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This will be short, because I've not had a day off since Mabon (eight days ago), and I've not left the house since last Wednesday. It's not good for me, and I can't get back into that habit. So, today is a day off, and I have been ordered to go forth into the Outside. There was a small seizure yesterday, and that's usually a pretty good sign I'm doing something wrong.

By now, folks should have Sirenia Digest #34, with which I am quite pleased. It came out long, 57 pages. I was very glad that we got the interview with Karl Persson, and I'm looking forward not only to the reaction to "Untitled #33", but the reaction to the excerpt from The Red Tree.

Last night, I realized that after Burn After Reading, I was craving more Coen Bros., so we watched Miller's Crossing. It might well be my favourite Coen film. It's certainly in the top three. If only for the superb dialog, and the scene where Leo single-handedly takes down the hit squad that Caspar has sent after him, while "Danny Boy" lilts in the background. Wonderful. It's just a perfect film, and it soothes me.

Please, please have a look at the current batch of eBay auctions.

Okay...clothes, right? And...doors. Sheesh. Doors.


Sep. 30th, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC)

I may be alone in feeling they've never made a bad movie.

Hmmmm. I wasn't terribly fond of The Man Who Wasn't There, but I think that had more with to do me than the movie. But, otherwise....

Yeah, when I want silly Coens, it's usually The Big Lebowski, though sometimes it's The Hudsucker Proxy or Raising Arizona.
Oct. 1st, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)
Raising Arizona I think was my first Coen film, and it just struck me so goddamn funny ('They're jammies! They got Yodas an' shit on 'em!') it's my sentimental favorite of their comedies, though Lebowski is just about dead even. It depends which one I've seen most recently.

The one that hasn't quite held up for me is Blood Simple, and by that I just mean they would go on to do much, much better and their debut, upon rewatching now, plays relatively weak in comparison with the later gems. (You'd never guess from Frances McDormand's performance what kind of actress she'd turn out to be.)

I even liked The Ladykillers, because Tom Hanks just seemed to be having so much fun with that dialogue. Clooney shines in all his Coen films for the same reason.

You're not off-base, though; The Man Who Wasn't There seems to be the least Coens-y film, in terms of dialogue or characters or scenes you effortlessly recall years later, or a world you're eager to revisit. I enjoyed its pitch-perfect film noir style and Billy Bob's equally perfect film noir performance, but the film is short on Coen Moments.
Oct. 1st, 2008 03:20 am (UTC)
I even liked The Ladykillers, because Tom Hanks just seemed to be having so much fun with that dialogue.

Have you seen the original (1955), with Alec Guinness? It is quite wonderful. (I have not seen the remake.)
Oct. 1st, 2008 04:34 am (UTC)

Have you seen the original (1955), with Alec Guinness?

It's a favourite of mine.
Oct. 1st, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
Yep. It's a classic. The Coens' version manages to be its own thing, neither eclipsing nor tarnishing the original, but the original is a thing of beauty.