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Miller's Crossing.....what a great flick

Old 04-15-05, 07:07 PM
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I'm definately a Coen Bros. Fan and had never seen this or Blood Simple until a month or so ago. Both of them are outstanding films. The only way to put it is , these guys make great movies!
Old 04-15-05, 08:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Squirrel God
...and employs Gabriel Byrne and Albert Finney (who I can only enjoy watching when I am 100% convinced that they were well cast for the character). .
I always found Albert Finney to be totally immersed in every role he has ever played and is always well cast (even in Erin Chocosnitch - I mean Brockovich).

The reason:

No one in the movie going public really knows who Albert Finney really is outside of acting, and it is brilliant that he chooses to stray from the limelight so we can receive more and more from his characters (and not be able to compare them to his real life) a la a lot of Hollywood actors today.

I thought he was brilliant in MC.
Old 04-16-05, 08:50 AM
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Fargo had unrealistically extreme characters and dialogue?

Look, my point is this: the film, on some level, seemed to be constantly aware of itself. In short, it tried too hard to do something different with the gangster genre. This wouldn't be a bad thing, except for not only did it tend to stray from it's subject matter when attempting to do this, but at times it came off as nothing more than forced style over substance. The overall feel of the movie often doesn't fit the characters anymore than their clothing, their lavish offices, or their dialogue. To say it's on the same level as the Godfather is cinematic blasphemy. But that's just my opinion.

How is Miller's Crossing straying from its subject matter? I may be influenced by having read the book first, but I thought it was about a smart guy in a small town run by second-rate gangsters. Beyond that, it's about different kinds of betrayal.

The source book is The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett. I don't know if I ever saw it stated anywhere, but it's pretty obvious when you read it.
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I saw this years ago , I really liked it ....
I like to see actors other works , an The Great Albert Finney ...."Saturday night Sunday morning " got me hooked with this wonder ...

Gabriel Byrne
I saw him a film years ago as Uther Pendragon "Exalibur".....very good ...

I have this thing for checking out actors other films ,that has not left me disappointed
Old 09-30-07, 07:30 PM
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I didn't want to start a new thread just to say this, so I'm going to go ahead and bump this one up. I am a huge fan of the Coen brothers, but I only just watched Miller's Crossing for the first time last night, and it totally blew me away. I was going to do a back to back viewing of that and the other Coen brothers flick I have never watched, Barton Fink, but I only got Miller's Crossing watched last night. I'm about to start Barton Fink tonight.

Anyway, MC is a great picture, with a great mix of complete insanity. Another really odd thing is that I've never found Marcia Gay Harden all that attractive for the most part, but in MC she was stunning and just perfect for that sort of role.

I guess I'm getting myself ready for the soon to be released Coen brothers flicks, both of which look/sound fantastic and a return to their usual high quality work after a couple of huge let downs (The Ladykillers and Intolerable Cruelty), in my book at least.

If not for those two films back to back, the Coen brothers would have an absolute flawless resume in my opinion.
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Miller's Crossing is a fine flick.... I think you'll really enjoy BF as well
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I just finished BF, and yep, loved that one just about as much as MC. Totally not exactly what I was expecting, and had a big time "David Lynch type" feel to it.

Great, great stuff, both films.
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Originally Posted by Brent L
I just finished BF, and yep, loved that one just about as much as MC. Totally not exactly what I was expecting, and had a big time "David Lynch type" feel to it.
It only gets better the more you watch it. So many details and layers.

I'm a big fan of them, but I've never been able to get into Miller's Crossing. I know how much praise it gets and I've tried watching it multiple times, but I can never finish it. Just doesn't interest me, whereas I've seen most of their other movies many times, and Barton Fink is probably top 5 for me.

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