The Coen Brothers
The Coen Brothers’ new musical comedy Hail, Caesar! looks, basically, perfect. …Read More
Back in 2011, Spielberg made War Horse, a clear homage to the works of John Ford, and now, in 2015, he’s made his Howard Hawks movie. …Read More
How George Clooney’s Uncle Rewrote the Coen Brothers and More From ‘O Brother’s’ 15th Anniversary Event
Tuesday night, the Coens were joined by cinematographer Roger Deakins and stars George Clooney, John Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson to recall how they made, in the words of festival director Kent Jones, “the funniest movie ever based on The Odyssey.” …Read More
New works by Steven Spielberg, Todd Haynes, Chantal Akerman, Michael Moore, Michel Gondry, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Guy Maddin, Stéphane Brizé, and Michael Almereyda are among the 26 films that will comprise the Main Slate of the 2015 New York Film Festival.
The Coen Brothers are among our most literary-minded modern filmmakers; their stylish dialogue and Swiss-watch plotting often feels as much of the printed page as the celluloid frame, and films like Blood Simple, Miller’s Crossing, and even The Big Lebowski wear their lit influences on their sleeves.
Working With Tarantino and Getting Whacked by David Chase: 10 Things We Learned From Steve Buscemi’s Reddit AMA
As anyone who’s followed his career and his history of philanthropic work knows, Steve Buscemi is a stand-up guy. Yesterday, the star of Boardwalk Empire, Fargo, Reservoir Dogs, The Big Lebowski, Armageddon, and Ghost World hopped on Reddit, where he’s a bit of a novice (“I don’t feel very comfortable doing these things,” he admitted), to promote the Indiegogo campaign for a documentary he’s producing called Check It, about an LGBT gang in Washington, DC. Over the course of his Ask Me Anything, he talked about Lebowski, Ghost World, Tarantino, and his stint on The Sopranos, among other topics; here are some of the highlights.
One of the many ingenious running gags in Ben Stiller’s scathing 2009 Hollywood satire Tropic Thunder is Simple Jack, a widely derided, financially disastrous attempt by Cruise-style action star Tugg Speedman (Stiller) to be taken seriously as an actor by making a film that panders, with comic desperation, for Academy Award recognition. We see clips from Simple Jack, and the parody is dead-on: the faux-inspirational music, the sepia-tinged photography, the “tear-jerking” storytelling. We laugh, because the intentions are so transparent — and because we’ve seen films that clamor for that Oscar with no less sophistication. Now, I’m not saying that the inspirational drama Unbroken is a 137-minute version of Simple Jack, or that the Julianne Moore vehicle Still Alice is Moore’s Tugg Speedman moment. But let’s just say I’ve been thinking of the spoof movie a lot lately.