Posts Tagged ‘Coen Brothers’

ToDo ToDay: Coen Brothers: Double Take, Give, and Protect-U

1984’s Blood Simple and 2007’s No Country for Old Men, Joel and Ethan Coen’s eerie, blood-soaked, uncomfortably hilarious Texas neo-noirs, have a lot in common, down to the creepiness and originality of their respective villains, the double-crossing P.I. Loren Visser and the double-crossing hitman Anton Chigurh. But while Blood Simple, the Coen brothers’ first feature, was a [...]

Don’t Be Bored: Brotherly Scuzz

They say the ’90s are back. Yuck sounds like Superchunk. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart sound like The Smashing Pumpkins. Stephen Malkmus sounds like Pavement. And on down. Nashville’s JEFF the Brotherhood once made sludgy, Wipers-style garage pop, but on We Are the Champions the duo channels, of all things, Blue Album–era Weezer. Hence [...]

Don’t Be Bored: Panis et Circenses

Since releasing a debut cassette last winter, Phonic Riot has expanded from two members to an ever-changing lineup of four. But the D.C. band isn’t exactly going for more intricacy. The bass adds thrust; a second guitar offers sheet-metal histrionics and little else. And that’s OK: Noisy, shriek-filled, and art-abused, the band seems to inhabit [...]

The Making of True Grit: A Chat with Chief Location Scout Tyson Bidner

In 1969’s True Grit, a Hollywood icon established one of the most memorable characters in film history. John Wayne portrayed Reuben “Rooster” Cogburn, a grizzled, corpulent, whiskey-guzzling U.S. Marshal, who sported a distinctive eye-patch. Throughout Wayne’s career, he had created a screen image as a wholesome, reliably straight-laced hero. Ironically, Wayne garnered his only [...]

The Trailer for the Coen Brothers’ True Grit Is Live, and My Grandmother Hates It (UPDATED)

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The new Coen Brothers trailer is here! Last year, the bros announced their plans to adapt yet another classic western: Charles Portis' dark comedy True Grit, in which a young girl teams up with two weird-ass lawmen to avenge her father's murder in the [...]

In Theaters This Week: Paranormal Activity, Good Hair, A Serious Man, More

Paranormal Activity: The tagline for this Blair Witch-esque film about an evil presence in a young couple's home is "Don't see it alone," and that's no joke –unless you don't mind burying your head in the arm of a stranger. I haven't seen such terrifying images since The Polar Express.
A Serious Man: Thumbs are largely [...]

“Black River Killer”: Blitzen Trapper’s Calvinistic New Music Video

Oregon folk-rock posse Blitzen Trapper this week released a music video for the song "Black River Killer," off the band's 2008 record Furr. The song is a sociopath's anthem; the diary of a murderer who keeps getting released by the state then consistently kills the first person he encounters. The video, directed by newcomer Daniel [...]

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