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Blood Simple (1984)

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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.

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The Texas Monthly Rolling Roadshow

Starting June 3, the Alamo Drafthouse and TEXAS MONTHLY will be showing all ten of these films in unique, location-specific settings all over Texas. For more information, please visit texasmonthly.com/texasfilms or drafthouse.com/texasfilms.

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