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Re: Coen Brothers: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

Mon December 03, 2018 4:01 am

Tim Blake Nelson on Maron tomorrow

Re: Coen Brothers: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

Mon December 03, 2018 5:56 pm

I could watch Tom Waits pan for gold for hours.

Though after that movie we started losing interest and were pretty tired. We'll revisit and finish soon here.

Re: Coen Brothers: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

Mon December 03, 2018 7:50 pm

Strat wrote:I could watch Tom Waits pan for gold for hours.

Though after that movie we started losing interest and were pretty tired. We'll revisit and finish soon here.

i didn’t recognize him at first

Re: Coen Brothers: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

Fri December 07, 2018 5:39 pm

Trying to rank these seems tough to me, but I really liked the entire thing overall. I think the only criticism I have is that there were narrative beats and writing choices that echoed across the stories--I could understand an argument that these are supposed to be thematic resonances, but I felt like they just left me comparing the different films and trying to decide which used it better. I am talking about:

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Not Seeing The Most Dramatic Moment - We don't see Liam Neeson throw Stubby off the bridge, and we don't get to see Mr. Arthur explain what happened to Alice. I feel like the second one works better, i.e., I couldn't even imagine seeing that conversation, and I like how they left it hanging.

I'm Not Dead Yet! - Both Mr. Arthur and Tom Waits played possum so they could get the jump on their foes. The scenes felt so different--one full of stillness and one pounding with frenetic energy--but I definitely liked the rolling of the cigarette and the slow spread of the blood as a moment more.


Joey mentioned how The Mortal Remains feels like a play, and I was all set to come on here and call it Beckettian so I would sound all smart; he stole my thunder! I am on the fence about whether to take the story literally or whether we're supposed to read it as something supernatural. I am leaning towards the former being a more interesting reading.

I loved the use of song throughout.

I agree with others that James Franco had one of the most uninteresting roles, but when he

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turned to the crying man and asked, "First time?"


it was a very good laugh. Literal gallows humor.

Definitely want to revisit this at some point, like all Coen movies.

Re: Coen Brothers: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

Fri December 07, 2018 7:07 pm

yeah i’ve had a strong urge to watch it again already

Re: Coen Brothers: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

Tue May 07, 2019 2:26 pm

Tom Waits was born to play a prospector

Re: Coen Brothers: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

Tue May 07, 2019 4:31 pm

i should watch this again soon

Re: Coen Brothers: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

Tue May 07, 2019 8:23 pm

Mecca wrote:Tom Waits was born to play a prospector

:luv:

Re: Coen Brothers: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

Tue December 31, 2019 1:14 am

I could watch the first segment over and over again. The songs and the shot of Buster goin on up to heaven are so damn beautiful

Re: Coen Brothers: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

Sat January 11, 2020 9:03 am

I liked the first 3 and the last 2 were meh

Re: Coen Brothers: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

Sat June 13, 2020 3:14 am

yippie ki iy ay...
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