Blood Simple

Birth of the magic.

Joel and Ethan Coen are my favorite modern-day filmmakers, but it had been a bit since I last saw this gem, their first commercial effort as writer/directors.

Spoiler alert: even better than I remembered.

A down ‘n dirty neo noir, it doesn’t waste a single moment, telling a taut, darkly-funny tale of low-down people doing dastardly things.

What’s better?

Frances McDormand as a tortured cheating wife, M. Emmet Walsh as the sleaziest PI to slide across a movie screen (“I know where you can get those framed…”), or the final needle drop?

Spoiler: it’s all great.


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