Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Phantom Lady / Bride [was: Woolrich recommendations? ]

From: Patrick King (
Date: 23 Feb 2008

--- William Ahearn <> wrote: let's take the Coen Brothers. And
> frankly,
> I'm not big fan of them either. But how can you
> dismiss them for doing quirky, off-beat flicks? You
> may find intelligence in his name-dropping copy but
> I
> don't.
> William
****************************************************** The Coen brothers' stories never end well. They try way too hard to get the atmosphere right and they expect us to let them get away with weak plots and poor endings. They are definitely pandering to the audience. Allen doesn't do that. The allegory is the first point in any of Allen's work, the story is fueled by the allegory, and the ending is often a snap punch to the temple. For the most part, I don't find Allen self indulgent. I think he gives the world information it needs to hear in that it impacts our individual lives. It doesn't necessarily pander to our silliest fantasies.

Patrick King

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