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Miller's Crossing

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message 1: by Alison (last edited Mar 17, 2008 04:25AM) (new)

Alison It's 1:35 am, and I'm trying to get the Netflix movies at my house returned to sender in this lifetime.

Miller's Crossing is awesome! What a masterpiece. I didn't know much about this going into it. It's an old-school gangster/noir film by the Coen brothers, but it's also very funny. Funny ha ha, AND, just kind of quirky funny (for example the character's little idiosyncrasies). Anyway, the plot is perfect with no holes. The dialogue is brisk and amazing. The performances are all so good--especially Steve Buschemi's little 2 minutes on screen, and John Turturo. After this movie, his eccentricity kind of came to grate on my nerves a bit, but here, he was a scene-stealer. Albert Finney (Daddy Warbucks) was awesome, and got the scene of his lifetime jumping out of a burning building and gunning down gangsters with a machine gun.

Another great movie moment: John Turturo pleading for his life (twice). ("Look in your heart!")

I guess the obvious question, how does this compare to No Country (which is kind of the reason I wanted to see it). O.K., I'm really underqualified to answer this, but I would say some things about the visual style are similar, but No Country, to me, lacked any humor, or tongue-in-cheekiness. It was so serious and philosophical. There was five times as much dialogue in Miller's Crossing. So much more story. But both so perfect in achieving what they set out to be.

One other similarity: The character of "Casper" with his "ethics" reminded me a lot of "Chugare" and his "principles." I guess the theme would be bad guys with standards.

message 2: by Arctic (last edited Jan 08, 2008 10:34AM) (new)

Arctic Loved this movie, but it's been a long time since I watched it. Definitely one of the Coen Bros best works. Interesting comparsion between this and No Country for Old Men. I'll have to rewatch it after I see No Country.

have you seen Blood Simple? It's another good film of theirs.

message 3: by Alison (new)

Alison It's in the queue! I'm looking forward to seeing it. I guess I'll have to give up sleep altogether. It's overrated, anyway.

I thought of another similarity. In Miller's Crossing, Gabriel Byrne's character speaks of a dream, where his beloved hat is flying through the woods, caught up by the wind. It's mentioned later, but it's actually shown as the first scene of the film. And, in No Country, TLJ speaks significantly of a dream as well...

message 4: by Ed (new)

Ed | 220 comments Mod
Miller's Crossing is such a wonderful, beautiful film. I really loved Blood Simple as well--both I haven't seen in a while. Can't wait to see No Country.

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