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Weekend Movie Club: "Fargo"

For our last Weekend Movie Club, we discussed "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

And I asked, "We just watched a film from the Coen brothers. Are you sure you want to talk about another one?"

To which the majority replied (via Twitter poll):

Which is just fine by me. I already have my copy...

So if you're one of the poll participants -- or just someone who enjoys cinema and is interested in a friendly conversation -- I hope you'll join us on Sunday, June 28, at 12:00 p.m. for our next meeting.


Sunday, June 28, at 12:00 p.m. ET


Join Zoom Meeting (Additional details on joining can be found in my comments below..)


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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  • Jun 22, 2020 at 02:38 PM

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    Topic: Weekend Movie Club: "Fargo"

    Time: Jun 28, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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  • Jun 28, 2020 at 01:24 PM

    Hi Jerry,

    sorry for a bit of crashing here. haven't watched "Fargo" recently but this other movie has just come 'out of nowhere'. Different genre, different type of humor, and different technology but it has filled an entertainment void and has struck a cord or two. and since everyone is a critic, i will paste the actual review from an unexpected source: it's also a comedy but very lighthearted and a spoof and the 'real elves' thing at the same time.

    i hope that everyone will have enjoyed watching "Fargo" and liked a character or two in it. Frances McDormand was obviously great but i like acting by Steve Buscemi, William H Macy, and appreciate the willingness of playing a pure villain by Peter Stormare. quite a slippery slope, if you asked me.

    have fun discussing the movie later today and i'm sure no one will want to see me on camera but i don't mind leaving a comment or two around here.



    • Jun 28, 2020 at 02:52 PM

      Hi, Greg:

      Joining by camera is always optional. We have people join just with audio and that's totally fine. The discussion is what matters, however people want to take part.

      If you still can't join live, I do hope you will leave comments here. I always enjoy reading your insights. :)


  • Jun 28, 2020 at 05:06 PM

    Big thanks to Mahesh Kumar Palavalli, Susan Keohan, and Tammy Powlas for taking time out of their Sunday to talk about "Fargo."

    Now it's time to keep the conversation going here.

    An observation to help spark the discussion: greed is a key underlying element. Whether trying to trick partners out of their fair share or loading up plates at the local buffet, the characters in "Fargo" all seem to want more than they need...and the results aren't always pleasant.

    So think of moments of greed in "Fargo." Do they ever pay off for any character? If a character had ever expected less, how might have things worked out better?

    Please share your thoughts about that -- or about anything else about the film!


    • Jun 29, 2020 at 04:32 PM

      Hi Jerry (and thank you so much for hosting!!!)

      If Jerry(Lundegaard, not Janda!) had expected less, then clearly things would have worked out better. There wouldn't be a movie!

      I can't fault Marge for piling on the food at the buffet - although I was a little nauseated about it - but she didn't seem to suffer any ill effects, and she was eating for two after all.

      And definitely, Carl is a good lesson (as you pointed out in our Sunday talk). He had 920K bucks hidden away, but because he couldn't let his partner Gaear take the car, he ended up in the wood chipper. That is the most drastic example - I mean, how much could that car have been worth?

      This was so much fun - re-watching the movie after so many years, and your well compiled notes and questions. I may even try the next movie if it's not too gruesome.

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