Sunday, August 23, 2009


Someone at Netflix apparently cleaned behind the refrigerator and found their long-missing copy of the Coen Brothers' debut film Blood Simple. Which means that I got to see it the other night. Which means (I think) I have officially seen all of their films. Check!

For what it's worth here's my ranking.
  • The Big Lebowski -- A+
  • Barton Fink -- A
  • Fargo -- A
  • No Country for Old Men -- A
  • Miller's Crossing -- A-
  • Raising Arizona -- A-
  • [update 2] True Grit -- B+
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou? -- B
  • Blood Simple -- B
  • [update] A Serious Man -- B
  • The Hudsucker Proxy -- B-
  • The Man Who Wasn't There -- B-
  • Burn After Reading -- C+
  • Intolerable Cruelty -- C
  • The Ladykillers -- C-
Not to say that this was such an onerous task. I mean, it's a pretty damn high level of quality, so it's not like you have to slog through many stinkers just to say you've seen them all. Blood Simple goes in the middle of the pack because it's essentially a rough draft for Fargo and a little emotionally removed, but still a great movie.

The trailer for the new one (A Serious Man) looks reasonably interesting, but mainly I am waiting on tip-toes to see what they'll do with Michael Chabon's Yiddish Policeman's Union.

[Update Dec 2010: Chris Orr posts his Coen-list here. I liked but but wasn't blown away by A Serious Man, and hope to see their remake of True Grit soon.]

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