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Blood Simple
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by Carina Hoskisson

"Its the Coen Brothers--you haven't seen it?--Shame on YOU!"
5 stars


I make no secret of my love of the Coen brother's movies; there's something about that Frances MacDormand that I just love.

Blood Simple is a wonderfully noir film set in Texas. There are wide shots of landscapes, pulling you into the setting just as the snow expanses did in Fargo.
Dan Hedaya plays Julian Marty, a rich club owner with a beautiful wife, Abby (MacDormand.) He suspects Abby is cheating and hires a private eye to knock her and her lover off. What follows is a twisting plot worthy of any noir in the book (or on screen.) The characters are pulled and manipulated in multiple directions and the editing does a fantastic job of echoing it.
Hedaya's performance is a little out of box for him, I liked watching him play a more complex character. There are the other requeset 'nutty' Coen Characters, but thats what I love about their movies. The P.I.(Walsh) is pretty slimy and Getz, as Ray, plays a great Texan.
Again, the editing is wonderful. Its creative and really works to further the story. Watch for subtle techniques that set your blood pumping.
Blood Simple held my attention from the beginning and had me screaming at the screen at the end. Any movie that makes me want to jump up and shake the TV shouting at the characters to " move!--MOVE!!!" is up there in my book.

A tight thriller that is sure to make you feel creepy.

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originally posted: 11/11/98 02:11:56
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3/26/18 Louise A film noir tour-de-force with a very atmospheric soundtrack. Superb! 5 stars
6/09/15 Anne now that's a movie! 4 stars
9/25/13 David Hollingsworth Wicked, smart, and one my favorite films. 5 stars
7/24/11 John boy Dated, some hammy acting, I would rather watch the tension in a rubber band 1 stars
3/19/11 brian If I'd seen it before all their other films I'd probably be more impressed. 3 stars
8/10/10 Chad Dillon Cooper All hail the Coen brothers. 5 stars
7/24/10 Justin Sommersby once again proves how big a douche he is. He never fails. 5 stars
4/22/10 John Smith Much too slow; but interesting. 7/10. 3 stars
9/29/09 Brian My favorite neo-noir - the intricacies of the plot are really marvelous. 5 stars
11/25/08 Leo T great film... much fun 4 stars
9/17/08 Stu A nice debut for the Coens, although nowhere near the greatness they would later achieve. 3 stars
4/17/06 matt Startling! An amazing thriller, Walsh is brilliant 5 stars
9/12/05 Indrid Cold Once again the Coens prove that they are the most ... overrated filmmakers in the biz. 3 stars
8/08/05 jeanne I'd switch teams for Frances McDormand. 5 stars
11/14/04 DM Jack Sommersby is wrong again. 5 stars
7/31/04 psychotic black dwarf No matter how good the film, naysayers will talk through the proverbial Khyber Pass. 5 stars
12/31/02 Jack Sommersby Overpraised, artsy, self-indulgent crap that's more manner than matter. 1 stars
12/20/02 PsiSeeker A good Texas noir thriller. Coen's Bros keep em comin! 4 stars
11/22/02 Charles Tatum My God, this was boring 3 stars
4/24/02 Dave MacDougall deadly good....the coen's best movie...... 5 stars
8/26/01 The Bomb 69 slow to develop, but you could see Coen brother's beginning to come around 3 stars
8/06/01 E-Funk These guys can't go wrong. This movie is fuckin stocked with suspense. 5 stars
7/23/01 Eggy Joe This film made me feel like I being watched, tidy up! 5 stars
6/06/01 missk there was nothing I liked about this movie 1 stars
3/07/01 jordan tiny shot of winking guy as he drove by made this movie for me. 5 stars
3/07/01 Jake Effective thriller but a bit too grim 4 stars
8/10/00 brian michener the coens' best, wickedly inventive and horrifying 5 stars
7/19/00 David Feltl Brilliant! 5 stars
7/06/00 Matthew Bartley Slow but still nice'n'sleazy 4 stars
12/18/99 Shaun I rewound the tape a dozen times just to watch that damn newspaper hit the screen door. 5 stars
12/04/99 Hargrove I hated this movie! I felt like I was holding my breath waiting for it to end. 1 stars
5/12/99 ras_jose@yahoo.com very stupid people doing vey stupid things,everyone gets what they deserve.its GREAT! 5 stars
10/09/98 Bluntman I'll never forget the drip at the very end. BRILLIANT! 5 stars
9/28/98 Marty in St.Louis Coens - Lebowski = 100% Fucking awesomefilms! 5 stars
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