I couldn’t sleep last night and wanted something to lull me to lala land. Boy, did I pick the wrong movie!
I was reading the NYTimes about the Oscar nominations for this year and one thing led to another and I started reading about one of my fav actors, Frances McDormand. I’ve been a fan of hers since Fargo.
Reading about her career, I ran across her first film, Blood Simple. I found it online and watched an hour before I had to shut off my computer. The movie woke me up big time!
I finished watching it today and can’t recommend it highly enough! McDormand is amazing in it, and the film is first-rate, all around.
I don’t, however, recommend watching it when you are planning to go to sleep soon. It will keep you riveted!
Blood Simple is a 1984 American neo-noir crime film written, edited, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It was the directorial debut of the Coens and the first major film of cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld, who later became a noted director, as well as the feature film debut of Joel Coen’s wife Frances McDormand, who subsequently starred in many of his features.
The film’s title derives from the Dashiell Hammett novel Red Harvest (1929), in which the term “blood simple” describes the addled, fearful mindset of people after a prolonged immersion in violent situations.