Blood Simple

Blood Simple ★★★★★

The entire back half of this film, when Abby and Ray are talking completely past each other, neither aware of what's really going on, is among the most exhilarating exchanges you'll see in any noir, neo- or otherwise.

Ignore everyone who says this is The Coens "in chrysalis" or some bullshit, this is the Coens arriving fully formed. Some aspects - the sparseness of its settings, the chiaroscuro lighting, the limited but pointed black humour - never got better.