February 7, 2010 |
A Serious Man Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $36.98 Typically strange and unusually sweet, "A Serious Man" finds Joel and Ethan Coen contemplating the mysteries of the universe and the meaning of good and evil before deciding that spiritual inquiry is a stupid waste of time. Michael Stuhlbarg gives an engaging performance as a Jewish physics professor wandering through the increasingly vague moral landscape of late-'60s suburban Minnesota, looking for answers from a God who responds with easily misinterpreted signs.
October 11, 2009
Regarding the one-note Coen Brothers ["Mystery in the Making," Oct. 4]: But, oh what a perfect note they keep hitting. America's national cinematic treasures. Perfect pitch, again, again and again. Jerry Collamer San Clemente
September 7, 2008 |
Calling from, as one might well imagine, France, John Malkovich is measured, urbane and dryly witty. And yet, when Ethan and Joel Coen wrote him into their upcoming "Burn After Reading," it was as a burned-out former CIA analyst prone to fits of apoplectic rage. "Yeah, well, probably, people like to see me lose my temper, for whatever reason," Malkovich muses in his familiar, languid delivery. His character "has done this job, which I don't think has much impact on anything in a positive way. He has a miserable marriage, he's a drunk and he doesn't seem to have much to focus on except writing his sort of fictionalized biography or his attempt at achieving Tom Clancydom."
January 11, 2011 |
On the set of his first movie, "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," future "Rabbit Hole" director John Cameron Mitchell was decked out in drag ? and running around the set barking orders at Teamsters. His father, then an Army major general, was visiting the set that day. "He told me, 'Oh, you're doing what I do,'" recalls Mitchell. On most sets, that's the truth: A director's vision may be one thing, but how he or she achieves it through managing cast, crew and a thousand other tiny details is another.
January 23, 2001 |
What do the movie-making Coen brothers--the joyously ironic brains behind my favorite movie of 2000, "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"--have in common with Billy Wilder, Alfred Hitchcock, Luis Bunuel and Stanley Kubrick? Great movies on their filmographies? A mastery of dark comedy? Both true, but that's still only partly right. The directors above, who gave us--respectively--"Fargo," "Some Like It Hot," "Rear Window" 'Belle de Jour" and "Dr.
September 20, 2009
Coen brothers' film: An article in last Sunday's Calendar section about the film "A Serious Man" said the Coen brothers' movie "No Country for Old Men" was released last year. It came out in 2007.