O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?
2000, Buena Vista Pictures, 106 min, USA, Dir: Joel Cohen

Taking much of its inspiration from Homer’s The Odyssey, this Coen brothers comedy stars George Clooney, John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson as escaped convicts in Depression-era Mississippi. On a wild goose chase for loot from a previous crime, the trio encounter bluesmen, bank robbers, Bible thumpers and politicos, and become unlikely hitmakers as the “Soggy Bottom Boys” (in real life, the film’s bluegrass-filled soundtrack topped charts and won three Grammys). Costarring John Goodman. The title is taken from the social-realist film-within-a-film Joel McCrea's character wants to make in Preston Sturges' SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS!


RAISING ARIZONA
1987, 20th Century Fox, 94 min, USA, Dir: Joel Coen

This staggeringly hilarious chronicle of the romance between inept bad boy Nicolas Cage and straight-arrow cop Holly Hunter was an unexpected follow up to the Coen brothers’ chilling BLOOD SIMPLE. The kidnap scheme that follows when the loving couple learn they can’t conceive kids is guaranteed to provoke more laughs per minute than any American comedy since the heyday of 1930s screwball cinema. With John Goodman and William Forsythe.


BROADCAST NEWS
1987, 20th Century Fox, 133 min, USA, Dir: James L. Brooks

“He personifies everything that you've been fighting against. And I'm in love with you. How do you like that? I buried the lead.” In James L. Brooks’ groundbreaking, astute critique of televised media’s slippery transition from hard news to fluff pieces, Holly Hunter, Albert Brooks and William Hurt make up the three points in a wonderfully complex love triangle. Jane Craig (Hunter) is an endearingly neurotic and talented broadcast news producer, whose close friendship with bright but sparkle-lacking correspondent Aaron Altman (Brooks) is thrown into trouble when a handsome, charismatic and simple-minded rookie anchor (Hurt) becomes the sensation of their show - and a confusing romantic interest for Jane. All three leads were nominated for Oscars, with additional nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. With Jack Nicholson in an unbilled role as intimidating, god-like anchor Bill Rorich.


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