Director: Joel and Ethan Coen
Cast: Gabriel Byrne, John Turturro, Marcia Gay Harden
This gangster movie examines loyalty, blackmail, and the dynamic nature of realigning alliances (when need arises) for personal gain. The maneuverings and necessary murders are written complicatedly but almost without unnecessary excesses, which results in a movie that, at present, is already a classic. Even with scenes of violence, the movie is effectively presented in glorious (sometimes glossy) photography, which is a good thing for the movie. This is one of the masterpieces of early independent films.
Date seen: November 30, 2014