New Movies -
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Old Movies -
Touki Bouki: The Journey of the Hyena
The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry
Recap: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 , 2005, 2006, 2007 , 2008 , 2009 , 2010 , 2011 , 2012
Blood Simple : Director's Cut (Joel Coen) 2000
The Coen brothersí first film, Blood Simple has
evidently garnered enough of a following to justify a re-release a mere fifteen
years later. Itís certainly not a bad film, but itís hardly the classic
reinvention of film noir that it wants to be. This mildly shorter directorís
cut opens with a humorous introduction by a phony film scholar who far
overstates the worth of the film, suggesting the Coens were not entirely
convinced the film warranted another theatrical run.
Itís appropriate that the initials of the filmís title
are B.S., as the film largely works on deception. Although the film is stylishly
directed, it places a lot of emphasis on giving false impressions of whatís
actually going on. There are false scares, deceptive dream sequences, and shots
that conspire to momentarily trick us that the venue of events has shifted.
Barry Sonnenfeld is the D.P., to great effect, and itís a shame he has chosen
to be a mediocre director instead of a great cinematographer.
Almost everything here feels like a cheat, but since itís a genre piece
a lot of the stylistic excess can be forgiven.
When that deception filters into the filmís plot, however, Iím less
inclined to be so forgiving. So much of the plot depends on the characters
saying enough to egg each other on, but not saying enough to set the story
straight that credibility is definitely strained at all times.