Coen Brothers

Invisible Ink: No 89 - Boileau and Narcejac

Here's an example of two good writers making one brilliant one. Pierre Boileau was born in Paris in 1906, while Pierre Ayraud, aka Thomas Narcejac, arrived two years later in Rochefort-Sur-Mer.

It's a big deal for Lebowski fans as the Dude's beach house is up for

The dude no longer abides. In fact, he's moving up the property ladder. The house occupied by Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski has been placed on the market. But unemployed pot smokers who spend the hours of daylight wearing a dressing gown will almost certainly be unable to afford it.

True Grit (15)

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin

Geoffrey Macnab: My Oscar Favourites

This category is the Grand National of the Oscars, withThe King's Speech and The Social Network the front-runners. My choice,True Grit is a beautifully crafted affair, that combines a majestic sweep with trademark Coen bros' black humour.

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Tom Sutcliffe: Opening lines that can be a giveaway

Can you judge a book by its epigraph? That you do is surely true, since at the point when you turn that particular page of a new novel it's pretty much all you've got to go on. Yes – the book's cover will have started work on you already, but you know that to be the creation of the marketing department. It's inadmissible as evidence of literary intent. But now, here, you are for the first time in the presence of the author and you are entitled to weigh up what you've been given. That you are expected to judge a book by its epigraph is also true, since it would hardly be there otherwise. You know perfectly well that it has designs on your judgement. It would be impolite to brush past without a nod in its direction, even if you suspect that it stands at the door like a spin-doctor, trying to tilt the verdict in the right direction.

DVD: A Serious Man, For retail & rental, (Universal)

The Coen brothers' deadpan tragicomedy stars a terrific Michael Stuhlbarg as a Midwestern physics lecturer whose solid mid-1960s life is knocked sideways by an unfaithful wife, a hapless brother, a lawn-annexing neighbour, a blackmailing student, and more besides.

Melody maker: T-Bone Burnett

The Texan musician and producer has dug out the best of Americana for a string of acclaimed movies. Now he's tipped for a Bafta – and an Oscar – for his most recent soundtrack