McOut…NEVER forget Matty’s splinter. Chipper IS bad. He just pulled a Frenchy…and we’re at 0-0 tonight when we should be at LEAST 1-0. I was watching “A Serious Man” on DVD but stopped it to watch the game. Don’t MAKE me put my Netflick back in…
Agreed, McOut. Bub: I’m not Jewish, and I mean this with absolutely no disrespect…I wonder if I were Jewish, would I appreciate this movie more. I actually do like it – I like the Coens, though Burn After Reading almost turned me away for good.
My Coen Bros observation in ten seconds (not that you asked): Very clever dudes. But they hold most of their characters in contempt. When there’s a character they do care about (H.I. McDonough, Marge, Ed Tom Bell, or Billy Bob’s character in “TMW Wasn’t There”) I can enjoy it without getting the shivers. Otheriwse, too bleak. I don’t have a great time laughing at contemptable and helpless characters.
And their rebellion against the conventions of conflict resolution (The ending of Barton Fink, Lewellyn’s glazed over death in No Country) are not clever to me, or “like real life,” or whatever. Just unsatisfying in a sort of cute way.