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I’m a writer, you monsters! I create!

Barton FinkRight. I’ve watched this film. I’ve researched this film. I’ve recorded a podcast about it, and I’m now writing this short blog post, yet every time, EVERY SINGLE TIME I see a picture of John Turturro as the titular Barton Fink I think ‘Is that Egon Spengler from Ghostbusters?’ I can’t help myself. Look at the poster. Its Egon! AAAARGH!

Beyond Egon / Barton confusion though, Lewis and I enjoyed watching Barton Fink, the second Coen Brother’s film we’ve watched for the podcast. A recommendation of Lewis’s, I’d never seen it before and was expecting something, well, a bit like Fargo I guess.

Though clearly a Coen Brothers film, there is something very David Lynch like about Barton Fink. It has an atmosphere that feels ‘off’ in someway, and the ending… I’ve not be so confused yet fascinated since Mulholland Dr.

In particular John Goodman is fantastic as Charlie Meadows, pitching his performance just right; friendly yet something odd in a way you just can’t put your finger on. Anyway, hope you enjoy the podcast.

Our Secret Sponsor for this week made us laugh. It’s Fight Club Rules (@FightRules). Ever wanted to know the full list of rules for Fight Club beyond the famous first two? Now you can.

If our review has piqued your interest in the film, you can buy the Barton Fink from Amazon on DVD or Blu-Ray by clicking on the links (and we get a little bit of cash if you do – thanks in advance).

Anyway, without further ado, let us present our feature presentation:

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101 Films Podcast 069 – Barton Fink

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Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (uncredited) Year of release: 1991 Studio/Distributor: Circle Films/Working Title Films Country: USA

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Podcast 069: Barton Fink

After reviewing Fargo way back in podcast number 19, this week we turn our attentions to another Coen Brothers film, Barton Fink. We also talk a lot about our mothers, for some reason.

101 Films Podcast 069 – Barton Fink

Always do the right thing. That’s it? That’s it.

This week we discuss arguably the finest film made by Spike Lee, Do The Right Thing. This was a reader recommendation from Eoin Boyle, which gives me the opportunity to say thanks to everyone who’s sent in their recommendations so far. We’re trying to do as many as we can, so keep checking back if yours hasn’t come up yet, we’ll get to it eventually!

Do The Right Thing is a truly memorable film for all the right reasons. Ian had never seen it before, but I’ve been a big fan of the movie for a long time – I love the way it encompasses a huge ensemble cast, yet never feels bloated or confusing, and every line of dialogue feels natural, honest and heartfelt. After hearing that the film dealt with the thorny issue of racism in a poor Brooklyn neighbourhood, Ian confessed he was expecting a gritty drama, but actually the film is almost the opposite – at times it’s almost life affirming, full of primary colours and jocular, neighbourly camaraderie. This just makes it all the more jarring when the jocularity devolves into bitter insults as the racist tensions that bubble just below the surface begin to rise.

Look out for some truly Olympic tangents in this one as we variously compare the film to The Muppets and Last of the Summer Wine – Ian has now officially ruined the movie for me, as I’ll never be able to watch it again without thinking of Compo and Kermit the Frog.

Last but not least, our Secret Sponsor for this week is @HouseOfGubbins. We urge you to check out their brilliantly funny article on the life and times of Trapjaw with all possible haste.

If our review has piqued your interest in the film, you can buy the Do The Right Thing DVD from Amazon by clicking here (and we get a little bit of cash if you do – thanks in advance)

Anyway, without further ado, let us present our feature presentation:

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101 Films Podcast 042 – Do The Right Thing

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We’d love to hear your own film recommendations – please get in touch at 101filmsyoushouldhaveseen@gmail.com or leave a comment on the blog. Feel free to say nice things about us on iTunes!

Director: Spike Lee Year of release: 1989 Studio/Distributor: 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks Country: USA