Criterion Year Week 74: Blood Simple

The Criterion Collection, the last vestige of truly collectible DVD and Blu-Ray movies in existence. These are well produced, fancy pants editions of important and interesting films for the discerning film lover.

We continue our journey through Jim's collection of movies with...

Blood Simple.

Spine Number: 834

Director:The Coen Brothers

Genre: Drama


As we have said before, there are a handful of filmmakers who seem to spring fully formed into existence. These unique, gifted artist hit the scene with a something that shows you pretty much everything you need to know about their style and just grow from there with it. Well, add The Coen Brothers to that list.


While Blood Simple might not seem like much of their later work, it isn't as overtly comedic, it still gives you a distillation of their style in a lean and direct package. There is humor, but there is also moral ambiguity, corruption, and a sense of justice in the end.

But it's also very tense and brutal. But that's what makes it work so well.


So, check it out with us. We promise a good time.



Next time we finish our prolonged year of Criterion with...

Spine number 838: Pan's Labyrinth

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