Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Blood Simple (1984)

Coen Brothers Double Feature #2

Synopsis: Lady has questionable taste in guys; sleazy detective lies, pries, and spies; another scumbag dies; horny bartender isn’t very wise; and oh – there’s a surprise!

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “This critically acclaimed thriller set in rural Texas combines chilling suspense with offbeat humor to create an all-American version of the classic ‘film noir’.”

What Did I Learn?: 1a) There’s a very good chance that a swift kick to the nuts will cause a man to puke up his breakfast. 1b) Apparently, Dan Hedaya is quite good at spitting fake blood and vomit.

You Might Like This Movie If: You know there’s nothing simple about blood.

Really?: 1) Holy shit, don’t the cops ever respond to reports of gunfire? 2) I realize Ray thinks Abby shot Marty and he wants to help her stay out of jail, but burying a man alive? That's cold...wouldn’t he have conked the poor guy over the head or something, first?

Rating: Blood Simple is a bit slow-moving at times, but it’s an edgy, inventive, and quite compelling low-budget film. Highly recommended. 9/10 stars.

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