Revenge Never Looked So Good: Terminal Review

In another time, and another place, this stylish noir thriller follows the twisting tales of two assassins (Max Irons & Dexter Fletcher) carrying out a sinister mission, a teacher (Simon Pegg) battling a fatal illness, a simple janitor (Mike Myers) and a curious waitress (Margot Robbie) leading a dangerous double life. Murderous consequences unravel in […]

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10 Great Performances To Revisit From Coen Brothers Films

As we hurtle towards the close of our Coen brothers season, we spontaneously picked 10 of our favorite performances from their bravura film collection. I know we all love Frances McDormand as the pregnant law enforcers, or Jeff Bridges as the lawman, or even Javier Bardem as the law-breaker. But we wanted to shine a […]

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Video: (some of) the Music from the Coen Brothers Films

Oh how I wish the Coen brothers chapter of Filmotomy could go on a little longer. Same time next year? Let’s salute the brothers grim with just a small chunks of their dynamic use of soundtracks. The following video has snippets of various songs the Coens used, and stand by for a wave of the […]

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Ranked: The Films of the Coen Brothers

Total silence, two can play at that game, pal. Remember to always put one in the brain. What’s the most you ever lost on a coin toss? Being shown the life of the mind. Plonking the fish on the lighter will be a giveaway. You’re obviously not a golfer. It’s not his cat. Working your […]

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Exclusive Interview: Kevin McDonagh, director of The Birmingham Film Festival

We here at Filmotomy were lucky to get a chance to speak to Kevin McDonagh, the director the Birmingham Film Festival and as you now we love film festivals especially those festivals who campaign independent cinema. Being born and bred in the West Midlands of the UK, the Birmingham film festival feels extra special to […]

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Wildling Review

Anna (Bel Powley) spends her entire childhood under the care of a mysterious man she only knows as Daddy (Brad Dourif). He keeps her locked in an attic, telling her that the Wildling, a child-eating monster that roams the outside and that it’s best that she stays inside. An even she wanted to leave, Daddy […]

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Intolerable Cruelty – an Ode to an Underrated Coen Brothers Classic

Intolerable Cruelty

The idea of an “underrated film” is a fairly subjective notion. We all have movies we personally love that many people do not. That’s the beauty of an art form like cinema. When a certain director (or directors, in this case) has a widely praised filmography, there are always the stand-outs which receive the lion’s […]

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The Dude Abides – The Big Lebowski Review

Lebowski

It all starts with the destruction of a rug that really tied the room together. Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) suffers a break in at his Los Angeles apartment in which his living room rug is urinated on and the rest of his place is trashed. This and the rest of the story that […]

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Happy Birthday Carey Mulligan

Carey Mulligan

Carey Mulligan broke onto the acting scene with 2009’s An Education, getting nominated for Best Actress in a leading role at the 2010 Academy Awards. Today May 28, we celebrate Carey Mulligan’s brilliant performances that she’s given to the world of cinema. There is a soulful vulnerability that Mulligan brings to her characters, able to […]

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And It’s a Beautiful Day: Fargo Review

As a lifelong resident of the Midwest, I’ve heard many variations of “Oh, I never thought something like that would happen around here.” I grew up in Indiana farm country where we kept our doors unlocked at night. Bad things didn’t happen. In Indiana, we chalked it up to Hoosier hospitality. I’m not sure what […]

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Baby on Board: Review of Cargo

Cargo is a 2018 Australian post-apocalyptic thriller film written by Yolanda Ramke and directed by Ramke and Ben Howling, the film is based on Ramke and Howling’s short film Cargo which was one of the most original and moving short films that I have ever seen. This feature-length version of the film features Martin Freeman, […]

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Untitled Barber Movie: The Coen Brothers in Black and White

Visionary master Roger Deakins finally won his very first Oscar recently for Best Cinematography. No, you are not reading an article first published twenty years ago. Yes, I am telling the truth. As you all likely know. But it’s still a head-scratcher, right? Seeing his entry on IMDB reading in bold – ‘Won 1 Oscar‘. […]

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Happy Birthday Helena

Helena Bonham Carter is a national treasure, who is a talented actress who can transform into any character she wishes. To celebrate her birthday on the 26th May, I decided to do a top 5 best performances like I usually do, but I have to admit this was a hard one because there are so […]

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O’ Brother, Where Art Thou? A Coen Brothers Odyssey

I am a man of constant sorrow, I’ve seen trouble all my day I bid farewell to old Kentucky, The place where I was born and raised -O’ Brother Where Art Thou “Be strong, saith my heart; I am a soldier; I have seen worse sights than this.” ― Homer, The Odyssey In this piece, […]

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Filmotomy Podcast Episode 29 – They’re Remaking Which Movie?

The new edition of the podcast this week features just the two participants. But it is no less engaging I can tell you. Host Bianca Garner is accompanied by Rob Motto, and they dig into the age-old notion of the movie remake. Which ones out-shined their originals? Which shouldn’t have even bothered? Why would they […]

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A descent into Neil Marshall’s The Descent

I made the mistake of trying to watch The Descent alone for this piece, and half hour into the film I remembered why it still remains part of a handful of horror films which truly frighten me. To celebrate Neil Marshall’s birthday on the 25th May, I thought I would revisit this film and discuss […]

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The Coen’s get Serious… Sort of – A Serious Man Review

As filmmakers the Coen Brothers have always managed to blend broad, bright comedy with the darkness of human nature. And the same is apparent here in their film A Serious Man. The film is effective in its presentation of the truly goddamn depressing (death, divorce and dentistry), with the amusing bizarreness of life and finding beauty […]

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The Case Against the “Imaginary Donny” The Big Lebowski Fan Theory

I want you to consider a scenario with me for a moment. You want to write a movie, and you have an idea. This idea is to write a film with no coherent plot and mountains of profanity. Your main character will be an unemployed middle-aged man, and most of the movie will take place […]

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Would That it Were So Simple – Hail Caesar! (2016)

This time around, the brothers are the Boy Scouts who prank by soaping the windows of an institution and then set fire to a bag of dog poop at the front gate. They appear to be on a lark, having some harmless fun, until a stomping-out of the flames reveals the contents of the bag.

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