Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, M.Emmet Walsh, and John Getz
by: Joel Coen
by many the break through Independent Film (Indie). When
Blood Simple first opened in 1984, studios still made the
movies with only known box office actors - maybe a new one here
and there snuck in to test the fickle audiences taste buds, but
never an entire cast of lack luster stars, as we see here. And,
certainly not a story so complex Mr. Everyday Audience wouldn't
necessarily get it. The smaller, intelligent films just didn't
get made. Luckily Blood Simple did, the mold was breaking
Simple is by the now established Coens - Joel and Ethan (
Fargo & Oh, Brother Where Arth Thou fame). Back
then their new style of film noir was the freshest thing in celluloid
to have hit the theaters in a very long time. Filled with eerie
settings, classic plot twists snuck in from nowhere, and actors
we weren't familiar with so we couldn't just guess where we were
headed. As a matter of fact, the cast will pop out at you like
old friends now, Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, M. Emmet
Walsh, Dan Hedaya and so forth.
new-and-improved dvd Blood Simple has had some technical
enhancements that only make a great movie greater.
goes...Texan Abby (Frances McDormand) has a problem. She's fallen
out of love with her possessive husband, Julien Marty (Dan "
Mr. Talent" Hedaya). He can't accept her leaving him for
another guy-Ray (John "Now I'm Handsome/Now I'm Not"
Getz). So what's the upright jilted husband like Marty to do?
Hire a hit man-natch. Simple Blood Simple.
chooses a rat detective he had following the young lovers for
the job, Loren (M.Emmet Walsh). Loren played perfectly by character
actor M. Emmet Walsh is a large sweaty- baby diarrhea yellow polyester-
suit wearing, hog of a man, defunct of morals, cleansing skills
with a passion for the old double cross now and again. He's a
vibrant character- like all in this classic.
has no idea what he's gotten himself into with this premeditated
request of murder.
Speaking? Joel and Ethan Coen's spooky tale is still fresh today!
They truly opened the door for low budget, intelligent, slow moving
films; that real people banter, believable situations all delightfully
twisted around a dreamlike state. Call it a drunk lazy feel, which
meanders up to the fantastic conclusion. Truly,
still, one of my favorite films. Find
this folks. Buy
for Barry Sonnenfeld's cinematography credit! What doesn't this
recommendation: Fresh fish fillets and milk. Be sure to put
the heat up real high to give a kind of virtual-a-sensation effect