Saturday, February 14, 2009

Auteur Watch - Ethan Coen and Joel Coen

Well, SOMEONE's got to put Ethan first for a change!
Anyway, there they are. My boys at work doing they thang on their latest masterpiece, A Serious Man. And apparently principal photography finished up in November so they should have plenty of time to return to this year's Oscars and give David Fincher the Best Director Oscar. Some might say David owes them a little credit, at least stylistically.
And then after that, it's on to the next project. Which will it be? Will it be Suburbicon, which says it's in production? Or will it be Hail Caesar in pre-production? If I had to guess, I'd say Hail Caesar because there's names attached to it. Looks like Johnny Kastl dropped out. But who knows? Maybe he'll be back... Damn! Looks like Ralph Fiennes, don't he? Whatever happened to brother Joseph, speaking of brothers?
That Gambit remake seems to have dropped off their resumés. That's probably for the best. Then apparently, after these two films, they're all set to do The Yiddish Policemen's Union which won't be as far down in the Maltin guide as Zeimers in Zambezi. They're pairing up with über-producer Scott Rudin again, but as surely as the Oscars got sick of the Weinsteins I don't think Rudin's flying as close to the sun again. We can always hope. As for the Coens, well, there's that Coast to Coast thing you occasionally hear about where someone or something or some group uses a bunch of Einstein clones to try and take over the world. Then they've got an extremely violent Western with a chicken in it, and I figure they'll get to that circa 2017 or so. Watch out for the solar eclipse, guys!

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