The Coen Brothers are responsible for some of the most thought-provoking dark comedies ever. Their body of work includes cult classics such as Raising Arizona, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, O Brother Where Art Thou, No Country for Old Men, A Serious Man, and True Grit.
Although they write, direct and produce their films jointly, Joel receives credit for directing and Ethan for producing. They alternate top billing for their screenplays while sharing film credits for editor under the alias Roderick Jaynes.
Joel, the elder brother, and Ethan started making movies together as kids. Joel saved up enough money from mowing lawns to buy a Vivitar Super-8 camera and together they remade movies they saw on television. After going to separate universities (Joel to NYU, Ethan to Princeton), the brothers rejoined creative forces in 1984 to write and direct their first film, Blood Simple.
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If you’re a movie buff in LA, you have to catch a flick at the Silent Movie Theatre on Fairfax. CineFamily has a wonderful selection of films from cult classics to up-and-coming independents plus rare silent films too. The seats can be a little stiff (go for the couches if they’re available) and there’s only one bathroom, but that’s a small price to pay for such a unique communal experience.
View the current CineFamily film schedule to see what’s screening.
Looking for a totally unique event venue? Go ahead, rent out the whole theater.
Whether you’re a puzzle master or newbie, the New York Times daily crossword is considered the best of the best. Edited by Will Shortz for 18 years, the puzzle increases in difficulty over the week, starting with Monday’s quickie and culminating in Saturday’s brain crusher.
Visit the NYT Crossword blog for a daily recap of your favorite puzzle. And for a brainy inside look at crosswords, check out the 2006 film Wordplay, featuring Will Shortz and the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament.
Did you know that one NYT Crossword contained a marriage proposal? Or that Bill Clinton - a longtime NYT Crosswords fan - wrote the clues for an online version of the puzzle? Visit the NYT Crosswords Wikipedia page for other fun facts.
Maybe you’re a solid Thursday solver looking for a partner, or just want to trade theories about answers for 8 Down. Connect with other crossword enthusiasts through ntro: download the app for iPhone or Android and enter “NYT Crosswords” as an interest.