On a recommendation in the guise of fan outrage, I borrowed a copy of Raising Arizona and tried to erase any misgivings I had about the picture. It's not easy, because what sat with me as a horrible premise for a comedy (the kidnapping of a baby) just doesn't make me go "ha ha" out of the gates. But this is the Coen Brothers and so I begrudgingly tried to make room for what is a cult classic.
And I tried so very hard. There is a single moment in the film that is utterly brilliant and at the same time so obvious that I wonder why I had never seen it before. It is when Nic Cage's character raises his hands together over his head to hit someone and inadvertently scrapes his knuckles against the deco plaster on the ceiling. That was a bravura moment in the film.