Date of Birth: Nov 29, 1954
Biography: Joel Coen was born on November 29, 1954 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Joel Daniel Coen. He is a producer and writer, known for No Country for Old Men (2007), The Big Lebowski (1998) and Fargo (1996). He has been married to Frances McDormand since April 1, 1984. They have one child.
Total Titles at Criticker: 27 - You've Seen 27
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World Cinema (2007)
- Short Film
Summary: A short comedy by the Coen brothers which was planned to be a part of an anthology film To Each His Own Cinema, but wasn't included in the final version of the film. A Texas cowboy goes to a movie-theater where he can't decide what non-American movie to watch and asks a ticket seller to suggest him a decent one. (imdb)
Summary: A pair of whacked-out cartoon-like exterminator/hitmen kill the owner of a burglar-alarm company, and stalk the partner who hired them, his wife, and a nerd framed for the murder, who tells the story in flashback from the electric chair.
Hail, Caesar! (2016)
Summary: A Hollywood fixer in the 1950s works to keep the studio's stars in line. (imdb)
True Grit (2010)
Summary: A tough U.S. Marshal helps a stubborn young woman track down her father's murderer.
Summary: An art curator decides to seek revenge on his abusive boss by conning him into buying a fake Monet, but his plan requires the help of an eccentric and unpredictable Texas rodeo queen. (imdb)
Summary: A chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II. (imdb)
Spies Like Us (1985)
Summary: Two bumbling government employees think they are U.S. spies, only to discover that they are actually decoys for Nuclear War.
Down From the Mountain (2000)
Summary: This is a documentary about the musical artists who performed the songs in the Coen Brothers' film O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Bridge of Spies (2015)
Summary: An American lawyer is recruited by the CIA during the Cold War to help rescue a pilot detained in the Soviet Union. (imdb)
A Serious Man (2009)
Summary: A black comedy set in 1967 and centered on Larry Gopnik, a professor who watches his life unravel when his wife prepares to leave him because his inept brother won't move out of the house.
Burn After Reading (2008)
Summary: A dark spy-comedy in which an ousted CIA official's memoir accidentally falls into the hands of two gym employees intent on making the most of their find.
The Ladykillers (2004)
Summary: This retelling of the critically acclaimed 1955 comedy stars Hanks as Goldthwait Higginson Dorr III, Ph.D., a charlatan professor who's assembled a gang of "experts" for the heist of the century. (Touchstone Pictures)
Summary: Jerry's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of pregnant Marge Gunderson.
Blood Simple (1984)
Summary: A bar-owner in Texas is certain that his wife is cheating on him and hires a private detective to spy on her. This is just the beginning of a complex plot which is full of misunderstandings and deceit. Ethan and Joel Coen's first feature film. (imdb)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
Summary: When "The Dude" Lebowski is mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, two thugs urinate on his rug to coerce him into paying a debt he knows nothing about. While attempting to gain recompense for the ruined rug from his wealthy counterpart, he accepts a one-time job with high pay-off. He enlists the help of his bowling buddy, Walter, a gun-toting Jewish-convert with anger issues. Deception leads to more trouble, and it soon seems that everyone from porn empire tycoons to nihilists want something from The Dude. (imdb)
The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
Summary: A noirish tale set in 1949, about a dissatisfied barber who hears from a customer about a speculative business venture. The barber, Ed Crane, is prompted to reflect on the direction he wishes his life to take, and on what he might do to change his current direction.
Miller's Crossing (1990)
Summary: A highly styled 'genre' film which can perhaps be seen as a pastiche of all gangster movies. Tom Reagan is the laconic anti-hero of this amoral tale which is also, paradoxically, a look at morals within the criminal underworld of the 1930s. Two rival gangs vie for control of a city where the police are pawns, and the periodic busts of illicit drinking establishments are no more than a way for one gang to get back at the other. Black humour and shocking violence compete for screen time as we question whether or not Tom, right-hand man of the Irish mob leader, really has a heart. (imdb)
Paris, je t'aime (2006)
Summary: Through the neighborhoods of Paris, love is veiled, revealed, imitated, sucked dry, reinvented and awakened.
No Country for Old Men (2007)
Summary: Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon some dead bodies, a stash of heroin and more than $2 million in cash near the Rio Grande. (imdb)
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
Summary: A naive business graduate is installed as president of a manufacturing company as part of a stock scam. (imdb)
Raising Arizona (1987)
Summary: A surreal, hyperactive farce in which a bumbling petty thief and the lady cop who keeps arresting him fall in love and decide to start a family. When they discover they can't have babies, they steal one from a furniture mogul who has just sired a set of quintuplets. The joys of parenthood are soon marred, however, by the difficulties of raising an infant on the run. The none-too-bright couple must flee across the southwestern desert in order to elude the villainous biker that has been hired to retrieve the tyke. (20th Century Fox)
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
Summary: A trio of escaped prisoners (Clooney, Nelson, Turturro) embarks on the adventure of a lifetime as they set out to pursue their freedom and the promise of sharing in the division of a fortune in buried treasure. (Touchstone Pictures)
Barton Fink (1991)
Summary: In 1941, New York intellectual playwright Barton Fink comes to Hollywood to write a Wallace Beery wrestling picture. Staying in the eerie Hotel Earle, Barton develops severe writer's block. His neighbor, jovial insurance salesman Charlie Meadows, tries to help, but Barton continues to struggle as a bizarre sequence of events distracts him even further from his task. (imdb)