What Got These Directors Here?: Body of work. Mostly Fargo.
My Favorite Past Experience Was…: No Country For Old Men.
What Did I Watch: Blood Simple (a rewatch, but I’ve seen all their stuff).
Where Do They Fit: Blood Simple might be the most undistilled Coens vintage, a cartoony neo-noir that takes their typical formal cues into different directions: they usually never go this neon or rainy. The low budget shows, but it’s fascinating, and leads to a primary foursome in the vein of something Brechtian. The script is a delicious series of misunderstandings punctuated by that marvelous opening with the windshield wipers. You can only see the director’s cut nowadays, but that might be a good thing, as Samm-Art Williams is giving a truly bad performance from what we can see of it nowadays. You get the bait and the catch, I suppose.
Most Valuable Asset: Black as pitch humor.
Most Excited For: Whatever’s next, hopefully it’s better than Hail Caesar.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes.
Coming Up Next: The ultimate hack, Michael Curtiz.