Continuing my countdown of every Coen Brothers movie…
#8. Fargo (1996)
(down two spots from previous ranking)
The ugly true crime sensibility of Blood Simple moved from sweaty Texas to frigid Minnesota, and the Coens enjoyed their best reviews yet, eventually taking home a Best Original Screenplay award and another Best Director prize at Cannes.
Fargo might be the best encapsulation of the Coens’unique sensibility, as it alternates between chilling violence, nail-biting suspense and big laughs, defying any attempt at simple categorization.
We entered the new Golden Era of television about a decade ago, with The Sopranos, The Wire, Mad Men and Breaking Bad widely considered the standard bearers for the medium. Over the past five years, the number of well-reviewed TV shows has increased exponentially, to the point where it is essentially impossible to watch every show worth watching.
The popular term for this state of affairs is “peak TV.” There are now more television series on the air (or streaming) than there are days in the year. And here’s the crazy thing: a shocking number of them are absolutely worth watching. For every Real Housewives of Wherever, there’s a Master of None.