A Serious Man

It's 1967, and poor Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg) isn't having a good year. His wife is leaving him, his unemployed brother (Richard Kind) is sleeping on his couch, his kids are deviants, and he's being blackmailed by a student at the Midwestern university where he serves as a physics professor. Diving into his faith, Larry seeks the advice of three rabbis. But do they have the answers he seeks?

I'm generally a fan of the Coen brothers' films, but this bizarre tale confused the hell out of me with all the Jewish references. Despite my bewilderment, I couldn't stop thinking about the plot for days afterward, and when revisiting some scenes for this Ultimate Demo, I found myself laughing out loud, and I will certainly revisit it in the future to not only laugh but to enjoy the demo-worthy video presentation.

Peeping Tom

  • Chapter 6, 00:30:55
  • Color saturation, detail, flesh tones
  • As Larry fixes his rooftop antenna, he notices his hottie neighbor is catching some rays—nude—in her backyard. Relish the lush green grass and the exquisite detail in the composite root tiles. Oh yeah, there's also a beautiful lady in her birthday suit.

The Jolly Roger

  • Chapter 10, 00:50:37
  • Detail
  • Booted out of his home, Larry and his brother are living in a local motel. As the sunrise approaches, check out the detail in the brick buildings, the worn pavement in the parking lot, and the clearly legible neon sign.

The second rabbi

  • Chapter 11, 00:56:14
  • Detail
  • As Larry receives counsel from the rabbi, look at the bookcase behind the desk and how detailed each of the items is. Notice the hand-drawn artwork, the map pinned to the door, and the bindings of the various reference manuals.

Release Date: February 9, 2009
Studio: Universal

Movie: 7/10
Picture: 10/10
Sound: 9/10