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Weekend Movie Club: "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" (Take Two!)

UPDATE: We've rescheduled the meeting. We're now meeting on Saturday, May 23, at 12:00 p.m. ET.

Please join other SAP Community members and me as we discuss "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" from the Coen brothers.

Here's the trailer.


Saturday, May 23, at 12:00 p.m. ET


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Can't make it? Don't wanna join a call? No problem -- we still want you to join the club! As I start the call, I'll leave a comment here -- letting everyone know that they can also discuss the film in this thread. I only ask that you refrain from starting that conversation before the call. I'd like to kick everything off at once!

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  • May 15, 2020 at 02:00 PM

    We didn't get much of a turnout for May 9 (Craig and I just ended up chewing the fat for 20 minutes or so), and it may be because I shared some sad news on Twitter the day before -- and people may have assumed that the call was cancelled.

    I'd still very much like to discuss this film though, and if others are interested, I can reschedule. Or if people want to suggest a different film, I'm open to ideas.

    With this pick, I was trying to get away from horror and scifi, but if those genres are what the majority want, you don't have to ask me twice. :) On the other hand, maybe we should avoid the genres, but with a movie with broader appeal. It's possible that "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" is too American for our global audience, in which case I'm open to cinema from other countries. I love films from all over the world!

    Anyway, please leave your comments and let's try to meet again soon.


    P.S. I lost the Soggy Bottom Boys beard. It simply wasn't conducive to mask-wearing.

    P.P.S. If people want to try a "watch party" where we all discuss a film in real time, we could give that a shot -- but the calls would likely be a couple hours because of the movie's run time.

    • May 17, 2020 at 02:43 PM

      Hi Jerry,

      not much of a consolation, but i did request the movie on Netflix DVD to give it a 'second chance'. i've seen it before and i'm a big Coen brothers fan, but this particular movie has eluded me so far.

      now, you got me wondering if i can change my mind about it.



      • May 18, 2020 at 02:33 PM

        Hi, Greg:

        I definitely encourage you to give it another shot -- even though I agree with you to some degree. I'm a huge fan of the Coen brothers, but I wouldn't even put "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" in their top 5.

        Still, I think that speaks more about the quality of their films...and isn't a reflection on "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" While it's one of their lesser films, it's still very good. And I think that speaks volumes about their talent -- that even one of their weaker movies is stronger than the average output of other filmmakers.

        I'm going to reschedule for May 23. I hope that gives you enough time to view and join us!


        • Jun 12, 2020 at 03:26 PM

          Hopefully you will schedule another weekend movie club sometime soon (and I don't miss the announcement). I would like to participate. :-)

          • Jun 15, 2020 at 02:14 PM

            Would love to have you! I'm currently trying to pick a movie that will have the broadest appeal. Let me know if you have suggestions!


    • May 18, 2020 at 08:05 AM

      Yeah i thought you will not be hosting it and didn't attended :(

      I am ready if you are planning to reschedule it. I liked the movie and especially the song :D it's lit!! but some of the puns and slang is a bit difficult for me to understand :D , I will watch it again if you are rescheduling it. and maybe we can also talk about what movies we can watch and discuss for our next weekend club there as well.

      • May 18, 2020 at 02:35 PM

        Hi, Mahesh:

        Great! I'm going to reschedule for May 23. Feel free to bring your questions about any of the puns and slang. If it's any consolation: Coen brothers' dialogue is often very stylized, and frequently sounds odd to even native speakers.


  • May 18, 2020 at 02:41 PM

    Here are the full details for the next meeting:

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    • May 23, 2020 at 04:47 PM

      Hi Jerry,

      sorry, but saw only too late that the video meeting was for today.

      fwiw, zoom updated something on my computer before i could join to learn that the meeting was over.

      i do have the movie now, so will watch it for sure.

      thank you,


      • May 25, 2020 at 06:59 PM

        No worries, Greg. Feel free to keep the conversation going here (after you watch the film)!


        • May 31, 2020 at 01:33 AM

          Hi Jerry,

          as promised:

          second or third viewing definitely helped with this movie. it has gotten better - something a bit similar to what happened with Raising Arizona but not quite as good. prejudice is not an easy story to tell, but in the end this movie turned out not be all that funny.

          i realize that not everyone likes this type of dark humor, but to me it has never reached the level of irony and what made it best, for me, in movies like Fargo or The Big Lebowski. maybe acting wasn't quite there either, but that's probably just me and i'm sure a lot of people liked it or maybe i just missed the humor of Frances McDormand or the Dude.

          instead of going into more detail of what made this movie not so great, i came up with a sort of list of Coen brothers' movies, so here it is, from 'best to worst':

          1. Fargo

          2. The Big Lebowski

          3. A Serious Man

          4. Burn After Reading

          5. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

          6. Raising Arizona

          7. No Country for Old Men

          8. O Brother, Where Art Thou?

          9. Hail, Caesar!

          A. Burton Fink

          Thank you,


          • Jun 12, 2020 at 03:24 PM

            I'm sorry but I am going to have to respectfully disagree. The fact that Millers Crossing didn't make your top10 (it is my all-time favorite movie, period) gives me great pause. :-)

            • Jun 13, 2020 at 12:35 PM

              Hi Peter,

              i tried to make a list of movies that i did watch, but now have put Miller's Crossing into my DVD queue. i'm in the middle of 'Once Upon a Time...' series but unfortunately Netflix, which is practically my only source now, withdrew some of those movies for me, so i cannot re-watch at the moment.

              local libraries to the rescue, once they reopen.



  • May 22, 2020 at 09:34 PM

    Hi Jerry,

    This is definitely a great initiative and will have great outreach.

    I will be joining tomorrow.



  • Jun 11, 2020 at 03:04 PM

    Finished the movie. Great one! Waiting for the next catch-up Jerry :) Thank you!

    • Jun 12, 2020 at 12:31 PM

      I'm so glad you liked it! I'm looking for movie suggestions for the next meeting. Any thoughts?

      Mahesh Kumar Palavalli Gregory Misiorek Matt Fraser Tammy Powlas Craig Cmehil -- looking for movie recommendations. Please feel free to leave suggestions here!


      • Jun 12, 2020 at 12:36 PM

        I like Greg's recommendation of Fargo; I saw that movie in theater when it came out and it stayed with me.

        Also what about the Swedish version of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? Of course I enjoyed the books much better than the movie.

        Most intense movie for me is Double Indemnity (1948) with Fred MacMurray & Barbara Stanwyck. It is part of Woody Allen's Manhattan Murder Mystery movies.

        • Jun 12, 2020 at 02:28 PM

          I saw Fargo in theaters back in the day, too. Did you know that Frances McDormand narrated the "Voice of God" in the recent Prime series "Good Omens"? Every time I heard her voice, I flashed back to her as a very pregnant police officer solving a murder mystery in the Dakota winter, and her amazing accent. I also found it interesting that almost none of that film takes place in Fargo, but I guess "Fargo" made for a more interesting title than "Brainerd."

        • Jun 15, 2020 at 02:37 PM

          Hi, Tammy:

          I don't think Greg was recommending "Fargo" (unless I missed something). I think he was just listing it as his favorite film from the Coens. That being said, I like the film and I'd be happy to discuss it...even if we did just do a film from the Coen brothers.

          "Double Indemnity" might be a nice change of pace. I'm always worried that a film might be too harsh for some members, which could be a strike against "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."

          But...I could do a Twitter poll and leave it up to people. A Twitter poll allows up to 4 choices, so I'd like at least one more recommendation before I put it to a vote. Right now, we could go with these 3:

          "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (2009 version: Män som hatar kvinnor)
          "Double Indemnity"

          Any others, anybody?


          • Jun 17, 2020 at 06:41 AM

            12 monkeys? (sometime back i saw a twitter post from Matt Fraser about this )

            I love scifi, so my first preference is that, but i believe it's partly about end of world? (don't remember, saw it a long back)

            If no end of world movies, then I found "A simple plan" from google(movies similar to fargo)..

            • Jun 17, 2020 at 02:41 PM

              A Terry Gilliam film shot in my hometown? I'll gladly add it to the list. (BTW, if that wins, I think everyone should also watch La jetée. I guess I haven't seen that since my college film course.)

              That gives us four choices. Poll coming shortly!


            • Jun 17, 2020 at 03:09 PM

              It's about an intentional release of a deadly pathogen, causing a pandemic that brings about the end of civilization. But, it's also about time travel! Good times. ;)

              And, it's a Bruce Willis film.

              Didn't it spawn off a TV series of the same name?

  • Jun 17, 2020 at 03:43 PM

    OK, Weekend Movie Club gang, I have started a twitter poll to pick our next flick.

    Here are the choices. I've linked to the trailers. I also watched each trailer first and applied what I think is the appropriate Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) a caution for anyone interested in clicking the links. If you're not familiar with MPAA ratings, learn more here.

    Fargo (I'd give the trailer the equivalent of an R rating, so please keep that in mind before clicking. The film itself was released with an R rating in the U.S.)

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, original 2009 version (Due to character limitations, I had to call it "'Girl w/Dragon Tat' 2009" in the twitter poll. I'd also give this trailer the equivalent of an R rating, so, again, exercise caution when watching. The film itself was released with an R rating in the U.S.)

    Double Indemnity (In the poll, I failed to mention that this is the 1944 version, not the 1973 one. Trailer is equivalent of a PG rating. The film itself pre-dates the MPAA ratings system -- first established in 1968 -- and I've not seen it, so I can't guess at an actual rating. I doubt it would be anything harsher than a PG or PG-13 though nowadays.)

    12 Monkeys (Trailer is equivalent of a PG rating. The film itself was released with an R rating in the U.S.)

    Poll closes in 3 days. Once we have a winner, I'll start a new Coffee Corner conversation announcing the film and give details about our next meeting. I'm leaning toward Sunday, June 28 (to give everyone a chance to watch the film on June 27), but I can be persuaded to change my mind.

    To keep people from voting twice, I'm going to ask everyone to cast votes in the twitter poll (vs. leaving a comment here) the twitter poll is anonymous and I can't see who voted for what. If you don't have a twitter account, please let me know and leave a comment picking the film you want to watch.

    If you do pick a film, I hope you're planning to join the meeting. Otherwise, you might be affecting the viewing choices of members who actually will participate in the meeting.



  • Jun 22, 2020 at 01:48 PM

    The Twitter poll is closed. Thanks to everyone who participated!

    Here are the results:

    • "Fargo" - 6 votes
    • "12 Monkeys" - 5 votes
    • "Double Indemnity" - 3 votes (4 if you count I couldn't vote officially in a poll that I created, but I would have cast my vote for this film)
    • "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (2009) - 3 votes

    So what does that mean?

    Well, first off, a little later, I'll be scheduling our next Weekend Movie Club -- and we'll be discussing "Fargo"! Look for a separate conversation about that today with all of the details.

    Since "12 Monkeys" was a close second (and I was shocked that so many people would want to watch a film about a pandemic...go figure), I'm planning to schedule a club meeting about that in July.

    As always, if you'd like to suggest a film for a Weekend Movie Club, please let me know. With enough films and enough interest, we can meet more often.


  • Nov 29, 2020 at 11:57 AM

    Sorry I came late to this corner - one of my all time fav movies and 3 other friends and I did "A Man Of Constant Sorrow" in 4 part harmony at karaoke on a semi-regular basis at our local country bar until Covid-19 put a long hiatus on those activities.

    one of the most underrated musical movies of my time and ranks right up there with the Sound of Music, etc IMHO.

    • Nov 29, 2020 at 03:46 PM

      Hi Bruce,

      nothing late about this thread or commenting as we have movies streaming from all corners of Netflix, HBO, Hulu, Amazon, Youtube, etc.

      indeed, the singing was one of the best part of the movie as i did re-watch it, along with Miller's Crossing and a few other ones since this thread was opened, e.g. The Squid and the Whale.

      now, we cannot give the full credit for singing to the main character and who was playing it and acknowledge the voice behind the singing act: Dan Tyminski

      btw, about the singing actors, Will Ferrell did a fine job with his voice in the Eurovision movie, imho.

      Cheers and happy singing and watching on stream.


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