The Coen brothers are known by many for their cunning wit, impressive writing, dark humor, and amazing cinematography. They know how to make a great movie and dang it, they're at it again! HAIL, CAESAR! is set to hit theaters February 5th, 2016, and if you haven't seen the trailer yet, check it out here. This movie looks to be yet another Coen masterpiece, with an All-Star cast of Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Ralph Fiennes, Channing Tatum, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jonah Hill, Clancy Brown, and Alden Ehrenreich. (AKA: Thanos, Batman, Black Widow, Voldemort, the guy from 21 Jump Street, Marge Gunderson, The White Witch, the other guy from 21 Jump Street, Mr. Krabs, and an actor I've never heard of!) This jam-packed movie looks to be another Coen classic, and if you (like me) can't contain your excitement, take a look at this list! These five Coen brothers films might help hold you over until [Hail, Caesar!](tag:1199743) comes out.
1. True Grit
Although this is a remake, I found it didn't take away from the original, and I enjoy watching them both. It payed enough homage to the original, while deviating enough to be a different experience, I give True Grit a 7/10. If you like westerns, or Jeff Bridges, or both, watch this movie!
2. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Starring George Clooney, John Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson, this re-telling of The Odyssey takes place in the 1930's. If you are familiar with The Odyssey, it is fun to look for the similarities in the story. If not, it's still a superb movie. With a great soundtrack, genuine acting, and humor a-plenty, this makes for one good movie! I give it a 7/10.
This movie has so much heart in it, and I attribute that to the wonderful portrayal of Marge Gunderson, played by Frances McDormand. With plenty of the Coen brothers' staples, this movie will keep you glued to the screen the whole time. A unique tale, based on a true story that takes place in Fargo Minnesota, this isn't an ordinary thriller; and that's a good thing. I give Fargo an 8/10. Also It has strong language, violence, and some sexuality if that's not your thing.
4. No Country For Old Men
This movie is so amazing, I can't do it justice writing about it. Do yourself a favor and watch this movie! With a truly chilling performance by Javier Bardem, I can honestly say he is one of the greatest villains in cinema history. Josh Brolin and Tommy Lee Jones also give incredible performances in this isolated epic. The cinematography is just plain beautiful. Just watch it. Just, please watch this movie, like seriously I can't say it enough! I give No Country For Old Men a 9/10. Also this one has strong violence, so again, if you don't like that, you probably shouldn't watch this one.
5. Raising Arizona
It's hard for me to believe this was only the Coen brothers' second movie, as it hits it out of the park for me on so many levels. The most unique comedy I have ever seen, it goes beyond comedy. This isn't just some hollow comedy with throw-away jokes, it has heart. It has great acting. It has lovable characters. It has (good) action. It has NIC FREAKING CAGE! This is one of Nicolas Cage's best performances. (Yes he has great performances you haters!) Alongside Nic is the awesome Holly Hunter. The premise being: A small-time thief (Nic) marries a police officer (Holly), and when they are unable to bear children, or get an adoption, they steal a quintuplet. If that doesn't sound awesome to you, I don't know what will. This to me, is the epitome of Coen movies, with all of their signature wit, dark humor, and great writing, as well as great cinematography. If I can convince you to watch any of these five movies, watch this one! I give Raising Arizona a 10/10.
As you can tell, I really like the Coen brothers! Hopefully I wasn't annoying about it, (LOL) and convinced you to watch one of these movies!