12 items from 2016
Like most of his films, Beatty co-wrote, produced and directed this romantic comedy, which tells the tale of an unconventional love story about an aspiring actress and her driver, who try to make a relationship work under the eccentric billionaire they work for - who happens to be Howard Hughes, played by Beatty himself.
Check out Rules Don't Apply when it hits Cineplex Theatres on November 23rd and in honour of the iconic talent who's been Oscar-nominated 14 times, »
- Scott Goodyer
Mark and Aaron are joined by Keith Silva to look at the Coen Brothers’ debut to cap of #Noirvember. The film cannot be viewed without the exploring the context of the Coen library and their successful career to follow, but it stands alone as a debut film that sets the stage for their style. We focus quite a bit on the noir aspect, how they were going for a specific aesthetic that shows their film heritage. We evaluate why this film works, how these neophytes meticulously crafted a slow burning art film at the height of the 1980s mainstream blockbusters.
About the film:
Joel and Ethan Coen’s career-long darkly comic road trip through misfit America began with this razor-sharp, hard-boiled neonoir set somewhere in Texas, where a sleazy bar owner releases a torrent of violence with one murderous thought. Actor M. Emmet Walsh looms over the proceedings as a »
- Aaron West
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Blood Simple (Joel and Ethan Coen)
For as accomplished as Joel and Ethan Coen’s debut Blood Simple comes across as to a viewer, like any director, they can’t help but recognize their flaws. That’s not to say their newly restored debut, now available on The Criterion Collection, doesn’t look and sound gorgeous — every bead of sweat dripping down M. Emmet Walsh’s face and every »
- The Film Stage
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Blood Simple (Joel and Ethan Coen)
For as accomplished as Joel and Ethan Coen’s debut Blood Simple comes across as to a viewer, like any director, they can’t help but recognize their flaws. That’s not to say their newly restored debut, now available on The Criterion Collection, doesn’t look and sound gorgeous — every bead of sweat dripping down M. Emmet Walsh’s face and every gun blow feels like you’re right there in »
- The Film Stage
For as accomplished as Joel and Ethan Coen’s debut film Blood Simple comes across to any viewer, like any director, they can’t help but recognize their flaws. That’s not to say their newly restored first film, now available on The Criterion Collection, doesn’t look and sound gorgeous — every bead of sweat dripping down M. Emmet Walsh’s face and every gun blow feels like you’re right there in the sweltering Texas landscape — but there’s an undeniable charm in their recounting of the making of the film.
With it being the first time most of the major talent involved was doing their specific job, it was a learning experience through and through, which makes the special features on new release all the more informative and entertaining. The most substantial feature on the disc is a 70-minute discussion with the directors and cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld as »
- Jordan Raup
The third week of September has a lot of fantastic horror and sci-fi home entertainment offerings coming our way, including an incredible pair of Criterion Blu-ray releases—Cat People (1942) and Blood Simple—as well as the 30th Anniversary Edition of Labyrinth and the Special Edition of Brian Trenchard-Smith’s Dead End Drive-In. Other notable titles being released on September 20th include the horror doc The Blackout Experiments (which premiered earlier this year at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival), Sacrifice, The Rift (1990), Beware! The Blob, and a Blu-ray set featuring all kinds of Twin Peaks goodness.
Newly Re-mastered in HD! The Blob returns... more outrageous than ever in this 1972 sequel to the popular sci-fi classic! Plenty of familiar faces, including Robert Walker Jr. (Ensign Pulver), Larry Hagman (Dallas), Sid Haig (Busting), Burgess Meredith (Rocky), Dick Van Patten (Eight is Enough), Godfrey Cambridge »
- Heather Wixson
It's always fun to witness the debut of a fantastic filmmaker. In this case, it's the birth of Two filmmakers, the team of Joel and Ethan Coen, who debuted in the lexicon of cinema with the neo-noir film Blood Simple in 1984. Starring Frances McDormand, John Getz, M. Emmett Walsh, and Dan Hedaya, Blood Simple is the tale of a Abby (Frances McDormand), very young wife who tries to escape her marriage to psychotic, wealthy bar owner Julian Marty (Dan Hedaya) via one of Marty's bartenders, her new lover Ray (John Getz). In no short time, Marty hires a private detective to follow the two, and when Marty sees photographic proof that his wife has been unfaithful, he hires the same man to off them. In noir, things always...
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For fans of filmmaking dynamic duo Joel and Ethan Coen, the news that the Criterion Collection had restored the brothers’ debut feature, the wicked 1984 crime drama “Blood Simple,” was reason enough to get excited, but that the new release comes with a bevy of special features (as is the Collection’s wont) was almost too wonderful to be believed. In celebration and anticipation of this week’s release of the restoration, the Criterion Collection has released one of the package’s special additions, a clever, meticulous and dead entertaining look at the storyboards of the classic feature.
The new video essay also gives some wonderful insight into the craftsmanship of the brothers, long a staple of their works. During the course of the film’s restoration, photographer Grant Delin created the video essay, one that compares scenes from the film to their original storyboards and includes commentary from the Coens, »
- Kate Erbland
Neo-noir got a major boost with this splendid first outing for the Coen Brothers, who planned to produce something commercially viable but broke through with a new style in fashionable genre mayhem. A fantastic cast helps, including the auspicious debut of the great Frances McDormand. Blood Simple Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 834 1984 / Color / 1:85 anamorphic 16:9 / 95 m. Starring John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, M. Emmet Walsh, Samm-Art Williams. Cinematography Barry Sonnenfeld Production Designer Jane Musky Film Editor Roderick Jaynes (Ethan Coen & Joel Coen), Don Wiegmann Original Music Carter Burwell, Jim Roberge Writing credits Ethan Coen and Joel Coen Produced by Daniel F. Bacaner, Ethan Coen Directed by Joel Coen
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Although I hear a fair amount of grousing against the Coen Bros. entire approach to filmmaking, they've earned their place through the sheer entertainment value of their work. Reading a Variety review of movies debuting at a »
- Glenn Erickson
I’ve been back from my Oregon vacation for a couple of weeks now, and though the getaway was a good and necessary one, I’m still in the process of mentally unpacking from a week and a half of relaxing and thinking mostly only about things I wanted to think about. (I also discovered a blackberry cider brewed in the region, the source of a specific sort of relaxation that I’m still finding myself pining for.) It hasn’t helped that our time off and immediate time back coincided with the bombast and general insanity of the Republic National Convention, followed immediately by the disarray and sense of restored hope that bookended the Democrats’ week-long party. The extremity of emotions engendered by those two events, coupled with a profoundly unsettling worry over the base level of our current political discourse and where it may lead this country, hasn »
- Dennis Cozzalio
"Something can always go wrong..." Janus Films has unveiled a trailer for the upcoming restored re-release of the Coen Brothers' first film, Blood Simple, which first hit theaters in 1985 - 31 years ago. The film is still regarded as one of the Coens' best and is a crime thriller about a bar owner who figures out his wife is having an affair and tries to hire a private investigator to kill her and her new lover, a bartender at his bar. The film stars Dan Hedaya, Frances McDormand, John Getz, M. Emmet Walsh and Samm-Art Williams. Along with the trailer, there's a flashy poster (seen below) to compliment the re-release. Those who haven't seen this classic crime film yet, this is a perfect opportunity to catch it on the big screen. Enjoy. Here's the new re-release trailer for the Coen Brothers' film Blood Simple, in high def from Apple: Deep in the heart of Texas, »
- Alex Billington
That’s right. Hulu. I’m here to tell you that there’s a cinematic streaming goldmine available on Hulu that includes recent hits, older classics, domestic releases, and foreign imports. It’s even home to hundreds of Criterion titles. Sure there’s plenty of filler and seemingly thousands of titles I’ve never heard of before, but I’m not here to talk about possible gems like The Ouija Resurrection: Ouija Experiment 2… I’m here to recommend some good movies to watch this month on Hulu. Pick of the Month: Blood Simple (1984) Not that you need an excuse, but since Joel and Ethan Coen’s 17th feature film, Hail, Caesar!, opens this Friday it’s as good a time as any to revisit the brothers’ feature debut. It’s a terrific Texas noir featuring a quartet of characters whose motivations and allegiances aren’t always crystal clear. They’re brought to life through strong performances too »
- Rob Hunter
12 items from 2016
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