Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Fargo 1996

A while back I took a "quiz" on Facebook to determine how many of the top 250 movies of all time. I had actually seen. I scored 100 out of the 250 movies that were listed. If I was unsure about seeing a movie I didn't check it off so my score could possibly be much higher.

And then I started thinking that perhaps instead of binge watching old TV series I should binge watch movies. I decided just to take on the top 100 movies for a starter. Now I'm very sure I am going to agree with quite a few of the entries on this list but I already know I'm going to argue about a few as well.

So here is #18 of the top 100 Movies of all time according to IMDB:

Fargo (1996)

Why have I never watched this movie before?  It is absolutely genius.  I am in love with the characters.  William H. Macy plays a car salesman with a get rich quick scheme who uses some serious larceny to try and raise the money . . . including arranging for his wife to be kidnapped.  The only criminal more inept than Macy's character are the two lunatics he hires to carry out the kidnapping.  

If it can go wrong, it definitely will.  It doesn't help that the very pregnant sheriff played by Frances McDormand is persistent.

Watch this movie.

Academy Awards, USA 1997

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Frances McDormand 
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Ethan Coen
Joel Coen 
Best Picture
Ethan Coen 
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
William H. Macy 
Best Director
Joel Coen 
Best Cinematography
Roger Deakins 
Best Film Editing
Ethan Coen (as Roderick Jaynes)
Joel Coen (as Roderick Jaynes) 

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