Raising Arizona (1987)
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Probably the best movie done by Nicolas Cage, together with Wild at Heart from Lynch. He should thanks those directors all days or he would't have a career..
If I never really rated Raising Arizona as highly as I did other Coen Bros. efforts, it may because it's such a screechy film. There is a LOT of comedy screaming, which I find annoying. But it's motivated by the fact the story is about stealing a baby, and in true Coens fashion, the themes run to that. It's no coincidence that John Goodman's escape convict bursts out of the muddy ground screaming, and keeps screaming as he pulls his "brother" out of the hole feet first. He's a big baby, one Nick Cage and Holly Hunter's new parents inherit at the same time as their perfect angel. They have disrupted the natural order and all hell breaks loose as a result. Dumb criminals, strange happenings, quirky characters, perfect shots... it's a Coen picture; I can't be too irritated by it no matter the volume level.
This is just another example of why I love the Coens
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This movie ranks #15 in Spike Lee's Essential List of Films for Filmmakers
This movie ranks #31 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs
This movie ranks #32 in BBC's The 100 Greatest Comedies of All Time
This movie ranks #65 in BFI's 100 Road Movies
This movie ranks #101 in Empire's The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time
This movie ranks #565 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #649 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #698 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #756 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
This movie ranks #759 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die