The Big Coen Brothers Retrospective
Every Thursday and Saturday night in September at 7:00pm!
Regular admission prices at the Loft cinema, 3233 E. Speedway
Over the past 30 years, Joel and Ethan Coen have crafted a stunningly unique canon of entertaining, peculiar and frequently dazzling films, in the process carving out their own distinctive niche where they have roamed wild and free through genre and tone, setting and period – across film noirs, screwball comedies, gangster movies, westerns, musicals and thrillers. From the dark neo-noir of Blood Simple and the Oscar-winning No Country for Old Men to the cracked comedy of Raising Arizona and The Big Lebowski, the Coens put an original spin on any topic with which they engage. The brothers have written the scripts for every one of their films, and their love of dialogue – especially the argot of the underworld and the local vernacular of rubes – may be their most abiding trademark. Genre-wise, they can’t be pegged as making any particular kind of film, but stylistically, they only make one: Coen Brothers films. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience a sampling of the Coens’ best films the way they were meant to be seen – on the big screen – at The Big Coen Brothers Retrospective, all throughout September at The Loft!
Blood Simple / The Big Coen Brothers Retrospective
One showing only! Thursday, Sep 5th 2013
With their debut feature film, the entertainingly nasty noir Blood Simple, Joel and Ethan Coen announced to moviegoers everywhere that they’d better buckle up for a very bumpy ride. Blood Simple is the blackest, “noir-iest” of film noirs – a twisted homage to the classic crime thrillers of the ‘40s, shot through with that distinctly offbeat Coen mojo.
Raising Arizona / The Big Coen Brothers Retrospective
One showing only! Saturday, Sep 7th 2013
The Coen Brothers hit the comedy jackpot with their second film, a certifiably bonkers live action cartoon about crime, redemption and questionable family planning featuring a weirdo performance for the ages from a young Nicholas Cage.
Miller’s Crossing / The Big Coen Brothers Retrospective
One showing only! Thursday, Sep 12th 2013
The Coens’ ripping yarn of 1930s gangster warfare, a primo mix of arthouse smarts and genre thrills, boasts some of the most pyrotechnic gunplay to ever riddle the screen … and the verbal fireworks to match.
Fargo / The Big Coen Brothers Retrospective
One showing only! Saturday, Sep 14th 2013
This deliriously dark and surprisingly moving hardboiled crime drama set against the snowy white landscape of a Minnesota winter is laced with all the flaky humor, local color and freakishly memorable characters that have become the Coen Brothers’ trademark.
Barton Fink / The Big Coen Brothers Retrospective
One showing only! Thursday, Sep 19th 2013
In this “writer’s nightmare” set in the non-so-Golden Age of Hollywood, the Coen Brothers channel the spirit of David Lynch to create a wholly unique and strangely unsettling tale of one man’s increasingly freaky case of writer’s block.
No Country for Old Men / The Big Coen Brothers Retrospective
One showing only! Saturday, Sep 21st 2013
In the Coens’ brilliantly faithful adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s acclaimed novel, Noir meets Western in a tense tale of corruption and evil running rampant on the Texas border.
The Man Who Wasn’t There / The Big Coen Brothers Retrospective
One showing only! Thursday, Sep 26th 2013
Shot in glorious black and white, the Coens’ homage to crime novelist James M. Cain is a moody, absurdist, existential meta-noir set in Santa Rosa, California circa the late 1940s.
The Big Lebowski / The Big Coen Brothers Retrospective
One showing only! Saturday, Sep 28th 2013
In The Big Lebowski, a ridiculous case of mistaken identity embroils ultimate slacker Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski in a kidnapping case and throws him into the role of hapless detective in the Coens’ off-kilter homage to Raymond Chandler and Howard Hawks’ The Big Sleep.
I didn’t think I was a Coen Brothers fan, till I saw this list and realized that I’ve seen almost all of these films over the years. Enjoy this September retrospective.