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Before ‘True Grit’ The Coen Brothers Were ‘Blood Simple’

Before ‘True Grit’ The Coen Brothers Were ‘Blood Simple’ (photo)

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Back in 1984, Joel and Ethan Coen waltzed onto the American cinematic scene and stunned audiences with their quietly cold-blooded thriller Blood Simple. The simple double-cross noir theme is beautifully executed and spun on its head showing that in film making, simple is usually best.

Again and again the Coen Brothers have proven this. Fargo takes a murder-for-hire and spins a surprisingly funny tale of a kidnapping gone awry. Raising Arizona focuses on a couples’ desire for kids and turns it into a memorably wacky caper. Now the Coen Brothers are re-introducing the world to the classic Western in True Grit.

If you have seen the original 1969 film all you probably remember is quintessential cowboy John Wayne as U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn. It was a Western, through and through. The original film was loosely based on the novel by Charles Portis and the Coen Brothers’ version will stick closer to the source material. True Grit tells the tale from the perspective of 14-year old Mattie Ross as she tries to avenge her daddy’s death. Jeff Bridges …er, make that Academy Award Winner Jeff Bridges, stars as Cogburn on the hunt for Josh Brolin’s black hatted bad guy. Matt Damon is the law man with newcomer Hailee Steinfeld as Hattie Ross. The film doesn’t come out until Christmas, so you may as well brush up on your Coen Brothers’ films now to have lots of cinematic trivia to impress your friends and make your parents proud.

The Coen Brothers’ first film Blood Simple airs on IFC on Sunday, Oct. 3 at 5:20 p.m. Here’s the trailer to tide you over until then:

And to give you a little something to look forward to, here’s the trailer for True Grit:

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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