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 Post subject: Inside Llewyn Davis
PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2014 9:34 pm 
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In case you might have missed this latest Coen Brothers' release, it's worth your time to check it out. Although it didn't generate the kind of buzz that the Oscar nominated movies of 2013 did, many critics thought it deserved a Best Film nomination and this critic agrees wholeheartedly.

This slice-of-life chronicles the tumultuous week of a struggling folk singer (Davis, played by Oscar Isaac) in the early '60s at the height of the Folk era. As talented as he is, he's his own worst enemy, seemingly unable to take advantage of the opportunities that come his way. Stellar acting from a talented cast including Isaac, Carey Mulligan and John Goodman, including cameos by F. Murray Abraham and Justin Timberlake.

Not to be overlooked is the awesome soundtrack that accompanies the film and no, I'm not a Folkie and I've never been a big fan of Folk music. It's just pitch-perfect and it really gets under your skin, as does the entire movie.

Highly recommended. Don't miss it.

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I'm looking forward to seeing it...the Coens rarely disappoint.

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Yes I agree. A great film. I'm also not a folkie but enjoyed the movie and music.
I never miss a Coen Brothers' film, No Country for Old Men being my favourite and I'm not into violence.


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My wife and I are big Coen Brothers fans, but we were split on this film. My wife found it far too negative and even asked me if the Coens hate folk music. I would still watch it again, and think it had some truly great moments, but I did think it a little mean spirited at times. Without creating any spoilers I thought the portrayal of the music business was pretty spot on. They did go overboard (can I say that about the Coens?) on the John Goodman character who seemed to be a take on Doc Pomus. I agree the soundtrack is excellent and the acting was nothing less than top notch. It just seemed to be a slap against anyone who suffers nostalgia for the Greenwich Village era of the folk movement. It's almost as if Bob Dylan wrote the script with an axe to grind.

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Neil's comments are spot on. I'll watch anything with Carey Mulligan in it...problem being there were really NO likeable characters in this film. Llewyn especially, though you end up feeling sorry for him in the end. Although it's a bit dreary and depressing, as the viewer looking in on the Village c.1961, you get the sense that it's an accurate portrayal of the times. Flawed, like the subject matter, but a good story and some great performances.

Here's the obligatory Carey pic.


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Also giving my vote for this movie, if you're a fan of the Cohen brothers you will at least appreciate this movie. But the soundtrack is what's special, which is available in a flac download already. It has some decent vocals and Adam's backing track to the Kennedy song while corny bounces around the space well.


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I enjoyed this movie though quite a dark unvarnished journey. A definite treat for folk fans.
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The Cat had redeeming qualities.


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If you liked the movie, you will love Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis

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weisbe wrote:
The Cat had redeeming qualities.


Yes he did. I read more than one review that theorized that the Coens' purposely incorporated the cat subplot to lighten up the overall tone of the movie and if that's true, I'd say they succeeded.

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angust63 wrote:


Thanks a lot for mentioning this, I got ahold of a copy and it's a really enjoyable film. Writing up a review on it shortly...

Very worthwhile. Excellent SQ too. (just lookit them U47's..hehe)


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Sarchi wrote:
Neil's comments are spot on. I'll watch anything with Carey Mulligan in it...problem being there were really NO likeable characters in this film. Llewyn especially, though you end up feeling sorry for him in the end. Although it's a bit dreary and depressing, as the viewer looking in on the Village c.1961, you get the sense that it's an accurate portrayal of the times. Flawed, like the subject matter, but a good story and some great performances.

Here's the obligatory Carey pic.


Awwww, from that pic you just wanna put your arm around her and ask her "what's wrong... and can I help?"

Cute as a button!



And yes, the film definitely benefited from the cat storyline.

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I finally watched it last night via Video On Demand (not a plug lol)...absolutely loved it...another Coen Classic!

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I knew you'd appeciate it. The Coens' rarely take a misstep. Any other year and an Oscar nom would've been a slam-dunk. I plan on watching it again very soon.

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