Thursday, September 16, 2010
84. Blood Simple (1984)
The world is full o' complainers. An' the fact is, nothin' comes with a guarantee. Now I don't care if you're the pope of Rome, President of the United States or Man of the Year; somethin' can all go wrong. Now go on ahead, y'know, complain, tell your problems to your neighbor, ask for help, 'n watch him fly. Now, in Russia, they got it mapped out so that everyone pulls for everyone else... that's the theory, anyway. But what I know about is Texas, an' down here... you're on your own.
This movie marks the film debuts of three folks who will be regulars on this list until next June. The first is Frances McDormand. She has made a career out of playing smart, take-no-crap, strong women and it all started here. She plays Abby who gets stuck in a double and triple crossed blackmail ring as she is cheating on her no good husband with one of his employees. The plot is a little too complicated to describe here, but that is thanks to the other two blog regulars. This is the first film from the directing, writing, and producing team of Ethan and Joel Coen. If you liked "No Country for Old Men", "Fargo", or "Miller's Crossing", I urge you to check this movie out. The brothers hadn't quite honed their art yet (especially not their comedic skills), but this movie shows them are their most delicious raw core.