Barton Fink

The DVD was finally released on May 20th, 2003 buy it below! One of the strangest movies I’ve ever seen. John Goodman is great as the insurance salesman from hell. I’ve discovered a great guide that spells out every little symbolism. Link to it below in the viewer’s guide.

Here goes the Summary

Barton Fink, the hero of the story plays the role of a scriptwriter who gets chance to the playwright for Hollywood films. He heartily welcomes the offer so that he could decently earn from this Crypto Code and for this, he shifts to Earle hotel so that he could peacefully work on his job. However, the place looks strange even though he could not find any mysterious works at a glance.

Gradually, he gets irritated by the each and everything like the noisy neighbors, unusual insect sound, bites and so on. Even he gets hold by the sight of a picture hanged in his room that portraits a lady on the beach. So, he could hear crashing waves when there is complete silence at the hotel place. In addition, he could not even recollect any starting lines of his work. Also, there are many such fishy situations like a man’s loud laughter and crying which he could not tolerate anymore. He complains all these to his own boss, Jack Lipnick.

Further, Lipnick decides that Fink would write on a movie script based on boxing but this makes Fink unhappy and he seems to be completely lost in the world happening around him. The associates of the Universal Pictures for which Fink is working try to motivate him by forcing him to watch such movie types but fails with his attitude.

After so much of things happen there, he was able to finish up with the script that is handed over to Lipnick. In fact, Lipnick does not like the story and that would not earn him any good reviews or awards. However, Fink is all like paralyzed in his face and never left a sign to fight back Lipnick’s words.

The conclusion plot is like Fink happens to meet the girl whom he identifies as that in the picture hanged in his room. The credits roll as they try to coordinate this situation.

Synopsis In 1941, New York intellectual playwrite Barton Fink comes to Hollywood to write a Wallace Beery wrestling picture. Staying in the eerie Hotel Earle, Barton develops severe writer’s block. His neighbor, jovial insurance salesman Charlie Meadows, tries to help, but Barton continues to struggleas a bizarre sequence of events distracts him even further from his task. Did you know? In Miller’s Crossing Turturro met Gabriel Byrne’s charactor at his apartment building called “The Barton Arms.”

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Summary

When Waring Hudsucker, head of hugely successful Hudsucker Industries, commits suicide. His board of directors, led by Sidney Mussberger, comes up with a brilliant plan to make a lot of money: appoint a moron to run the company. When the stock falls low enough, Sidney and friends can buy it up for pennies on the dollar, take over the company, and restore its fortunes. They choose idealistic Norville Barnes, who just started in the mail room. Norville is whacky enough to drive any company to ruin, but soon, tough reporter Amy Archer smells a rat and begins an undercover investigation of Hudsucker Industries.

The viewer of movies are the real critics.  They expect more from movies based on real incidents.  The challenges normally faced by movie makers while creating a movie based on real life are:

  1. Finding the cast who resemble the real-life characters.
  2. Creating the settings similar to the ones in which the real incident took place.
  3. Presenting the story in a creative way with twists. Since people know the plot in advance, the story has to be presented in a new way.

 

It is similar to recreating everything in a similar way.  Working from scratch to create this is challenging.  While creating a movie based on imagination, there is scope for simplifying or altering things.  If you are an ardent movie watcher, learn the facts here now – on movies based on real life.

Facts
The Hudsucker Proxy was considered a flop by the mainstream. It cost 25 million to make and only made 3 million here in the US. The reason the budget was so large was because it called for alot of expensive things, duh. Like the sets they were huge and had to be built from scratch. It also had more special effects than any other of their films. The part where Norville jumps off the building that was all done by ILM. It was the largest budget they’ve ever worked with. They’d have to wait for Fargo to enjoy widespread success! Winona Rider said the one movie she really wanted but didn’t get was The Hudsucker Proxy. She adores the Coen’s work and really wanted the part played by Jennifer Jason Leigh. Do you think she would’ve been good? I don’t. If you look hard you can see HI in Raising Arizona wearing a Hudsucker Industries work suit.

No Country for Old Men

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN is a mesmerizing new thriller from Academy Award®-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, based on the acclaimed novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning American master, Cormac McCarthy. The time is our own, when rustlers have given way to drug-runners and small towns have become free-fire zones. Featuring a cast that includes Academy Award®-winner Tommy Lee Jones (THE FUGITIVE, MEN IN BLACK), Josh Brolin (GRINDHOUSE), Academy Award®-nominee Javier Bardem (THE SEA INSIDE), Academy Award®-nominee Woody Harrelson (THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT) and Kelly Macdonald (TRAINSPOTTING), NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN is written for the screen and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, produced by Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, and executive produced by Robert Graf and Mark Roybal.

A movie can be based on various plots -Horror, comedy, romance etc.  Sometimes these are imaginary stories.  Sometimes these are based on true incidents.  Do not restrict yourself to only watching a particular type of movies.  You will lose the pleasure of watching the other types.  Movies based on wars and horrors strengthen our mind.  These prepare us to face adversities in life.  By watching these movies, you will start finding positivity in real life troubles.

Also, people love watching only the latest movies.  It is not desirable to totally ignore yester-year movies.  It would be very interesting to watch how people managed to live in years when there was no internet, mobile phones, video games etc.  You would be surprised how simple and primitive life was even ten years before.  You can get lots of inspiration from them.  You can feel how people were thinking fifteen years before. Why not try these out.  It will open your mindset.  While choosing a movie ignore the year it is made.  Let it be a short film or a full movie.

Back to ‘No Country for Old Men’.

The story begins when Llewelyn Moss (BROLIN) finds a pickup truck surrounded by a sentry of dead men. A load of heroin and two million dollars in cash are still in the back. When Moss takes the money, he sets off a chain reaction of catastrophic violence that not even the law – in the person of aging, disillusioned Sheriff Bell (JONES) – can contain. As Moss tries to evade his pursuers – in particular a mysterious mastermind who flips coins for human lives (BARDEM) – the film simultaneously strips down the American crime drama and broadens its concerns to encompass themes as ancient as the Bible, and as bloodily contemporary as this morning’s headlines.

The Ladykillers

The Ladykillers marks the Coen Brothers first collaboration with Box Office Giant Tom Hanks. In this remake of the 1955 classic the Coen’s once again stray from their habit of directing only original material.

Stop a second.  Have you ever wondered how movies are selected for award nominations? Sneak a peek at this website to know more.

The process of selecting a movie for an award nomination is a lengthy one.

  1. The actor/actress who is nominated for their roles must not have dubbed the dialogues for their roles. This rule is not applicable to the dubbed songs.
  2. For animated movies, any technique like pixilation, hand-drawn animation etc. are generally accepted. But real-time puppetry and motion capture techniques are not eligible as ‘animation’.
  3. The entries have to be submitted by the Producer as per norms laid by each academy.
  4. Subtitles have to be provided in English for other language movies.
  5. These academies have a voting panel of privileged and renowned people from various fields. Generally, the juries are from a variety of fields to ensure proper assessment.
  6. Besides movies, these academies invite entries of documents on subjects of social and economic importance.
  7. These academies do not compromise on the originality of the movie and music.
  8. They encourage scientific and technical innovative use in film making

 

We can understand that a movie has to meet so many conditions for satisfying the eligibility criteria.  Even a slight deviation can render the work ineligible.  So much hard work and creativity are required to make a movie.  Huge money is invested.   Piracy makes the investment irrecoverable.  Hence as fans, it is the duty on your part to stop watching hacked/pirated film content.  You may think that it is an advantage to watch it for free.  But imagine how painful it will be for the creators who shed so much of sweat in making the movie.  What is a cost-free pleasure for the viewer, will be the pain for the original maker.  We do not know whether the websites which provide pirated content are safe for our use.    The only solution to stop piracy is to spread awareness among fans that by watching pirated movie DVDs we are killing the creativity of the team that originally made the movie.  The second one is to improve the technology.  People hire experts who can kill the links on the internet which stream the pirated movies.  But it is a tough job.  Back to the ladykillers.

Hanks stars as Goldthwait Higginson Dorr III, Ph.D., a charlatan professor who’s assembled a gang of “experts” for the heist of the century.

Intolerable Cruelty

Ethan Coen and Joel Coen are very versatile directors and every time they come up with a refreshing plot and engaging screenplay. The romantic comedy, ‘Intolerable Cruelty’ was released worldwide in October 2003. Directed by Joel and written by Coen brothers, Mathew Stone, and Robert Ramsey, the film was a blockbuster hit. The lead role was performed by the century’s greatest actor in Hollywood, George Cooney brilliantly. We should say that he lived as Miles Massey than just acting! The other cast and the crew also did their role flawlessly. The movie was hilarious and precise in a way that only Coen brothers can pull off. There was beautiful chemistry between George and Catherine (female lead). The film has every element to drag the crowd, especially the youngsters adored the film for its hot sex elements, romantic scenes, and soulful songs. No wonder that the film made a humongous $120 million box office collection.

Even though the movie acquired a lot of positive reviews, it was considered as Coen brother’s weakly scripted film! The notable review page, ‘Rotten Tomato’ certified the film as fresh and gave a score of 75%. Continue to read this article to know the cast in detail and the abstract of the story.

Miles Massey, a prominent Los Angeles divorce attorney has everything–and in some cases, two of everything. Despite his impressive client list, a formidable win record, the respect of his peers and an ironclad contract (the Massey pre-nup) named after him, he’s reached a crossroads in his life. Sated on success, boredom has set in and he’s looking for new challenges. All that changes when Miles meets his match in the devastating Marylin Rexroth. Marylin is the soon-to-be ex-wife of his client Rex Rexroth, a wealthy real estate developer and habitual philanderer. With the help of hard charging private investigator Gus Petch, she has Rex nailed and is looking forward to the financial independence a successful divorce will bring. But thanks to Miles’ considerable skills, she ends up with nothing. Not to be outdone, Marylin schemes to get even and as part of her plan, quickly marries oil tycoon Howard Doyle. Miles and his unflappable associate, Wrigley, unwittingly dig themselves in deeper and deeper as they go head-to-head with Marylin. Underhanded tactics, deceptions and an undeniable attraction escalate as Marylin and Miles square off in this classic battle of the sexes.

A Coen Brothers Montage

Someone spent a fair amount of time putting together this montage of music and scenes from all the Coen Brothers films up through No Country For Old Men.  

‘No country for old men’ is one of the most celebrated films of Coen brothers. Released in 2007, the American thriller featured in the prestigious Cannes film festival. The film is an inspiration from the 2005 novel of McCarthy, who is also the screenplay writer of the movie. The movie talks about the inevitability of time, the generation gap and the inability of the older generation to change. ‘Money’ is actually the lead role in the movie. Here is the outline of the plot.

The hitman Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) who escapes the police custody loses his $2 million, which was earned illegally. Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin), who was upset over a broken drug deal happened to see the money. He takes it and ran to his house without knowing that an electronic chip is present inside the briefcase which can exactly track the location of the money. Chigurh comes in search of Moss and money and ends up with disappointment.

Meanwhile, the Sheriff, Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) tries to get hold of the two accused. He is a soon to be retired old man who finally gives up fighting the odds of the society. Bell is a highly ethical person, still, he could succeed in his mission because of his age-old strategies and ideologies. Actually, his character signifies the title.

Anton Chigurh is a man without any ethics and values. His only objective is to make money. He gambles, trades using BTCProfit and illegally too, smuggle gun and drug and so on. He strikes everything that comes in his way. Whereas Llewelyn Moss’s character is made in a way that he always dwells between ethics and immorality, good and bad!

Every character was carefully and uniquely scripted and the artists also did justice to the roles offered. Finally, everyone would be dead!

Awards Won:

  • Believe it or not, the film has won a huge count of 76 awards across the Globe.
  • The proudest, prestigious award one can ever own is Oscars or the Academy Awards. The movie won 4 Academy awards!
  • 3 BAFTA awards.
  • The American Film Institute declared the film as ‘the movie of the year’ in 2007.

Worth a look.

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Own a piece of A Serious Man

Larry Gopnik’s 1966 DODGE CORONET is being auctioned off for charity.  The auction will benifit Variety – The Children’s Charity of Southern California.  After 8 bids and with 6 days to go it’s at $5000.  A steal if your interested in extremely dull cars used in extremely great movies.  Auction | Charity

Coen Brothers Mop up at Cinephile Society Awards

Even though I’ve never heard of the International Cinephile Society I thought I’d report on the outcome of their 2009 awards since A Serious Man won their Best Film prize.  They also won in the directing and original screenplay categories.  The “ICS” was formed in 2003 and is made up of 60 journalists, scholars, and […]

A Serious Graduate

In the upcoming A Serious Man there were 3 actors plucked from casting calls in Minnesota where the film was shot and takes place.  Jessica McManus was one of them and she plays Sarah Gopnik daughter of Larry Gopnik our “Serious Man”.  Seventeen at the time she’s now graduated from High School and is heading […]

Carter Burwell receives career achievement award

ASCAP has bestowed the honor of the Henry Mancini Award in recognition of his outstanding achievements and contributions to the world of film music.  Joel and Ethan Coen sent a congratulatory video for the event which took place May 11th.  Burwell has scored every Coen Brothers film except O Brother, Where Art Thou? Since they […]

Cannes Line-up Announced

      The 2009 Cannes line-up has been announced and as suspected the Coen Brothers are missing.  Another Cannes favorite, Tarantino, will probably steal the show with Inglorious Basterds.  Check out the full list over at Empire.

No Cannes for Coens

It looks as though A Serious Man will not be ready in time for Cannes in May.  Various reports are saying that Joel and Ethan will not be taking their latest film to the Festival that has treated them so well in the past.  Of the Coen Brothers films 8 of 13 went to Cannes.  […]

A Serious Man Release Date

Just confirmed that A Serious Man will have a US limited release date of October 2nd, 2009.

Directed and written by Ethan and Joel, the film has created a huge expectation. Read this to unveil the storyline. The story revolves around the physics teacher, Larry Gopnik, whose life starts to sink all of sudden over a series of unfortunate incidents and how he unravels the twists and turns.

After A Serious Man and The Yiddish Policemen’s Union comes… True Grit???

London’s Daily Mail is reporting that The Coen Brother’s next, next project will be a recreation of the John Wayne classic True Grit. Not necessarily a remake, perhaps more of a retelling of Charles Portis’ 1968 novel.  Full Story

Continuing our look at the cast of “A Serious Man”

George Wyner is an actor a lot like Adam Arkin and Richard Kind. He’s done a great deal of television work including Hill Street Blues, Doogie Howser, and LA Law. He’s also had a few notable Film appearances in Spaceballs and Fletch. In A Serious Man he plays Rabbi Natcher one of the 3 rabbi’s […]

A Look at the cast of “A Serious Man” part 3

Michael Stuhlbarg is set to play Larry Gopnik the lead character in A Serious Man. Gopnik is a professor who’s life begins to unravel after his wife leaves him and his brother (Kind) won’t move out of his house. Stuhlbarg is a Tony-nominated actor who’s done some TV and film work to this point.

Welcome to Coenesque

Joel and Ethan Coen have been making films for over 25 years. From their debut “Blood Simple” in 1984 to the critically acclaimed “Barton Fink” and “Fargo”. To box office winners “Raising Arizona” and “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” to the cult classic “The Big Lebowski”. Their latest project “A Serious Man” is due out later this year. Despite their diverse films and audiences The Coens Brothers have managed to stay independent the entire time. They have Gained the respect of Hollywood and become filmmakers that everyone wants to work with.

Once while interviewing them, they were asked about choosing a specific movie which they could opt to live in. Then Joel wisely replied, we are happy with our present Crypto Code life. Moreover, the films we have made till now are bold in its own style. We do not want to interfere and let these live independently. Neither, none of our movies can be compared to our real life nor it has any such similar incidents that occurred in our lives.

Also, when both were inquired about the plots that suit their personality, they simply smiled and replied, we are aging that makes us to slowly fade away.

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Miller’s Crossing

Summary

Millers Crossing stars Gabriel Byrne, four-time Academy Award nominee Albert Finney, Marcia Gay Harden, John Turturro, Jon Polito and J.E. Freeman. Set in 1929 in an unnamed Eastern city, it’s the compelling story of the friendship between Leo (Finney), the local political boss, and Tom (Byrne), the man behind the man.

While watching these fantastic movies, have you ever thought of the technical aspects which help these movies to achieve perfection.  Technology has made movie-watching a blissful experience.  Why not look here for the details you were eager to know for years?

  1. Sound: Latest sound technology used in movies give a crystal clear hearing experience for the viewers.  You feel as though it is happening very near you.  Latest concepts like Dolby Atmos, Auro3D etc. gives the same sound experience whether you are watching from the first row or the last.
  2. Light: Technology has enabled extensive research on lighting concepts.  There are various types of lighting like Soft light, High key light, and soft light.  Using the correct type of lighting depends on the characters and the mood of a particular scene shot.  Technology has enabled recording with clarity using the available natural lighting.
  3. Graphics: Graphics has made giant progress.  From the usage of simple morphing, the concept of graphics has resulted in 4D animation.  Graphics add richness to a movie.  It thrills the viewer using unimaginable technology.
  4. Camera: Now film making has leaped to the usage of drone cameras.  Next time when you gasp at those remarkable aerial views, thank these cameras.  Technology goes on improving the pixels.  The clarity and potential to capture minute details has become easy and a wide range of options are available.
  5. Protection: You dream to watch the movie first day first show at your favorite theatre.  Alas! That is already streamed on those hacking sites.  But technology is striving continuously to protect the rights of the original movie makers.  There is advanced software which can easily prevent hacking by creating a counter virus in the system.

Back to the story of Miller’s crossing.

Their friendship is severed when Leo and Tom fall in love with the same woman. Tom joins ranks with Johnny Caspar, Leo’s foremost enemy and rival for political power, and a bloody gang war erupts. For a better perspective on the movie, read Dashiell Hammett’s “The Glass Key”: much of the film’s brilliant dialogue is directly from the Novel.

The Man Who Wasn’t There

1949, Santa Rosa, California. A laconic, chain-smoking barber with fallen arches tells a story of a man trying to escape a humdrum life. It’s a tale of suspected adultery, blackmail, foul play, death, Sacramento city slickers, racial slurs, invented war heroics, shaved legs, a gamine piano player, aliens, and Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle.

Before you go into the detailed story- have you ever thought about how movies have emerged as a successful form of entertainment.  It is a long story.  Why not find out more?

Before movies came, people had to kill boredom with dramas and magic shows.  We do not have a clear history to trace the origin of film making.  However, it starts with the screening of commercials created by the Lumiere brothers in 1895.    Before this, the movies were just a minute long.  But Lumiere brothers pioneered the creation of motion pictures.

Soon this resulted in the creation of longer motion pictures with recorded sound.  The building of studios started in 1897.  In early 1900, various technical concepts like shooting successive shots, close-up shots etc. were introduced.  In 1905, a permanent theatre called ‘The Nickelodeon” was built to play movies.  From the year 1910, American movies grew popular in Australia and Europe.

Improvements in various fields of moviemaking like- Artificial and low-key lighting were introduced during this stage.  In the 1920s, the United States started producing an average of 800 films per year.  From then on there was no looking back. In late 1920s various technological development in sound recording came into practice.

The world war II resulted in increased popularity of movies.  Many movies were created based on war-time stories.  In the 1950s there was a slight set back due to the introduction of television.  Few theatres had to be closed because of bankruptcy.  But the setback was temporary.  Nothing could match the experience of watching movies.  So, film making was once again blooming.  Many academies and organizations offered patronage to movies of non-English languages also.   Slowly film making has reached the current stage.  Back to the story of the Man who wasn’t there.

Ed Crane cuts hair in his in-law’s shop; his wife drinks and may be having an affair with her boss, Big Dave, who has $10,000 to invest in a second department store. Ed gets wind of a chance to make money in dry cleaning. Blackmail and investment are his opportunity to be more than a man no one notices. Settle in the chair and listen.