An Aching Pain, by Scott Nye

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  1. Seth H. says:

    Finally got to see this yesterday, and I can’t wait to see it again (maybe even later tonight). It was easily my most anticipated film of the year, and it wound up being my favorite, so it was fitting that I saw it on New Year’s Eve. I went in not long after hearing the most recent BP episode, where Tyler and David brought up the notion that the film is at least partly about the grieving process. I must say that rang very true to me, and I’m glad I went in with that in my head. It might not have occurred to me otherwise, and I think it gave me a richer experience with the film.

    My gut reaction, and this might be slightly controversial, is that it’s not only my favorite film of 2013, but my favorite film by the Coens. Of course it’s still fresh in my head, so it may be too early to tell, but it struck a deeply personal chord with me. That’s something that none of their previous films, no matter how great they are or how much I love them, have ever done. Part of it is because I’m a musician with a strong folk influence, but a bigger part is that I feel like someone who destroys whatever he touches, someone who perpetually carries a burden he didn’t ask for, someone who paradoxically hates the thing he loves most, someone whose voice is the only worthwhile thing about him.

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