Thursday, December 23rd, 2010
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Coen Brothers Movies Ranked by Most Thorough Realization of a World

15. O Brother, Where Art Thou?

14. The Ladykillers

13. The Big Lebowski

12. No Country for Old Men

11. Miller's Crossing

10. Raising Arizona

9. Blood Simple

8. Barton Fink

7. The Man Who Wasn't There

6. Fargo

5. Intolerable Cruelty

4. True Grit

3. The Hudsucker Proxy

2. Burn After Reading

1. A Serious Man

35 Comments / Post A Comment

Murgatroid (#2,904)

Yeah, I agree, A Serious Man is definitely their best.

hockeymom (#143)

Partially shot in Hockeymom's neighborhood.
True Fact.

Abe Sauer (#148)

St. Louis Park Holla!

hockeymom (#143)

Wrong! The interiors of the suburban rambler were shot in another, more cake-like, suburb.

Abe Sauer (#148)

Gasp. Bloomington.

sigerson (#179)

Where is the Jolly Roger?

mathnet (#27)

Burn After Reading??

It's based on Choire's banking app.

Matt (#26)

Burn After Reading is the most horrifyingly accurate portrayal of certain elements of this fine city so oh yes, definitely.

gumplr (#66)

More like Burn After Filming, amirite?

sigerson (#179)

I just watched The Serious Man last night — can someone explain this movie to me? I'm jewish so I get all the period references (and they are very accurate, except for when the lady at the lake tells the protagonist "we're jews" — no jew ever would say that). But what does it mean? Good things happen, and then bad things happen, there is no end, we all die? Rabbis are useless and only tell nonsensical and absurd stories?

Murgatroid (#2,904)

It's kinda based on the Book of Job but not really?

I dunno, I took an entire university course on the Coens, wrote my final paper for said course on 'A Serious Man', and I still don't know the answer to the above.

For what it's worth, the paper posited that the film is something of a response to their previous films. Not going to explain further.

the Loud Coast (#1,362)

well, I maybe totally wrong on this but I'll give it a shot: I thought the gist was that if you understand the whole reality of a situation then you become a spectator and cant really experience it from the inside, that an important part of life is not knowing why.

Matt (#26)

I am all for putting "O Brother" at dead last of every Cohen Bros. list so yes.

#GEORGE CLOONEY NEVER SHOULDA STOPPED PLAYING BATMAN

nyssa23 (#4,503)

But…but he's a Dapper Dan man!

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

A comment of constant sorrow.

mishaps (#5,779)

Bona fide!

BoHan (#29)

So you gave in and saw "True Grit." Did you like it? Should I tell my Fifth Grade story about the original again?

Alex Balk (#4)

"Intolerable Cruelty" over "The Man Who Wasn't There"? OUTRAGE. TRAVESTY. Etc.

Matt (#26)

Real Talk.

mathnet (#27)

Really Real. My favorite.

The Man Who Wasn't There is pretty amazing in terms of "place" and the like. (I just watched it again and really enjoyed ("enjoyed.")) But just because I kind of (ONLY KIND OF) hate "Intolerable Cruelty" doesn't mean it wasn't incredibly real!

Yes, The Man Who Wasn't There is watchable and rewatchable for ever and ever again and again. Good film and I like it.

mathnet (#27)

If they're going for thorough world realization, then they need to stop casting the same famous people in all their movies.

(I enjoy the hell out of their movies. Just sayin'.)

KarenUhOh (#19)

My world is pretty much like that Huggie-theft scene in Raising Arizona, but I get that I'm a niche market.

Tulletilsynet (#333)

Not funny, just spherical.

(Also, I wear special glasses that invert some of these lists.)

C_Webb (#855)

If round is funny.

mmmark (#4,458)

Barton Fink got robbed!

caw_caw (#5,641)

I think my list would be almost exactly opposite yours

mishaps (#5,779)

You know – for kids!

zidaane (#373)

I just watched Blood Simple again on IFC last night.
I remember when it first came out and I rented that and my brothers wife complained it wasn't very Christmassy.

alorsenfants (#139)

Guys… it's always guys… who revere the Coen Brothers… are kinda the same as girls, who revere Sarah McLachlan. They're waiting to get it?

The Coen Brothers are still waiting to get it. Maybe the first "True Grit" movie didn't work — it didn't — but I am not optimistic this time around either –

I do not like any movie from these people I have seen so far… I have seen seven, I think. Why does it get better now? Knee-jerk existential, faux-noir, exhausted-hip.

I bet Charles Portis, who was very funny, would not be amused?

P.S. I think the Coen Brothers-Sarah McLachlan analogy is working. 90's!!!!

Klongloff (#1,075)

I believe "A Serious Man" was a palate-cleanser for them; I didn't much care for it. On the one hand, I respect them for doing something different, but on the other it felt to me like they struggled in the unfamiliar terrain.

I'd pay to see "True Grit" in the theater again, but I'm just a big dumb Coen brothers and Jeff Bridges fan. So refreshing to see a movie without a love angle. Why must all fucking movies have a love angle?

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