Blood Simple (1984)
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.
And now, the Alamo Drafthouse Presents . . .
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.