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 Posted:   Aug 5, 2014 - 12:32 AM   
 By:   Regie   (Member)

Well, have a read of this and see what you think. It made me annoyed:

https://theconversation.com/o-coens-what-art-thou-auteurism-in-todays-hollywood-26558

I did put a reply in the "comments" section of this online news site.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2014 - 12:54 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

It didn't annoy me. I've yet to see a Coen film that I like.

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2014 - 7:51 AM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

In my opinion, the Coens have been the top directors for many years now. It's heresy to criticize them!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2014 - 9:13 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

I think I liked Miller's Crossing, 9/10ths of No Country For Old Men and True Grit.
That's it.
Everything else I've hated or switched off.
I think they are hugely overrated and annoyingly revered by your typical movie-student darlings wink

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2014 - 9:45 AM   
 By:   jenkwombat   (Member)

Am I the only guy on the planet that likes "Raising Arizona"? Sometimes it seems like it....

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2014 - 9:50 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

The Coen boys have spent their entire career wishing they could make a movie like BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2014 - 11:12 AM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

I love “Fargo” -- not a huge fan of most of the other films, though they always strike me as unique and provocative. “Raising Arizona” has some great moments -- especially the ending.

The guy who wrote the article seems rattled by a lot of things that most probably have nothing to do with the Coen brothers.

Also I do find it darkly comic that he intros his piece with a broadside against the French critics and their development of what came to be known as the Auteur Theory – but then spends his entire article presenting us with his own example of auteur film criticism.

Axes to grind. Publish or perish. Find an easily recognizable target and pounce. Polemics not analysis or insight.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2014 - 11:18 AM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

Am I the only guy on the planet that likes "Raising Arizona"? Sometimes it seems like it....


Absolutely not! It is my 2nd favorite "rom-com" and, believe me, as a man it vexes me no end just having to type that word (my #1 favorite being "LA Story").

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2014 - 11:25 AM   
 By:   Mike_J   (Member)

I liked Blood Simple but have found pretty much every film they've done since to be dull, pretentious and over-rated.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2014 - 2:06 PM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

Am I the only guy on the planet that likes "Raising Arizona"? Sometimes it seems like it....


Absolutely not! It is my 2nd favorite "rom-com" and, believe me, as a man it vexes me no end just having to type that word (my #1 favorite being "LA Story").



I love it, always have. I force my lady to watch it with me big grin

The Coens are hot and cold with me. Things like Blood Simple or Arizona clicked with me immediately, some, like Lebowski, took me some years' distance to appreciate. Some, Barton Fink, just aren't my cup of tea at all. The well received No Country For Old Men still is problematic for me. Some scenes are downright chilling, but overall it didn't thrill me.

That article however, was pretty much pot and kettle as far as smug goes though big grin

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2014 - 2:16 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

WORST FILM of 2014:
INSIDE LLEWELLYN DAVIS

but they have done some very good work
brm

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2014 - 2:17 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

I think I liked No Country For Old Men and True Grit.



yes!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2014 - 2:20 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

These brothers are a hit or a complete miss for me. I've tried Lebowski several times and can't get past the first 30 minutes. I did like Fargo and grew to appreciate the black humor in Burn After Reading. I prefer their serious movies like Miller's Crossing and True Grit. Absolutely loved No Country For Old Men; however, some of their movies I find unwatchable.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2014 - 2:44 PM   
 By:   Regie   (Member)

I love “Fargo” -- not a huge fan of most of the other films, though they always strike me as unique and provocative. “Raising Arizona” has some great moments -- especially the ending.

The guy who wrote the article seems rattled by a lot of things that most probably have nothing to do with the Coen brothers.

Also I do find it darkly comic that he intros his piece with a broadside against the French critics and their development of what came to be known as the Auteur Theory – but then spends his entire article presenting us with his own example of auteur film criticism.

Axes to grind. Publish or perish. Find an easily recognizable target and pounce. Polemics not analysis or insight.


I think you've absolutely nailed it here!!

Disappointing to read so much antipathy towards the Coens on these boards. I don't say I enjoy all the films, but I love that quirky, iconoclastic sense of humour.

And I believe "The Man Who Wasn't There" is one of the finest films ever made. It is luminous in acting, production values/design, script and direction - and that monochromatic photography by Roger Deakins is glorious. That Coen sense of humour is everywhere in abundance, but often not easy to spot; a gesture here, a comment there, an image cleverly taken; a line subtly delivered... And it held my attention from the opening titles and the transcendent music of Beethoven from the "Archduke" Trio. Even then, I feel the Coens were using that Trio thematically and metaphorically!!

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2014 - 6:12 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

BEST FILM of 2014:
INSIDE LLEWELLYN DAVIS

but they have done some very good work
brm


Very good, Mr. Marshall. You're learning. wink

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2014 - 9:38 PM   
 By:   betenoir   (Member)

Am I the only guy on the planet that likes "Raising Arizona"? Sometimes it seems like it....

You are not. It was wacky and hilarious.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2014 - 4:40 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

I enjoy watching Fargo, No Country for Old Men, Burn After Reading and The Big Lebowski much more than I enjoy reading someone telling me that I shouldn't enjoy them.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2014 - 5:22 AM   
 By:   jenkwombat   (Member)

I enjoy watching Fargo, No Country for Old Men, Burn After Reading and The Big Lebowski much more than I enjoy reading someone telling me that I shouldn't enjoy them.

Well put.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2014 - 6:00 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

I enjoy watching Fargo, No Country for Old Men, Burn After Reading and The Big Lebowski much more than I enjoy reading someone telling me that I shouldn't enjoy them.

Well put.


Not really, they were opinions, not orders.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2014 - 6:33 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Well, let me add I didn't even bother clicking on the link to read the article.
I just volunteered my opinion of the Coen Bros films willy nilly.
I must add I think I laughed a few times watching Raising Arizona, especially the bit were all the toddlers are crawling about and escaping.
I think my main problem is I have a low threshold for films populated by mainly dense or stupid people and their films are full of them.

 
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