How the Coen Brothers Changed My Life - Wisecrack Vlog

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There are certain filmmakers that seem like they can’t help but use their movies to ponder some big philosophical questions. And no one seems to do this quite as well as the Coen brothers. So today, Michael is going to talk about the three Coen Brothers films that changed his life, and why they might have been more useful than grad school in this Wisecrack Vlog on "How the Coen Brothers Changed My Life"

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  • You guys gonna do a deep dive on "the ballad of buster scruggs"??

    mutha skuzzamutha skuzzaIl y a 2 mois
  • I also adore Frances Ha

    CCIl y a 3 mois
  • Those are EXACTLY my favorite Coen brothers movies

    CCIl y a 3 mois
  • By far the best and most digestible video on philosophy and its usage in cinema that this channel has ever produced

    kriqtickriqticIl y a 3 mois
  • Somebodyyyy get this man a beer!

    Aneesh RamachandranAneesh RamachandranIl y a 5 mois
  • I still think k Raisimg Arizona has all the necessary DNA to qualify as their best film, but so many other films share that DNA. I can't fault anyone for another favorite.

    Nathan MiddletonNathan MiddletonIl y a 5 mois
  • 🎬 Thank You!

    Cornell WatersCornell WatersIl y a 6 mois
  • If the rule you followed brought you to this, then of what use was the rule?

    Kevin PascualKevin PascualIl y a 6 mois
  • What I got from The Serious Man was that misery always seem to follow after pleasure, that it can sometimes feel like the misery is caused by the pleasure or the things that we ascribe or associate to the pleasure event, and that it is not certain whether or not the things we ascribe to pleasure is the thing causing misery or if it is the pleasure itself that is causing the misery. The uncertainty of the chronology of events and its causal links is deeply rooted in our emotions, and, in effect, our memory of the events. Here, a simple demonstration of what I just said:

    z0uLessz0uLessIl y a 7 mois
  • 🍺 go on...

    wander*wishwander*wishIl y a 7 mois
  • Omg more of this plz

    roawr59roawr59Il y a 7 mois
  • This is really good! Please, more personal video like that, it's just great! 👏🏻☺️

    Pietro LagoPietro LagoIl y a 7 mois
  • Today Camus the stranger and the dude helped me realize I'm an absurdist

    The ServermonitorThe ServermonitorIl y a 7 mois
  • "I'd rather be a dick than a swallower"

    Reginald SimmsReginald SimmsIl y a 8 mois
  • This guy is lost in mind boggling over analysis. His take sucks.

    kit crawfordkit crawfordIl y a 8 mois
  • Thank you for video man ,,amazing analysis ....and big salute to Coen brothers i have watched and will watch every single movie they make because they are masters of cinema and philosophy

    Ahmed KershahAhmed KershahIl y a 8 mois
  • So what did The Ladykillers teach you?

    Smokey La BearSmokey La BearIl y a 8 mois
    • Well I think coen brothers movies are deeply spiritual,if you have watched almost all their movies(hail caesar,ladykillers,unforgiven,ballads of buster etc).The use of their politics and spirituality is pretty subtle.Inside llwelyn Davis can even be considered as a pro life movie.

      Nidhin CherianNidhin CherianIl y a 22 jours
  • Good video. A Serious Man is a film that has kept me thinking long after watching it moreso than any other movie. Miller's Crossing is my favorite film of all time.

    Jordan NealJordan NealIl y a 8 mois
  • Where’s JARED

    Dolgstrang GumblryDolgstrang GumblryIl y a 8 mois
  • ... validation ... *and the money*...

    Usama HUsama HIl y a 8 mois
  • This interpretation of The Big Lebowski might change my life

    Victoria DuenasVictoria DuenasIl y a 8 mois
  • Where is thug notes?

    4405mar4405marIl y a 8 mois
  • Arrived at 06:40 Man, to be a personal video, how a movie changed your life, there’s so much stuff that don’t belongs to you A good title could be : the philosophy in the Coen Brothers movies

    Cut The Beard To Watch a MovieCut The Beard To Watch a MovieIl y a 8 mois
  • It always fascinated me when atheists quote Kierkegaard, a Christian trying to explain how awful atheism is by exploring its implications.

    DeathmageddonDeathmageddonIl y a 8 mois
  • Llewyn Davis can also be seen as the story of Sisyphus, man doomed to eternally attempt an impossible task, but as Albert Camus adds, with some contentment in purpose at least.

    Nick BontornoNick BontornoIl y a 8 mois
  • Love those guya

    staleezystaleezyIl y a 8 mois
  • Yoooo! Ty for turning me on to this movie

    Charles GCharles GIl y a 8 mois
  • I really like these, can't wait for the next one.

    gh0s1gh0s1Il y a 8 mois
  • I feel like I’m going crazy didnt wisecrack have a serious called people talking it was a cartoon about ppl going through life there was 2 seasons and it was really good where is it

    Daniela IglesiasDaniela IglesiasIl y a 8 mois
  • You almost talk as somebody who hasn't made it in their chosen profession. . Think this video view count is over 60k at the time of this comment. Congratulations and thank you for doing what you do.

    Aurum ProductionsAurum ProductionsIl y a 8 mois
  • like an irish monk?

    panterasux22panterasux22Il y a 8 mois
  • Nietzsche turned his Eternal Man into a measure for yourself, whether you would want to live your life over and over again. Not so much from a pessimistic point of view to illustrate how miserable life is, as you described.

    Hessel BeijaardHessel BeijaardIl y a 8 mois
  • A Serious Man is the story of Job. I think it’s amazing and much more than that- but that’s what it boils down to. Hail Caesar! on the other hand is the story of Christ.

    Devon MeyersDevon MeyersIl y a 8 mois
  • I love you. Thanks for not misrepresenting Nietzsche and for diving into these wonderful creators. Both Camus and Nietzsche shared that the best way to present philosophy is found in art, and I cannot stop thinking about that every time I watch the Coen brothers.

    TheGoodLordTheGoodLordIl y a 8 mois
  • The Lighthouse Wisecrack edition

    Era of the CapybaraEra of the CapybaraIl y a 8 mois
  • What is the background song?

    Martin RamirezMartin RamirezIl y a 8 mois
  • You look like Matt Christiansen.

    The Phantom of the ParadiseThe Phantom of the ParadiseIl y a 8 mois
  • I love The big Lebowski. I even have a tattoo on my chest: "Achiever Fuck it, Dude. Let's go bowling."

    NamoratNamoratIl y a 8 mois
  • They had a very similar effect on me but for a very different reason. By the time I had the chance to see Blood Simple, the most common complaint re: films was "They just don't make them like they used to..." Well, no: the Coens did, and do. Even when the mark they missed is never clearly defined in the first place, their absolute worst films are individually better than some other filmmakers' entire body of work.

    James AllardJames AllardIl y a 8 mois
  • This was a great video, and I think Michael is on-track with just about everything he says here about the Nietzschean inspiration for this trilogy of Coen Brothers films. The one exception is that he wants to read The Dude as an expression of Nietzsche's "preferred response to nihilism." Michael is right that Nietzsche wanted us to be value-creators, positively affirming the meaning of the activities we engage in. What he's wrong about is the claim that The Dude shows this ability over the course of The Big Lebowski. To me, The Dude is a clear allusion to Nietzsche's concept of The Last Man, which is key to his critical analysis of European culture of his day. Wikipedia does a good job with this, so I'll just go ahead and quote: "The Last Man is a term used by the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche in Thus Spoke Zarathustra to describe the antithesis of his theorized superior being, the Übermensch, whose imminent appearance is heralded by Zarathustra. The Last Man is tired of life, takes no risks, and seeks only comfort and security. ...According to Nietzsche, the last man is the goal that modern society and Western civilization have apparently set for themselves. After having unsuccessfully attempted to get the populace to accept the Übermensch as the goal of society, Zarathustra confronts them with a goal so disgusting that he assumes that it will revolt them. Zarathustra fails in this attempt, and instead of repelling the populace into pursuing the goal of the Übermensch, the populace take Zarathustra literally and choose the "disgusting" goal of becoming the last men. This decision leaves Zarathustra disheartened and disappointed. The lives of the Last Men are pacifist and comfortable. There is no longer a distinction between ruler and ruled, strong over weak or supreme over the mediocre. Social conflict and challenges are minimized. Every individual lives equally and in "superficial" harmony. There are no original or flourishing social trends and ideas. Nietzsche warned that the society of the last man could be too barren and decadent to support the growth of healthy human life or great individuals. The last man is only possible by mankind having bred an apathetic kind of person who is unable to dream, who are unwilling to take risks...they simply earn their living and keep warm. The society of the last man is antithetical to Nietzsche's theoretical will to power, the main driving force and ambition behind human nature, according to Nietzsche, as well as all other life in the universe." This is crucial to a correct reading of The Big Lebowski which, unfortunately for Michael, turns out to be not as optimistic as he thinks. The Big Lebowski paints a picture just as ambiguous and confusing as A Serious Man - one with no clear-cut heroes, in which our main characters are, according to the Nietzschean framework Michael already recognizes, *even worse* than the Nihilists they clash with. At least the Nihilists have a desire to affirm *something,* even if it's a supposed belief in "nothing." They make music together, they engage in coordinated activities that bring them a sense of identity, etc. Our main characters don't ever *really* affirm the worth even of bowling, the activity that seems to occupy the majority of their time together. They don't try to improve, they don't take the game that's just something they do to pass the time between the present moment and death. The character in the film who *does* actually affirm the value of bowling by imbuing it with great meaning - Jesus - is mocked and derided by our main characters, mostly because he seems to care too much. The Dude, like the Nihilists, represents a worry Nietzsche had about the future of meaning in a world where god is dead. The Coens seem to share that worry to a certain extent, as we can see in A Serious Man as well. We shouldn't make the mistake of thinking he's a hero, or that the Coens are presenting his approach to life as noble, or worthy of emulation. He's given up on any kind of existentially laudable self-actualization. He's the Last Man.

    BringadingusBringadingusIl y a 8 mois
    • Scary stuff. Do you see Thus Spoke Zarathustra in any other acorns movie?

      J LupusJ LupusIl y a 6 mois
  • Awesome!

    Esteban EEsteban EIl y a 8 mois
  • accept the mystery

    Sam DarnoldSam DarnoldIl y a 8 mois
  • I still don’t get BARTON FINK (1991). Can someone please explain it to me. My interpretation is that it’s about the people that move to Hollywood and “sellout” by turning their art into commerce. All of those shoes outside the doors at Hotel Earle symbolizes those people with no souls. That’s my take so far.

    BLACK MANBLACK MANIl y a 8 mois
  • Bojack has ended idc what video you make I wanna see the end of bojack horseman i need some closure about his live.

    Neon NanexNeon NanexIl y a 8 mois
  • So Jared fired huh?

    jarredjacobjarredjacobIl y a 8 mois
  • Now do The Assasination of Jesse James by the Coward Robt. Ford

    Nobby BarnesNobby BarnesIl y a 8 mois
  • Serial Experiments Lain.

    Paul R BoldenPaul R BoldenIl y a 8 mois
  • So, fascism, got it

    Mann FaceMann FaceIl y a 8 mois
  • No wonder my old man is a fan...

    BenHopkins1000BenHopkins1000Il y a 8 mois
  • was not expecting this to be a good one; bravo bravo

    gnargnarheadgnargnarheadIl y a 8 mois
  • And arguably their 3 best movies too.

    Kevin MarylesKevin MarylesIl y a 8 mois
  • I'd gladly buy you a beer. Two, even!

    Steve BuccellatoSteve BuccellatoIl y a 8 mois
  • why is this guy a regular host now? this channel seriously changed

    • @Mann Face they lured me in with a charming intelligent black man and now Im watching this PBR trustfund hipster whine about seinfeld every episode

    • Yep... and not for the best. Sounds like they’re having a bit of an existential crisis at the office

      Mann FaceMann FaceIl y a 8 mois
  • Well that's like.... your opinion man.

    Scott WyllieScott WyllieIl y a 8 mois
  • Understand each of our limitations and live the way that you want to live.

    Task DonTask DonIl y a 8 mois
  • I genuinely like how Mike looks so happy discussing nihilism, loss of his faith, unanswerable questions of philosophy almost pointing out how potentially facile it is, and the meaninglessness of life and just enjoying it all. Looks like a man who learned how to make his own meaning and find his own happiness.

    Shîtshtreak McFůchfaceShîtshtreak McFůchfaceIl y a 8 mois
  • Could you do the philosophy of Barry?

    Daniel LeeDaniel LeeIl y a 8 mois
  • Awesome work, Michael. This makes me want to re-watch all of the Coen's work immediately

    Constantin SaramoConstantin SaramoIl y a 8 mois
  • Please do a vid on Frances Ha

    Bernie KatzroyBernie KatzroyIl y a 8 mois
  • Where is sparkey sweets PhD?????

    MaxMelchiorreMaxMelchiorreIl y a 8 mois
  • I like seeing Michael in these videos. I had him as a professor in college, philosophy 101 and a class about love. He taught me about Abalard and Helois, if you don't know their story check it out its pretty crazy.

    Mark WelchMark WelchIl y a 8 mois
  • Where's Jared?

    Jimmy Snowman, theJimmy Snowman, theIl y a 8 mois
  • No Country helped me realize that sometimes in life there is no closure. Accept it and move forward.

    YourNameHereYourNameHereIl y a 8 mois
    • same goes for a serious man too you don't always get the answers

      Arman KhanArman KhanIl y a 8 mois
  • Dude, tell us more. Part 2! There are bunch more Cohen Brothers movies and I'd love to hear your thoughts on them. It's inspiring to listen to someone who loves what they're talking about.

    Karl MarksmanKarl MarksmanIl y a 8 mois
  • This is a fine commentary

    M MM MIl y a 8 mois
  • I'm really curious about what he means by the term "Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life". What does it mean and What is he trying to say here? How is this a cruel idea?

    HenrySkycutterstudiosHenrySkycutterstudiosIl y a 8 mois
  • A Serious Man is the worst Coen Brothers film.

    Ashton TurnerAshton TurnerIl y a 8 mois
  • I would buy you beers indefinitely to continue this conversation! Great stuff!

    Maxwell HentoshMaxwell HentoshIl y a 8 mois
  • Did Jared retire? Where the hell is he?

    Jakob RasmussenJakob RasmussenIl y a 8 mois
  • Thanks for opening up about something so personal, Not Jared. I appreciate it.

    themarquessthemarquessIl y a 8 mois
  • we want the good the bad and the ugly

    אדם ביינהאדם ביינהIl y a 8 mois
  • Bring back Thug Notes!!!

    Hell HeavenHell HeavenIl y a 8 mois
  • Yo! No one mentions millers it that underrated? Why why why??

    dhananjay pathakdhananjay pathakIl y a 8 mois
  • Love this comment to tap the beer keg. Germany's finest inside!

    NRiyo3NRiyo3Il y a 8 mois
  • "Never give definite answers..." K, no need to learn philosophy then, when they have proven there's no answers they can provide. Thanks. I've learned the Latin Trivium and the Scientific Method, mentored when I was very young by a leader in his (HIS) field. Everything else is bullshite.

    jeffrey spinnerjeffrey spinnerIl y a 8 mois
  • how about the philosophy of Cormac Mccarthy? Blood Meridian, the Road, No country for old Men etc.

    Xi JinpingXi JinpingIl y a 8 mois
  • Wow, what an amazing fucking quote! Gay science lol

    Voag 1Voag 1Il y a 8 mois
  • Great analysis, guys👍

    RodionRodionIl y a 8 mois
  • I can't stand this kind of fake positivity... Maybe because I am a pessimistic European but can't listen to the last wisecrack podcasts as well...

    Wired LainWired LainIl y a 8 mois
  • Thanks for movie recommendations

    Gelo GoGelo GoIl y a 8 mois
  • "Decision is the little magic word that existence respects" - love that

    Siddhant RaiSiddhant RaiIl y a 8 mois
  • How convenient that A Serious Man is now on netflix 🤔

    eadragon1108eadragon1108Il y a 8 mois
  • What’s meaningful to me?? Ummm... errrr.... I’ve been a bit busy???

    Bruce McKayBruce McKayIl y a 8 mois
  • I will buy you all the beers if necessary

    daniel marquezdaniel marquezIl y a 8 mois
  • dude, i love this. A Serious Man, The Big Lebowski, and Inside Llewyn Davis are my favourite Coen Brothers movies and maybe my favourite movies ever. they are perfect.

    pwnedshift1pwnedshift1Il y a 8 mois
  • Hey Michael, Jacob here. I’m really happy you brought up Inside Llewyn Davis in your critique on Coen Bro’s films. It also had a huge impact on me too. The main protagonist really doesn’t seem like a character worth rooting for but it’s the fact he lives by the notion “if I could’ve gotten out, I would’ve.” Seems like a quote the whole film is based on so glad it resonated with you. Can’t wait for the next culture binge!

    Anthony FartfaceAnthony FartfaceIl y a 8 mois
  • I loved Llewyn Davis until that PoS killed the cat, then I just wished more worse shit happened to him. Scumbag Llewyn.

    CooperCooperIl y a 8 mois
  • I am reading The Picture of Dorian Gray right now and kinda at the middle of the story and I was actually having really conflicting thoughts about the overall idea of meaning and nihilism but man o man this video landed at the right time. Love from the other side of the ocean, wisecrack.

    Aditya ShirapureAditya ShirapureIl y a 8 mois
  • Where is Jared?

    Olakunle YekinniOlakunle YekinniIl y a 8 mois
  • This is nice. More please

    F LamF LamIl y a 8 mois
  • Fuck off Wisecrack WHERES JERAD!?!? REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!

    Baby BoomerBaby BoomerIl y a 8 mois
  • In regards to "do what you love and you never work a day in your life," psychological studies (on children,) strongly suggest that tying what you love to do to money sooner or later makes you no longer love to do it. (That's why I play drums in a local band for free.)

    L GL GIl y a 8 mois
  • Maybe you should write a book about the Coen Brothers and Philosophy

    Francis Srečko FabianFrancis Srečko FabianIl y a 8 mois
  • what happened to Jared?

    DrowningJoyDrowningJoyIl y a 8 mois
  • I think my favourite thing about the Coens is their ability to completely transport you to another world with different (but familiar) rules and ideas. They're not afraid to jump between genres and themes to tell a good story, but they also keep their characters and settings consistent and interesting. They just tell very human stories and ask the audience to engage with its themes on their own. I'm a Fargo boy myself.

    Josh WiJosh WiIl y a 8 mois
  • The Dude actually cares about his rug. He even took one from a rich man.

    Alex VargasAlex VargasIl y a 8 mois
    • Well, that was the first step for the devil to come over and have some little fun 😂

      Marouan SaidMarouan SaidIl y a 8 mois
  • I am here to buy this man some beer

    chreoticuschreoticusIl y a 8 mois
  • Why did you make us watch this?

    DJDJIl y a 8 mois
  • I miss Jarred 😔 I hope he’s ok

    Austin CaronAustin CaronIl y a 8 mois
  • What's the music playing when the video first starts?

    Bobby ThigpenBobby ThigpenIl y a 8 mois