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#16368 - 01/22/01 03:11 PM O Brother Where Art Thou?
Alex Williams Offline

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Anyone seen the new Cohen brothers film? I think AWAD folks will appreciate its literary humor. I especially like the use of high diction by otherwise nitwit characters (similar to the dialogue in the Cohen brothers' previous film "Raising Arizona"). Comments, anyone?

#16369 - 01/22/01 03:34 PM Re: O Brother Where Art Thou?
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It's high on my list, mostly for musical reasons.

#16370 - 01/22/01 05:23 PM Re: O Brother Where Art Thou?
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Riot. I loved it! "High diction by otherwise nitwit characters" is a perfect encapsulation of *that* part of its peculiar charm... the Odyssey references are vague but charming, some cool surreal moments, and the music is fantastic. I can't recommend it to troglodytes, but you people... definitely.

#16371 - 01/24/01 11:03 AM music in the film
Alex Williams Offline

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Oh the music is awesome. As a Southerner (sort of, Kentucky being a kind of border-state weirdness unto itself), I really appreciate the way that the film features classic country and bluegrass music. It's beautiful, sophisticated music that in our national culture is underrated. Most people associate bluegrass music with the film "Deliverance," which has done such WONDERS for the perception of Southerners in this country. *sarcasm alert* It has, however, kept property values low by preventing the migration of Northerners. ;|

Now before I pass myself as some sort of bluegrass aficionado, let me point out that my first exposure to that particular traditional song "O Death" was the Camper van Beethoven version, from their album "Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart." I miss that band so much. What great music, and lyrics too. *sigh*

#16372 - 01/25/01 01:22 PM Re: music in the film
Solamente, Doug. Offline

Registered: 12/16/00
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Loc: Virginia
FYI, David Lowery is still producing some great stuff with his band "Cracker" (yes, that kind of cracker). He moved to my hometown, Richmond, VA, a few years back, got married to an old friend of mine and has a kid! Tempus Fidgets as my Mom says...

#16373 - 01/26/01 03:16 PM Re: O Brother Where Art Thou?
Dianne Offline

Registered: 01/12/01
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I liked the comment from a review, "[the character played by George Clooney] uses 9 dollar words with his 50 cent brain."

#16374 - 02/04/01 04:39 PM Re: O Brother Where Art Thou?
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I saw it last night and loved it. Will prepare a 'reviewette' later - meanwhile I wanted to bring the topic back to the surface (Oh, paulb, where art thou?)

#16375 - 02/04/01 06:37 PM Re: O Brother Where Art Thou?
Jackie Offline

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Hey, Anna, I saw it yesterday, too! Familiar music, sure
'nuff. I was very impressed by the actor whose name is, I
believe, Tim Blake Nelson: he didn't have too many lines,
but his facial expressions sure spoke volumes! I was wondering if the "turning into a toad" was representative of the men in The Odyssey being turned into pigs.

Oh, in the other thread about Groundhog Day: I didn't
print that article, I just copied it.

#16376 - 02/04/01 10:25 PM Re: O Brother Where Art Thou?
tsuwm Offline
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>I didn't print that article, I just copied it.
why do you think they call it a copyright??

#16377 - 02/05/01 05:46 AM Re: O paulb Where Art Thou?
paulb Offline

Registered: 03/17/00
Posts: 460
Loc: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
I'm still around, AnnaS, thanks for the cooee! I must confess that I see very few contemporary American or British films. I'm much more interested in films from Europe and Asia, in particular, Iran and China, whose directors tend to produce breathtakingly beautiful films woven around daily life. If you have the chance, don't miss "Gabbeh" and The colour of Paradise" from Iran, and "Not one less" and "My way home" from China.

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