322 – The one about Barton Fink

Welcome to episode 322. Today, we watch “Barton Fink”!

A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood.

Join Scott, Randy, Dunaway, and Ibbott as they put their shoes out at night.

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11 thoughts on “322 – The one about Barton Fink

  1. I’m so excited for this. Your first pure arthouse film. I re-watched it in preparation for this episode for about the 6th time. Still as bizarre as ever. I wonder what you guys made of it, especially Scott, for whom this was the first viewing despite him being a huge Coen brothers fan.
    I hope there’ll be a lot of comments. There’s plenty to unpack for sure.

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  3. The cat walking in front of the notes, is clearly an allusion to how man cannot understand himself, because language and words are obscured by the actions of uncaring beings. Well, at least I think so. Dammit man, what is the real meaning?!

  4. Sorry Randy, here is what Box Office Mojo actually has for top grossing adjusted for inflation of ticket prices http://www.boxofficemojo.com/alltime/adjusted.htm

    1 Gone with the Wind
    2 Star Wars
    3 The Sound of Music
    4 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
    5 Titanic
    6 The Ten Commandments
    7 Jaws
    8 Doctor Zhivago
    9 The Exorcist
    10 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
    11 Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    13 Empire Strikes Back

    15 Avatar
    16 Return of the Jedi
    17 Jurassic Park

    21 Raiders of the Lost Ark

    And all time domestic box office http://www.boxofficemojo.com/alltime/domestic.htm

    1 Star Wars: The Force Awakens $936,662,225 2015
    2 Avatar $760,507,625 2009^
    3 Titanic $658,672,302 1997^
    4 Jurassic World $652,270,625 2015
    5 Marvel’s The Avengers $623,357,910 2012
    6 The Dark Knight $534,858,444 2008^
    7 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story $524,890,656 2016
    8 Finding Dory $486,295,561 2016
    9 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace $474,544,677 1999^
    10 Star Wars $460,998,007 1977^

    I heard what you said and no way, no way was I going to let James Cameron get ahead of any Star Wars movie. Surprised to hear the big box office story of the last year +, that Force Awakens became the new unadjusted box office champ, was forgotten so easliy.

    I apologize Randy, you’re great. This one just got my goat 😉

  5. I would love the Superman vs. evil Superman battle, BUT it will be even more interesting for you to mention the various powers movie Superman has. He had some weird telekinetic matter transformation power ( Great Wall of China).

    I usually try to make sure I have seen or try to see the films you guys review, but this time, I cheated.

  6. Great episode, very happy to talk about a Coen Bros flick. Barton Fink is one of those movies that has delighted and perplexed me since I first saw it in theaters in ’91. *I think* the very meta ending with the box on the beach and the starlet looking young lady (who resembles Judy Davis btw) seems to implicate Barton capitulation (in perhaps the most literal meaning of the word) to ‘selling out’ to the Hollywood system like the William Faulkner character has done. The hotel room seems to be a physical representation of his own mind (head) where he is trapped in his own thoughts. This is the first time I heard that the John Goodman character might not even be real- a figment of Barton’s imagination.

    Agree with Randy about the ranking of their movies- I’ve done it cuz I’m a nerd about movies and I’m definitely in the film snob spectrum: Barton Fink is my #3 next to Fargo and Lebowski.

    I admire John Turturro for playing unlikable characters, like he does here. The problem people have with this movie I think stem from feeling little sympathy for this pompous Eastern intellectual and for awhile I felt more on John Goodman’s everyman character, even when he reveals himself to be some sort of demon he makes a point: “Because you don’t listen!!!!” BTW, another Turturro sibling, Aida Turturro, also looks nothing like her brothers (she’s Janice – Tony Soprano’s sister- in The Sopranos.

    I wish Scott capture more of the police interrogation, lots of funny rat-a-tat-tat film noir dialogue in there. And the lines from the wrestling “picutre”: “I’m going to destroy you!” over and over again. And Shalhoub’s line “You can’t throw a brick without hitting a writer in this town. But when you do, Fink, throw it hard.”

    We all got that Barton Fink feeling.

  7. You know what is funny? When Randy Jordan chirps in on his personal movie and book reviews and gets roasted hard, Brian Ibbott does a spot on impression of him “Did I ever tell you my review of so and so….”

    • Do you know what’s funny? No part of this description actually matches anything that’s happened on an episode of Film Sack. It’s as much in your head as that hotel room is in Barton Fink’s.

  8. My first movie after 9/11

    Was in fact Swordfish, before it got pulled due to its content and the event happening

    • I can’t remember the first movie after 9/11 but the first public gathering was a book signing for Bruce Campbell’s If Chins Could Kill where he reassured us the terrorists don’t care about cult actors. The last movie I saw before 9/11 was a midnight screening of Cannibal Holocaust.

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