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Indie folk artist Quinell sings ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ songs in picturesque mini-documentary

25 May 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

When Oscar Isaac crooned the songs of Inside Llewyn Davis in the 2013 Coen Brothers film, audiences gained a new awareness of the American folk scene of the 1960s. One of the people captivated by the music of that film was Quinell Oucharek, a Pasco, Wa-based indie folk singer/songwriter (who goes by the mononym Quinell in his work). “As soon as I heard ‘Hang Me, Oh Hang Me’ in the opening scene, I knew that I wanted to do something with this particular soundtrack,” Quinell told HitFix via email. He captured his love for the film and its songs with a 14-minute music documentary filmed at a cabin and outdoors at Idaho’s Priest Lake. Quinell made the project with his friend, videographer Justin Frick, who had introduced him to Inside Llewyn Davis. The film, inspired by the life of  Greenwich Village folk-blues-jazz musician Dave Van Ronk, received several accolades »

- Emily Rome

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“Inside Llewyn Davis” (2013; Directed by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen) (The Criterion Collection)

23 January 2016 10:28 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

“Before Dylan... There Was Davis”

By Raymond Benson

The first Coen Brothers feature to be given the “Criterion treatment” is, oddly, their most recent release—Inside Llewyn Davis, which received (mostly) critical praise upon its release in late 2013. Kudos were especially heaped upon the film’s relatively new star, Oscar Isaac. Sadly, while the picture recouped its investment and made a little money, it wasn’t as widely embraced by audiences as it should have been. This is probably because the Coen Brothers typically don’t make movies for the masses. The auteur siblings create art that appeals mostly to intelligent, hip audiences willing to enter a strange, sometimes disturbing, always surprising, universe that is distinctly Coen-land.

Inside Llewyn Davis is presented as a comedy, but in the Coen Brothers’ oeuvre, “comedy” can mean many things. It can be wild and wacky (Raising Arizona, The Big Lebowski) or it can »

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Criterion Collection: Inside Llewyn Davis | Blu-ray Review

19 January 2016 10:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Anyone who’s ever had their musical ambitions crushed by the ever oppressive forces of real life will find a great sense of empathy within Joel and Ethan Coen‘s great reimagination of the Greenwich Village folk scene, Inside Llewyn Davis. Essentially a dour depiction of the limitations of artistic ambition and musical performance as a viable career, as well as a remarkable portrait of the Village on the cusp being redefined by the arrival of Bob Dylan and the commercialism of the genre, the film stands as a unique companion piece to Don’t Look Back and I’m Not There that pays tribute to what came before with the rye eye of the Coens.

As music producer T Bone Burnett has said, the Coen brothers might be the luckiest filmmakers in the universe, having somehow managed to find both a fantastic actor and a fine musician encapsulated within »

- Jordan M. Smith

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