Tuesday, September 16, 2008

What's This? A New Film Poll You Say?

It's been ages since I have done a film poll here so I thought I would host a special one in celebration of The Coen Brothers making such a big splash over the weekend with their new film Burn After Reading, which I believe marks their biggest opening ever. Burn After Reading is probably a minor work from the mighty brothers but it's a terrifically entertaining and funny one that I greatly enjoyed. So, join in and vote for your favorite films by the two and we'll tally up the votes in week or so. Vote for as many as you like, and throw a bone to at least one of their more overlooked works if you can.

12 comments:

J.D. said...

As for key works of the Coens, I would say everything they did up to and including BARTON FINK. Altho, I do love THE HUDSUCKER PROXY dearly (many don't). And then, FARGO and THE BIG LEBOWSKI.

Kotto said...

i think NCFOM is the obvious answer. it's a much more mature piece of work than everything else they've done...and that says a lot since they've made a lot of great movies. after NCFOM, i'd say fargo and big lebowski. if interested, here's my thoughts on NCFOM: http://eattheblinds.blogspot.com/2008/05/best-film-of-2007.html

The King Of Cool said...

I'm getting to vote myself. Great idea for a poll. Have you seen Burn After Reading yet?

Steve Langton said...

Great to see such a close poll (at the moment). I went for Blood Simple. I'd seen trailers for the film, and caught it opening week. I expected great things and wasn't let down. It just nipped in ahead of Fargo for me.

Ed Howard said...

I'd go for the oft-overlooked Man Who Wasn't There myself, just a great, funny, odd movie with gorgeous b&w cinematography. Burn After Reading was fun and amusing, probably a minor work but a very good one nonetheless. I'm glad (and surprised) it did so well, but I'm guessing things will die down once word spreads that the trailer, which makes it look like a non-stop laff-fest, is very misleading about what the film is actually like.

J.D. said...

Kotto:

"...i think NCFOM is the obvious answer. it's a much more mature piece of work than everything else they've done...and that says a lot since they've made a lot of great movies."

I disagree. NO COUNTRY is yet another take on "the bag of money" films they started with BLOOD SIMPLE and have revisited often with FARGO and THE BIG LEBOWSKI.

And if you're talking their most mature work, I would argue that FARGO fits that description.

Brandon Colvin said...

THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE never gets enough props.

James Hansen said...

Who isn't voting for FARGO in this poll? Arghhhh...

Jeremy Richey said...

Thanks to everyone for the comments. They have been great to read and I love the differing opinions...for what it's worth my favorite Coen Bros flick is FARGO...but I think they all pretty amazing (even the couple that I'm not that fond of are interesting)...thanks again and keep those votes coming.

Kotto said...

j.d. what does the basic premise have to do with anything? by that logic citizen kane is just another rags to riches story.

J.D. said...

Kotto:

"what does the basic premise have to do with anything? by that logic citizen kane is just another rags to riches story."

That NO COUNTRY really doesn't stray far from what the Coens have done previously to be considered the key work, IMO.

Kotto said...

NDFOM has something no other coen film can boast: the source material was written by a pulitzer prizer winner. even the coen's stated cormac mccarthy's writing brought newfound levels of thematic and symbolic complexity to the table. while on one hand NCFOM is a genre film, it transcends the genre is multiple ways...as noted in my NCFOM review.

IMHO the "premise" argument is a bit of a red herring.