Friday, January 20, 2012

An Open Letter to the Coen Brothers

Dear Joel and Ethan,

I hope I'm not being presumptuous when I say you guys seem pretty preoccupied with the western genre lately. Not that I'm complaining, it's a fantastic playground rich with great story opportunities. Men were men and women were the plot devices that made them do manly things. Life and whiskey were cheap and a well-oiled Colt Peacemaker was the iPhone of the day.

Gentlemen, here is your next movie:

 It was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, came in a close second for the Giller Prize and is on just about every top 10 list of must-read books for 2011. Imagine No Country for Old Men told entirely from the perspective of Anton Chigurh. Now imagine that he is a gun-for-hire at the turn of the century with a brother who is even more ruthless and coldblooded than he is. It is the sad tale of a man yearning for a redemption that will forever be denied him. It's got plenty of morbid humor and some of that casual violence as social commentary that has become your trademark.

I'm sure whatever your working on now can be put on hold for a while. You'll thank me when the awards start rolling in.

Sincerely,

Michael Ward

P.S. "A Serious Man"....What the hell were you thinking?!?

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