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Sunday, October 5, 2008


'Blood Simple'

The Coen brothers' 1984 debut is a slow, mannered, almost minimalist spin on film noir, its blasted Texas landscapes shot in dull colors more disturbing than black-and-white. The plot is awash in adultery, double-dealing, and revenge, but what you'll remember are images—roads and walls and bullet holes—and a pair of perfectly odd/oddly perfect performances by the great M. Emmet Walsh and a young Frances McDormand. It's a true indie classic, and the Coens never made another movie like it. (Central Cinema, 1411 21st Ave, 686-6684. 7 and 9:40 pm, $5. Oct 2–9.)


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The Cohen Brothers are what happens when the filmmakers go to film school and see a lot of classics from the 40s and 50s that the audience doesn't know about and so they can just steal willy nilly and present it as new.

Their kryptonite? Netflix.

Posted by John Bailo | October 5, 2008 11:40 AM

sorry to even acknowledge it, but they don't hide their influences fuckface.

Plus, support Central Cinema! They are awesome! good beer, pizza, and popcorn with real butter delivered to your seat. And I would imagine the miserable person above me won't be there.

Posted by Postum | October 5, 2008 12:55 PM

Hey, Bailo.

Make a film for Slog and we'll tell you if it sucks or not.

*spoiler alert: It sucks.

Posted by bearseatbeats | October 5, 2008 12:56 PM

#1: I'm pretty sure you stole that whine, because its been used to death by others.

One of the great tragedies of "intellectual property" is that the recognition and proliferation of good ideas is equated with theft.

Posted by lusk | October 5, 2008 1:09 PM

No, they haven't made another film like it; they've made better ones. Many better ones, and many worse ones.

Posted by keshmeshi | October 5, 2008 1:21 PM

I'm too stupid to spell the Coen brothers' name right, and I'm proud of it!

Posted by Penis de Bailo | October 5, 2008 2:11 PM

wait, so someone else made a movie about bad unexpected things happening to someone, and the repercussions that ensue?!?


no more (post 1950) movies for me!

Posted by Abe | October 5, 2008 4:50 PM

i totally forgot that was frances mcdormand.

knife in the hand - yikes!

Posted by max solomon @ home | October 5, 2008 9:24 PM

i totally forgot that was frances mcdormand.

knife in the hand - yikes!

Posted by max solomon @ home | October 5, 2008 9:53 PM

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