Friday, January 27, 2012

100 Films You Must See #89

Joel & Ethan Coen

Blood Simple is the first piece of writing and directing the Coen Brothers attempted. For me there are way too many first films from virgin directors to list that are perfect. It's something about your first feature that shows a freedom, a style and confidence in story, that really shines through. Here in Blood Simple a film from their thriller genre we are invited to go inside a small American community and to touch on what violence and what madness it brings.

Do you know what it's like to do something wrong once and be so upset with your self that making the same mistake seems like a sense of freedom is bestowed upon you. The Coen's touch on that here, Blood Simple does not give us a series of murders, but one, and in this you can't help but remember Alfred Hitchcock and harp back to the way his films and Blood Simple concentrate on one murder and their is no glorifying it. Also alike is the manner of the murder, and the complexity of one man's death, that with it, comes a conscience, regret, and what's most fun, a way to hide it.

The actions of these characters are so thought out that you begin to believe that yes this could really happen and what's worst is that you can mildly understand the bewildering decisions they make. Blood Simple is a fine achievement in the thriller genre and just maybe one day, the many thrillers made would see sense to drop the overt, in your face, jumbled flashback, flash-forward aspects of the psychological thriller and concentrate on how a murder can inhibit or release some from their burdens and learn from the masterclass of these very fine filmmakers.

100 Films You Must See
#90 Der Untergang (Downfall)
#89 Blood Simple 

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