Here are a few facts you may not have known.
1. I have seen nearly every film made by the Coen brothers.
The ones I’ve seen:
- Blood Simple
- Raising Arizona
- Miller’s Crossing
- Barton Fink
- The Hudsucker Proxy
- The Big Lebowski
- O Brother, Where Art Thou?
- The Man Who Wasn’t There
- Intolerable Cruelty
- No Country for Old Men
- Burn After Reading
- True Grit
The ones I haven’t seen:
- The Ladykillers
- A Serious Man
2. Ethan Coen, one half of the duo responsible for these films, recently released a book of poems.
The Day the World Ends went on sale April 3, 2012. According to the publisher, who really ought to know, this collection of poems “offers humor and provides insight into an artist who has always pushed the boundaries of his craft. The Day the World Ends is a remarkable range of poems that are as funny, ribald, provocative, raw, and often touching as the brilliant films that have made the Coen brothers cult legends.”
3. April is National Poetry Month.
From the Academy of American Poets, who also ought to know: “Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools and poets around the country band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.”
4. I’m giving away one copy of Coen’s book in honor of National Poetry Month.
Just leave a comment on this entry and you’ll be entered to win! Sorry, this is for readers in the United States and Canada only. You have until midnight on May 20 to enter. (Why that day? Because I like even numbers–another fun fact–and I’ll be back from a vacation by then.)
5. I really need to go watch those final two movies now.
Otherwise, what will my claim to fame be? No one cares when you’re familiar with 13/15ths of a filmmaker’s oeuvre.
Categories: Giveaways, On Writing
Oh this is so cool…I did not know about this book until I read your post and I am a huge fan of the Coen brothers. My have/have not seen list is almost the same as yours except I have seen A Serious Man. I do not want to see Ladykillers because all the previews I saw looked awful to me and not Coen like at all, but of course I have not seen it so I should keep my opinion to myself 🙂 My top three favorites are O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Raising Arizona and Barton Fink in that order. I would love to win this book of poems because I think (especially from the publisher’s note) it will be vastly different from other poetry collections and inspiring.
That’s great! My favorites are O Brother, Where Art Thou?, No Country for Old Men, and Blood Simple, but there are some other really good ones on the list. Good luck on giveaway! 🙂
I’ve seen all but Intolerable Cruelty and True Grit. I wouldn’t bother with the two you haven’t seen, but I understand about the 13/15th issue.
Oh, True Grit was really good. I think you’d like it!
What a great post! I am so excited about this release, as I am a huge Coen brothers fan. The dude abides. Thanks for the chance at a copy!