would agree that No Country is their finest hour, A Serious Man didn’t sit well with me – genuinely considered walking out.

  4. Don’t like “A Serious Man” and I HATE “Burn After Reading.” With a passion.

    I love “Fargo” and “No Country for Old Men” is easily my favorite of theirs.

    1. I didn’t like Burn After Reading at all the first time I saw it. Then I watched it again, and I really think it’s a funny film. Malkovich is unreal in it. I think Brad Pitt is overrated in the film, but I do think it’s solid.

      As for A Serious Man – I think it’s genius…

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