Unified theory of Coen brothers movies says they're all really about one thing

In honor of the twentieth anniversary of The Big Lebowski, the folks at ScreenCrush decided to take a look back at all the films in the Coen brothers’ oeuvre and find the ways in which they’re connected. Rather than focusing on literal shared universe connections like Tarantino’s Red Apple Cigarettes, this video is…

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…

The Road author Cormac McCarthy once removed all commas from a business paper

Cormac McCarthy is the author behind The Road, All The Pretty Horses, No Country For Old Men, Ridley Scott’s The Counselor, and a suite of other acclaimed novels. They’re frequently nightmarish works set in the Deep South and along the Mexico-Texas border, written in opaque, Old Testament furor and peopled by…

The Coen brothers sure do use green a whole heckuva lot, don’tcha know

In his 1998 book The Big Lebowski: The Making Of A Coen Brothers Film, William Preston Robertson identified a few important motifs in the films of brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, including “howling fat men,” “blustery titans,” “peculiar haircuts,” and “lost hats.” But there may be at least one major theme Robertson…

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…