A Serious Man (2009)

Perhaps my favourite Coens film. A brilliant meditation on faith and uncertainty. I know little of the Jewish faith, but the film worked excellently for me anyway, as a kind of modern retelling of the book of Job. Does God exist? The film grapples with this through Schrodinger’s cat paradox. Obviously the film can’t answer…

Burn After Reading (2008)

I’m always going to enjoy Clooney working under the Coens, and John Malvocich and Brad Pitt also deliver hilarious comic performances here. Around halfway through, it becomes clear the film isn’t just aiming to be a comedy, and I think it does succeed at transcending the genre in making some broader points on the triviality…

No Country for Old Men (2007)

The novel by Cormac McCarthy is a masterwork, a fantastic story told with such style. The film is also a masterwork, not superior to the novel, but an extremely well-crafted work of art in its own right. Thousands and thousands of words have already been spent by people who can articulate the strengths of this…