Inside Llewyn Davis -- starring Oscar Isaac and a disobedient cat -- is the latest from the filmmaking duo. The brothers talk with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about their writing process ("It's mostly napping") and the cult status of their 1998 film The Big Lebowski ("How do you explain that? I have no idea."
Brothers Joel and Ethan Coen continue to mine American pop culture in their latest film. It's 1961 in Greenwich Village, and a homeless folk singer is trying desperately to break out. Critic David Edelstein says the overarching tone of the film is snotty, condescending, and cruel.
This week, McDormand won an Academy Award for her performance as the very pregnant chief-of-police in a rural Minnesota town in the film "Fargo." She's worked with the Coen Brothers for 14 years, beginning with their film "Blood Simple." She also had roles in "Raising Arizona" "Mississippi Burning" and "Lonestar." (REBROADCAST from 5/6/96)