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PEE Poll: Best Coen Brothers Film
Blood Simple   -0 (0%)
Raising Arizona   -3 (25%)
Miller's Crossing   -1 (8.3%)
Barton Fink   -1 (8.3%)
The Hudsucker Proxy   -0 (0%)
Fargo   -4 (33.3%)
The Big Lebowski   -2 (16.7%)
O Brother, Where Art Thou?   -1 (8.3%)
The Man Who Wasn't There   -0 (0%)
Crimewave (They co-wrote with director Sam Raimi)   -0 (0%)
Total Voters: 12

boingo2000

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« on: 07-28-2003 17:24 »

If this has been done before, just tell me to shut up.  Otherwise...
Melllvar

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« Reply #1 on: 07-28-2003 17:25 »

Fargo.  I love the quirkiness of it, a close second is Raising Arizona.

And I'll probably be beaten to death for having not seen The Big Lebowski.
~FazeShift~

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« Reply #2 on: 07-28-2003 17:30 »

"Nobody fucks with the Jesus!"
Big Lebowski.

Fargo's on tonight and I hope Raising Arizona's on tomorrow cos I haven't seen either of them.

*get's killed by Mellvar*
Wonderbee31

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« Reply #3 on: 07-28-2003 18:10 »

Love Raising Arizona, all the bits are great, the chase in the supermarket, the biker from hell that blows up rabbits, the conversation in the prison(sometimes I get those cramps real bad), and the whole zaniness of the movie.  Gotta follow that up with Crimewave, because Sam Raimi is a genius!
mazaite

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« Reply #4 on: 07-28-2003 18:15 »

I love all that I have seen (Still need to see Blood Simple and Barton Fink) But I think Miller's Crossing is the underated winner.
Melllvar

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« Reply #5 on: 07-28-2003 18:23 »

 
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Originally posted by Wonderbee31:
Love Raising Arizona, all the bits are great, the chase in the supermarket, the biker from hell that blows up rabbits, the conversation in the prison(sometimes I get those cramps real bad), and the whole zaniness of the movie.

Love the oft-repeated line in the movie:

"OK, then."

It's a drinking-game in the making.

Spice Weasel

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« Reply #6 on: 07-28-2003 18:39 »

Fargo.  It had a great atmosphere.  Although it was shot in colour it almost appeared black and white in the exterior shots.  The bleakness of the landscape was great.  The "crane" shot of Willam H. Macy's car on the rooftop parkade.  No footprints around it, just two tire tracks in the fresh snow.  Brilliant cinematography.

The characters were all stupid, just some were on the right side of the tracks and the others were not.  The casting could not have been better.  Frances McDormand was full value for the Oscar nod.  I loved that part in the cop car at the end where she asked the crook "I suppose that was your friend in the woodchipper?"  "All of that over a little bit of money"  She was so sincere in her utter incomprehension that someone could do all of that just for a few bucks.  One of my favouite all time films and the Coen Bros. best. 
Melllvar

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« Reply #7 on: 07-28-2003 18:54 »
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Agreed about Frances McDormand, but thought the whole cast was just great.  Macy was fantastic as Jerry Lundergaard, the car dealer forced to have his wife kidnapped just to get the ransom money.

The two kidnappers Peter Stormare and Steve Buscemi were brilliant too. 

Favourite bit, The first crime scene:

Officer: "You see something else down there, Margy?"
Margy: "No, I think I'm gonna barf. Nah, it passed.  Now I'm hungry."
Spice Weasel

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« Reply #8 on: 07-28-2003 19:04 »

I know this has been beaten to death.  I would like to hear other Fargo-philes opinions on the scene in the bar where Margie goes to meet her highschool friend for a drink.  Was it just unhinged filler or was there a true purpose for it?  It would be interesting to hear peoples takes on this most puzzling scene.
Melllvar

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« Reply #9 on: 07-28-2003 19:35 »

Wasn't it just bizarre?

I didn't think it was filler, but it was superfluous to the plot, except that it gave another layer to Margie's life, one more thing to cope with, other than solving the case, and being pregnant.
FishyJoe

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« Reply #10 on: 07-28-2003 21:33 »

I haven't seen most of these movies. (sorry guys, but The Big Lebowski looked/sounds terrible)

But I liked Raising Arizona, back in the day, and The Man Who Wasn't There was a classy movie.
TSN-Bot
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« Reply #11 on: 07-28-2003 23:43 »

if by "terrible", you mean "awesome", then yes.
Gocad

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« Reply #12 on: 07-29-2003 00:56 »

 
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Originally posted by ~FazeShift~:
"Nobody fucks with the Jesus!"
Big Lebowski.

"You said it, man!"   smile
mazaite

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« Reply #13 on: 07-29-2003 01:39 »

FishyJoe: Go and Rent Lebowski. For that matter rent them All man. If you liked 1 Choen Brother's movie you will like the rest. Or hell check your local library, you don't even have to pay to borrow the movies then.
Tweek

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« Reply #14 on: 07-29-2003 03:29 »

I haven't seen them all but I voted for Fargo, it is a great movie  big grin
boingo2000

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« Reply #15 on: 07-29-2003 08:13 »

 
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Originally posted by Spice Weasel:
I know this has been beaten to death.  I would like to hear other Fargo-philes opinions on the scene in the bar where Margie goes to meet her highschool friend for a drink.  Was it just unhinged filler or was there a true purpose for it?  It would be interesting to hear peoples takes on this most puzzling scene.

Roger Ebert argues "I think Mike works as a mirror of Jerry, and that the dinner scene acts as the link between Marge's first and second interviews with him. The next morning, she is preparing to return to Brainerd when a high school girlfriend tells her that everything Mike said was a lie. That's the wake-up call that leads back to Jerry's desk at the dealership. The Mike interlude not only provides a delicate study of Marge coping with an embarrassing situation, but is infinitely better than the alternative: a single interview with Jerry that simply grinds him down", which I pretty much agree with.
Spice Weasel

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« Reply #16 on: 07-29-2003 23:52 »

Great analysis and wonderful insight.  Thanks Boingo and Roger.  That is exactly the type of thing I was looking for  smile
aussie dude

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« Reply #17 on: 07-30-2003 01:05 »

Im going to go with the Big Lewbowski
mazaite

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« Reply #18 on: 07-30-2003 01:52 »

See FishyJoe?
aussie dude is watching Lebowski.
Don't you want to be as hip and cool as aussie dude?!?

/:
LAN.gnome

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« Reply #19 on: 07-30-2003 04:42 »

"These blow up into funny shapes at all?"
"No, unless round is funny."

"...and when there was no crawdad to be found, we ate the sand."
"--You ate sand!?!"
"That's right."

Raising Arizona, all the way.
Lurrr

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« Reply #20 on: 07-30-2003 10:25 »

I watched Fargo on Monday, because I was told it was good. I was quite disturbed by it. It was okay, but maybe I just wasn't in the right frame of mind for it. The performances were excellent though, I'll give you that.

I've seen most of Raising Arizona which I preferred because it's much less dark. And the Biker from Hell had me laughing.

And I've been thinking about buying The Big Lebowski for a while now. With all the good reviews here, I might just get it  smile
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