HAIL CAESAR (2016)

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A film by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Cast: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich

Set in 1950s Hollywood,  Eddie Mannix ( Josh Brolin) aka the fixer for a big studio Capitol Pictures. Eddie ’s job is to keep the show running, and the stars were they need to be. The theme of the show is religion so we think at the beginning of the film Eddie confesses to a priest then other scene he slap an actress across the jaw. But the plot itself take off when the star Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) is kidnap from the set of their biggest film, a “Ben-Hur” style epic , after all he is the studio top star.He plays a Roman general who comes to believe in the power of Christ.

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Of course his acting is over the top and ridiculous and that is where the Cohen brothers want him. You have Scarlett Johansson who does a number as a  mermaid who is promiscuous starlet with an image problem, then Channing Tatum sings and dances in his sailor suit during one of the most outstanding scene Tatum captures the glow and style of an old-fashioned Hollywood star. and so is Scarlett  who does a mermaid number like back in the 50’s. And of course Frances McDormand as a chain-smoking, loving editor who wants to get the latest scoop on the stars, all this and more. Here are the Cohen brothers who are at it again making fun of the studios. Funny how that his like in the film Barton Fink where a writer is working for Capitol Pictures Okay then. You are going to have a good time in this one no doubt. I have to hand it to them they are creative in their story telling and did a variety of  films and I hope that does not stop.

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INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (2013)

 

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A  film by : Ethan CoenJoel Coen

Cast : Oscar IsaacCarey MulliganJohn Goodman.

Llewyn Davis a folks song singer a talented one at that but we ca not imagine LLewyn happy. It is a diabolic film writing by the Cohen brothers and a terrific one at that. There is no happy ending and it is sad and funny at the same time. Little joke like that one when LLewyn goes in the bathroom seats on the stall and read an inscription on the side that says ” what are you doing”. Sad as the singer has no place to live and goes around from apartment from a friend to his sister to his brother.  He wants to get out he has enough of this shit but the shit keeps coming back to him, he goes around in circle.  Troy Nelson (Stark Sands) is in the army, he sings where LLewyn sings in this little tavern. Troy after singing invites Jean and Jim to sing with him they do a nice version of “Five Hundred Miles.” LLewyn does somewhat enjoy them. But when the audience join them LLewyn raises his eyes brows a little looks around he does not understand, the place he thought he was part of, is becoming foreign to him. And he doesn’t understand why. The cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel is terrific. An other Brilliant film by the coen brothers.

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A SERIOUS MAN (2009)

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A film by : Ethan CoenJoel Coen.

Cast : Michael StuhlbargRichard KindSari Lennick

Bloomington, Minnesota, 1967: Jewish physics lecturer Larry Gopnik is a serious man. His wife is leaving him for his best friend. His son is listening to rock ‘n’ roll in Hebrew school. His daughter is stealing money for a nose job. His gun-nut neighbor  scare thee hell out of him. His brother-in-law is sleeping on the sofa. The wife of his other neighbor is sex-crazy ! Let me tell you where was that woman the sex crazed one in my neighborhood? I had the drunk frigid one next door to me.  what a dysfunctional  family where can I find one? I think this man need a pill or to see a doctor.  Michael Stuhlbarg this great actor that he is carries this picture very well. It is a dark comedy about a dude who is serious has a dysfunctional family and a sexy crazed sex neighbor on one side on the other a gun freak. well welcome to a wonderful movie. He ca not believe that is happening to him. Where can he find happiness ( simple on this one get a bimbo and a bottle a gin) , He is depressed and what else is going to go wrong?  I don’t know the Ass doctor who is going to move across the street. This film is a rich and funny. You will have a great time but remember it is a dark comedy from the Coen brother an intelligent dark comedy. 

 

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