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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (142 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cathleen Falsani Narrator: Allen Secher Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9780310773450
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Fans of the eccentric and edgy films of the Coen brothers know there’s more going on in their films than meets the eye. Award-winning author and columnist Cathleen Falsani is the perfect guide for Coen fans, inviting them to take a deeper look at the popular films, from their debut Blood Simple to the recent Burn After Reading and all the strange and wonderful films in between. Falsani looks at the deeper meanings that can be mined from each quirky and enduring Coen film, including such cult favorites as Fargo, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and No Country for Old Men. With a journalist’s keen analysis, she unpacks the theological, mythological, ethical, and philosophical content. Readers will discover that the critically acclaimed Coen brothers speak to eternal questions with darkly intelligent humor. Coen fans, churched and unchurched of all faiths or none, will find in this book a spirited, thoughtful conversation with a good friend (who happens to be a film buff.) Readers will appreciate this examination of the intersection of popular culture and spirituality. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Magnus | 1/8/2014

    " Some chapters are able to get more in depth on the films than others. I only read the chapters in which I had seen the film. So as not to ruin other movies I had yet to see. This was about 4 to 5 chapters. I think the book would have been better had it gone more in depth on titles instead of largely rehashing plots in the films. Interesting perspective though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 12/30/2013

    " I am a HUGE Lebowski fan. In fact, I have a tattoo on my ankle that reads "abide." I think I gave this book 3 stars instead of 2 because I love the idea that Cathleen Falsani would write this book. I think I like the idea of it better than the book itself. As an English teacher, I kept hearing myself say to Ms. Falsani, "Expand...tell me more...yeah, so?" She spent more time summarizing the movies rather than analyzing them. I wanted more of her analysis because, clearly, she is a smart, insightful woman and the fact that she loves all things Coen makes me love her more. I would have read this no matter what so I wished it had even more words! I wanted her to dig deeper! But...that's, just like, my opinion, man. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dean Anderson | 12/29/2013

    " Sadly, much of the content of the book was just a rehashing of the plots of the Coen Brother's films. I'm a Christian who loves the Coens, but didn't get much out of this. The title and book cover are cool, though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Greg | 12/29/2013

    " This book was no good. Dont buy it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cornelia | 12/18/2013

    " If you like the Coen Brothers and are familiar with their work, this is a comprehensive look at their films with the thread of spirituality or morality running through it. Very interesting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David | 11/28/2013

    " this was a terrible book. It consisted mainly of summaries of all the Coens' film with some "Here's how its kind of like the Bible" analysis. Any educated person can do such analysis on their own. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jake | 11/17/2013

    " Most of the chapters are devoted to rehashing the plot which, if you're a Coen brothers fan, you already know by heart. The last half-page is devoted to some semi-Judeo/Christian religious analysis. Not for me, personally. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 11/8/2013

    " A religious take on all the films made by the Coen Brothers. It was a fun and entertaining read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven Wedgeworth | 7/31/2013

    " Lots of fun and basically correct. Not overly serious or scholarly, which is fine by me. Coen Brothers' fans who are also theologically inclined (which ought to be all of them) will get a big kick out of this one. Makes for a good gift as well. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andrew Neel | 6/2/2013

    " Don't waste your money. Littered with inaccuracies, not much better than a Wikipedia-level summary of the Coens' movie, and a constant example of putting meaning into places where it wasn't originally. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Antoinette | 1/10/2013

    " This is a must read for fans of the Coen Brother movies. I hadn't seen all of their movies (most but not all) and even enjoyed the Judeo/Christian interpretation of those. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 8/20/2012

    " A great companion book to the Coen Brothers movies. It makes the movies even more interesting to have some idea what the brothers have studied, thought about, included in their plots. I still can't get over the violence in the movies, and Falsani did not address that to my satisfaction! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Johanna | 4/8/2012

    " overly simplistic, fluffy read--her analysis reads like an undergrad paper; wished for more from this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Phil Simon | 12/23/2011

    " A glorified bunch of movie reviews and little in the way of penetrating analysis. I have written more about Lebowski philosophy on my own. I hate to be critical, and Falsani can certainly write, but I was enormously disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 12/3/2011

    " I love Coen Brothers films and I loved this book! Simple spirituality in an easy to understand format! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 6/14/2011

    " Lots of fun and basically correct. Not overly serious or scholarly, which is fine by me. Coen Brothers' fans who are also theologically inclined (which ought to be all of them) will get a big kick out of this one. Makes for a good gift as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 5/31/2010

    " A religious take on all the films made by the Coen Brothers. It was a fun and entertaining read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jacob | 3/11/2010

    " Most of the chapters are devoted to rehashing the plot which, if you're a Coen brothers fan, you already know by heart. The last half-page is devoted to some semi-Judeo/Christian religious analysis. Not for me, personally. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Greg | 2/24/2010

    " This book was no good. Dont buy it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Phil | 1/23/2010

    " A glorified bunch of movie reviews and little in the way of penetrating analysis. I have written more about Lebowski philosophy on my own. I hate to be critical, and Falsani can certainly write, but I was enormously disappointed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David | 1/2/2010

    " this was a terrible book. It consisted mainly of summaries of all the Coens' film with some "Here's how its kind of like the Bible" analysis. Any educated person can do such analysis on their own. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cornelia | 12/13/2009

    " If you like the Coen Brothers and are familiar with their work, this is a comprehensive look at their films with the thread of spirituality or morality running through it. Very interesting. "

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