A SERIOUS LIST: THE 16 BEST COEN BROTHERS MOVIES
(because they’ve only made 16 movies and they’re all great)
They’re cinema’s ultimate tricksters. Even when the films are sincere there’s a sense of play to the framing, the dialogue, the use of music, the special oomph in a performer’s delivery. As writers they are unparalleled for exaggerated, quotable quips. As visual stylists, they revel in both perfectionist mise-en-scene as well as frantic, often madcap camera moves. If you like cinema, it’s pretty hard not to like the Coen brothers, and not only because their resume runs the gamut from dark, brooding “serious” films to insane screwball comedy.
Their 16 pictures are – and I want to make this very clear – all great. They’ve simply never made a sub-par feature. If you disagree, well, write your own damn list feature. I gave myself the unenviable task of trying to rank these films in sequential order, and believe me when I say I ended up weeping like Bernie Bernbaum.
READ THE LIST ON FILM.COM
*Great illustrations via ChetArt