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This review contains spoilers.
3.24 Menage A Trois
The episode opens at a diplomatic reception on the Enterprise following a Betazoid trade summit, which – for the first time – was attended by the Ferengi. In Ten Forward, Commander Riker and a Ferengi crewman are playing Tri-Dimensional Chess, which is like our regular Bi-Dimensional Chess only completely incomprehensible. After Riker humiliates his opponent, he claims to have been distracted by the Algolian Ceremonial Rhythms which are being played in the background (oh yeah, that old chestnut.)
Across the room, Counsellor Troi is having dinner with her mother, Lwaxana, who berates her over her lack of a husband. When Riker and Deanna step away for a moment, Lwaxana is approached by Daimon Tog, leader of the Ferengi delegation, who offers to buy her (literally). She »
Don’t women already have enough to think about in their lives?
Based off the short film “Piece A’ Cake,” “Audrey is a funny female-drive comedy that takes us in real-time over an hour and half of a young woman’s day as she waits and waits and waits in a restaurant for a man to arrive for their critical third date. As time ticks away and Gene is nowhere to be found, Audrey is swept up through her life as her insecurities and inner demons wreak havoc on her. Forced to face her deepest fears by circumstance — both real and hilariously unreal —Audrey finds the strength and courage she never imagined she had.
The film stars Sybil Darrow (“The Cavern,” “The Sweetest Thing”), Ed Quinn (“The Caller,” “ True Blood”), Charles Shaughnessy (“The Nanny,” “Days Of Our Lives”), Jonathan Chase (“Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas,” “Eagle Eye”), Helena Mattsson (“Seven Psychopaths, »
- Gig Patta
It is no secret that the world of Star Trek is a somewhat incestuous one with actors returning for more than one role. We have all had the moment of watching a character on screen thinking “I know that voice, where was he/she from again?” Only for the penny to drop and the realisation that they had appeared in a previous episode and, sometimes, in different series.
Even in the films the legendary David Warner managed to appear in two films back to back as different characters. He played St John Talbot in the lamentable Star Trek V only to return briefly but triumphantly in the follow up Undiscovered Country as Chancellor Gorkon. Incidentally, he also returned to provide voice overs to more than one Star Trek computer game. Ethan Phillips, the lovable Neelix, played two different Ferengi characters, as well as appearing in Voyager as Neelix pretending to Be a Ferengi. »
- David Hooks
Running Time: 104 minutes.
It’s perhaps an understatement to say that the Coen Brothers are two of the most fascinating filmmakers still plying their trade at the highest level. They’re effectively traipsing through alternative genres and constantly managing to come up with something unique and creative every time. Do they hit the heights of their own inadvertent hype with Inside Llewyn Davis? Absolutely.
The film explores a very specific focus: the folk music scene in 1961. Whether you’re a music aficionado or just appreciate striking storytelling (or both), the film captures a slice of life from the era that launched the likes of Bob Dylan. We join Llewyn (Oscar Isaac) over a year, moving »
- Dan Bullock
Hilarious in the Coens’ weird, askew way, but also absolutely crushing. This movie breaks my heart in a hundred different ways. I’m “biast” (pro): love the Coen Brothers
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
After a second viewing this week of what is, I figure, Joel and Ethan Coen’s masterpiece atop a career of masterpieces, I am all about trying to figure out what this odd little plot device means and what that unusual line of dialogue could be hinting at and just why did the Coens — writing and directing together — intend to suggest with that interesting thing over there. Oh, how I love it when the Coens give us a movie that’s an intellectual puzzle!
I especially like it in the case of Inside LLewyn Davis because here, they have also given us a film that »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Back in November, we showed you three clips from Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's 1960s folk music drama Inside Llewyn Davis, one of which featured the full song "Please Mr. Kennedy," performed by Justin Timberlake, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver. Today, we have a new featurette that features that full performance once again, along with T-Bone Burnett explaining how he and Justin Timberlake turned an obscure 1960s song about Vietnam into this catchy tune about the Space Race. He also explains that the scene was actually a live recording that they ended up using for the finished film.
Inside Llewyn Davis was released December 6th, 2013 and stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Ethan Phillips, Robin Bartlett, Max Casella, Jerry Grayson, Jeanine Serralles. The film is directed by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen. »
Film: "Inside Llewyn Davis"; Cast: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, F. Murray Abraham, Justin Timberlake, Max Casella, Jerry Grayson, Robin Bartlett, Ethan Phillips, Stark Sands, Adam Driver, Jeanine Serralles; Directors: Joel and Ethan Coen; Rating: *** - simply interesting!
Loosely based on the life of American folk singer Dave Van Ronk, directors Joel and Ethan Coen's "Inside Llewyn Davis" is a fictional piece that is a fitting tribute to a period and place, which is at the crossroads of cultural change.
The story is from the perspective of an obstinate man, Llewyn Davis who is. »
- Shiva Prakash
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