True Grit

The western genre is one that I’m not familiar with. The extent of my classic western knowledge boils down to High Noon, and The Searchers.  Of the modern westerns, sure, I’ve seen 3:10 to Yuma, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and Appaloosa, but that’s about it. Although, I did learn quite a bit about the genre from Movie Moxie’s latest podcast. I’ve decided not to review the Coen brother’s... Read More

1001 Movie Club: Raising Arizona

This is the second post for the 1001 Movies You Must See Club. And it was actually my pick. Which makes the fact that I hated Raising Arizona extra annoying.  To all those of the film club that didn’t like this movie, I apologize and promise to make better picks in the future. The film was written by Joel and Ethan and is their second feature film, after their Sundance movie Blood Simple became a hit.  Why, in God’s name, they would... Read More

A Serious Man

Up until A Serious Man, I don’t think many would call Ethan and Joel Coen serious men.  Looking at Fargo, Burn After Reading, and Raising Arizona, it’s clear the Coens prefer to brandish their wickedly black, and sophisticated  humor  than make forays into stone-faced dramas.  Even last year, when the two adapted Cormac McCarthy’s heavily philosophical masterpiece No Country For Old Men, the film came out darkly sardonic.  This... Read More

Burn After Reading

Burn After Reading is a seriously good time. And who wouldn’t believe that with it’s ridiculously long list of bitchin’ actors/directors? Last year the Coen brothers took us to a much darker place with the Best Picture winning No Country For Old Men, but this year, they show us a much lighter side of life. The Coen brothers supply the film with a terrific, clockwork script (the kind we’ve learned to expect from them) that... Read More