Director: Joel and Ethan Coen
Plot: Bar owner hires hit man to kill his wife and her lover. Double-crossing ensues.

Excerpts from our roundtable discussion:

BLOOM: I like Blood Simple too. But it’s very cinematic. It is based on images and ideas of Texas from film history and from popular-culture history more than it is based on real people living in Texas and whatever they are here to say.

RAMÍREZ BERG: Me too. I tend to agree with that. It has that quality of early films, which is that it’s kind of show-offy.

LEAGUE: It’s like they’ve taken the concept of the film noir story, which is an L.A. phenomenon, and inserted some Texan characters into it. I mean, between No Country for Old Men or Blood Simple, I’d pick No Country.

Read the entire roundtable discussion on the ten greatest Texas films ever.


And now, the Alamo Drafthouse Presents . . . 

The Texas Monthly Rolling Roadshow

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