Movies: They Ain't Heavy...

... they're the Coen brothers. And now they've got Tom Hanks to come play in their quirky world

Even people who love the Coen brothers prefer the idea of the Coen brothers. Or just like being people who like the Coen brothers. Their movies can sometimes be disjointed, silly, hit-and-miss cartoons, but even those give you a glimpse of the brothers' Platonic ideal: hyperintellectual, dizzyingly creative, unpretentious truth. Appreciating a Coen brothers movie is partially about seeing not what is on the screen but what you want to see there.

Why do they get away with this? First of all, look at them. These aren't guys who belong in Hollywood or anywhere else that directly intercepts the sun's rays....

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