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O Coen Brothers, Where Art God? A Conversation Between Matt Zoller Seitz and Jeffrey Overstreet

Do the Coens believe in God? Can we even say that for sure? Do they believe in the non-rational, the supernatural? Or are they just pranksters pulling our chains and hoping to spark conversation pieces like this one, while they sit there snickering?
  • By Jeffrey Overstreet and Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • March 31, 2013 2:36 AM
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The Circle of Life: THE HUDSUCKER PROXY

"The Hudsucker Proxy" is one of the Coens’ most outwardly frivolous movies, part of a group of ill-received farces that includes "Intolerable Cruelty," "The Ladykillers" and "Burn After Reading." But it’s often in their farces that the brothers grapple with some of their darkest themes.
  • By Sam Adams
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  • March 29, 2013 1:04 PM
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The Five Best Uses of Music in Coen Brothers Films

The Coen brothers' relationship to source music is as integral to their vision as recurring themes and subject matter. Like a signature shot or the way certain characters speak, a director’s song selection can reverberate throughout an oeuvre.
  • By Aaron Aradillas
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  • March 29, 2013 12:14 PM
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The Bleak Spaces and Blank Faces of FARGO

When Fargo was released, I felt that my home state of Minnesota had finally been given its "Oresteia," its "Njal's Saga," its "Double Indemnity." Over the ensuing years, however, the popular image created by the Coen Brothers' regional epic has been a questionable inheritance.
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • March 28, 2013 8:35 AM
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The Three Burials of NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN; Three Takes on Its Overrated Status

Though many consider "No Country for Old Men" to be an untouchable classic in the Coens’ oeuvre, it remains tonally flawed.
  • By Lincoln Flynn, Stacia Kissick Jones, and Alan Pyke
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  • March 27, 2013 8:35 AM
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Chaos and Repair: Reclaiming THE LADYKILLERS

I think the Coens are among the most moral (even moralistic) directors alive. Most (but not all) of their pictures are morality plays that deflate the selfishness and pomposity of individuals while finding good even in the most flawed social orders.
  • By Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • March 26, 2013 12:31 PM
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They Know Not What They Do: BURN AFTER READING

"Burn After Reading" is a film about containment and knowledge, or, to put it another way, a tale of wars against chaos. Necessarily, it is a farce.
  • By Matthew Cheney
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  • March 26, 2013 12:03 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Pacino: Full Roar

I could not stop laughing as I watched Nelson Carvajal's "Al Pacino: Full Roar"—not just because it's the most entertaining collection of over-the-top moments since Harry Hanrahan's "Nicolas Cage Losing His Shit," but because Pacino is and always has been a theatrical actor, delightfully so.
  • By Nelson Carvajal and Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • March 25, 2013 10:30 AM
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KILLER KARAOKE: Reality Television and the Death of the American Middle Class

“There’s been class warfare going on for the last twenty years and my class has won.” —Warren Buffett "I'm about to get my ass kicked by crawfish."—Steve-O
  • By Drew Gardner
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  • March 22, 2013 8:35 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Peter Andrews: The Soderbergh Vision

“My policy is to have my name on a movie only once,” says Steven Soderbergh, so quoted by video essayist Nelson Carvajal. “Having your name once increases the impact of that credit because I think every time you put your name up there, you’re actually diluting it.”
  • By Nelson Carvajal and Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • March 21, 2013 8:42 AM
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