Barton Fink

Barton Fink ★★★★★

Look upon me! I'll show you the life of the mind!

I normally have about three Coen Brothers movies that I keep routinely flip-flopping in my head as my favorite one (the three being Inside Llewyn Davis, No Country for Old Men, and The Big Lebowski). But, after this last rewatch I think Barton Fink is fast joining that league. It's just such a perfectly confident, oddball, sometimes even unsettling film that never gives out answers but also never sacrifices its' entertainment either. It's a rare film that works as a populist crowd-pleaser and also a surreal unknowable nightmare. There are layers of symbolic meaning here laying out for you but if that's not for you there is also a scene with a William Faulker stand-in yelling where's my honey? So, you know, there is something here for everybody.

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