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For their new folk-music dramedy Inside Llewyn Davis, directors Joel and Ethan Coen reteamed with T-Bone Burnett, who produced the hit soundtrack for their 2000 film O Brother, Where Art Thou?, in order to perfectly capture that sixties Greenwich Village sound. The movie, then, is so full of musical numbers (sung by stars Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake, and Carey Mulligan, among others) that when I met up with the Coen brothers a few weeks back, I asked them if they had any desire to direct a full-blown musical. "I think this is kind of as close to a full-blown musical as we would make," said Joel. "Certainly, there's as much music in this movie as in any full-blown musical." "Perhaps less dancing," grinned Ethan, before making a big reveal: "But one of the two things we're writing right now, it's not a musical per se …""… but it has what »
- Kyle Buchanan
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 audition for a music mogul—and back again.
With music performed by Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan (as Llewyn’s married Village friends), as well as Marcus Mumford and Punch Brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis is infused with the transportive sound of another time and place. An epic on an intimate scale, it »
- Fernando Esquivel
The 2014 Oscar season is shaping up to be one of the most interesting and competitive awards races in some time. With the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board of Review awarding their top prizes to American Hustle and Her respectively, two films that, while well-liked with passionate pockets of support here and there, appeared to be slowly slipping through Oscar’s grasp when it came to the big prize, the field of possible contenders has been blown open with a myriad of possible Best Picture contenders still in play.
American Hustle, Blue Jasmine, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Fruitvale Station, Gravity, Her, Inside Llweyn Davis, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Nebraska, Philomena, Saving Mr. Banks, 12 Years a Slave, and The Wolf of Wall Street are all, in this humble pundit’s opinion, legitimate contenders for a slot in this year’s Best Picture lineup. That’s 14 films vying »
- Christopher Lominac
‘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
"When you read about the scene you see this mania for authenticity," says Joel Coen, describing what enticed him and his brother Ethan into making Inside Llewyn Davis, a film about folksingers in Greenwich Village just before Bob Dylan touched down and took off. But Coen isn't really praising the folksingers' authenticity – it's their mania that fascinates him. In the very next sentence he goes on: "You have these guys like Elliott Adnopoz, the son of a neurosurgeon from Queens, calling himself Ramblin' Jack Elliott. In the film we have »
Given the evocative look and setting of the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis," it's not surprising that Bruno Delbonnel snagged the cinematography award yesterday from the New York Film Critics Circle. He exquisitely captures the coldness, sadness, unhappiness, and loneliness of Oscar Isaac's struggling folk singer in Greenwich Village of '61. The French cinematographer ("Big Eyes," "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," "Amelie") doesn't like to reference other movies, but the archival research from the period was predominately desaturated. So he decided to make it more personal and lit it like a folk song, using the cover of "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" as a starting off point. "I wanted to find another palette that was uncomfortable, and that was magenta," Delbonnel explains. "I wanted it to be disturbing. And I bloomed the white in the grading so the skin tones are softer. It's a very grounded color palette." In "Llewyn Davis, »
- Bill Desowitz
The music of the Coen brothers' folk music dramedy Inside Llewyn Davis takes center stage on Showtime December 13, when the network will broadcast Another Day, Another Time, a concert film (recorded earlier this fall in New York) that brings together performers from the movie, including star Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver, and adds music legends like Joan Baez and Patti Smith. One of the famous musicians to take the stage is Jack White, and Vulture's got the three-minute exclusive clip of his delightful contribution, a folk-tinged take on the classic White Stripes song "We're Going to Be Friends." Press play and enjoy. »
- Kyle Buchanan
After years of anticipation, the wait is nearly over. Worry no longer: 47 Ronin is finally coming to theaters. The Keanu Reeves vs. CG monsters movie somehow wound up with a Christmas release, and it’s one of the most bizarre Christmas releases in recent history. Universal either has immense confidence in the film or is blatantly dumping the mega-expensive picture into a snow-covered grave. Thankfully, 47 Ronin isn’t the only movie you can see this wonderful Holiday season. If it turns out to be a dud, you can watch 47 Ronin director Carl Rinsch‘s collection of fantastic commercials and short films online for free instead, and if that still doesn’t do it for you, then there are nine other films for your must-see list this month. Inside Llewyn Davis Opens December 6th Another instantly quotable film from the Coen Brothers. Inside Llewyn Davis is one of their darker tales, but »
- Jack Giroux
Inside Llewyn Davis is one of the best films of 2013. Of course, everyone can pretty much count on that without having seen it. This is, after all, the new Coen brothers film. Sure, you should never prejudge a movie, but considering it's written and directed by the duo behind No Country for Old Men, Fargo, Raising Arizona and a dozen other American classics, it's not exactly a risky bet to assume any film they make is going to stand out in whatever year it's released. (Plus, having seen it, I can attest it is indeed one of the year's finest.) Their latest is a beautiful, soulful, funny and yet oddly solemn film that follows a week in the life of Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac), a folk singer trying to make a living in New York City in 1961. And no, you don't have...
- Peter Hall
Inside Llewyn Davis is one of the best films of 2013. Of course, everyone can pretty much count on that without having seen it. This is, after all, the new Coen Brothers film. Sure, you should never pre-judge a movie, but considering it's written and directed by the duo behind No Country For Old Men, Fargo, Raising Arizona, and a dozen other American classics, it's not exactly a risky bet to assume any film they make is going to stand out in whatever year it's released. (Plus, having seen it, I can attest it is indeed one of the year's finest.) Their latest is a beautiful, soulful, funny, and yet oddly solemn film that follows a week in the life of Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac), a folk singer trying to make a living in New York City in 1961. And no, you don't...
- Peter Hall
After the long winter, when the brutal chill of February has hit and the novelty of Valentine's Day has passed, it might be just the perfect time for some good, old fashioned bodice ripping. In this new trailer for "In Secret," Elizabeth Olsen and Oscar Isaac plot and scheme and fall into one another's beds, causing quite the 19th century scandal. Formerly titled "Terese," the film is based on Emile Zola's novel, "Therese Raquin" a cautionary tale of obsession, adultery and revenge set in 1860s Paris. Terese (Olsen) is married off to her sickly cousin Camille (Tom Felton of the “Harry Potter” franchise) and finds herself trapped in a marriage devoid of emotional and physical love. When she meets her husband's childhood friend Laurent, their obvious attraction leads to a passionate affair with tragic consequences. Jessica Lange plays Madame Raquin, Camille's mother and Terese' aunt, who discovers the lovers' secrets. »
- Casey Cipriani
The Guatemalan-born, Julliard trained actor and singer-songwriter Oscar Isaac ("Drive," "Sucker Punch") has been acting professionally for over a decade but chances are strong that only true film buffs know who the guy is. That's all about to change over the next few weeks as Joel and Ethan Coen's latest, "Inside Llewyn Davis," unspools nationwide months after winning the Grand Prix award at the Cannes Film Festival. In the drama, Isaac plays the titular aspiring folk artist as he navigates the 1960s music scene in New York's Greenwich Village with a friend's cat in tow. Read More: The Coen Brothers and T-Bone Burnett on Reuniting for 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Soundtrack and Whether It Can Match Success of 'O Brother' Indiewire called up Isaac to talk about his breakthrough year, working with the Coens, and what's changed since Cannes. "Inside Llewyn Davis" opens in New York and Los Angeles Dec. »
- Nigel M Smith
Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis is an exquisitely crafted tale of woe with heartfelt early-sixties folk music — and an overarching snottiness. It’s a hell of a mix of tones, but that’s the challenge the Coens’ movies pose: How do we reconcile their cheerfully disparate impulses? (Do we need to? We need to try.) Consider the setting: a pre–Bob Dylan Greenwich Village, scarred by McCarthyism but more and more alive to the stirrings of protest. The world is lovingly evoked, transcendently soundtracked (under the direction of T Bone Burnett). But it’s also the stage for a definitively downbeat story of an asshole folksinger who pays the piper for his bad personality. The film might be the ultimate proof that the Coens can find hopelessness in the darnedest places.The protagonist, Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac), is a man of deep contrasts. The camera finds him »
- David Edelstein
The Coen brothers take on the folk music scene of the 1960s in Inside Llewyn Davis, which follows a struggling singer-songwriter. Oscar Isaac plays the title character, while other famous faces like Justin Timberlake, Adam Driver, and Carey Mulligan have supporting roles - and they also sing! The movie is one of the most anticipated films of the season, and the soundtrack is its own draw. Along with the already-mentioned voices, musicians like Marcus Mumford (who also produced the soundtrack with T Bone Burnett) are contributing. Whether you end up seeing the movie or not, the soundtrack is worth a listen, and these are the songs that you have to hear. "Five Hundred Miles": Timberlake and Mulligan sing on this, a cover of an old folk song, and both sound absolutely angelic. It's soft, romantic, and gorgeous. "Green, Green Rocky Road": Try not to get a crush on »
- Shannon Vestal
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 »
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. »
Elizabeth Olsen, Oscar Isaac, and Tom Felton star as the leading trio in the adaptation of Émile Zola’s original novel, Thérèse Raquin. And now Roadside has released the first trailer for the newly-titled film over on Apple.
Based on Émile Zola’s scandalous novel, Thérèse Raquin, In Secret is a tale of obsessive love, adultery and revenge set in the lower depths of 1860s Paris. Therese (Elizabeth Olsen of “Martha Marcy May Marlene”), a sexually repressed beautiful young woman, is trapped into a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille (Tom Felton of the “Harry Potter” franchise), by her domineering aunt, Madame Raquin (two-time Academy Award winner Jessica Lange). Therese spends her days confined behind the counter of a »
- Kenji Lloyd
Who is Oscar Isaac? He stars as a fictitious '60s folk singer in the new Coen Brothers' film "Inside Llewyn Davis," and although he's made plenty of films you've probably seen, he's seemingly come out of nowhere, so much so that a reporter at Cannes (where the film won the Grand Prix award) asked the actor, "Where have you come from?"
The 33-year-old was born in Guatemala, raised in Miami, and educated at Juilliard. He's been acting for more than 10 years, just in roles that haven't gotten him a lot of attention -- until now.
Even if you remember him from "Drive" or "Robin Hood," you've likely never heard him sing before, but he's actually been singing for years. Before breaking out as an actor, he sang and played lead guitar in the band The Blinking Underdogs.
Since you'll likely be seeing a lot more of Isaac, here's a »
- Sharon Knolle
Elizabeth Olsen is currently going from strength to strength. AFter appearing in indie darlings such as Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene and Kill Your Darlings, she’s hooked upcoming roles in big blockbusters Godzilla and The Avengers; Age Of Ultron. Another of her upcoming films is In Secret in which she plays a young woman forced into a marriage that provides her with no sexual satisfaction whatsoever. Tom Felon plays her loveless husband who makes the big mistake of introducing Olsen to his childhood friend, played by Oscar Isaac. Isaac and Olsen embark on a passionate affair and are soon plotting the murder of Felton’s character. Unfortunately, Felton’s mother (Jessica Lange) becomes increasingly suspicious and Olsen is swamped by guilt.
It looks like a pretty good period thriller with some strong performances. Unfortunately, this trailer gives away a hell of a lot of plot and the sexless marriage parts »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Folk music is supposed to be the music of the people. Yet at the heart of Joel and Ethan Coen's Inside Llewyn Davis, set in New York in the winter of 1961, is a folksinger with no feeling for people. Llewyn Davis, played by Oscar Isaac, is a broke, rumpled moocher who drifts from couch to couch until there are no couches left — either by drinking too much and getting rude or simply by opening his mouth to let his hostile thoughts flow out, he has a talent for alienating every friend he's got. He's also a gifted singer, the remaining half of a semi-successful duo that has broken apart with no hope of reuniting, but it's clear he's not going to be a hitmaker — the material he chooses leans toward traditional weepers about mourning dead lovers or ballads about young boy »
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