No Country For Old Men review “What’s the most you ever lost on a coin toss?”

No Country for Old Men posterCritical praise rained on the Coen brothers in 2008 for their work in No Country for Old Men. From creating an unforgettable antagonist to redefining a genre, No Country for Old Men left its impression on audiences and critics alike. But I think one of the biggest impression the film left can also be considered a huge gamble. Many passable movies today have the tendency to spoon-feed exposition through either uninspired dialog (Star Wars: Episode I) or plot devices (action scenes in the Transformers series).

No Country for Old Men takes the gamble of being a smart movie. Not smart in the sense that you need an impressive IQ or understand quantum physics to appreciate the movie. But smart in the sense that the movie is layered and meaning is found through attention to detail. The Coen brothers find success with No Country for Old Men by whole heartily trusting the audience. Continue reading

“Hail Coens!” Hail, Caesar review

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By Rob Stoakes

RUN! RUN! THE END TIMES ARE NEAR! IT’S A COEN BROTHERS MOVIE WITHOUT JOHN GOODMAN! AAAAAAAIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

That’s how much I love the Coen Brothers; I’m willing to open my review, my first impression to you all, with a joke you will only understand if you’ve literally buried yourself in Blood Simple DVDs.

The two brothers are easily two of my favourite directors and writers of all time. Let’s just name some films; A Serious Man, Fargo, Raising Arizona, No Country for Old Men, Bridge of Spies, Inside Llewyn Davis, goddamn The godamn Big goddamn Lebowski! Keep your Steven Spielberg, to me the Coen Brothers are almost beyond praise, more the fearful reverence and awe that ancient folk worshipped their deities.

Ok, there was Gambit, but we don’t talk about that. Continue reading