A look at the cast of “A Serious Man”

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Every day or so I’ll be posting a little info on a member of the cast of the Coen Brothers next film. Today we’re taking a look at Richard Kind.

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I first saw him on the TV series Mad About You playing the husband of Jamie’s (Helen Hunt) friend. He starred in Spin City for the entire run of the show. Richard also appeared regularly on Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Though most recognized for his work in television he has appeared in several films in minor supporting roles including Stargate, Bewitched, and The Producers. He is close friends with George Clooney which may have something to do with his appearance in a major supporting role in A Serious Man

“The Yiddish Policemen’s Union”

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Producer of “No Country for Old Men” Scott Rudin owns the film rights to Michael Chabon’s 2007 Book The Yiddish Policemen’s Union: A Novel (P.S.). It was announced last year that Joel and Ethan Coen will be adapting and directing the story for a 2010 release.

This will be the second consecutive Coen Brothers film examining Jewish life in America.

Here’s the summary of the book from the jacket. “For sixty years, Jewish refugees and their descendants have prospered in the Federal District of Sitka, a “temporary” safe haven created in the wake of revelations of the Holocaust and the shocking 1948 collapse of the fledgling state of Israel. Proud, grateful, and longing to be American, the Jews of the Sitka District have created their own little world in the Alaskan panhandle, a vibrant, gritty, soulful, and complex frontier city that moves to the music of Yiddish. For sixty years they have been left alone, neglected and half-forgotten in a backwater of history. Now the District is set to revert to Alaskan control, and their dream is coming to an end: once again the tides of history threaten to sweep them up and carry them off into the unknown.
But homicide detective Meyer Landsman of the District Police has enough problems without worrying about the upcoming Reversion. His life is a shambles, his marriage a wreck, his career a disaster. He and his half-Tlingit partner, Berko Shemets, can’t catch a break in any of their outstanding cases. Landsman’s new supervisor is the love of his life—and also his worst nightmare. And in the cheap hotel where he has washed up, someone has just committed a murder—right under Landsman’s nose. Out of habit, obligation, and a mysterious sense that it somehow offers him a shot at redeeming himself, Landsman begins to investigate the killing of his neighbor, a former chess prodigy. But when word comes down from on high that the case is to be dropped immediately, Landsman soon finds himself contending with all the powerful forces of faith, obsession, hopefulness, evil, and salvation that are his heritage—and with the unfinished business of his marriage to Bina Gelbfish, the one person who understands his darkest fears.
At once a gripping whodunit, a love story, an homage to 1940s noir, and an exploration of the mysteries of exile and redemption, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union is a novel only Michael Chabon could have written.”

“Burn After Reading” Podcast

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If you listen to podcasts and want to listen to a good one discuss The Coen’s Latest.  Check out /Filmcast’s episode 17.  They devote the episode to a review of “Burn After Reading”.  If you like it why not subscribe, it’s a good general film and TV podcast that I listen to whenever I’ve got time. 

/Filmcast Episode 17

Thinking of getting the Burn After Reading Blu-Ray…

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Here’s a few reviews. 

http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/1904/burnafterreading.html

http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/article/blu-ray-review-burn-after-reading

http://www.monstersandcritics.com/dvd/reviews/article_1449636.php

I’ll save you sometime though.  The move looks and sounds good on Blu-Ray but it isn’t really necessary for this type of film.  The extras aren’t too exciting either.  If that wasn’t enough to dissuade you from buying it, why not buy it now!

Get your Big Lebowski T’s and Hoodies

You can’t tell me you never wanted a T-shirt with a White Russian on it. 

No Luck at the Golden Globes

Burn After Reading was nominated for two golden globes last night.  Unfortunately Joel and Ethan lost the Best Musical or Comedy award to Woody Allen with Vicky Christina Barcelona.  Frances McDormand came up short against Sally Hawkins from Happy Go-Lucky in the best actress category. 

Plot Synopsis for “A Serious Man”

A Serious Man is the story of an ordinary man’s search for clarity in a universe where Jefferson Airplane is on the radio and F-Troop is on TV. It is 1967, and Larry Gopnik, a physics professor at a quiet midwestern university, has just been informed by his wife Judith that she is leaving him. She has fallen in love with one of his more pompous colleagues, Sy Ableman, who seems to her a more substantial person than the feckless Larry. Larry’s unemployable brother Arthur is sleeping on the couch, his son Danny is a discipline problem and a shirker at Hebrew school, and his daughter Sarah is filching money from his wallet in order to save up for a nose job. While his wife and Sy Ableman blithely make new domestic arrangements, and his brother becomes more and more of a burden, an anonymous hostile letter-writer is trying to sabotage Larry’s chances for tenure at the university. Also, a graduate student seems to be trying to bribe him for a passing grade while at the same time threatening to sue him for defamation. Plus, the beautiful woman next door torments him by sunbathing nude. Struggling for equilibrium, Larry seeks advice from three different rabbis. Can anyone help him cope with his afflictions and become a righteous person – a mensch – a serious man?