johnsu01 (johnsu01) wrote,
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Intolerable Cruelty

I noticed in the pre-Oscar newspaper coverage that Intolerable Cruelty was on a few critics' lists as the movie that should have been nominated for various categories, but wasn't.


I watched it last night, and I think those complaints have some merit. However, it's hard for the Coen brothers to go wrong by me. Except for that fundamental error part where they work for Hollywood movie houses.

As a poet, I love repetition. The Coen brothers build their films largely on repetition. In fact, I haven't counted, but I'm pretty sure that there are only about 100 lines in all of Big Lebowski; they are just repeated in various permutations.

I don't know why they love to have scenes with creepy old infirm men hooked up to life support machines in darkly lit offices with crashing classical scores, or what their fascination with the pomeranian is, but I appreciate their repeated use of different motifs.

What I wonder about, though, is their whiteness. Simone gets me thinking about this whenever we watch one of their films and I have a hard time letting it go.

Once again, in Intolerable Cruelty, what black people there are are morally corrupt and a little minstrel-ish. But, since these films are always so tongue-in-check, I have to wonder if this isn't their way of criticizing the way things are.

I loved the movie; having the central character be a prenuptial agreement is really a stroke of genius.
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