Jerry Lundegaard has money problems. To settle them he decides to have his wife kidnapped. He hires two thugs to do the job, offering them a cut from the ransom, which he plans to force her rich father to pay. But the kidnapping turns sour. –Cannes Film Festival
Combining thoughtful eccentricity, wry humor, arch irony, and often brutal violence, the films of the Coen brothers have become synonymous with a style of filmmaking that pays tribute to classic American movie genres, especially film noir, while sustaining a firmly postmodern feel. Born in St. Louis Park, MN, in 1954, Joel Coen studied at New York University before moving into filmmaking in the early ‘80s. He and his younger brother began writing screenplays while Joel worked as an assistant editor on good friend Sam Raimi’s 1983 film The Evil Dead. In 1984, they made their debut with Blood Simple. Both of them wrote and edited the film (using the name Roderick Jaynes for the latter duty), while Joel took the directing credit and Ethan billed himself as the producer. It earned considerable critical acclaim and established the brothers as fresh, original talent. Their next major effort (after Crimewave, a 1985 film they wrote that was directed by Raimi), 1987’s Raising Arizona was a… read more
Born in St. Louis Park, MN, in 1957, Ethan Coen studied philosophy at Princeton University. Soon after he graduated, he and his brother began writing their first screenplays, and, in 1984, they made their debut with Blood Simple. Both of them wrote and edited the film, while Joel took the directing credit and Ethan billed himself as the producer. It earned considerable critical acclaim and established the brothers as fresh, original talent. Their next major effort (after Crimewave, a 1985 film they wrote that was directed by Sam Raimi), 1987’s Raising Arizona was a screwball comedy miles removed from the dark, violent content of their previous movie, and it won over critics and audiences alike. Their fan base growing, the Coens went on to make Miller’s Crossing (1990), a stark gangster epic with a strong performance from John Turturro, whom the brothers also used to great effect in their next film, Barton Fink (1991). Fink earned Joel a Best Director award and a Golden Palm at the 1991… read more
The humor dissipates for me with every new viewing, and it suffers from a slow start that focuses on a pretty pathetic lot of scumbags. That said, Frances McDormand's terrific performance as one of the best cops ever written and the film's moral anchor elevates "Fargo" beyond what I'd expect possible. Not to mention, the bizarre, dismally sparse frozen landscape is a powerful character on its own. I'm not exactly a Coen Bros. man, but this is a great film.
Daniel Kasman's already cast a skeptical eye on the latest from Joel and Ethan Coen. Here's what others have been saying... "A Serious Man
Boy, is this a good movie. In its bare bones it is a crime drama but the Coen brothers constantly undercut the seriousness with a quirky irony. The acting, the script, and the direction lift the movie… read review
Totally overrated, but I guess it’s not bad at what it’s trying to do. I really don’t get why anyone would wanna watch this again though, the atmosphere is too bleak and gruesome, but at least I squeezed… read review
I can’t really say anything bad about this because there is nothing wrong with it. The visuals and content are flawless and the characters performed to perfection. However, the main thing this movie… read review