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The Coen Brothers' 10 Best Movies, According To Rotten Tomatoes

If there’s one thing the Coen brothers are great at, it’s juxtaposition. And that’s not just juxtaposition within their films – like cutting from a tense break-in scene to a kick in the nuts in their directorial debut Blood Simple – it’s juxtaposition on their filmography as a whole. They’ll go from a harrowing Oscar-winning drama like Fargo to a zany comedy like The Big Lebowski, or they’ll go from a harrowing Oscar-winning drama like No Country for Old Men to a zany comedy like Burn After Reading. And their movies are consistently impeccable.

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The Coen Brothers' 10 Most Memorable Characters, Ranked

The Coen Brothers, Joel David Coen and Ethan Jesse Coen, are American filmmakers that have been driving force on the big screen since their debut of Blood Simple in 1984. As directors and writers, these two brothers have created a name for themselves. With thirteen Academy Award nominations, the Coen Brothers have dozens of famous titles under their belts. Although their films span across multiple genres, there is no denying that these brilliant minds create memorable and intriguing characters. Here are their 10 most memorable characters, ranked.

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Ulysses Everett McGillO Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

Everett is played by the phenomenal George Clooney, who is one prong of this iconic trio of escaped convicts in the 1930s. The other two, also memorable characters, are Pete Hogwallop (John Turturro) and Delmar O'Donnell (Tim Blake Nelson). While this film was
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10 Crime Movies That Are Completely Underrated

If you're a crime movie fan, you've probably seen The Godfather, Scarface, and Heat. Or, at the very least you've watched half of them on TV with your Dad. Still, crime enthusiast, there is a world beyond the cop and gangster canon. There are those unsung masterworks, those hidden gems, those instant crime classics. Keep on scrolling for ten of the very best.

Related: 10 Crime Movies All Anti-Hero Lovers Should Watch

10. Running Scared (2006)

Maybe the finest work of the late Paul Walker, Running Scared is about as dark as crime thrillers get. Dealing with sensitive subject matter in a brazen, haphazard way, it's most definitely not for everyone. Still, even beyond Walker's committed performance, there's something to it. The end credit sequence point to the idea that Scared is a Grimm fairy tale, a paranoid nightmare that explores the worst fears of both parent and child. So dour and tasteless it's almost a Grindhouse movie,
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John Waters, John Turturro, and More Remember Indie Film Giant Ben Barenholtz: ‘The End of an Era’

John Waters, John Turturro, and More Remember Indie Film Giant Ben Barenholtz: ‘The End of an Era’
When Ben Barenholtz, 83, died Wednesday at his new home in Prague, we lost one of the giants of American independent cinema. This vital and genial man has left a legacy behind few can equal. Many in the film community remember him as an entrepreneur, champion of new talent, mentor, cinephile and filmmaker. (Check out his many Facebook tributes here.) Others shared their thoughts in emails to IndieWire throughout the day.

“Ben’s passing is the end of an era,” said John Turturro. “I knew Ben first as a theater owner of the Elgin, which I used to frequent as a young man. Then I worked with him as a producer of ‘Miller’s Crossing’ and ‘Barton Fink.’ He introduced me to so many talented people. His great eye, his sense of humor and mischievous rebellious outlook masked a complicated and difficult early life. He was one of a kind and
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Ben Barenholtz, Producer Who Launched Coen Brothers’ Career, Dies at 83

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Ben Barenholtz, Producer Who Launched Coen Brothers’ Career, Dies at 83
Ben Barenholtz, the producer-distributor who helped launch the careers of David Lynch and the Coen Brothers, died on Wednesday in Prague at the age of 83.

Barenholtz is credited with pioneering the concept of the “midnight movie” by screening subversive, future cult classics like John Waters’ “Pink Flamingos” and Alejandro Jodorowsky’s “El Topo,” the latter of which Barenholtz decided to screen at the (now defunct) Elgin Theater in New York City after attending the private screening of it at the Museum of Modern Art. That screening is seen as essential by film historians to helping the film find a wider audience and gain a legacy as one of Jodorowsky’s most famous works.

During World War II, Barenholtz escaped the Nazi concentration camps at the age of eight by living in the woods of Poland with 11 other escapees, losing his father during the war. Barenholtz kept his past a secret
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Ben Barenholtz, Independent Film Stalwart and Supporter of David Lynch, Dies at 83

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Ben Barenholtz, Independent Film Stalwart and Supporter of David Lynch, Dies at 83
Independent film stalwart Ben Barenholtz, longtime supporter of David Lynch and the Coen brothers, died Wednesday in Prague after a brief illness. He was 83.

Barenholtz had been living in Prague at the time of his death, according to his friend Sony Pictures Classics executive Tom Prassis. He died in his sleep surrounded by friends, Prassis added.

Barenholtz was also a Holocaust survivor and blogged in 2010 about his experiences of escaping into the Polish countryside with 11 other people at the age of eight. He lived in the woods for two years before the war came to an end.

Barenholtz began his career in the 1960s in New York City running the now-defunct Village Theater and the Elgin Cinema. He’s credited with pioneering the concept of midnight-movie showings, including Alejandro Jodoworsky’s “El Topo,” John Waters’ “Pink Flamingos,” the six-hour Russian production of “War and Peace” and Ken Russell’s “The Devils.
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Ben Barenholtz, Who Gave the World David Lynch and the Coen Brothers, Dies at 83

Ben Barenholtz, Who Gave the World David Lynch and the Coen Brothers, Dies at 83
Ben Barenholtz, a veteran of the distribution and exhibition world who plucked David Lynch from obscurity and invented the concept of the midnight movie, died last night in Prague after a brief illness. He was 83.

Over the course of more than 50 years, Barenholtz was a major figure in the independent film community who wore a lot of hats. He began his career in the late sixties running the now-defunct Village Theater (later the Filmore East) followed by a successful stint launching the Elgin Cinema. It was there that he pioneered the concept of buzzy midnight-movie sensations, including a six-month stint for Alejandro Jodoworsky’s “El Topo” and John Waters’ “Pink Flamingos.” He also took big gambles on daring cinematic achievements, such as the six-hour Russian production of “War and Peace” and Ken Russell’s “The Devils.”

Barenholtz then ventured into distribution with Libra Films, which boasted an adventurous slate throughout
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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Blow the Man Down’

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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Blow the Man Down’
There’s a certain tingle that sets in when you realize that a thriller is naturalistic enough not to rely on thriller tricks. It means that you may be denied some of the knee-jerk pleasures audiences have come to expect — the jump scares and violent climaxes. The tradeoff is that it’s a lot easier to place yourself in the main characters’ shoes, to imagine what they’re going through as something that might actually be happening. And that, ironically, just ups the thriller juice.

Blow the Man Down,” directed by Bridget Savage Cole and Danielle Krudy (it’s their first feature), is a drama of murder, sex, and small-town secrets set in Easter Cove, a fishing village in Maine that brings to mind the windswept coastal town of “Manchester by the Sea” — in fact, the place is so tiny and barren and gnarled it makes Manchester by the Sea look like Rome.
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Jeff Dowd, the Coen Brothers’ Inspiration for The Dude, Needs Our Help Paying Off Medical Bills

Jeff Dowd, the Coen Brothers’ Inspiration for The Dude, Needs Our Help Paying Off Medical Bills
A Go Fund Me campaign for Jeff Dowd has launched to help the indie film maverick pay off thousands of dollars worth of medical bills he acquired throughout March. Dowd is beloved in the industry as a film representative, writer, producer, and performer, famously working on Joel and Ethan Coen’s directorial debut “Blood Simple” and inspiring the filmmaking duo to create perhaps their most beloved and singular character: Jeff Bridge’s The Dude in “The Big Lebowski.” Dowd also helped Robert Redford with the creation of the Sundance Film Festival and the Sundance Film Institute.

Dowd’s Go Fund Me campaign was launched March 25 with a goal of raising $25,000. Dowd went to the hospital for a double hernia surgery on February 28 that resulted in medical complications that kept him in the hospital for much of March, including kidney failure. Per the campaign, “Jeff is now facing medical bills from
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Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand Team for Joel Coen's Macbeth

Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand Team for Joel Coen's Macbeth
A new movie adaptation of Macbeth is happening with Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand. To make it all the more appealing, Joel Coen, one half of the Coen brothers, is set to write and direct the new adaptation of the William Shakespeare classic. This tale has been brought to the screen many times before and, in many cases, any further takes on the material may seem excessive. But with a creative team like this in place, it's hard to argue against.

According to a new report, both Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand are in talks to star in Macbeth. Currently, they roles they would play, should the deals close, have not been revealed. Though, one would imagine Washington would play the title role, whereas McDormand would likely play Lady Macbeth. Scott Rudin is on board as a producer and indie studio A24 has stepped in to shepherd the project, with plans to distribute it worldwide.
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Macbeth Movie from Joel Coen Eyes Denzel Washington & Frances McDormand to Star

Joseph Baxter Mar 28, 2019

Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand could headline a very different version of Macbeth, adapted by Joel Coen.

Macbeth, one of William Shakespeare’s signature historical tragedies, may have been adapted in myriad form over the past 400+ years on stage and every conceivable form of media. However, something wicked this way comes, taking shape as a developing film project from celebrated cinematic directorial sibling Joel Coen. Moreover, it looks like he’s already got an intriguing headlining duo in mind!

Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand are being eyed to play the lead roles – presumably as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth – in Joel Coen’s interpretation of Macbeth, reports Deadline. With talks currently underway for the starring duo, Coen has reportedly signed up to direct and write the adaptation. While there’s no word about whether Joel's perennial collaborator, brother Ethan, will get involved, imbuing the project with the label of a Coen Brothers film,
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Frances McDormand and Denzel Washington to Lead ‘Macbeth’ from Joel Coen and A24

Frances McDormand and Denzel Washington to Lead ‘Macbeth’ from Joel Coen and A24
Frances McDormand and Denzel Washington are teaming up for what is now one of the hottest projects in the industry: “Macbeth.” The latest screen adaptation of the classic Shakespeare play will be written and directed by Joel Coen, making it a rare endeavor without his filmmaking brother Ethan. The project is being set up at A24 with the backing of producer Scott Rudin, who has partnered with the studio before on Oscar-nominated hits like “Lady Bird.”

Macbeth” was first adapted for the big screen in 1948 by Orson Welles and was most recently done in 2015 with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard starring as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, respectively. Justin Kurzel directed the 2015 adaptation. Coen’s take on the material will have Washington star as the Scottish lord who discovers in a prophecy from three witches that he’s to become the king of Scotland. Macbeth works with his quietly mischievous wife to assume the title.
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A Celebration of Janus Films

Tom Jolliffe takes a look at Janus Films, the iconic distributors of arthouse and World Cinema

It’s not often we as film goers pay much focus on film distributors. We all know the biggies. Those images that precede the big tent pole blockbusters almost seep into our synapses without much notice. Warner Bros., Universal, Disney, New Line etc. Big names in distribution.

However, this piece will look at arguably the single greatest film distribution company ever. A purveyor of the most thematically engaging and challenging art house cinema from around the world. A celebrator of visionaries, outsiders and auteurs. You won’t find Iron Man here, but certainly if anyone has a thirst for cinematic knowledge and a love of discovering exciting new cinema, then Janus is a company that needs to be looked into.

A lot was made of the Oscars recently. Should ‘x’ have won? Should ‘x’ have been nominated?
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Barry Jenkins expected to join tiny group of double directing champs at Spirit Awards

Barry Jenkins expected to join tiny group of double directing champs at Spirit Awards
Barry Jenkins took home his first Independent Spirit Award for Best Director two years ago for “Moonlight,” but it looks like he’ll have to clear some room for another: The “If Beale Street Could Talk” helmer is predicted to win the same prize at Saturday’s show, which would make him just the fifth person to win the category twice.

In the Spirit Awards’ 33-year history, four people have earned a record two Best Director Awards: Joel Coen; Alexander Payne (1999’s “Election”; 2004’s “Sideways”); Ang Lee; and Tom McCarthy (2008’s “The Visitor”; 2015’s “Spotlight”). This means, should Jenkins prevail, he’d had the shortest span — two years — between his two wins.

See Barry Jenkins may join Coppola, Payne and more as double Oscar winners for Best Adapted Screenplay

Jenkins has 71/20 odds, but many of our pundits are split between him and No. 2 Debra Granik (“Leave No Trace”). Granik has
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Netflix Joins the MPAA

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Following discussions with the Motion Picture Association of America, streaming service, motion picture producer Netflix, now referred to as the 'Seventh Sister" has joined six other major studios in the MPAA, following Netflix films earning 15 Oscar nominations for the 2019 Academy Awards, including Alfonso Cuarón's "Roma" and The Coen Bros.' "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs":

"...'Roma', written and directed by Oscar-winner Alfonso Cuarón, set in the early 1970's...

"...is a semi-autobiographical take on Cuarón's upbringing in Mexico City, including the life of a live-in housekeeper to a middle-class family..."

"The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" written, directed and produced by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen ("Blood Simple") as an anthology, follows a 'sharp-shooting songster', starring Tim Blake Nelson, Liam Neeson, Zoe Kazan, Tyne Daly and Tom Waits.

"...in 'Near Algodones', a wannabe' bank robber gets his due and then some. 'Meal Ticket' is a gothic tale about two weary travelling performers.
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Composer Carter Burwell Captures Hopes, Dreams & Bleakness Of Old West For ‘The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs’ — Exclusive Video

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Composer Carter Burwell Captures Hopes, Dreams & Bleakness Of Old West For ‘The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs’ — Exclusive Video
Exclusive: Going into The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, the Coen brothers’ latest, Oscar-nominated composer Carter Burwell knew their sensibilities and working methods well, as he notes in the video above. At this point, Burwell had worked with the legendary directors on 16 films, dating back to Blood Simple in 1984. What the composer was surprised by, when it came to their latest outing, was its structure, which affected the way both story and music would unfold. The product of many years of writing and contemplation, the Coen brothers’ latest is an anthology film comprised of six distinct stories—each, with its own characters and thematic concerns—that together, present an altogether distinctive take on life in the Old West.

After many years of collaboration, Burwell has come to be involved with the Coens’ films well ahead of production, offering input and insights that can affect the shaping of a film, all the way through the final cut.
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Doomed Love: The Coen Brothers' "Blood Simple" and Zhang Yimou's Remake

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The Coen brothers' Blood Simple (1984) is showing December 22 – January 20 and Zhang Yimou's A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop (2009) is showing December 23 – January 21, 2019 in the United Kingdom as part of the series Original Vs. Remake: Coen Brothers/Zhang Yimou.It’s the same old song: the wife, her lover, the husband and the hired killer. It’s true that most stories of lust, adultery and murder have the same, sad endings. But nothing is that simple: all crimes have their own pitfalls and false starts along the way—just to keep things interesting. In the cycle of abuse, too, the abused can’t help but notice patterns. Escaping a violent spouse is a feat on its own, but once you’ve gotten rid of them, little signs that they’re still with you start popping up everywhere. In Blood Simple, the Coen brothers’ debut feature from 1984, a classic noir narrative is updated and remixed,
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Coen Brothers movies: All 18 films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Fargo,’ ‘The Big Lebowski,’ ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’

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Coen Brothers movies: All 18 films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Fargo,’ ‘The Big Lebowski,’ ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’
Joel Coen celebrates his 64th birthday on November 29, 2018. Alongside his younger sibling Ethan Coen, the four-time Oscar winner has created a number of quirky, singular titles spanning a variety of genres. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at all 18 of the Coen Brothers films, ranked worst to best.

The Coens made their feature debut with the Southwestern neo-noir “Blood Simple” (1984). Shot on a shoestring budget with a then largely unknown cast, the film established the brothers’ talent for visually striking, wholly original stories.

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They followed their breakout hit with a series of increasingly ambitious, wildly different features: the wacky Southern farce “Raising Arizona” (1987), the moody gangster saga “Millers Crossing” (1990), the bizarre Hollywood satire “Barton Fink” (1991), and the nostalgic screwball comedy “The Hudsucker Proxy” (1994).

It wasn’t until “Fargo” (1996), a comedic thriller about a pregnant police
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Coen Brothers movies: All 18 films ranked worst to best

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Coen Brothers movies: All 18 films ranked worst to best
Joel Coen celebrates his 64th birthday on November 29, 2018. Alongside his younger sibling Ethan Coen, the four-time Oscar winner has created a number of quirky, singular titles spanning a variety of genres. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at all 18 of the Coen Brothers films, ranked worst to best.

The Coens made their feature debut with the Southwestern neo-noir “Blood Simple” (1984). Shot on a shoestring budget with a then largely unknown cast, the film established the brothers’ talent for visually striking, wholly original stories.

They followed their breakout hit with a series of increasingly ambitious, wildly different features: the wacky Southern farce “Raising Arizona” (1987), the moody gangster saga “Millers Crossing” (1990), the bizarre Hollywood satire “Barton Fink” (1991), and the nostalgic screwball comedy “The Hudsucker Proxy” (1994).

It wasn’t until “Fargo” (1996), a comedic thriller about a pregnant police officer (McDormand) investigating a murder-kidnapping gone awry in Minnesota, that
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The Film Stage’s 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are upon us, so whether you looking for film-related gift ideas or simply want to pick up some of the finest the year had to offer in the category for yourself, we have a gift guide for you. Including must-have subscriptions, the best from The Criterion Collection and more home video picks, apparel, music, book picks, and more, dive in below.

Dietrich & von Sternberg in Hollywood

With her commanding screen presence, Marlene Dietrich was an early cinema force to be reckoned with. Taking far more control over her image that her colleagues, the German actress found a fruitful relationship with Josef von Sternberg in Hollywood. The handful of Paramount films they made together were feats of immaculate production design and powerful onscreen charisma, courtesy of Dietrich. The Criterion Collection’s beautiful box set is a gem, complete not only with sparkling restorations and special features, but a selection
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