4 items from 2013
When I look at the slate of Best Picture nominees from 2003, it appears to have been a true high-water mark for the industries’ “epic” films. While we still suffer from the aftershocks of Hollywood’s obsession with “the epicness of epicdom” (two made up words, I know, but that’s just how self-consciously epic these films are), in 2003, the tone still felt new and fresh. These epic films were not only rewarded with successful box office receipts, but high critical praise as well (thus the Oscar nominations).
In the years following, while the box office receipts have remained consistent (or even increased), the grades from critics and enthusiasts have slowly fallen away as the genre has become increasingly stale. In 2003 though, we had mostly good films from the genre in our rear-view mirror, so the potential for the genre was promising and people were ready to bite on anything that »
- Christopher Lominac
The Coen Brothers will be taking their newest feature film, Inside Llewyn Davis to the Cannes Film Festival, but they also have big plans for its U.S. release as it’s been announced that it will open in select theaters on December 6th, followed by a wide release on December 20th. If you haven’t noticed, all of this will occur during Oscar season, which will surely help the film’s chances of getting an Academy Award nomination.
Inside Llewyn Davis‘ cast is led by Oscar Isaac, who finally gets the stellar role he deserves, and features Carey Mulligan (who played Isaac’s wife in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive), Justin Timberlake, John Goodman and F. Murray Abraham. The story’s set in the 60s and takes place in New York City, during a time where all popular songs played by New York-based folk musicians seemed to come from everywhere except their hometown. »
- Paulo Lazo
Directed by Michael Hoffman
This loose remake of a 1966 film of the same name – that starred Shirley MacLaine, Michael Caine and Herbert Lom – has had a curiously long journey to the screen for a comedy, spending fourteen years stranded in numerous stages of pre-production. During that time, various talents were either attached to the project or expressed interest, including Aaron Sorkin, Alexander Payne, Hugh Grant, Robert Altman, Doug Liman, Reese Witherspoon and Ben Kingsley. Circa 2003, Joel and Ethan Coen, apparently looking for some rewrite work in between films, submitted a draft that supposedly reworked the film considerably. Though they have not directed the end result, Michael Hoffman having taken care of that, marketing material for Gambit has been centred on the film having been written by the Coen brothers.
The timing of the pair’s script submission happens to coincide with »
- Josh Slater-Williams
Believe it or not, there was a brief time, in the early 2000’s that I had written off Joel & Ethan Coen. This was around the time they were doing stuff like Intolerable Cruelty and The Ladykillers. Then a little movie called No Country for Old Men is unleashed and since then, the Coen Bros or I haven’t looked back. When I heard they were making a movie about a folk singer, Inside Llewyn Davis, I was skeptical. But after watching this trailer, I say skepticism what? »
- Craig Dietz
4 items from 2013
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