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    Default The Coen Brothers

    I was just going to make a thread about The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, but I figured I may as well make a thread about the Coen Brothers in general.

    So have any of you seen The Ballad of Buster Scruggs? Its on Netflix at the moment and its basically 6 short films set during the American Frontier era.

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
    Near Algodones
    Meal Ticket
    All Gold Canyon
    The Gal Who Got Rattled
    The Mortal Remains

    I really liked 1, 2, 4 and 6. The tone shifts dramatically from each story, with some being dark comedies whilst others are full of existentialism dialogue.




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    Yup, I've seen The ballad of Buster Scruggs. Very enjoyable. Such amazing landscapes! Such fine stories!

    My favourite stories would be All Gold Canyon because Tom Waits is just so enjoyable and The Gal Who Got Rattled because of the sadness of the story and the majesty of that war party.

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    Generally a fan of the Coen’s specifically the earlier movies. Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Big Lebowski (once drank White Russian till I was sick, not recommended). And I did really enjoy their True Grit remake. Though it’s not as good as the original. Didn’t really like No country for old men, just didn’t get into, maybe that’s worth another look.

    Didn’t get past the first Buster Scruggs story. Being a bigger fan of westerns than of the Coen’s, the singing cowboy theme is a turn off for me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halie Satanus View Post
    Generally a fan of the Coen’s specifically the earlier movies. Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Big Lebowski (once drank White Russian till I was sick, not recommended). And I did really enjoy their True Grit remake. Though it’s not as good as the original. Didn’t really like No country for old men, just didn’t get into, maybe that’s worth another look.

    Didn’t get past the first Buster Scruggs story. Being a bigger fan of westerns than of the Coen’s, the singing cowboy theme is a turn off for me...
    I'll try to keep this as spoiler free as possible, but the very first story is the only singing cowboy one.

    Near Algodones is about an unlucky criminal
    Meal Ticket is about a legless armless thespian in the show business
    All Gold Canyon is about Tom Waits as a gold prospector
    The Gal Who Got Rattled is about a woman travelling to Oklahoma (or Ohio? something like that)
    The Mortal Remains is about 5 people having a conversation in a carriage




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    Did anyone say The Big Lebowsky?

    I'm not very expert about them other than for TBL, but anyways I also liked their "Hail, Cesar"; in general I think one has to approach their works with a very light heart.. they somewhat remind me when as lads we were playing D&D and were always trying to make funny things out of the regual game, if you get what I mean....

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    Whatever, guys! We all know that their best film was The Ladykillers (2004). You guys just don't want to admit it.

    Joking aside, The Big Lebowski is a masterpiece. I was very angry with a friend of mine who fell asleep during it, because he's a stuffy little prick who doesn't appreciate good cinema. Should have kicked his ass for that! How dare he not like the stuff I like!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halie Satanus View Post
    Didn’t get past the first Buster Scruggs story. Being a bigger fan of westerns than of the Coen’s, the singing cowboy theme is a turn off for me...
    Try to watch the other stories, Halie Satanus. They are really good, and more in line with 'traditional' westerns.

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    The Coen Brothers belong to my favourite film makers. No doubt, they are objectively genies among the American directors, producers, etc..
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    Whatever, guys! We all know that their best film was The Ladykillers (2004). You guys just don't want to admit it.
    That was a pointless remake of an pretty perfect film.

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    I also like fargo very much. The Film and the series specially.

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    Default Re: The Coen Brothers

    I watched part of Buster Scruggs today.

    Loved the first two, the third was so boring I just had to stop.

    I'll come back to it later and skip to the fourth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_mango55 View Post
    I watched part of Buster Scruggs today.

    Loved the first two, the third was so boring I just had to stop.

    I'll come back to it later and skip to the fourth.
    semi spoilers for the third and fifth part of Ballad of Buster Scruggs
    idk whether this counts as a spoiler, but personally the third and fifth story only really get good in the last few minutes. They're both really slow burns, and I didn't really like them either.




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    Funny. I thought the third was the best of the lot. The second IMHO was the least interesting.
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