After reading Burn After Reading, you’ll know the Coens are at their most bizarre. Fans of the comedy’s surrealism should see these additional productions.
The Coen brothers’ dark comedy Burn After Reading, released in 2008, received a divisive critical reception. The film was infused with the brothers’ unique sense of humor. George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton and John Malkovich star in Burn After Reading but many viewers were turned off by the film’s strange structure and comically dark script.
In contrast, Burn After Reading is a treat for fans of the Coens who relish the duo at their most bizarre. Former CIA analyst (Malkovich) loses his memoirs in the film. Finders keepers (Pitt and Frances McDormand) try to get a reward for finding the spies but end up in a world of espionage way over their heads.
10. Barton Fink (1991)
The Coen Brothers’ Barton Fink is a must-see for fans of the brothers’ brand of surrealist wit and humor. During the ’40s, John Turturro is a well-known playwright on the New York stage. He needs money, so he accepts a job as a screenwriter at a major studio, where he is assigned to work on a wrestling film, despite the fact that he has no prior experience in the genre.
After moving into a hotel to start writing, Fink is plagued by writer’s block, which is exacerbated by the presence of a mysterious neighbor (John Goodman) and wallpaper that is almost melting.
9. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
While many consider Iron Man to be Robert Downey Jr.’s comeback film following a decade of legal and substance abuse issues, it was Kiss Kiss Bang Bang that really brought him back.
A small-time criminal (Downey) is on the run from the police when he shows up at a casting call for a movie, where he wins the lead role. The film was written and directed by Shane Black. To prepare for the role, he teams up with a real-life PI (Val Kilmer), with whom he becomes involved in a case.
8. Fargo (1996)
Fargo, the 1996 comedy starring Frances McDormand and directed by the Coen brothers, is their best. She portrays a Fargo, North Dakota police officer who is investigating a kidnapping case while pregnant.
Two criminals (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) kidnapped and held for ransom a car dealership’s sales manager’s wife (William H. Macy), demanding money from the wife’s wealthy father (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare). For her role, McDormand received a Best Actress nomination at the Academy Awards, and the film was nominated for Best Picture as well.
7. In The Loop (2009)
In the Loop, a Coen Brothers film set in the UK, would resemble In the Loop. Armando Iannucci, the man who created the Alan Partridge character with Steve Coogan, directed this black comedy. The story of the uneasy alliance between the British and American militaries is told in the film In the Loop. READ ALSO: 10 Ways No Country For Old Men Is Different From the Film
It is Peter Capaldi’s job as Prime Minister David Cameron’s Director of Communication to handle any bad press that comes from a bumbling politician declaring a “unforeseeable” war with the Middle East. General James Gandolfini, played by James Gandolfini, is among the cast members.
6. True Romance (1993)
Tony Scott directed the Quentin Tarantino-penned crime drama True Romance in 1993. The movie was an instant classic thanks to Quentin Tarantino’s sharp screenplay and Scott’s directing flair.
Patricia Arquette plays a call girl who Christian Slater falls in love with and marries. Nevertheless, when he goes to her pimp’s (Gary Oldman) to get her suitcase, the two decide to try to sell drugs while running for their lives while grabbing a suitcase full of them.
5. Inherent Vice (2014)
P.T. Anderson is a well-known director of the present day. His critically acclaimed films aside, he also makes time to direct a few strange and bizarre dark comedies. He’s a busy man. A good example of this is Inherent Vice, which is based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Pynchon.
Phoenix plays a private investigator in 1970 who gets drawn into the case of a missing wife. The film, which won the Robert Altman Award at the Independent Spirit Awards, stars Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, and Benicio del Toro.
4. Hail, Caesar! (2016)
Hail, Caesar!, a film by the Coen Brothers that is notoriously difficult to understand, was released in 2016. It’s an acquired taste, much like Burn After Reading, but it’s the brothers’ ode to old-school Hollywood filmmaking. See also: 5 Coen Brothers Characters Who Didn’t Deserve To Die (& 5 Who Did)
As Eddie Mannix, Josh Brolini takes on the role of Hollywood fixer Eddie Mannix, helping to clear the slates of troubled celebrities. George Clooney playsBaird Whitlock, a movie star with no acting experience who is kidnapped by a group of Hollywood communists, and Alden Ehrenreich plays a former silent film cowboy star who is now trying to make it as a talking cowboy. Hail Caesar!, they exclaim, as they narrate their tales.
3. In Bruges (2008)
Martin McDonagh is a well-known playwright who has made a name for himself as a director in Hollywood, bringing his stage sensibilities to the big screen and creating some memorable films.
During a confession, a hitman (Colin Farrell) accidentally kills a child and must go into hiding. In Bruges is a black comedic crime film. A fellow hitman (Brendan Gleeson) is ordered to kill his friend, so he goes into hiding with him. The two get into a hilarious fight across Bruges.
2. The Big Lebowski (1998)
The Big Lebowski, the Coens’ 1998 film, is unquestionably their best work. One man named The Dude (Jeff Daniels) is mistaken for another named The Big Lebowski in this absurdist comedy.
On realizing this, they pee on his carpet in disgust. They (John Goodman and Steve Buscemi) convince him to do something about it, so he goes on a quest where he risks his life at every turn.
1. Seven Psychopaths (2012)
Although it isn’t as well-known as In Bruges, Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths is just as funny, if not funnier. This is yet another dark comedy crime film in which the entire cast turns in outstanding work.
Colin Farrell is a struggling author who plans to write a book about psychopaths. Christopher Walken, who steals every scene he’s in, as well as Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Tom Waits, and Olga Kurylenko all play significant roles in the film. Policy of Ownership