by many the break through Independent Film (Indie).
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-loudly.
was fortunate to have had seen the original. I went around like
a private spokeswoman telling any one who'd listen about the quirky
film. Yeah, quirky- it's by the Coens- Joel and Ethan (-Fargo
& Oh, Brother Where Arth Thou fame). You know them now, but
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, Frances McDormand and M. Emmet Walsh,
Dan Hedaya and so forth.
Simple 2000 has had some technical enhancements that only make
a great movie greater.
goes...Texan; Abby (Frances " Wife of a Coen" 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.
what screenwriters Joel and Ethan Coen have gotten us and the
small cast into is still fresh today over 16 years later!
They truly opened the door for low budget, intelligent, slow moving
films. Real people banter, real situations, twisted around a dreamlike
state. Call it a drunk lazy feel, which meanders up to the fantastic
still, one of my favorite films.
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
Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, M.Emmet Walsh, and John Getz
by: Joel Coen