Rating: R Stars: Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand, Bertie Carvel, Alex Hassell, Corey Hawkins, Kathryn Hunter, Harry Melling, Brendan Gleeson Writer: Joel Coen, based on the play by William Shakespeare Director: Joel Coen Distributor: A24 Release Date: January 14, 2022 THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH is the most recent film rendition of William Shakespeare’s oft-adapted classic. It technically qualifies as a 2021 release, but IMDb lists its premiere date as January 14, 2022, so we’ll go with that. It stars Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand. It’s available in theaters and on Apple TV+. Oh, yes, and it’s terrific. Director/screenwriter Joel Coen has […]Read On »
Rating: PG-13 Stars: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Heather Goldenhersh, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton Writers: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen Directors: Ethan Coen & Joel Coen Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: February 5, 2016 The writing/directing team of the Coen Brothers, Ethan & Joel, isn’t known for being especially sentimental. However, just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Coens are bringing forth HAIL, CAESAR! their own idiosyncratic love letter to making movies that does everything but belt out “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” (There are several musical numbers, just not that one.) It turns […]Read On »
In Season 2 of FX’s FARGO, Mondays at 10 PM, a small-town diner massacre in 1979 is compounded by the accidental hit-and-run killing of a dim-bulb son of a local mob family, who are at odds with a bigger mob from Kansas City. Bokeem Woodbine (CROOKLYN, PANTHER, THE ROCK, SAVING GRACE, RIDDICK) plays Kansas City enforcer Mike Milligan, who works with Brad Garrett’s Joe Bulo in trying to muscle in on the Gerhardt clan. Woodbine, a native New Yorker, sounds ecstatic about his current gig. “Mike Milligan is a gift from the actor gods. Any actor could have stepped into […]Read On »
Rating: PG-13 Stars: Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Miyavi, Garrett Hedlund, Finn Wittrock Writers: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen and Richard LaGravenese and William Nicholson, based on the book by Laura Hillenbrand Director: Angelina Jolie Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: December 25, 2014 The late Louis “Louie” Zamperini, who passed away earlier this year, was an authentic American hero. After a bit of a wild youth, he buckled down and became an Olympic running champion in the ‘30s. During WWII, Zamperini (played as an adult by Jack O’Connell) was a bombardier aboard a U.S. war plane that was shot down over […]Read On »
Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks, Allison Tolman Writer: Noah Hawley, series created by Noah Hawley, based on the feature film FARGO written by Joel & Ethan Coen Director: Adam Bernstein Network: FX, Tuesdays @ 10 PM Original Airdate: April 15, 2014 The 1996 feature film FARGO, a deadpan dark comedy about a bumbling Minnesota businessman and a crime gone terribly wrong, won Oscars for Frances McDormand’s lead performance as a hard to flap small-town sheriff investigating the crime and for the original screenplay by writers/directors Joel and Ethan Coen. FX’s new limited series FARGO, adapted for TV […]Read On »
Cast: John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, Samm-Art Williams, M. Emmet Walsh Writers: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen Director: Joel Coen Distributor: MGM Home Entertainment Suggested Retail Price: $19.99 As the Coen Brothers have gained popularity over the years with their surprise hits FARGO, OH BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN and TRUE GRIT, many forget they had humble beginnings in 1984 with their gem of debut BLOOD SIMPLE. A film noir homage mixed with their familiar dark humor, BLOOD SIMPLE shows the brothers Joel and Ethan Coen already firmly in control of their filmmaking identity. There’s crackling […]Read On »
Sometimes more of a good thing is just great, which is the case with the Coen Brothers’ (Ethan & Joel) remake of TRUE GRIT. The 1969 original, based on Charles Portis’ novel, won an Oscar for John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn, a one-eyed, alcoholic U.S. marshal who reluctantly takes up the quest of tracking down the man who murdered the father of fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross (Kim Darby in that version) – with Mattie doggedly accompanying him.