Author’s note–this isn’t a review of the film, really. It’s a meditation spurred by seeing the film. If a critical judgment is implied by the nature of the meditation…c’est la vie. If some of my readers, as I suspect, see no connection between the films I mentioned and the meditations they prompted, their response to previous Coen films will probably be a better gauge on their enjoyment of this one than anything I might say.
One of the generic topics that gets incessantly bandied about in the ivory towers of liberal arts departments these days is whether or not postmodernism (whatever that means) is over and, if it is, what’s replaced it. Continue reading “A Serious Man (Coen & Coen, 2009)”