Oct 1, 2009

The best of the Coen brothers: Fargo

There's nothing like the internet for coming across something you violently disagree with. I just stumbled on the following apostasy at Ropeofsilicon. It's a list of Coen brothers movies, in order of preference:—
1. O Brother Where Art Thou
2. The Big Lebowski
3. Raising Arizona
4. The Man Who Wasn't There
5. Millers Crossing
6. No Country for Old Men
7. Hudsucker Proxy
8. Barton Fink
9. Fargo
10. Blood Simple
Have they not eyes, ears? I sense a distinct case of diharditis. The list is big on what you might call signature works: the ones so covered with cute Coen Brothers add-on features you don't notice there's nothing at their centre: Brother, Lebowski, Fink. Please. The Coens run a plot as tight as a snare drum — their woozier jam sessions need no encouraging. The Who Wasn't There should be nowhere within 100 yards of this list let alone at number 4. Here's how it should run.
1. Fargo
2. Miller's Crossing
3. Raising Arizona
4. Blood Simple
5. No Country for Old Men
6. O Brother Where Art Thou?
7. Barton Fink
8. The Big Lebowksi
9. The Hudsucker Proxy
10. There is no number 10.

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