In the pantheon of American filmdom, two of the most unique cinematic voices are apparently those of the Coen brothers, Joel and Ethan. In 2000 they released O Brother, Where Art Thou?, a loose adaptation of Homer's Odyssey set in the American South in the 1930s. George Clooney, John Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson play three convicts who escape from a chain gang to search for a fabled treasure. The Homer story works well transplanted to a period setting, as does the use of bluegrass music. The cast of character actors and marquee names seem to revel in playing against their usual screen personas. All in all, I found this film to be an amusing way to fill in a quiet weekend afternoon, and a refreshing alternative to most mainstream American films.