Anyone who reads my stuff knows I fell in love with a little movie called True Grit a few weeks back. To phrase it like a typical movie critic, I felt it was a triumphant return to form for the Coen brothers! After a few films where I felt the brothers had been kind of hit or miss, True Grit reminded me just how much I love this writing and directing duo. So, I thought it would be fun to look back on their film catalogue and make a Top 5. Here’s mine (in order):
SIDENOTE: I think True Grit actually has a shot at making my Top 5 but until I see it again, I’m not making that leap. So, this list was based on all Coen brothers films released prior to True Grit.
5. MILLER’S CROSSING.
I’ve always been a fan of 20′s to 40′s-era gangsters. There’s just something about the way they talked and lived that I always liked. Naturally, the Coen brothers made me like that era even more by crafting this tale full of twists and turns that features some of the Coen’s best dialogue ever captured on screen.
Fargo is a great film! It trips me out though because the Coen’s did something very interesting with this film. They put a title card at the beginning of the film that read: The following is based on a true story. Everything that happens is fiction but it’s almost real enough to be believable and I wonder if the film is more enjoyable because you buy into the reality aspect of it. Hmmmm?
3. THE BIG LEBOWSKI.
I fully expect to get a bunch of crap for this as I suspect this is many people’s favorite. Admittedly, I’m not as in love with this film as most people seem to be but I think it’s a damn good film featuring the performance that will come to define Jeff Bridge’s very storied career.
2. O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?
While I feel like everybody likes this movie, I still feel like it’s severely underrated. The majority of it’s success, I think, comes from one of Clooney’s best performances and the music in the film but the Coen’s are to be commended for making such a solid adaptation from difficult source material.
1. RAISING ARIZONA.
The film that put the Coen’s on the map is still my favorite to this day. It wraps up so perfectly what makes the Coen brothers great… quirky music and characters, intertwining storylines, comedic undertones. But what this film did so well that no other film has been able to do is find the perfect way to let Nic Cage be Nic Cage!
So, what are some of your favorites?