When Alissa Wilkinson, editor of The Curator, asked me if I’d contribute some perspectives on the Coen Brothers’ movies, I revisited my original reviews of Barton Fink, Fargo, and The Big Lebowski, and decided to hold them up and compare them with the Coens’ latest… Burn After Reading.

By comparison, the new film doesn’t hold up so well with either of those three memorable, masterful films. But it’s still a hoot and a holler, and I recommend it to Coen fans… but not necessarily to everyone.

Here’s my “insufficient appreciation” of the Coen Brothers. I’m absolutely delighted to be a part of this new arts journal.