Posts Tagged ‘Coen Brothers’

A Serious Man: But Seriously …

December 15, 2009

A Serious Man is not a nice movie. Like both No Country for Old Men or Burn After Reading, it’s a film where the pieces don’t quite add up. You could compare it to Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon, except the Coen Brothers are less interested in sifting through history than grappling with the eternal mysteries. Man depicts a kind of war against God, a war which is always going to be one-sided. As the protagonist Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg) puts it at one point, why does God give man so many questions if He’s not going to provide any answers?


Great Moments in Auteurism: The First in a Soon-to-Be-Discontinued Series

March 4, 2009

The Coen Brothers direct an advertisement for clean coal. As Gary Oldman says in Batman Begins, “Gotta get me one of those!”

Admittedly, the Coens seem to be satirizing corporate language more than the cleanliness of our coal. Over at, Alexandra Shimo tries crunching the numbers.

Hey you, throwing that cup out your car window! David Lynch wants you to clean up New York … AND IT’S BLOODY TERRIFYING!