Genre Film #13: “Miller’s Crossing” (1990)
Speaking of brother filmmakers, I was almost done tallying this list when I realized there was nothing from the Coen Bros. Considering how often my wife and I quote from Barton Fink, Raising Arizona, O Brother Where Art Thou, and yes, The Big Lebowski, it would be an oversight not to include at least one movie from Joel and Ethan Coen.
From 1984 to 2001, the writer/director duo put out nine great, indisputably stylish films, including “Miller’s Crossing,” a prohibition-era gangster fairytale that focused as much on language and the way people talk, as it did on blowing shit up.
For all it’s emphasis on snappy writing, however, Miller’s Crossing’s most famous scene is an amazing dialog-free shootout, as gang boss Albert Finney takes on an army of assassins in his bathrobe. For some reason, You Tube won’t allow this snippet to be posted, so we’ll just have make due with this student-shot recreation of the scene.