I saw “Intolerable Cruelty” today. Instead of writing a review of it, I will rank the cinematic oeuvre of the Coen Brothers to give an idea of where it fits in for me.
1. O Brother, Where Art Thou
I love this movie so much. I think I saw it about six times at the movies, including once dubbed into French. It’s perpetually fresh and always enjoyable for me.
I like how it takes the cliche of the bumbling small town detective, flips it and makes her the smartest character in the film. And how brilliant crimson blood looks on icy white snow.
3. The Man Who Wasn’t There
It’s a tale of karma, beautifully filmed in black and white. The moral being that you’ll never, ever get away with it.
4. The Hudsucker Proxy
I like this because of the screwball humour. Jennifer Jason Leigh vs Tim Robbins in stylish 1930s industrial tale.
5. Intolerable Cruelty
Hey, so it ends up fitting in the middle of all the Coen brother’s films. It was good story, with a next enough twist at the end. A bit of silliness, some genuinely funny moments and a touch of tenderness. But it did a drag a little, y’know.
6. Blood Simple
I’ve only seen this on a worn out old VHS copy, but the simple noirish tale was enough to get me hooked. I think I need to revisit it on gleaming DVD,
7. The Big Lebowski
I know lots of people love this film, but it never really did much for me. Especially John Goodman’s character. I would maybe watch this again if it was on TV.
8. Barton Fink
I’ve only seen this once, probably when it first came out, and I can’t remember much about it other than that I didn’t particularly enjoy it.
9. Raising Arizona
I’d heard so many good things about this film, then I finally saw it on DVD earlier this year and I was so bored that I stopped watching halfway through, and I hardly ever do that. It had its moments, but it failed to grab me.
10. Miller’s Crossing
Urgh, go away you stupid boring film.