The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018): The new Coen Brothers film that came straight to Netflix is a western anthology, telling six short stories set in the old west. All the stories are very different in terms of tone and presentation but they are all definitively Coen films, ranging from the darkly comic to plain old dark. The best stories is the first one, the titular tale of Buster Scruggs, played brilliantly by Tim Blake Nelson, the likeable, fourth wall breaking, song singing, sharpshooter that meets his match in a small town. It’s charming, hilarious, and features many songs that feel like they’ve travelled through time from the age of the old west. Other standout performances come from Liam Neeson as a businessman who has stories told by his amputee friend in what is easily the darkest of the stories but tells a lot about the characters through minimal dialogue. Tom Waits plays a prospector mining for gold in a very simple story but he owns the role in a short that features gorgeous cinematography of a mountain valley. Zoe Kazan leads the longest of the films that tells an intriguing story and ends in an exciting action piece. The final feature five people in a stagecoach and is mostly their conversation as they travel; it’s well written, like a scene from The Hateful Eight, with Brendan Gleeson and Jonjo O’Neill being the standouts. The weakest stars James Franco as a bank robber who gets captured; while it’s not bad it’s just too basic and feels like a film version of a dark joke your grandad would come out with. A little bit of something for everyone, even those who don’t like westerns; the stories are all intriguing and entertaining but each for different reasons but they’re all what you’d expect from the Coens - great writing, superb performances, and wonderfully shot throughout. Another great film by two great filmmakers. Rating: 8.4.
🎥 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs - 2018. Directors - Joel and Ethan Coen.
✔ Buster Scruggs. The first segment of the film starts so well as Buster Scruggs bursts onto the screen. Singing and shooting, Tim Blake Benson's character instantly entertained. Just a shame the whole film wasn't about him.
✔ Stunning shots. As with all of the Coen Brothers work, there are some truly beautiful scenes. The wild west provides an impressive looking backdrop.
❌ A struggle to stay switched on. The problem with an anthology like this one, is how quickly the stories and characters switch. As soon as I started to establish and enjoy a plot, everything shifts. It is hard to remain invested when there is such frequent transitions.
❌ Some segments are significantly weaker than others. While parts flirt with genius, others are painstakingly dull.
🤓 At 132 minutes, this is the longest film directed by the Coen brothers.
I'm a big fan of the Coen brothers. Their films always boast three things: Great characters, great shots and a great soundtrack. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs has all these things - but falls short of being great itself. The premise excited me massively. I loved the idea of a big cast, starring in small, individual stories. The problem with it though, was how rushed each story was, and the storytelling suffers by so much trying to be squeezed into such a small runtime. A couple of the segments were brilliant. Others really didn't feel necessary, and I for one, feel that if the focus was more on the quality, than the quantity, this could have been incredible. A brave idea by the Coens, that is part killer, part filler, but ultimately is inferior to most of their other work. I would have welcomed this idea if each segment was an hour episode of a television show with the brothers at the helm. But as a film, it feels more like a blend of highs and lows from a typically Coen catalogue. Worth a watch, but dissapoints in comparison to their classics. 6/10
The Coen Brothers are known for their eclectic filmography, having tackled almost every genre, from screwball comedies, to dark drama, among others. In their newest film, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, they get to tackle multiple genres in this anthology film, to great success.
The film tells six different short stories, each with its own distinctive feel, all taking place in the Old West. Some stories are funny, some tragic, and others a mix of both. Each story has varying degrees of success, though overall, they all make for an enjoyable watch.
My personal favorite is the first story, the actual Buster Scruggs story, starring Tim Blake Nelson. Capturing the over-the-top, screwball feel of their earlier film Burn After Reading, without the polarizing nature of the previous film, this is a laugh-out-loud little tale that relies on exaggerated comical violence and a charming performance by Nelson. This story on its own makes the film worth it. The other strongest contender is All Gold Canyon, starring Tom Waits as a prospector dogging for gold, which mixes the Coens’ signature ironic humor with some pathos, with Waits’ sympathetic performance making him one of the most likable characters in the movie.
Meal Ticket, starring Liam Neeson, and The Mortal Remains, starring Brendan Gleeson, showcase perfectly the Coens’ more serious side. Meal Ticket is a straightforward tragedy, with a somber feel that’s not too depressing, while the creepy Mortal Remains borders on horror.
Near Alogodones, starring James Franco is simply entertaining, once again mixing humor and tragedy. Meanwhile, The Girl Who Got Rattled, starring Zoe Kazan, is easily the weakest, moving slowly and only picking up in a climactic shootout sequence, with a solid ending.
Overall, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is another hit for the Coens, showcasing the directors’ range for tackling so many different genres all in one. At times hilarious, other times tragic, and overall a great time, this is definitely worth watching, now on Netflix.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Dir. The Cohen Brothers, 2018)
This latest project from the Cohen Brothers, which is backed surprisingly with Netflix money, doesn’t disappoint and in the spirit of the Western, keeps things engaging and quirky (something they have always done the best as filmmakers). In a 25-year-old script, comprised of six collected short stories of the American Frontier, there will be certain ones that shine out from others and tonally, the film (like all anthologies) is quite uneven. However, the most successful anthologies in film and literature need to have a strong undercurrent - take #wildtales (Dir. Damian Szifron, 2014) as a great example! Now with this, there are tonal references to times long passed in their careers. The first footfall in the anthology, the aforementioned title of the film, harkens back to the days of #thebiglebowski and does it work? Certainly.
Having enjoyed their films over the years and having seen the #markkermode review, I quite agree with his thoughts on this one but each individual, will prefer their own stories. For me, the blend of violence and dark humour is what the Cohen’s do best and so Near Algodones and All Gold Canyon work the most for me but each to their own. Featuring a great ensemble cast and 1940s-esque page turns in the story (quite literally), there is something for everyone to enjoy if you’re into Westerns. If you’re new to their work, start with something a little less quirky though and go with No Country for Old Men (2007) or Miller’s Crossing (1990). #writersofinstagram#author#screenwriter#instadaily#authorsofinstagram#amwriting#writingcommunity#film#films#movies#thecohenbrothers#theballadofbusterscruggs#netflix#nocountryforoldmen#truegrit#tomblakenelson#jamesfranco#liamneeson#harrymelling#tomwaits#zoekazan#brendangleeson#tynedaly#jastapleton
Sepuluh tahun sebelum Martin McDonagh terkenal berkat Three Billboard in Ebbing, Missouri (2018), McDonagh terkenal lebih dulu lewat karya film debutnya, In Bruges. In Bruges ini adalah salah satu film dari dekade 2000an yang seiring waktu menyandang status cult.
In Bruges berkisah tentang Ray (Colin Farrel), seorang pembunuh bayaran, yang ga sengaja membunuh anak kecil saat menjalankan misi terakhirnya. Ia kemudian disuruh si bos Harry (Ralph Fiennes) untuk pergi ke Bruges (/Brussel), Belgia bersama sang mentor Ken (Brendan Gleeson).
Aspek terbaik film ini apa? Screenplay! In Bruges mengingatkan kita dengan film-film Tarantino dan Coen Brothers karena filmnya satir, nuansa black comedy yang kental, dan naskah yang witty dan bikin kita ngakak. Kalo kamu mengharapkan film gangster yang penuh tembak-tembakan, In Bruges bukan rujukan yang tepat. Tapi kalo kamu terbiasa dengan film-film ala Tarantino yang tokoh2nya banyak ngomong, maka In Bruges pilihan yang asyik. Malah, saya lebih suka ini daripada Pulp Fiction kayaknya 🤣 karena ceritanya lebih konyol (agak ngingetin saya sama Snatch-nya Guy Ritchie juga). Saya juga suka gimana setiap kepingan cerita bisa menyatu menjadi kebetulan-kebetulan yang menarik.
Colin Farrel paling bersinar, dengan aksen Irishnya dan alis tebal macam begitu, sulit untuk ga kesengsem (*halah bahasaku). Brendan Gleeson juga mencuri perhatian sebagai mentor yang bijaksana. Ralph Fiennes, biarpun cuma tampil sebentar tapi karakternya juga memorable.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)
Director: Joel & Ethan Coen
Reparto: Tim Blake Nelson, James Franco, Liam Neeson, Tom Waits, Zoe Kazan, Brenda Gleeson, Stephen Root, Harry Melling
Original de #Netflix
Antología de 6 historias, sobre la muerte, ambientadas en el lejano oeste.
Propuesta original, como los hermanos Coen nos tienen acostumbrados. 6 historias muy sencillas, con mucho humor negro, casualidades desafortunadas y absurdas, llenas de violencia y sangre.
Grandes actuaciones (Zoe Kazan y y Bill Heck sobresalen), una fotografía desértica y llena de sol, y un aura tan mórbido y gracioso en partes iguales, que conviene darle varias revisiones en busca significados ocultos. La narrativa no tiene una estructura definida, pero no tengan duda, estamos ante una obra que sigue en la misma línea que los hermanos han tratado en su filmografía; risa y muerte.
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THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS (2018)
A compilation of six tales that gives me mixed feelings. The first two and the 5th one are wickedly entertaining. But what about the rest? Not so much, sometimes even boring. The last tale is my least favorite.
I also have mixed feelings about Carter Burwell's score. It's suitably various within the old west territory but definitely not engaging and memorable throughout. To keep my opinion short, I would say that the book theme (or title theme) is quite catchy and the 5th tale has the most outstanding music. As for the soundtrack album, it's okay but experiencing everything in context is more recommendable option. There are many other better Burwell's scores that can stand on their own.
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Was already 40 pages behind, then didn’t read yesterday so had to do some major catch-up today. Still a little short. 1783/3000 pages read and the 6th completed work IN BRUGES from Martin McDonagh. There are some screenplays that are boring because they need cinematography and music to bring them fully alive. McDonaghs plays and scripts are so rich and textured. It’s all on the page. I’ve seen this movie but even without these actors voices in my head Ray and Ken are very sympathetic and comedic characters. It’s almost a modern day Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. A violent dark-comedy that I love but I’d pass on if you lean towards PC things... cause it very much is not.
THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS REVIEW
Any time there’s a new movie from the Coen Brothers, I’m ready to see it no matter what it’s about, and with this collection of six short stories in one, they have made one of their better overall films in recent years.
Even if I prefer some of the vignettes more than others, this is still an easy recommendation for the uniformly excellent performances especially by Tim Blake Nelson and Zoe Kazan and their fascinating characters that make me want to see a feature-length version of each of their adventures, the Oscar-worthy cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel yielding gorgeous images throughout, the fabulous costumes and production design that really transport back to this time period exceptionally well, a fantastic musical score by Carter Burwell with original songs for Buster Scruggs to serenade us with that always made me smile, and some of that classic dialogue that we’ve come to expect from the Coens (The biting dark humor of the first segment and the conversations of the fifth are particularly noteworthy).
While none of the stories are interconnected through their characters or plots, there’s one theme that plays into them all: death. Death is everywhere and is inevitable, and the way the Coens play with that idea for laughs as well as drama works to varying degrees with only one of the stories leaving me wanting more.
Bittersweet, beautiful, hilarious, shockingly violent, and thought provoking sometimes all in the same story, this is a wonderfully entertaining anthology that I can’t wait to watch again soon and once again proves why the Coen Brothers are two of my favorite filmmakers working today.
~ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs: A
~ Near Algodones: B+
~ Meal Ticket: B-
~ All Gold Canyon: A-
~ The Gal Who Got Rattled: A
~ The Mortal Remains: B
OVERALL GRADE: A-
Straight Outta Netflix #40
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)
Almost like taking the idea of "The Twilight Zone", but ditching the sci-fi and adding in the western genre, "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs", directed by The Coen Brothers, is an interesting variety of stories, some are hilarious, others deeply tragic. And some are just downright surreal.
A series of six short stories set in the old west, the film's separate narratives are each self contained, but aired in a feature film format, separated by flicking pages of a book. The anthology film isn't necessarily about building a story, or much of anything really. It is a vast sheet which the Coens can pen and paint the Old West in all many tonal and sub genre hues they can imagine, lyrical, romantic, supernatural, and sometimes painfully minimalist. Originally intended as a six part television series, the "episodes" are linked by a scabrous obsession with death that, in the end, adds up to something deeply unsettling and violent. Not something major, but a theme with a pinch of resonance. -
One of the most notable standouts is the first story, "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs". Most definitely the insanely violent and comedic one from the bunch, the short is an over the top satire of the chutzpah of Western heroism, with actor Tim Blake Nelson, all wholesome grins and drawling Cracker Barrel verbiage, as the fantastically acted "Buster". The violence is more hilariously extreme and it's laugh out loud funny. -
That being said, the biggest problem of the film, which to be honest, it's only a minor complaint, comes after that short, which is the inconsistency of it's tones. One moment it's extremely funny and goofy, the next it's dark and gets rather depressing quickly. Like films of it's kind, it suffers in that not all it's stories are of equal value and amusement as their opening. So you might get bored quickly going through one that doesn't pick up your interest. * Continues in part 2 down below! *
La Ballade de Buster Scruggs (2018)
🎬 Joel et Ethan Coen
🎥 Tim Blake Nelson, James Franco, Liam Neeson, Zoe Kazan
Ma note : 7.5/10 - J’aime le cinéma de Joel et Ethan Coen, mais même si j’apprécie tous les films que j’ai vu d’eux (hormis A Serious Man), je trouve qu’il manque une chose à la plupart pour qu’ils soient excellents selon moi. En ce qui concerne ce film, c’est à nouveau le cas. La Ballade de Buster Scruggs est très bon, mais une chose fait qu’il n’est pas excellent à mes yeux.
Je vais aller à l’essentiel car je pense que je n’ai pas besoin de parler de la mise en scène et de l’ambiance que le réalisateurs apportent aux différentes histoires, car venant d’eux, on sait pertinemment que c’est excellent. De même pour la photographie, l’OST composé par Carter Burwell, compositeur du duo avec 17 collaborations, ainsi que le casting avec une pléiade d’acteurs plus ou moins connus mais tous très bon. Le point que je vais aborder avec précision, c’est le scénario du film. L’écriture est soignée et excellente, elle passe de la comédie au drame et elle opte pour une narration qui se divise en six histoires différentes et à ce niveau, c’est original. Mais je trouve malgré ça, qu’elles sont assez inégales et que certaines sont meilleures que d’autres, voir même plus captivantes et moins ennuyantes. C’est le cas pour les quatre premières histoires qui m’ont largement plus plu que les deux dernières, où j’ai commencé à m’ennuyer.
Donc, La Ballade de Buster Scruggs est un très bon film dans la droite lignée des précédents des frères Coen.
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Better than I could’ve ever hoped... only didn’t love love two segments, one because it overstayed its welcome, the other because I wanted more from the storyline. And even those two were still damn good.
All Gold Canyon
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
The Mortal Remains
The Gal Who Got Rattled
This should be in serious, serious consideration for Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Director and Supporting Actor (Tom Waits).
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"The theatrical run covered just three cities and has already come to a close, which is a real shame: One can only imagine what its great mock-canvas backdrops would look like on a big screen. It’s an anthology film, broken up into six varied stories about the Old West, and director of photography Bruno Delbonnel places each vignette in its own space of color and texture, mining a new bit of Western history with each setup."
I have never written a review for a film while it was still playing, but Joel and Ethan Coen's "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" has prompted me to do just that due to a downward spiral of interest that it manages to conjure up just after its first twenty minutes. The film isn't so much a film as it is a series of episodes that touch upon some aspect of living (and dying) in the Old West. Skits occupied by outlaws, cowboys, Indians, prospects, and bounty hunters. None of them are connected and most of them are abrupt to a fault. There are some familiar faces to look out for such as James Franco, Zoe Kazan, Tim Blake Nelson, Liam Neeson, and Brendan Gleeson, but nothing in their parts justify their presence other than the Coen Brothers namesake, which can only be evidenced and treasured in the too few comedic bits that are offered. Out of all of its episodes, only the first one zips by with the violent wit of their more successful outings (a la "The Big Lebowski"). The rest slog along with not much to provide in the way of entertainment, except for some stunning, screensaver-quality camera work. Other than that, "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" is a disappointment from a duo that usually doesn't. SCORE: C