(because they’ve only made 16 movies and they’re all great)
They’re cinema’s ultimate tricksters. Even when the films are sincere there’s a sense of play to the framing, the dialogue, the use of music, the special oomph in a performer’s delivery. As writers they are unparalleled for exaggerated, quotable quips. As visual stylists, they revel in both perfectionist mise-en-scene as well as frantic, often madcap camera moves. If you like cinema, it’s pretty hard not to like the Coen brothers, and not only because their resume runs the gamut from dark, brooding “serious” films to insane screwball comedy.
Their 16 pictures are – and I want to make this very clear – all great. They’ve simply never made a sub-par feature. If you disagree, well, write your own damn list feature. I gave myself the unenviable task of trying to rank these films in sequential order, and believe me when I say I ended up weeping like Bernie Bernbaum.
*Great illustrations via ChetArt
So one of my favorite audiobooks is Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove (I liked it better aloud than I did reading it on paper, which is rare for me). It’s got a huge cast of great characters, and I felt like drawing some of them up. There are quite a few that I left out just because they never grabbed me (the Irish brothers, The Sugg gang, Elmira, Luke, and Big Zwey, the folks back in Arkansas, the duo that Janey hits with rocks, Blue Duck’s confederates, etc, etc. Plus all the cowhands, and Louisa Brooks, the farmer with an eye for Roscoe. Big Zwey and Louisa would’ve been especially fun to draw, but I can’t do everybody.
Problem is, I keep reading these books with dozens of main characters - Tai Pan and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, recently - and find myself wanting to draw everybody. So much to draw, so little time.
Anyway, I’ve been posting these up a few at a time, but I figured heck, I’ll throw ‘em all up in one big swoop.
From the LAX delta terminal, the Darkseid Love Van is one thing, but this Beaker Speed Penis is wrong and must be stopped. #nsfw