Welcome back to another rendition of the Lucky 13 Film Club featuring the Coen Brothers. Your friendly opinion is welcome here–don’t be shy–let’s talk to one another. I pulled from Wikipedia their eighteen films and each has a link that provides a synopsis in case you need a refresher.
After thirty years of filmmaking, we all have a favorite Coen film. When I was younger, my eyes and ears appreciated their strange storylines, quirky supporting characters, and their dark humor. As I aged, my interest in their work varied upon the project. Sometimes I felt their balance was off, that is, the story was too ludicrous for me to back emotionally–but always, throughout the decades, an element in the whole, a nugget in the creek, makes watching the film worth it. A performance. A character. A scene. A song. An idea that harkens back to the Greeks, and I like that about them; there is an endearing, universal quality about their stories. As screenwriters, they are the gods taking mythical pokes at the foolishness of man. They employ dramatic irony and we laugh. Well, I do.
I like Mojo.com. Have fifteen minutes? Watch this to help you remember the laughs and the technique of the Coen Brothers.
When I think of the Coen Brothers, here’s what comes to mind:
Which region do they personify best? Also, what performance or character resonates? Which repeat actor starring in a Coen film grate on your nerves? For me, that’d be Frances McDormand. I like Jeff Bridges and Steve Buscemi.
What is your relationship with space?
This idea came from my lovely stepdaughter who is quarantined in South Africa; she assigned this prompt to get to know herself better and others around her. Let’s try it!
What are YOUR 15 favorite albums? Not the highest ranking of all time or what the critics say. Which ones have you played a hundred times, and you still aren’t tired of listening to it? Your desert island collection. The choices you make reveal a lot about you, and that’s the purpose. 🙂
In no particular order, here is my desert island collection:
So many albums! Can you narrow them down to 15?