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On the latest Cinemaball, Ebony and Carolyn venture to the deserts of the Coen brothers’ 1987 comedy classic, Raising Arizona. We get into Nicolas Cage’s indelible performance as a kind of living cartoon, the peculiar nature of this film’s American dream as a land where all of us can find grace, and the film’s impatience with certain specific types of masculinity. We also discuss the meticulous nature of the filmmaking on display, what exposure to filmmakers like the Coen brothers can do, and Carolyn talks about the ways in which it’s sometimes inevitable that a numerical rating will fail to adequately reflect our complex feelings about a work of art.
Cinemaball is produced by Sarah Nairalez.
View the basic rules of Cinemaball and a history of all our episodes and ratings here.