Wednesday, July 29, 2009

It's not just Hollywood

Evidently, China is going to remake the Coen Bros' Blood Simple. Which is, by the way, one of their best movies. It's also one of their most distinctive and oddest. It's this bloody, paranoid story about a guy who hires a cut-rate hitman to murder his cheating wife, and he can't do it. Consequences ensue. In essence, it's the Coens' usual trope of the simple plan gone awry, but it's more primal and raw than anything else they've ever done. I don't think I'll ever watch it again, but it left a hell of an impression on me.

If the remake ever gets back to the states, I'll probably see it.

The Man, The Myth, The Bio

East Bay, California, United States
Problem: I have lots of opinions on politics and culture that I need to vent. If I do not do this I will wind up muttering to myself, and that's only like one or two steps away from being a hobo. Solution: I write two blogs. A political blog that has some evident sympathies (pro-Obama, mostly liberal though I dissent on some issues, like guns and trade) and a culture blog that does, well, cultural essays in a more long-form manner. My particular thing is taking overrated things (movies, mostly, but other things too) down a peg and putting underrated things up a peg. I'm sort of the court of last resort, and I tend to focus on more obscure cultural phenomena.