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.
December 2, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- The Gotham Awards handed their best feature award to a surprise contender Monday: the Coen brothers' folk-music tale "Inside Llewyn Davis. " "Fruitvale Station," the movie about an unarmed young man who was fatally shot at an Oakland train station in 2009, was also a big winner at the annual New York independent-film confab, with the film's Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan winning breakthrough director and breakthrough actor, respectively. Matthew McConaughey won the ceremony's first-ever best actor prize for his role as unlikely AIDS crusader Ron Woodroof in "The Dallas Buyers Club.
January 1, 2014 |
When Nelson Lopéz was preparing the first bilingual translation of "Tales of Clay," a landmark short-story collection by the legendary Salvadoran writer known as Salarrué, he turned for inspiration to some unlikely sources: Mark Twain and the Coen brothers. First published in 1933, the three dozen stories in "Tales of Clay" evoke the harsh lives and slangy rural idiom of El Salvador's indigenous peasants. Their author, Salvador Efraín Salazar Arrué, a.k.a. Salarrué (pronounced sal-ru-ay)
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
December 5, 2013 |
As much as any directors working today, the brothers Coen, Ethan and Joel, are unmistakable auteurs, filmmakers who place their own distinctive stamp on everything they do. But while the bleak, funny, exquisitely made "Inside Llewyn Davis" echoes familiar themes and narrative journeys, it also goes its own way and becomes a singular experience, one of their best films. Like the Coens' earlier "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," "Inside" sends a protagonist with links to Homer's Odyssey (here it's an ornery cat named Ulysses)
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."