In the era of big budgets and special effects, very few filmmakers have been able to achieve both artistic and box office success while maintaining their individuality as artists. The Coen Brothers, Ethan and Joel, are one of the exceptions. Their films cover a wide range, from wild comedy to heart-stopping thrillers, but all show their unique style.

In July, Friday Night Flicks has presented some of their best films including one Academy Award winner for Best Picture. Friday Night Flicks are presented free of charge at 7 p.m. in the Abbott Room at the Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.

The month concludes with “No Country For Old Men” on July 30. With this movie, the brothers won a rare hat trick of Oscars in 2007, taking home the prizes for Best Picture, Best Directing and Best Adapted Screenplay. In addition, Javier Bardem was named Best Supporting Actor for his role as the most chilling movie villain since Hannibal Lecter. The film was adapted from the novel by Cormac McCarthy and also stars Josh Brolin and Tommy Lee Jones.

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