my Movie

Movie Details

Title:   Raising Arizona
Director:   Joel Coen
Year:   1987
Genre:   Comedy
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   01.25.06

Other Movies Seen By This Director (10)
- Barton Fink
- The Big Lebowski
- Blood Simple
- Burn After Reading
- Fargo
- Inside Llewyn Davis
- Miller's Crossing
- No Country for Old Men
- A Serious Man
- True Grit

Notes History
Date Viewed Venue Note
01.25.06Paramount Starting off an excellent triple feature tonight, I had one of those weird-ass days where you get on the highway at like 5:30 and there is inexplicably no traffic anywhere. Is today some holiday I don't know about? So I end up getting to the Paramount, even with parking in my usual "i give up and need the exercise anyway" spot and walking, with like a good hour wait. I don't mind, there are massive flocks of birds that attack the "theater block" every night at sunset and watching them reminded me of the one class I took where we had to program flock behavior.

Even though the print was really old and scratchy, seeing this movie on a big screen was such a treat. let me say that again: SUCH a treat. For me personally, the early coens movies (everything, excusing Hudsucker Proxy) from Blood Simple to Big Lebowski are absolute pinnacles of cinematic joy for me. Blood Simple... that their director's cut was actually five minutes shorter and it still seems like a three hour movie because every second is so damned suspenseful. Raising Arizona... with perhaps the best stretch of expositional introduction ever put on film... the first ten minutes of the movie should be in a museum. i mean the whole film should be in a museum but the first ten minutes should have duplicates just for emergencies. Miller's Crossing... a movie so perfect in its genre that it makes the originals in the 40s seem like they're missing something. Barton Fink... such a strange and beautiful film that makes a perfect flipside to the Miller's Crossing coin. It's no mistake that one was written while the Coens were having problems with the other's script. Fargo... A sublimely human tale filled with characters that somehow seem real in the Coens' world which always skirts fantasy. And of course The Big Lebowski... which I like so much I can't even talk about.

So yeah, to see Raising Arizona at the Paramount? forget about it... No problem waiting an hour for that.
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