It’s only been two years since “Inside Llewyn Davis“, the last film by Joel and Ethan Coen, hit screens, but for some diehard fans that’s far too long. Last week though finally brought some respite with the release of the highly anticipated “Hail, Caesar!,” an energetic and often grand peeling back of the curtain on the golden age of Hollywood (our review). The film, like all of the Coens’ lighter fare is packed with oddball comedy and A-list actors having lots of fun, often at their own expense (see: George Clooney, a movie star who can be a movie star and make fun of movie stars). Basically, it’s a Coen brothers film, complete with their distinct narrative flair, gorgeous cinematography from long time collaborator Roger Deakins, and music from Carter Burwell. It’s a film that’s well worth braving the February cold to see.
To explore the Coens’ idiosyncratic style a bit more, a new supercut from Jacob T. Swinney takes a look at a favorite shot of the brothers: the POV. “The Coen Brothers: POV Shots” cuts together the myriad point of view shots that the brothers have utilized over the years, most notably, looking out over the hood of a car, which has appeared in most of their films (though sometimes said car is replaced with a motorcycle or a horse). The supercut pulls some great shots from “Raising Arizona,” “Fargo,” “No Country For Old Men,” “True Grit,” and just about every other film in their oeuvre, which over the decades has continued becoming one of the most complete, diverse, and well rounded bodies of work in cinematic history.
Check out “The Coen Brothers: POV Shots” below and get out to your local theater and see “Hail, Caesar!”