With apologies to Wong Kar Wai, PT Anderson, Scorsese, Tarantino, Wes Anderson and Sam Mendes, this movie guy’s favorite movies guys are Joel and Ethan Coen.
Not to get overly esoteric but the brothers are the Herzog & de Meuron of the movie business: eschewing a so-called definitive style to creating pitch perfect, one-of-kind films that reference or operate within pre-formed genres, while simultaneously making something entirely new. Think about how entirely different their films are: Raising Arizona, Fargo, The Big Lebowski (one of my top five favorites of all time), O Brother, Where Art Thou?, No Country for Old Men and Burn After Reading, just to name a few.
Needless to say, I’m looking forward to the Oct. 2 release of the brother’s new flick A Serious Man. They sat down with GQ Magazine to talk about their films – past, present and future (a Barton Fink sequel! Wait. What?). It’s a pretty good read, find it here.