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From Academy Award winners Joel and Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis follows folk singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac), who is struggling to make it in the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Relying on friends for a couch to sleep on and scrounging for whatever work he can find, Llewyn attempts to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles, many of which are of his own making, while never really catching a break. The film also stars Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, F. Murray Abraham, Adam Driver, Stark Sands and Max Casella. At the film’s press day, actor Oscar Isaac spoke at this roundtable interview about how he prepared for this role, the appeal of working with the Coen brothers, the experience of collaborating with T-Bone Burnett, how being a part of this film has changed the way he plays music now, balancing giving a musical performance with acting in the role, »
- Christina Radish
This week, to coincide with the release of the Coens' "Inside Llewyn Davis," Cine-List looks at the world of underpaid and over-passionate artists in film. 1. “Inside Llewyn Davis” (in theaters December 6, limited; December 20, wide). The Coens’ portrait of the early ‘60s folk music scene in New York may be their most poignant film to date, despite taking some dark and pitiless detours. Cynical musician Llewyn Davis (a just-right Oscar Isaac) is well-known among his community of artists. But he’s reeling emotionally and professionally from the suicide of his singing partner, and alienating his contemporaries with his fuck-it attitude (not to mention his ability to impregnate). Llewyn’s got talent, but as F. Murray Abraham tells him bluntly at a key moment: “I don’t hear much money in it.” The film’s music--supervised by Coens regular T-Bone Burnett-- is hypnotic, and the cast is superb. Carey Mulligan »
- Beth Hanna
This week on At the Movies, Peter Travers highlights Inside Llewyn Davis, the Coen Brothers' love letter to 1960s Greenwich Village and one of our fearless critic's top picks for 2013. The film follows a down-on-his-luck folk singer (Oscar Isaac) navigating the New York City coffeehouse scene in 1961. But unlike Dave Van Ronk or Bob Dylan,Davis' story is not one of success. "Anybody can make a movie about a winner," the Coens recently told Travers. "Why not make one about a loser?"
See What's Real in Inside Llewyn Davis
Despite his immense talents, »
With Inside Llewyn Davis hitting theaters this week, the Coen brothers are working on a "musical comedy" set around an opera. It's one of two projects that Joel and Ethan Coen are in the middle of, they told Vulture. When asked if they would ever consider making a musical, Joel Coen said Llewyn Davis is "as close to a full-blown musical as we would make." Ethan Coen added, "One of the two things we're writing now, it's not a musical per se . . . " Joel said, " . . . But it has what might be considered more traditional numbers. »
Thanks to the talent of their suffering singer, the directors have beautified the odyssey of another hapless hero
I do like the Coen brothers' wintry ones. Anyone who thinks composition is a purely visual matter should re-watch Fargo, which happily inverted the old film noir tradition which says kidnappings and extortion should come wrapped in expressionistic shadow. Instead, the film pitched daylight robbery against a blinding white tundra – film blanc – with particular attention paid to the way the Minnesota winter obliterates the horizon line. The characters just seemed to hanging there twixt land and sky, like Bellow's dangling man, caught between two voids, unsure which way is up. The Coens' collaborators are said to feel much the same way.
The snow that covers much of Inside Llewyn Davis is another matter again: it's the kind of old, grey city snow that car exhaust stains brown, and gets into your boots on the long trudge home. »
- Tom Shone
‘Inside Llewyn Davis’: The Coen Brothers’ ‘deepest dive into characterization’ since ‘A Serious Man’ (photo: Oscar Isaac in ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’) Since the Coen Brothers are quintessentially American filmmakers, it’s apropos to use a baseball analogy to note that they enjoy the best batting average of any American filmmakers this side of Bronx-born Stanley Kubrick (or maybe Martin Scorsese or the remarkable early run of Rob Reiner). But whereas Kubrick reinvented every genre he tackled, Joel and Ethan Coen have become a genre of their own. With visual and thematic precision, they’ve sometimes mordantly, oftentimes violently, and always brilliantly extracted and clarified the key attributes of almost every category of American film, including the classic Western (True Grit), the gangster saga (Miller’s Crossing), the noir thriller (Blood Simple) and the screwball comedy (The Hudsucker Proxy). For their latest, Inside Llewyn Davis, the Coens recreate the nascent »
- Mark Keizer
Clooney directs and stars alongside Matt Damon in the Second World War film, which will arrive in cinemas in February.
The movie, which is based on Robert Edsel's book, is centred around the true story of a WWII platoon given the task of rescuing cultural objects from Nazi thieves in Germany.
In October, the release of The Monuments Men was delayed from December to February, meaning it is no longer eligible to be nominated at the 2014 Academy Awards.
The film has slipped in the schedule to allow more time for work on its visual effects.
"We just didn't have enough time," said Clooney. "If any of the effects looked cheesy, the whole movie would look cheesy. »
The Coen Brothers are back this Friday with Inside Llewyn Davis and we've got the exclusive new TV spot for the film, starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, F. Murray Abraham and Justin Timberlake. Inside Llewyn Davis follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. LLewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is at a crossroads. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles.some of them of his own making. Living at the mercy of both friends and strangers, scaring up what work he can find, Llewyn.s misadventures take him from the baskethouses of the Village to an empty Chicago club.on an odyssey to »
On TV this Wednesday: TNT’s Mob City gets its guns blazing, Saturday Night Live yuks it up under the mistletoe, ABC reveals a hidden Super Fun Night and Kirstie debuts with a mother of a surprise. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
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- Kimberly Roots
Watch several clips and a featurette called No Profanity from Ethan and Joel Coen's Inside Llewyn Davis starring Oscar Isaac and Carey Mulligan as well as Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedlund, John Goodman, Adam Driver, F. Murray Abraham and Max Casella. CBS Films distributes the drama which opens in limited areas on December 6th, and expands on December 20th. Follow a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles -- some of them of his own making. »
George Clooney and his Monuments Men have been pushed back, out of the Oscar release date tidepool and into a less awardsy February slot, and the movie's new trailer hints as to the whys and wherefores of that decision. This promo sells it as an unashamed, action-packed wartime caper with lots of Oceansy chemistry from its cast and a serious message worn lightly. Click below for a closer look. Set in World War II, The Monuments Men finds an unlikely squad of recruits culled from museums, galleries and universities for a special mission in liberated Europe. They're tasked with braving the front lines of combat and stopping priceless works of art, architecture and other artefacts from being stolen or destroyed.Not only did they have to go up against the Nazis, but they also had to try to convince the Allied troops not to attack certain buildings: no easy task »
The George Clooney directed The Monuments Men will top many filmgoer’s lists to catch next year, and early buzz is excellent for the ensemble comedy-drama, for which a new international trailer has just landed.
Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men focuses on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by Fdr with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys – seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 – possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, »
- Paul Heath
Although George Clooney’s The Monuments Men won’t hit theaters until 2014, it’s still a movie that a lot of people are excited for right now. It looks very promising, judging by what’s been shown off so far, and today sees the release of a new trailer, which is even better than the first one that arrived back in August.
Providing us with a ton of new footage while staying fairly consistent with the tone that we saw previously, it’s clear that the film still has that Ocean’s 11 meets WWII vibe, which I dig. The new trailer also goes more in depth in regards to why this group took on the mission that they did. It really lays out the stakes and shows why George Stout believed saving art was so important in the midst of all the death and suffering that went along with the Nazi regime. »
- Alexander Lowe
"Why would you do that?"
A new trailer has arrived online for the WWII flick The Monuments Men, and it has us wishing the release date hadn't been moved back. This would have been a great movie to see with the family at Christmas time, but now it won't hit theaters until February 7th. With George Clooney's fantastic 'stache, John Goodman's epic comic timing, and the best diss of London that has possibly ever been delivered in cinematic history, this new trailer has us looking forward to Monuments Men even more. Also, what's better than a heist movie that stars Matt Damon and George Clooney?
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- Mandy McAdoo
The Manhattan-based prize honoring indie cinema seemed especially special, Isaac said, because “the majority of the actors and the people in the crew lived in New York.”
The 33-year-old Isaac, who delivers a breakthrough performance as a struggling ’60s folk singer (“it totally changed my life,” he said in his opening remarks to the crowd), packed on extra weight for the role through a diet of “pasta, ice cream and a lot of drinking.”
“I definitely had to look a little more schlumpy,” he said, “someone that’s not taking care of himself.”
Isaac says he considers himself an actor by day, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Sony Pictures has released a new international trailer for George Clooney's World War II drama, The Monuments Men. This movie looks so good, and it has an incredible cast that also includes Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett, and Bob Balaban.
The movie is based on the novel by Robert Edsel, and it follows art historians who landed at Normandy to save several pieces of art and landmarks from destruction. I can't wait to see this film, and here's the synopsis:
An unlikely World War II platoon is tasked by Fdr with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys – seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, »
- Joey Paur
"You can wipe out an entire generation. You can burn their homes to the ground. And somehow they will still find their way back. But if you destroy their history, you destroy their achievements, then it's as if they never existed. That's what Hitler wants. And that's exactly what we're fighting for." This is the bold claim made by George Stout, leader of the titular band of art history heroes from The Monuments Men. Inspired by real events, this drama co-written, directed by and starring George Clooney sheds a spotlight on a World War II platoon whose job was to save national treasures and priceless art pieces from the destructive hands of the Nazis. And in the international trailer shared by The Daily Mail, you can see Clooney oozing old school charm alongside his star stacked cast that includes Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, Bill Murray, Jean Dujardin, Hugh »
George Clooney's all-star WWII heist film "The Monuments Men" was recently moved from Oscar season to a quieter release date in February, and the film's new trailer seems to reflect a change in objective from award-winner to crowd-pleaser. Clooney leads a stellar cast -- including Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Bob Balaban, "The Artist's" stars Jean Dujardin and John Goodman, and "Downton Abbey" star Hugh Bonneville -- as they attempt to recover priceless works of European art plundered by HItler and his Nazi war machine toward the end of WWII. Starting with the presence of Clooney and Damon, "Monuments" is certainly not shying »
- Dave Lewis
Victory for Coens' poignant feature at independent film awards, while best actor gong went to Matthew McConaughey
• Cannes 2013: Inside Llewyn Davis - first look review
• Dallas Buyers Club: Toronto 2013 - first look review
The Coen brothers' Cannes Grand Prix-winning Inside Llewyn Davis picked up another award ahead of the coming Oscars season with victory in the best feature category at the Gotham independent film awards.
The Coens' poignant and elliptical vision of New York's 1960s folk scene, which stars Carey Mulligan, Oscar Isaac and John Goodman, was a fitting winner for a festival that began life as a celebration of indie film-making in America's north east. The Coens will be hoping the film helps add to their collection of four Oscars next March.
- Ben Child
Inside Llewyn Davis, the latest film from Joel and Ethan Coen, stars Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan alongside Oscar Isaac, who plays the title character's down-on-his-luck folk singer. The film opens in New York and Los Angeles this Friday. Loosely based on the nearly forgotten folk-singer Dave Van Ronk (and inspired by his posthumous memoir The Mayor of MacDougal Street), the film follows Davis for a week as he couch-surfs around Greenwich Village in 1961, just before Bob Dylan arrives to change the folk game. (Ethan Coen told Rolling Stone the »
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