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Culture, Kill Your Television Minnesota Nice: "Fargo" Returns Us to Hostile Northern Climates

Minnesota Nice: "Fargo" Returns Us to Hostile Northern Climates

"Oh now, you gotta see Duluth," exclaimed my mother last summer. Ever since she moved to Minnesota she has not only developed a high-Midwestern accent, but now adores all things frigid and bleak. Duluth, you see, is actually a barren…
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Film, "Inside Llewyn Davis": The Coen Brothers Sing the Ballad of the New York Folkie Movement

"Inside Llewyn Davis": The Coen Brothers Sing the Ballad of the New York Folkie Movement

Given its title and its makers, the Coen brothers' new movie might conceivably be a 105-minute proctology joke, but actually it's an incisive, melancholy drama, with some funny bits, about the burgeoning folk-music scene in early-1960s New York. (The very…
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Calendar, Night&Day Fuck it Dude, Let's Go Bowling

Fuck it Dude, Let's Go Bowling

Dudes of the city, your pilgrimage has come to town. Lebowski Fest is a traveling festival that celebrates all things related to the Coen Brothers' cult classic, The Big Lebowski. Friday night at the Mezzanine is the Movie Party,…
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Film, "The Jeffrey Dahmer Files": A Decades-Long Fascination

"The Jeffrey Dahmer Files": A Decades-Long Fascination

It's been 22 years since the cops found all those murdered, molested, cut-up corpses in a factory worker's tiny Milwaukee apartment. Does this particular serial killer still hold much fascination for America? Does he for filmmaker Chris James Thompson? Hard…
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Film, "Headhunters": Criminal Chase Needs More Meat

"Headhunters": Criminal Chase Needs More Meat

Arguably the strangest of the many recent Scandinavian movies to rifle through modern American-indie tropes and then cash in by getting bought up for an American remake (see: Let the Right One In), Morten Tyldum's ironic-violent farce focuses on the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Blades of Gory

Blades of Gory

Jacob Borschevsky has big-time rage issues. A mother chatting on the phone and ignoring her crying infant or a hardware store clerk innocently punching in the wrong price on the register throws the square-jawed carpenter into a murderous frenzy. The…
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Calendar, Night&Day Your Slacker, My Hero

Your Slacker, My Hero

The Big Lebowski opened in 1998 to mixed reviews and a so-so box office. Fresh off the smash success of their breakthrough 1996 movie Fargo, Joel and Ethan Coen had raised critics' expectations for yet another dark, demented comedy in…
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Calendar, Night&Day So True

So True

When it was released in 1986, David Byrne's film True Stories was besieged by many of the same criticisms that would dog the Coen Brothers in the years to come — that it was patronizing to small-town America, that it…
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Film, "Red Hill": Australian cop movie falls into cliches

"Red Hill": Australian cop movie falls into cliches

Patrick Hughes' feature debut starts out promisingly enough, setting the table for a square-meal genre picture. Relocated big-city cop Shane Cooper (Ryan Kwanten) reports for his first shift as deputy in Red Hill, a sleepy hick town in Australian hill…
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Film, Are the Coen brothers self-hating or just everyone hating?

Are the Coen brothers self-hating or just everyone hating?

The Yiddish shtetl shtick that opens Joel and Ethan Coen's new movie — a Jewish peasant stumbles on an old Hasid who may or may not be a dybbuk — is pretty clumsy, but at least it tips its hat…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>A Serious Man</i>

A Serious Man

The shtetl shtick that opens Joel and Ethan Coen's new movie—Jewish peasant stumbles on an old Hasid who may or may not be a Dybbuk—tips its hat to the great existential comedy A Serious Man might have become if it…
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News, The Snitch 'Michael the Car Thief' and Pals Arrested In Ingleside Terrace

'Michael the Car Thief' and Pals Arrested In Ingleside Terrace

One of the overlooked classic scenes in the Coen Brothers 1987 film Raising Arizona comes when the inept criminal brothers Evelle and Gale Snoat walk into the "hayseed bank" with rifles blazing, ready for a robbery. Evelle tells his brother…
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Film, Intolerable Cruelty

Intolerable Cruelty

Masters of the carefully crafted cheap shot, Joel and Ethan Coen have built a career on flippancy. Given their refusal to take anything seriously — least of all the enthusiasm of their fans — the brothers surely got a chuckle…
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Art House

Compiled by Michael Leaverton and Hiya Swanhuyser. To submit a listing, e-mail film@sfweekly.com. Artists' Television Access. "Transient Visions of Southeast Asia": Slate of films by Cade Bursell, Kiye Simon Luang, and Amie Siegel, set in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Indonesia.…
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Film, Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem Cross the Badlands in the Coen Brothers' <i>No Country for Old Men</i>

Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem Cross the Badlands in the Coen Brothers' No Country for Old Men

"Hold still" — it's what the hunters say to the hunted in the Coen Brothers' No Country for Old Men. The first time we hear it, it's the out-of-work Vietnam vet Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) whispering optimistically to the antelope…
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Home Entertainment, What Else Is New?

Our top DVD picks for the week of Oct. 18

The Adventures of Superman: The Complete First Season (Warner Bros.) American Movie Musicals Collection (Columbia/Tristar) Batman Begins (Warner Bros.) Bruce Lee: Ultimate Collection (Fox) The Care Bears: Big Wish Movie (Lions Gate) The Coen Brothers Collection (Universal) CSI New York:…
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Film, Cain and  Very Able

Cain and Very Able

Joel and Ethan Coen's periodic genuflections to classic Hollywood are inevitably accompanied by a knowing wink from one brother and a wry smile from the other. These devoted movie buffs' versions of vintage gangster pictures (Miller's Crossing) or the populist…
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The Dude's Big Score

The Big Lebowski Directed by Joel Coen. Written by Joel and Ethan Coen. Starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, and Steve Buscemi. Opens Friday, March 6, at the Kabuki and the Century Plaza in S.F., the Shattuck in Berkeley,…
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Cold Blood

There's something almost farcical about Fargo, Joel and Ethan Coen's new movie about a series of murders in wintry, rural Brainerd, Minn. (The brothers' collaborative screenplay adapts a true story; Joel directed.) The characters are virtually all plain folk of…
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