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Coen Brothers movies: All 18 films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Fargo,’ ‘The Big Lebowski,’ ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’

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Coen Brothers movies: All 18 films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Fargo,’ ‘The Big Lebowski,’ ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’
Joel Coen celebrates his 64th birthday on November 29, 2018. Alongside his younger sibling Ethan Coen, the four-time Oscar winner has created a number of quirky, singular titles spanning a variety of genres. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at all 18 of the Coen Brothers films, ranked worst to best.

The Coens made their feature debut with the Southwestern neo-noir “Blood Simple” (1984). Shot on a shoestring budget with a then largely unknown cast, the film established the brothers’ talent for visually striking, wholly original stories.

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They followed their breakout hit with a series of increasingly ambitious, wildly different features: the wacky Southern farce “Raising Arizona” (1987), the moody gangster saga “Millers Crossing” (1990), the bizarre Hollywood satire “Barton Fink” (1991), and the nostalgic screwball comedy “The Hudsucker Proxy” (1994).

It wasn’t until “Fargo” (1996), a comedic thriller about a pregnant police
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Coen Brothers movies: All 18 films ranked worst to best

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Coen Brothers movies: All 18 films ranked worst to best
Joel Coen celebrates his 64th birthday on November 29, 2018. Alongside his younger sibling Ethan Coen, the four-time Oscar winner has created a number of quirky, singular titles spanning a variety of genres. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at all 18 of the Coen Brothers films, ranked worst to best.

The Coens made their feature debut with the Southwestern neo-noir “Blood Simple” (1984). Shot on a shoestring budget with a then largely unknown cast, the film established the brothers’ talent for visually striking, wholly original stories.

They followed their breakout hit with a series of increasingly ambitious, wildly different features: the wacky Southern farce “Raising Arizona” (1987), the moody gangster saga “Millers Crossing” (1990), the bizarre Hollywood satire “Barton Fink” (1991), and the nostalgic screwball comedy “The Hudsucker Proxy” (1994).

It wasn’t until “Fargo” (1996), a comedic thriller about a pregnant police officer (McDormand) investigating a murder-kidnapping gone awry in Minnesota, that
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‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ reviews: The Coen Brothers’ Netflix anthology is ‘funny,’ ‘mournful’ and ‘jauntily morbid’

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‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ reviews: The Coen Brothers’ Netflix anthology is ‘funny,’ ‘mournful’ and ‘jauntily morbid’
Joel and Ethan Coen have tackled the Western genre before with “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” (2000) and “True Grit” (2010), but their new Netflix anthology film, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” is a marked departure from those, if only in its structure. It tells six disconnected stories that range from upbeat to tragic, to both all at once. How are critics responding to this latest offbeat genre piece, which started streaming on Friday, November 9?

As of this writing the film has a MetaCritic score of 80 based on 25 reviews, all of them classified as positive, though a few of them more ambivalent than others. And the film has a Rotten Tomatoes freshness rating of 95% based on 55 reviews (only 3 classified as “rotten”). Taken together, those scores indicate a lot of love for this collection of short stories, and very little outright dislike.

Individual reviews are describing the film as “another piece of Coen
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Sliff 2018 Review – Zama

Zama screens Tuesday November 6th at 9m and again Friday November 9th at 9:30pm as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. Both screenings are at the Plaza Frontenac Theater. Ticket information can be found Here and Here

Review by Stephen Tronicek

Lucrecia Martel’s Zama is the type of comedy that is found in the details. There’s a particular one, that always got me every single time I saw it. As Zama (Daniel Giménez Cacho), a powerful yet pitiful member of a Spanish colonial government, goes into every house he must, he must brush the poop off his shoes that he picked up while walking there. Not only is the movement within the frame objectively funny, there is a whipping motion to it that comes off of like a child who won’t get his candy back, it’s a joke baked into the very theme of the movie.
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The Coen Brothers’ Movies Have Been Ranked Using Emoji, and It’s Brilliant

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The Coen Brothers’ Movies Have Been Ranked Using Emoji, and It’s Brilliant
Ranking the Coen Brothers’ movies is nothing new, but using emoji to do it is. Actor Paul Rust has done just that on Twitter, and it’s a testament to both the cinematic siblings’ singular body of work and Rust’s emoji-choosing abilities that it’s surprisingly easy to decipher his choices. When #1 is signified by a pregnant woman and a female cop, for instance, it’s clear he’s chosen “Fargo” as his top choice; a bowling ball and pins can only mean that “The Big Lebowski” has come in at #5.

Here are all of his choices:

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17. The Ladykillers

— Paul Rust (@paulrust) October 20, 2018

And here they are decoded (#9 wasn’t so easy to figure out):

Fargo” “The Man Who Wasn’t There” “Barton Fink” “No Country for Old Men” “The Big Lebowski” “Blood Simple” “Raising Arizona” “The Hudsucker Proxy” “Hail, Caesar!” “A Serious Man” “Burn After Reading
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Campfire stories by Anne-Katrin Titze

Bill Heck, Tim Blake Nelson, Zoe Kazan, Ethan Coen, and Joel Coen with 56th New York Film Festival Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Leave it to Joel and Ethan Coen to assemble a cast that includes Tim Blake Nelson, Zoe Kazan (who co-wrote Paul Dano's Wildlife a highlight of the festival), Tyne Daly, Tom Waits, James Franco, Liam Neeson, Bill Heck, and Brendan Gleeson for their latest feature The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs which is screening in the Main Slate of the 56th New York Film Festival.

Ethan Coen with Joel Coen: "We had an oxen wrangler, because we wanted the oxen to do something specific in a take." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The Coen brothers worked again with longtime collaborators. This is the 16th time with composer Carter Burwell, who started out with Blood Simple, then Raising Arizona, Barton Fink, and The Hudsucker Proxy,
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‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 5 Trailer: The Best Horse Around is Back as a Gritty TV Detective

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‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 5 Trailer: The Best Horse Around is Back as a Gritty TV Detective
BoJack Horseman” is poised to become Netflix’s longest-running comedy. But if this first look at the latest chapter is any indication, we’re in for a little more introspection than even “BoJack” fans are used to.

Last season, BoJack (Will Arnett) found an unexpected new family member in Hollyhock (Aparna Nancherla). With Season 5, BoJack’s return to the small screen finds the rest of the usual cast of characters back in their own personal journeys: Princess Caroline’s learning the ropes of a new job, Hollyhock is off away from Chez Horseman, and Mr. Peanutbutter is back as a working actor, just like his equine pal.

This season is headed to Netflix later this year, but as announced last month, “BoJack” repeats will air on Comedy Central in the fall. (Time will tell if this is all a secret plan for a “Hollywoo Stars and Celebrities: What Do They Know?
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The Oscar Legacy of ‘The Dark Knight': Christopher Nolan’s Hit Changed the Rules, But Did That Even Matter?

The Oscar Legacy of ‘The Dark Knight': Christopher Nolan’s Hit Changed the Rules, But Did That Even Matter?
The release of Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” 10 years ago led directly to a decade in which big commercial hits like “Wonder Woman,” “Deadpool,” “Straight Outta Compton,” “Skyfall,” “Bridesmaids” and “Star Trek” received Best Picture nominations.

Best picture nominations, that is, from the Producers Guild Awards. Not the Oscars.

Sure, the Academy changed its rules in the aftermath of the notorious 2009 snub of “The Dark Knight” in an attempt to increase the likelihood of well-reviewed commercial hits landing nominations for the top category, but the change has mostly resulted in nominations for even more little indie films, not more big studio ones.

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And if this year’s biggest hit, “Black Panther,” doesn’t get a nomination in the top category this January, the Academy will find itself asking the same question it asked in
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Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dark Knight’ Changed Movies, and the Oscars, Forever

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Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dark Knight’ Changed Movies, and the Oscars, Forever
In late 2008, Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” — a zeitgeist-infused superhero sequel that would come to be widely regarded as the best in the genre — was on a crash-course with major Oscar recognition. Nominations from the producers, directors, and writers guilds, as well as a monster domestic box office haul north of $500 million, only firmed up expectations.

Then, “The Reader” happened. The Stephen Daldry drama, steeped in Oscar-friendly Holocaust trappings, was muscled into the race by Harvey Weinstein at a time when the now-disgraced mogul’s Miramax glory days were fast-becoming a distant memory, and the awards outlook for his newly formed Weinstein Co. was increasingly dim. (Movies like “Mrs Henderson Presents” and “Bobby” had failed to connect with voters.) “The Reader” nailed down nominations for best picture, director, and adapted screenplay, effectively boxing out Nolan’s critically acclaimed blockbuster in the top fields.

It was the last time the
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‘Burning’ Review: Lee Chang-dong’s Adaptation of Haruki Murakami Story Is a Mesmerizing Tale of Working Class Frustrations – Cannes 2018

‘Burning’ Review: Lee Chang-dong’s Adaptation of Haruki Murakami Story Is a Mesmerizing Tale of Working Class Frustrations – Cannes 2018
Korean filmmaker Lee Chang-dong and Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami share distinct fixations — loneliness and desire — so the combination of their talents feels like a natural fit. No surprise then that “Burning,” Lee’s first feature in eight years, expands Murakami’s short story “Barn Burning” into an enthralling look at working-class frustrations in which a sad figure chases elusive possibilities

As with “Secret Sunshine” and “Poetry,” Lee takes his time combing through a scenario rich with the ineffable sadness of people at the mercy of a cruel world. The result is a haunting, beautiful tone poem. Lee takes his forlorn character to unpredictable places, leading to an outcome that dangles tantalizing questions and potent themes.

Murakami’s abstract narrative provides an ideal template for Lee’s standard fixations, resulting in a dark and often gripping look at the soul-searing plight of an alienated young man. That’s Lee Jongsu (Ah-in
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Emmys 2018: Will Michael Stuhlbarg be redeemed after Oscar snub with an Emmy bid for ‘The Looming Tower’?

Emmys 2018: Will Michael Stuhlbarg be redeemed after Oscar snub with an Emmy bid for ‘The Looming Tower’?
Will Michael Stuhlbarg earn his first career Emmy nomination for “The Looming Tower”? He co-stars in the Hulu limited series as Richard Clarke, the real life chief counter-terrorism adviser on the National Security Council in the years leading up to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. This role follows an awards season in which the actor achieved the rare feat of appearing in three Best Picture nominees: “Call Me by Your Name,” “The Post” and the eventual winner “The Shape of Water.” But Stuhlbarg himself wasn’t nominated. Emmy voters may want to make it up to him.

It’s perhaps surprising that Stuhlbarg hasn’t been nominated for an Oscar yet given his roles in numerous Oscar contending films including “A Serious Man” (2009), “Hugo” (2011), “Lincoln” (2012), “Blue Jasmine” (2013) and “Arrival” (2016), in addition to his three nominated films from 2017. But you might say the same thing about the Emmys. Stuhlbarg spent four
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Oscars flashback: Joel and Ethan Coen win Best Picture for ‘No Country for Old Men’ 10 years ago [Watch]

Oscars flashback: Joel and Ethan Coen win Best Picture for ‘No Country for Old Men’ 10 years ago [Watch]
Producer Scott Rudin made one of the greatest decisions of his life when he approached Joel and Ethan Coen about directing a project for him in 2005. He had purchased the film rights to “No Country for Old Men,” a new novel by Cormac McCarthy about a drug deal gone wrong on the United States/Mexico border in the 1980s. But they were hesitant to accept since they were known for writing their own original movies, including an Oscar victory for the screenplay of Fargo” in 1996.

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The finished film brought them back to the Academy Awards 10 years ago and became the Best Picture of 2007 at the ceremony in 2008 (watch the video above). They would also take home trophies for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay that evening. With this triumph the Coen brothers joined James Cameron as the most recent
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Video Essay. The Man Who Knew Too Much

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Joel and Ethan Coen's A Serious Man (2009) is showing from December 25, 2017 - January 24, 2018 on Mubi in the United Kingdom.When he asks his rabbi why all the misfortune, this is the response he gets: “Hashem doesn’t owe us the answer, Larry.” Trouble follows him throughout A Serious Man, yet Larry Gopnik still views his life like a math problem. There is always an explanation, right? Despite all the catastrophes that happen to Larry through no fault of his own, he insists that Hashem is trying to tell him something. What the rabbi would have him believe as a pious Jew is not to question Hashem’s will. You should just live your life, and helping others couldn’t hurt. Larry is a college professor constantly looking behind the curtain, always wanting to know more. He can’t stop picking at his spiritual wound, and it never heals. Larry is not interested in stories.
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Interview, Audio: Michael Stuhlbarg in ‘Call Me By Your Name’

Chicago – The character actor Michael Stuhlbarg is one of the more complete players in today’s show business. His embrace of a role is absolute, and his characters ring with a particular poetry based on his interpretations. His latest role is of an academic and father in the new film, “Call Me By Your Name.”

“Call Me…” is a sensitive and authentic literary adaptation that tells of summer romance between an older grad student (Armie Hammer) – under the tutelage of Professor Perlman (Stuhlbarg) – and the professor’s curious son Elio (Timothée Chalamet). Stuhlbarg’s role is one of commentator throughout the film, until a climatic monologue that assures his son that whatever is right for him is right for everybody. The film is a emotional alternative to the holiday blockbuster.

Michael Stuhlbarg as Professor Perlman in “Call Me By My Name”

Photo credit: Sony Pictures Classics

Michael Stuhlbarg was born in Long Beach,
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‘Call Me by Your Name’ Could Land (at Least) Seven Oscar Nominations: Here’s Why

‘Call Me by Your Name’ Could Land (at Least) Seven Oscar Nominations: Here’s Why
Call Me by Your Name” opened Thanksgiving weekend with stellar reviews and the best limited release numbers of 2017. Sony Pictures Classics acquired the elegiac romantic drama in 2016, and with a finished movie by summer’s end, screened it for Sundance programmers who immediately wanted the film in its lineup.

Now, “Call Me by Your Name” has become a consensus favorite among critics and audiences. It’s simple yet sophisticated, an escapist summer fantasy that feels authentic, and a lovely romance between 17-year-old Elio (Timothée Chalamet) and his professor father’s 24-year-old grad student Oliver (Armie Hammer). And it’s that rare four-quadrant specialty hit: embraced by straights and gays, women and men, young and old.

As classics scholars, Professor Perlman (Michael Stuhlbarg) and Oliver explore the eroticism of Greek statues and fine art; Perlman admires the Grecian ideal of love between two men; he wishes he had experienced what Elio and Oliver share that summer.
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‘Call Me by Your Name’ Could Land (at Least) Seven Oscar Nominations: Here’s Why

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‘Call Me by Your Name’ Could Land (at Least) Seven Oscar Nominations: Here’s Why
Call Me by Your Name” opened Thanksgiving weekend with stellar reviews and the best limited release numbers of 2017. Sony Pictures Classics acquired the elegiac romantic drama in 2016, and with a finished movie by summer’s end, screened it for Sundance programmers who immediately wanted the film in its lineup.

Now, “Call Me by Your Name” has become a consensus favorite among critics and audiences. It’s simple yet sophisticated, an escapist summer fantasy that feels authentic, and a lovely romance between 17-year-old Elio (Timothée Chalamet) and his professor father’s 24-year-old grad student Oliver (Armie Hammer). And it’s that rare four-quadrant specialty hit: embraced by straights and gays, women and men, young and old.

As classics scholars, Professor Perlman (Michael Stuhlbarg) and Oliver explore the eroticism of Greek statues and fine art; Perlman admires the Grecian ideal of love between two men; he wishes he had experienced what Elio and Oliver share that summer.
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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Michael Stuhlbarg

An exceptionally talented, and hardworking actor, Michael Stuhlbarg is what you would expect from the most prominent stars on TV today. He has enjoyed tremendous success standing out among his peers multiple times. One of his defining moments was when Coen brothers gave him a chance to take the lead on “A Serious Man” a film he acted in 2009. He auditioned for multiple parts in the film that he was well suited for. The brothers even said they wished they had powers to clone him to that he could take up more than one role. Other films where the

Five Things You Didn’t Know about Michael Stuhlbarg
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'Call Me By Your Name': The Story Behind the Most Romantic Movie of the Year

'Call Me By Your Name': The Story Behind the Most Romantic Movie of the Year
Luca Guadagnino is sitting in a hotel in Beverly Hills, but his mind is back in Italy. The 46-year-old director is doing press duties for Call Me By Your Name, his rapturous romance about star-crossed lovers falling for each other over one memorable, wistful summer. (It hits theaters on November 24th.) And when he's asked if he's ever had a comparably whirlwind, sun-splashed fling – one that may have helped inspire his sensual, startling love story – you get the sense that the filmmaker has momentarily left the room. He is now
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Michael Stuhlbarg Plays The Parent Everyone Wishes They Had In ‘Call Me By Your Name’

Michael Stuhlbarg Plays The Parent Everyone Wishes They Had In ‘Call Me By Your Name’
Michael Stuhlbarg is finely cast in Call Me by Your Name. The quiet, unshowy determination that Stuhlbarg has brought to all of his roles, in the likes of A Serious Man, Blue Jasmine and Miss Sloane, seems to marry expertly with the world of André Aciman's deliriously romantic novel about the blossoming romance between the 17-year-old Elio and the 24-year-old Oliver, a graduate student who comes to stay for the summer. Elio's father is a presence in the story, but as…
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New Red-Band Trailer Released For Guillermo Del Toro's Dark Fairytale The Shape Of Water

Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water is one of the final films being released in 2017 that I'm extremely excited about seeing! To tide us over until the movie is released in theaters, a new red-band trailer has been released for us to enjoy. The trailer offers us more footage and additional insight into the story and characters. I've heard so many great things about this movie and I believe that the hype is real.

The Shape of Water is an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolatjion. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.

The film has a wonderfully talented cast that includes Doug Jones, Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine, Happy-Go-
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