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 […]

Read More
Advertisements

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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‘. […]

Read More

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, […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

Loopiness Unleashed – Burn After Reading (2008)

The Coen’s may have produced more highly praised films in their brilliant run, but none have the breezy celebration of pure idiocy as this comedic confection that allows top drawer performers to explore their inner fools.

Read More

Vote: Ranking The Films of Joel and Ethan Coen

At Filmotomy the next directors we are eager to cross paths with are the Coen Brothers, Ethan and Joel. The 10 Days of the Coen Brothers run from Sunday 20th May (straight after the Cannes Film Festival closes) through to Tuesday 29th May. Reviews, insights, technical analysis, basically some thrilling coverage. And of course we’re […]

Read More