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Goodman was terrific. Casting was spot on. John Turturro was an unconventional choice for the lead actor. Good, enjoyed every bit of it.
Writer's block as hell, and Hollywood as damnation. The Coens are in complete control of their craft here, and create a film in which the viewer feels the frustration and bewilderment and oppression of the protagonist. The ending scene is unexpectedly emotionally overwhelming.
One of the two or three best things the Coens have done, and an absolute masterpiece.
Script, directing, cinematography, casting, acting - everything spot on. A dark, mesmerizing, underrated gem of cinema and one of the best from the Coens.
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This movie ranks #51 in 366 Weird Movies (Certified Weird)
This movie ranks #62 in Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
This movie ranks #62 in NY Times' The Essential 1,000 Films to See
This movie ranks #77 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #290 in Cahiers du cinéma - Yearly top 10s
This movie ranks #461 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
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This movie ranks #627 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown