The Coen Brothers: Greatest Film Moments
From their small beginnings with Sam Raimi, to their current success of films like True Grit
and No Country For Old Men
, The Coen Brothers are synonymous of incredible cinematic moments. From well crafted action sequenc es, to laugh out loud scenarios, the Coen Brothers truly know how to make high caliber films and in order to celebrate their latest film, Inside Llewyn Davis
, we decided to pick out a few of their best scenes that illustrate why these siblings should be championed.
Melisa's Pick: The Meet-Cute/Nicholas Cage in Raising Arizona
Before He lost his soul to Hollywood blockbusters and Disney live-action films, Cage was one of the most unique actors around. I love seeing his zany energy and quirks put to good use. The opening monologue of Nic Cage's Hi posing for several mugshots while flirting with Holly Hunter's Edwina is a wonderful display of his talents. It also showcases the Coen's great affinity for dark comedy and outlaws.
Kieran's Choice: "Mark it Zero!" in The Big Lebowski
The Big Lebowski
is a fantastic, hilarious comedy that is deserving of its cult status. John Goodman as Walter Sobchak is absolute scene stealing. Sobchak is a hot head to put mildly, a Vietnam vet who is quick anger, very argumentative, prone to use violence, hung up about his ex-wife and flout his 'Judaism'. All of this was showcased brilliantly in this 2:21scene, armed with Goodman's gusto and the funny dialogue he was given by the Coens. As an Englishman, this is a great example of how I view gun nuts and members of the NRA. I even own a The Big Lebowski
saying 'You are about to enter into a world of pain'.
Ruben's Pick: An Old Gangster and his Tommy Gun in Miller's Crossing
There's something about a old aging gangster, proving that he's still got the goods to be a tough guy. The Coen Brothers illustrate this finely, with Albert Finney's bad ass performance as Leo in Miller's Crossing
. It's one of their earlier films, that still retains many of the elements of Sam Raimi, one of their early mentors and yet, find a way to showcase how well they work with actor's, create a great amount of tension and create funny moments out of nowhere. This scene with the legendary Albert Finney is just a simple highlight of what has made the Coen's films age as gracefully as this gangster.
Steven's Pick: The Coin Toss in No Country for Old Men
Probably one of the most humorous moments of a film with such dark subject matter. This moment is also quite uncomfortable because you aren't sure what is going to happen at the end of what begins as a simple conversation. At this point in the film, Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) has firmly established himself as a very dangerous man, who is not to be crossed. This scene showcases a bit of the philosophical aspects of Bardem's character and it is a great example of some great dialogue from the Coens.