Fargo

“And I guess that was your accomplice … in the wood chipper.”

There are so many brilliant scenes in this Oscar winner, but the final drive, as pregnant police chief Marge Gunderson brings in the second hitman, crystalizes everything which is perfect about this film.

Marge, as played by Frances McDormand, is pure goodness — one of the very few people in this rogue’s gallery who is not comprised, devious, or downright evil.

As she grapples with the death and destruction which has upended her patch of paradise, and all over “a little bit of money,” it’s pretty near heartbreaking.

 

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

The second-best film to prominently feature a wood chipper.

Fargo is hard to beat in that specialized category, but this hilarious, and gore-soaked, horror film satire is still first-rate in every way.

It’s the tale of two good-natured, but frequently-misunderstood, backwoods boys just trying to enjoy a trip to their new cabin deep in the woods.

Unfortunately, a pack of college kids have invaded their home turf, and are finding new and creative ways to accidentally off themselves.

All while making our tongue-tied heroes look like the biggest serial killers since Leatherface revved his chainsaw.

A bloody good time.