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Dana Stevens on A Serious Man
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It has become a recent journalistic trend to declare the death of film criticism, so much so that a friend tweeted yesterday, "Someone please write an article proclaiming the death of "death of film criticism" articles." But if you're looking for evidence of the health of the form, an excellent example of how it is in fact thriving is Dana Stevens' new series of videos for Slate, Dana's Home Theater
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The 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards took place Friday night (March 5) in Los Angeles. Among the winners were cinematographer Roger Deakins who won a Spirit Award for his work on the Coen brothers comedy A Serious Man. In addition,the Robert Altman Award went to A Serious Man, with the award being given to the film's directors (Joel and Ethan Coen),
A Serious Man blackboard benefits St. Olaf College
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Among the treasures to be bid on at St. Olaf's recent Black and Gold Winter Gala auction was part of the chalk board used in the Coen brothers' Oscar-nominated A Serious Man. According to the St. Olaf's Press, the gala raised "$109,000 for St. Olaf, including $2,60
Slate Ponders A Serious Man
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Over at Slate, Juliet Lapidos has gone against the advice of Clive's father in A Serious Man, namely to "Accept the mystery." Instead, she has immersed herself in the rich complexities of the Coen brothers' latest, which she terms "enigmatic to the point of inscrutability," a film which "leaves audiences in a state of interpretive uncertainty, popcorn uneaten, wondering what the Coens are getting at."
A Serious Man Car to be Auctioned for Charity
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Ebay bidders, start your computers. Focus Features and Variety––The Children’s Charity of Southern California have teamed up to auction off the 1966 Dodge Coronet used in A Serious Man. The auction kicks off on Monday, February 22, 2010 and ends Thursday, March 4, 2010––so bid early and bid often. To get in on the action, go to
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The International Cinephile Society recently announced their awards for both American and International films of 2009. And A Serious Man was in top form. It won the ICS award for Best Flm, as well as Joel and Ethan Coen taking home Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for, as the ICS explains, “perhaps their most personal and certainly their most brilliant exploration of the relationship between
The Coen brothers on Serious success
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Film journalist Joe Leydon's chat with Joel and Ethan Coen conducted during the Toronto International Film Festival has just gone up on the Cowboys and Indians website. (The main reason they were being interviewed by this particular publication is because they are currently working on a remake of the late era John Wayne western True Grit.) Below is an extract from their
Beliefnet Believes in A Serious Man
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Beliefnet, an all-purpose, all-denomination site for all things spiritual, just announced their nominations for their 2010 Beliefnet Film Awards. We thrilled to see that two Focus films got noms, each in different categories. The Coen brothers’ A Serious Man was one of five films nominated in the category of Best Spiritual Film
A Serious Man, Coraline Oscar Nominated
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This morning the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the list of major awards and we proud to announce that both Coraline and A Serious Man were given serious notice. A Serious Man was nominated both for Best Picture (Joel and Ethan Coen) and for Best Original Screenplay  (Joel and Ethan Coen) while Coraline was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film ((Henry Selick).  More to follow.
BAFTA for Serious Man and Coraline
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The Britiish Academy of Film and Television Arts (aka BAFTA) announced their nominataion for the BAFTAs (the British equivalent of the Oscars).  The full list can be found at the BAFTA site, but we're happy to see that both A Serious Man (for Original Screenplay) and
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Santa Barbara International Film Festival announcd that they will honor four actors with their 2010 Chopin Viirtuosos Awards. The awards are presented to "a select group of actors who have distinguished themselves through performances in film this past year.” We congratualte A Serious Man's Michael Stuhlbarg who joins such talents as Carey Mulligan, Saoirse Ronan, Gabourey Sidibe in being honored this year. The ceremony will be on Feb 7 in Santa Barbara. To lea
A Serious Man, Coraline make the Cut for ACE Awards
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The American Cinema Editors announced their nominees for the prestigious "Eddie" Award today. We're thrilled to see that both A Serious Man and Coraline made the cut. A Serious Man was nominated for Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy or Musical) with the mysterious Roderick Jaynes as the recipient. Christopher Murrie and Ronald Sanders were recognized for their work on Coraline in the Best An
WGA Pencils in A Serious Man
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The Writer's Guild of America just announced their nominations for 2009, and we are pleased to see that they nominated A Serious Man (written by Joel and Ethan Coen), alongside such worthy competition as Avatar, The Hurt Locker, The Hangover, and (500) Days of Summer for Best Original Screenplay. For a full list of nominees in all categories, click here.
Art Directors have designs on A Serious Man
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The Art Directors Guild announced their nominees for the ADG Awards, an event that celebrates the best in design in film, video and television. We are proud to see that Jess Gonchor was nominated for his work on A Serious Man in the category "Period Film." To get a sense of Gonchor’s work overall, see our slide show survey "Jess Gonchor: Production Design in
NSFC awards A Serious Man best Screenplay
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As reported in Variety, the National Society of Film Critics have just released their awards list for 2009. Overall the critics seemed to nod to all the favorite films of the year, including a Best Screenplay award to Joel and Ethan Coen for A Serous Man. Congrats to all.
Tablet Takes the Gopniks Seriously
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In  "A Serious Marriage," a new piece in the webzine Tablet, Liel Leibovitz reads the marriage at the center of the Coen brothers' comedy A Serious Man through the lens of the Torah. Taking on some critics who have reduced the Gopniks to stereotypes, Leibovitz sees Larry and his lovely wife Judith as refletions of Jewish prophecy, especially as laid out by the prop
The Coen Brothers, NPR and Religion
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On Sunday’s Weekend Edition, Cathleen Falsani, the author of The Dude Abides: The Gospel According to the Coen Brothers, talked about to find the theological center to the films of the dynamic directing duo. Of course, the touched on A Serious Man:
The Carpetbagger meets Michael Stuhlbarg
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After Michael Stuhlberg got nominated for a Golden Globe his performance in A Serious Man, the New York Times Awards blog “The Carpetbagger” contacted him to get his reaction. Still a bit bleary-eyed, Stuhlbarg recounts a humorous story about being brand new to this awards thing. You can read it here.
Anne Thompson Talks to Michael Stuhlbarg
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Recently indieWIRE's Anne Thompson went, armed with her trusty flipcam, to sit down with A Serious Man's lead actor, Michael Stuhlbarg, at the Sunset Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. Below is the first part of the three-part interview, which you can watch in its entirety over at Anne's blog on indieWIRE,
Coen bros. Favorites
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Salon have been doing a little polling of a variety of film figures, asking them for their favorite movie by Joel and Ethan Coen. The people posed the question were directors James Toback, Jeff Lipsky and Mary Harron, media mogul Mark Cuban, critics Aaron Hillis, Glenn Kenny and Molly Haskell, producer Ted Hope, screenwriter Scott Z. Burns. I particularly liked what