Tonight at 6 p.m. ET, we are showing one of the best Coen Brothers movies ever, “Raising Arizona.” Starring Nicolas Cage as repeat criminal who falls in love and marries a policewoman (Holly Hunter), when fertility issues rear their head the two concoct a plan to …uh, “help” an unfinished-furniture store magnate who has too much on his plate. It goes downhill from there when some escaped convicts and a homicidal bounty hunter show up. The result is a raucous and uproarious romp that puts “Raising Arizona” at the top of any list of our favorite Coen Brothers movies. That said, when it comes to movies by Joel and Ethan Coen, there are no losers. Over the last (almost) three decades, the dynamic duo known as the Coen Brothers have crafted some of the most memorable, most quotable, funniest, strangest, darkest, and generally greatest movies. Their films are typically evocative of simpler times while creating complex stories filled with indelible characters range from the sublime “The Dude” to the creepy motorcycle riding maniacal momma’s boy in “Raising Arizona.”
Then at 10:45 p.m. ET we’re showing “O Brother Where Art Thou,” the Coen Brothers’ inventive reimagining of Homer’s “The Odyssey” as a Depression-era Southern fable starring George Clooney, John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson as escaped convicts. The jailbirds bust out of prison and embark on a voyage that made Ulysses’ trip look like a walk in the park on a sunny day. The film chronicles the surreal exploits of the escapees as they make their way through the outlying areas of the South on the hunt for buried treasure — and, in the particular case of Ulysses Everett McGill (Clooney), a reunion with his estranged wife (Holly Hunter) and kids. Along the way, they are tempted, thwarted and toyed with to varying degrees by many strange characters, including three seductive “sirens,” a one-eyed cyclops in the form of a traveling salesman (John Goodman) and a ruthless lawman (Daniel von Bargen) hot on their trail — and manage to reinvent themselves as bluegrass musical sensations The Soggy Bottom Boys.
In the middle of this Coen Brothers sandwich? “The Perfect Storm” starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and John C Reilly at 8/7c. Eat some fish sticks and salute your local fishermen while you watch.
Watch the trailers and then tune in tonight starting at 6 p.m. ET:
“O Brother Where Art Thou”