Posts tagged ‘Raising Arizona’
On August 30th, 20th Century Fox are releasing the Coen Brothers Collection Blu-ray boxset comprising Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Miller’s Crossing and Fargo. Other than Fargo they are Blu-ray debutants. They will all be available separately and will contain the same special features as their DVD equivalents (links below will take you to the Amazon.com pre-order pages)…
- Commentary with Kenneth Loring of Forever Young Films
- Cast and crew biographies
- Production notes
- Theatrical trailer
- Theatrical trailer
- TV spots
- Shooting Miller’s Crossing: A Conversation with Barry Sonnenfeld featurette
- Interview Soundbites with cast members Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden, and John Turturro
- Still gallery
- Theatrical trailers
- Commentary with cinematographer Roger Deakins
- Minnesota Nice featurette
- Trivia track
- Still gallery
- American Cinematographer article on the film
According to the French branch of 20th Century Fox both Raising Arizona and Miller’s Crossing are coming to Blu-ray in August. Not sure (yet) if this means JUST in France. I will keep an eye on the situation.
Just spotted this on Twitter but, for some reason, the Raindance website has made the screenplays for EVERY, and I mean EVERY, Coen brothers’ movie available for download. Now, this includes the screenplays for both A Serious Man AND their next movie, True Grit!!! You heard me right- including TRUE GRIT!
Obviously most of them are available right here on YKFK and have been for a long time however, I have gotten into a bit of legal deep water in the past for posting up scripts for forthcoming movies before which is why I have not uploaded the ones for Burn After Reading, A Serious Man and True Grit…
3. Nathan Arizona (Trey Wilson), Raising Arizona
5. Tic Tac (Al Mancini), Miller’s Crossing
9. Buzz (Jim True-Frost), The Hudsucker Proxy
11. Officer Lou (Bruce Lohene), Fargo
12. Marty (Jack Keller), The Big Lebowski
14. Freddy Reidenschneider (Tony Shalhoub), The Man Who Wasn’t There
15. Gus Petch (Cedric the Entertainer), Intolerable Cruelty
16. Wheezy Joe (Irwin Keyes), Intolerable Cruelty
17. Deputy Wendell (Garret Dillahunt), No Country For Old Men
18. Gas Station Proprietor (Gene Jones), No Country For Old Men
20. Sy Abelman (Fred Melamed), A Serious Man
Nice to see a couple of entries from Intolerable Cruelty which I still think is massively underrated suffering, as it does, from the weight of Coen quality prior to it.
What do you think? Has anyone been missed? Only ONE from The Big Lebowski? I would have Knox Harrington (David Thewlis) in there right away! And no Jesus Quintana (John Turturro), surely Jesus’ part is small enough to make this list? None from The Ladykillers? Let’s talk…
Remember Empire’s Big Lebowski cover? It is one of 101 for this month’s issue celebrating their countdown of the 500 Greatest Movies of All Time. 10,000 readers, 150 of “Hollywood’s finest” and 50 “key” film critics were polled to generate the list. Anyhoo, five, 5 count ‘em, Coen brothers pictures made the grade. Oscar winning No Country For Old Men appears at #228, Fargo at #198, Miller’s Crossing at #117, Raising Arizona at #101 and The Big Lebowski at a dizzying #43- the 43rd Best Movie of All Time! Wow.
You can see the entire countdown here but, for your curiosity, here’s the top 10 Greatest Movies of All Time…
1. The Godfather
2. Raiders of the Lost Ark
3. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
4. The Shawshank Redemption
7. Apocalypse Now
8. Singin’ in the Rain
9. Pulp Fiction
10. Fight Club
It’s interesting to see how the position of the Coen brothers films above differs from their relative position in the YKFK poll. They both have Lebowski way in front but 2nd in the YKFK poll is Fargo, followed by Barton Fink, Miller’s Crossing then No Country For Old Men. Raising Arizona only has 2% of the votes on YKFK. Interesting.
What with all the news of The Dark Knight being the bestest movie in the world since time began (according to it’s IMDB user rating) and in conjunction with YKFK’s currently running poll to find out which was the best (or more accurately- most favourite) Coen brothers movie, I thought it might be interesting to see what the IMDB users thought in comparison. In terms of ratings here’s IMDB’s rundown of Coen awesomeness first by rating and, where there’s a tie, I’ve given preference to the one with the most votes…
- No Country For Old Men (8.4, 118,396 votes)
- Fargo (8.3, 122,902)
- The Big Lebowski (8.2, 122,119)
- Miller’s Crossing (8.0, 31,861)
- O Brother, Where Art Thou? (7.8, 71,292)
- Blood Simple (7.8, 19,584)
- The Man Who Wasn’t There (7.7, 30,891)
- Barton Fink (7.7, 22,073)
- Raising Arizona (7.5, 35,918)
- The Hudsucker Proxy (7.4, 23,968)
- Intolerable Cruelty (6.4, 26, 521)
- The Ladykillers (6.2, 27,747)
Now, obviously, this is a live list so it will change over time. I just thought it might be interesting to compare what general movie fans think as opposed to specific Coen brothers fans who visit YKFK. At the moment the YKFK poll has Miller’s Crossing and The Big Lebowski tied at the top with 19% of the votes a piece. Next up is Fargo with 16% followed by Barton Fink with 13%. The bottom two in the YKFK poll unsurprisingly mirror the bottom two in the IMDB rankings, each taking up zero percent of the votes thus far- come on- SOMEONE must like them .
I was very surprised to see No Country For Old Men top the IMDB list whilst it is sixth on ours, but these type of things are always coloured by short memory. Will the IMDB voters still consider No Country superior to Fargo and The Big Lebowski in 10 years time?
Come the end of the YKFK poll (I ain’t decided how long to run it really- perhaps it should never end- your thoughts welcome) we need to decide which of the two polls is more important to us here at YKFK- the one voted for by dedicated Coen nuts or the one voted for by a more general movie fan…
Incidentally, I’m seeing The Dark Knight tomorrow afternoon and am looking forward to it immensely. I am expecting great things but the best movie of all time… nope.
myamericanartist.com has an article about J. Todd Anderson the Coen brother’s storyboard artist. He has worked with them since Raising Arizona so that’s all but their debut movie, Blood Simple. Not forgetting of course his memorable turn as “Vistim in the field” in Fargo (credited with Prince’s squiggle thing) and his direcotrial debut The Naked Man which was co-written by Ethan Coen. Yes his Coen connections run deep. Anyway the article is a fascinating insight into the process of creating storyboards with the Coens. Read it here.
Thanks to Chris for mailing this in.
Empire has listed what it conisders to be the all time top 10 movie bounty hunters and in amongst that elite number are two, yes TWO miscreants from the canon of the Coen brothers. Leonard Smalls (Randall “Tex” Cobb) from Raising Arizona makes it in at number five and right at the top of the tree at number one is none other than Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) from No Country For Old Men. Now I’m not sure Chigurh is actually a bounty hunter per se, he’s more of a hired gun/assassin if you ask me…
The readers of broadsheets the Guardian and the Observer here in the UK have been polled to determine which movies they feel are the funniest of all time. Monty Python’s hilarious The Life of Brian won out with Airplane! at number two, but our Coens had TWO entries in there. With a nose-bleed at the lofty height of number 7 is The Big Lebowski and at number 38 is Raising Arizona. The original The Ladykillers is in at number 30. Check out the full list and I’m sure you’ll agree it’s the most honest of this kind of thing I’ve seen in a long time.