Coen Brothers

Hail, Caesar!

In the day-in-the-life film, Josh Brolin stars as a fictionalized version of real-life Hollywood studio exec Eddie Mannix, who – to protect Capitol Pictures and the reputations of its talent – spends his days reining in movie stars and covering up their scandals, proclivities and sins. Among the glitterati, film-biz insiders and assorted hangers-on orbiting …

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Inside Llewyn Davis

Inside Llewyn Davis is undeniably a gorgeous looking film, capturing a moment in the 1961 when the folk movement was finding its groove. Joel and Ethan Coen, along with cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel, have lovingly recreated the underground folk scene in wintry Greenwich Village, when it was post hep-cats and pre-hippies. The Gaslight Cafe is intimately …

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True Grit (2010)

Mush-mouthed and cantankerous, Rooster Cogburn has little time for fools, but recognizes a tough character when he sees one. When 14-year-old headstrong Mattie Ross (newcomer Hailee Steinfeld) approaches him to go on a manhunt to avenge her father’s death by a man named Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), he can see that she means business. The …

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I’m a Lebowski, You’re a Lebowski: Life, The Big Lebowski, and What Have You

My enduring memory of The Big Lebowski is this: upon its video release, the owner of the video store where I worked said something along the lines of, “That is just a fantastic movie, but it’s a shame about the language. I’m not sure I remember the last time I’ve heard the f-word so many …

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