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30 Years of Coen

Inside Llewyn DavisBrand new on DVD (and in our catalog) is Inside Llewyn DavisThis latest film from the Coen brothers got no Oscar love, but is a quiet, strange, and beautiful little ode to the 1960s folk scene.

The writing/directing team have been making films for 30 years, beginning with their startling 1984 debut, Blood Simple.  The duo’s work is singular, odd, and polarizing. Case in point:  Two enduring fan favorites, The Big Lebowski (1998) and O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), have never done much for me, though I acknowledge their respective charms. 

Topping my list would be the brilliant and darkly hilarious Fargo (1996), followed closely by the astonishingly haunting No Country For Old Men (2007). 

 

Five other essential viewings:

Raising Arizona (1987)

Miller’s Crossing (1990)

Barton Fink (1991)

A Serious Man (2009)

True Grit (2010)

 

 

 

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