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#1

Does anyone have a fave Coen Bros. film? These are my order of preference-



1.The Big Lebowski

2.Fargo

3.Hudsucker Proxy

4.Raising Arizona

5.Millers Crossing

6.O Brother…

7.Barton Fink

8.Blood Simple

9.The Man Who…


#2

I’ve enjoyed all of the Coens films, except maybe Blood Simple…which I found a little boring and outdated. Their new one with George Clooney doesn’t look too good though…I’ll probably just wait until it comes out on video, but I agree with the post up top - the Lewboski is the best one


#3

Favorites:



1-Raising Arizona

2-Big Lebowski

3-O Brother Where art thou

4-Fargo

5-Miller’s Crossing

6-Barton Fink

7-The man who wasn’t there



I can’t get into Hudsucker and still havent seen Blood yet. I’ll wait for Cruelty to come to dvd.


#4

My Favorite Coen Films (in order):


  1. Barton Fink
  2. The Big Lebowski
  3. Raising Arizona
  4. O Brother
  5. Fargo
  6. Hudsucker Proxy
  7. The Man Who Wasnt There
  8. Blood Simple



    I havent seen Millers Crossing in a long time so I cant remember if I liked it.

#5

Intolerable Cruelty is theri shot at making a mainstream movie. My objection is Ms Zeta-Jones, who over acts everything. Her performances are always forced and shes just a greddy, insufferable woman. However the role is tailor-made and the Coens are exceptional at casting. :stuck_out_tongue: :o :-/ 8)


#6

The only coen bros movies i’ve seen are. Fargo and Raising Airizona. I want to see O brother and the The Big Lebowski. But AM GONNA SEE LEBOWSKI FIRST.AAAAAAAAAAAAAAA


#7

I like all the Coen brothers movies (though there are still a couple that I haven’t seen) but I like Fargo and The Man Who Wasn’t There the most. I think Intolerable Cruelty looks interesting and I’ll see if I can catch it at the movies.


#8

1. The Big Lebowski

2. The Man Who Wasn’t There

2. O Brother Where Art Thou

2. Fargo

5. Barton Fink

5. Miller’s Crossing

5. Raising Arizona

8. The Hudsucker Proxy

8. Blood Simple.


#9

1.The Big Lebowski

2.Raising Arizona



their other movies I have enjoyed to a lesser point.



I really enjoyed the two above movies


#10

well I decided to see Intolerable Cruelty anyway last night (it was free) and I think its safe to say I was dissapointed - although I was not expecting much. It’s basically a romantic comedy, with a small touch of Coen involved. I hope after this film they go back to dark comedies!


#11

The Big Lebowski and O Brother… are their best, I love them. But raising arizona and Fargo are great too. What’s Barton Fink about?


#12

[quote]What’s Barton Fink about?[/quote]

Its this excellent surreal comedy about a playwriter named Barton Fink (John Turturro) that gets hired to write a screenplay for a Wallace Beery wrestling movie. He goes out to LA and he meets a bevy of strange characters while staying at a bizarre hotel.



Dont wanna spoil anymore of it. You should definitely check it out.


#13

The Coens wernt meant to direct Intolerable Cruelty to begin with. However Empire(Well Regarded British movie magazine) gave it *****. We shall see.


#14

I saw Intolerable Cruelty, and it is by far the worst of the Coen films. It didn’t even feel like they made it for the most part…I blame this largely on the screenplay, which wasn’t very good, and was written by the Coen Bros and two other people (those people are the ones whose fault I think it is). It does have some great Coen moments (Wheezy!), but overall, I was vastly disappointed.



That said, it was a good movie that, while it fails for the most part as a comedy, works very well as a Screwball Romance (as opposed to comedy). *** out of ****.



EDIT: I’m thinking I’m not going to count this as a Coen film. More of a collaboration between the Bros and someone else…much like the relationship between QT and Four Rooms.


#15

Off to the video store i go to get Barton Fink


#16

Yeah I am a Coen Bros. fans and have seen all their movies except for Cruelty (and that Proxy one) which I don’t think looks too great. Anway my list would look like this.

  1. Big Lebowski
  2. Miller’s Crossing
  3. O Brother Where Art Thou
  4. Raizing Arizona
  5. Barton Fink
  6. Blood Simple
  7. Man Who Wasn’t There
  8. Fargo (I enjoyed the way Fargo was shot and some scenes, but since I live there I find the dialogue very annoying)

#17

[quote]Yeah I am a Coen Bros. fans and have seen all their movies except for Cruelty (and that Proxy one) which I don’t think looks too great. Anway my list would look like this.

  1. Big Lebowski
  2. Miller’s Crossing
  3. O Brother Where Art Thou
  4. Raizing Arizona
  5. Barton Fink
  6. Blood Simple
  7. Man Who Wasn’t There
  8. Fargo (I enjoyed the way Fargo was shot and some scenes, but since I live there I find the dialogue very annoying)[/quote]

As well written as Fargo is, and while I realize it is probably their best film, it is one of the lesser of their films as far as my personal feelings go. I’ll take a good Big Lebowski or Blood Simple over it any day.


#18

My favorite by far is Raising Arizona. Every character was memorable, but Holly Hunter IMO stole the show. She was perfect in that role, and the Joel Coen’s shots were awsome, especially the chase scene when he went to get diapers. Fuckin’ hilarious.



I like everything that I have seen from them. I haven’t seen Boold Simple or Barton Fink, but I have seen all there other movies, and loved them. Nobody has realy talked about The Hudsucker Proxy. That is an awsome movie. Paul Newman is great and so is Tim Robbins. If you haven’t seen it, watch it. I think that you will not be disappointed.


#19

[quote]The Hudsucker Proxy.[/quote]

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"You know? For kids!"


#20

I just recently started getting into the Coen Brothers. I’d seen “Raising Arizona” years ago. “The Big Lebowski” is one of the funniest movies I own. And I thought “The Hudsucker Proxy” was pretty good (although I never got to watch the entire thing). Ditto for “The Man Who Wasn’t There”. So when I saw “O Brother, Where Art Thou” at the store the other day on DVD, I decided to buy it. I figured at $15, it was a good deal.



This is fast becoming one of my favorite movies to date. The entire Homer’s Oddysee connection is hilarious. And I particularly loved the “Tommy Johnson” character…



For those of you who don’t know, “Tommy Johnson” is modeled after Robert Johnson, a Delta blues musician who was HUGE in the mid 1930’s. But his success wasn’t always as readily available to himself.



Johnson played the juke joints down south for many years with no success. Some claim that he was downright horrible at the blues. Then he disappeared for a few years, came back, and was a golden God on the guitar. This fueled the legend of the Devil and the crossroads. The legend states that Johnson sold his soul to the Devil in exchange for fame and fortune through his rather uncapable ability to play his guitar. The Devil granted Johnson an unearthly talent at playing the blues and claimed Johnson’s soul in 1938.



When I saw the black man standing at a dusty set of crossroads, I knew it was gonna be Robert Johnson, or at least based on his legend. I like how the Coens throw little things like that into the mix of their movies. Like the Hula-Hoop thing in “The Hudsucker Proxy”.



That’s it. “O Brother…” was a pleasant surprise. Next time I buy a DVD, it’ll probably be a Coen Brothers movie. Later.



M.W.