Legends Of Tomorrow gives the Darhks some Coen-style family therapy

Last week I was lamenting how boring Damien Darhk has become on this series, but I’m fully invested in him after “No Country For Old Dads,” a very silly episode that also makes Damien an interesting, complicated character again. Continuing this season’s trend of cinematic homages, tonight’s episode is inspired by the…

Suburbicon’s awkward medley proves that George Clooney is no Coen brother

George Clooney’s Suburbicon is a mishmash: two incompatible movies—one archly cynical, the other painfully sincere—wedged uncomfortably together. The foundation of the project is a dusted-off screenplay by the Coen brothers, a mordant small-town crime lark they wrote right after their debut, Blood Simple, and then…

The Coen Brothers ride to Netflix for Western anthology The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs

If you’re going to rack up $20 billion in debt, you might as well spend it on the best. That’s apparently Netflix’s strategy, as it announced today that it’s partnering with Joel and Ethan Coen for an original Western anthology called The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs. Told in the Coens’ signature sardonic style, each…

Brothers, bridge, “a background girl”: What we can actually tell you about Fargo’s 3rd season

Somebody needs to stop the window blind from swinging. The crew filming Fargo on the soundstages of the Calgary Film Centre has been rehearsing a complicated camera maneuver, and they’re ready for Ewan McGregor—who’s playing dual roles in the anthology series’ third season—to take his mark. But that bothersome…

Coen brothers to rewrite that ill-timed Scarface remake

Giorgio Moroder’s score notwithstanding, Brian De Palma’s 1983 version of Scarface was always a bad idea—a sensationalized, extremely bloated remake of one of definitive gangster movies, with a glazed, hammy Al Pacino in the lead role. (Fortunately, both De Palma and Pacino made up for Scarface’s sins with Carlito’s…

What makes Brian Huskey laugh? Silly walks, real Floridians, Nazi Tim Conway

If you’ve laughed at a movie or a TV program in the past 10 years—particularly if that movie or TV program has any connection to the UCB Theatre—then you probably know Brian Huskey. Currently seen as a member of People Of Earth’s alien-abduction support group, Huskey has also made appearances on Veep, Bob’s Burgers, …

What movie is missing from our list of the best comedies since 2000?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

The Coens’ magnificent noir debut Blood Simple returns again to theaters

Every 16 years (at least so far), the Coen brothers’ 1984 debut, Blood Simple, gets a theatrical re-release. Back in 2000, the marketing hook was a so-called “director’s cut,” though Joel and Ethan had encountered no interference regarding the original release; they were just a bit embarrassed, in retrospect, by what…

The Coen brothers keep making the same film twice—and it’s brilliant

In his Histories, the Greek writer Herodotus records a curious custom of the Persian government. When faced with a crucial decision, the leaders would discuss the matter twice: once when sober, and again when drunk (or vice versa). This way they could be sure to consider multiple options and find the best solution to…

The Coens swipe at religion, counterculture, and Hollywood in Hail, Caesar!

“We’re not talking about money—we’re talking about economics!” Hail, Caesar!, Joel and Ethan Coen’s broadest comedy since The Ladykillers, lampoons Christian and leftist dogma by pitting straw men and stuffed shirts against whatever passes for common sense in the Coensverse, embodied by yet another of the sibling…

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Steven Spielberg’s superb Bridge Of Spies pits Tom Hanks against the Cold War

Splitting the difference between Frank Capra and John Le Carré, Steven Spielberg’s Bridge Of Spies mounts an ode to the little guy of American idealism within the realpolitik of the Cold War. Textured with ink-blot shadows, ripples of snow and rain, and pinpricks of bright primary color—a neon sign seeping red into a…

The Coens bring that Hollywood razzle-dazzle to the first Hail, Caesar! trailer

We already knew that Joel and Ethan Coen would be operating in their madcap mode for their new movie Hail, Caesar!, thanks to the title’s ebullient punctuation as well as co-star Alex Karpovsky’s assurances that the film would be “zany.” Now the first full trailer for the film has been released, and it is indeed a…

The Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar! will be a musical, composer reveals

As Joel and Ethan Coen consistently reveal nothing about their current projects, it wouldn’t have been surprising if Alex Karpovsky declaring their new film to be “zany” were the last bit of news about Hail, Caesar! until its February 5, 2016 release. However, two longtime Coen collaborators, composer Carter Burwell…