All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
Inside Llewyn Davis
In Greenwich Village in the early 1960s, gifted, but volatile musician Llewyn Davis contemplates leaving the music scene altogether to return to sea as a merchant marine after the suicide of his singing partner.
Glossing over the Coen's filmography confirms my immediate sentiment after finishing Inside Llewyn Davis. I have never been moved by one of their films. That is not what they do. They craft tales that shy the beaten path, fill them with semi-human characters and embrace the style they are working in wholeheartedly.
Inside Llewyn Davis has all the hallmarks of a Coen film. With one trump up its sleeve causing me to allow this film to grip me, shake me and leave me the same way it leaves its protagonist. With a wry smile and an empty heart. That trump is Llewyn Davis and his portayer, Oscar Isaac, who gives one of the best performances of that year.
I'll keep this short (I love how I say it as if all of my reviews are incredibly in-depth and lengthy) since I feel like I'll be passing out from exhaustion at any moment, but finally got around to watching this. I've been looking forward to seeing the Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis ever since I first heard about it, which is usually how it is for me whenever they have a new film coming out. But this is definitely my favorite film of theirs since No Country For Old Men back in 2007 (not saying that I didn't enjoy everything in-between).
I feel like pretty much everything about it this film is perfect, to me at least. Despite it's…
Inside Llewyn Davis plays like a real-time thought process of a damaged and longing soul. The title alone may be the most literal title ever to be given to a Coen brothers' film - the film is truly inside Llewyn's mind. His mind is how we see his world and his world is a weaving, incomplete and constantly unsettled pieces of a contemplative puzzle, held together by nothing more than the next thought or meditation. It's lost, but in a way we're here to find it as it beautifully pits a human crossroad into quiet beauty of the highest order.
The film begins and ends with the simple question of who would beat up a folk singer, but through it…
Like many of their protagonists, the Coen brothers make films that aren’t always easy to love. Although a great admirer of the duo and their unique brand of cinema there are only a handful of their films that I truly adore and most of those took more than one viewing to appreciate. As such it might take me a while to decide where Inside Llewyn Davis sits amongst the rest of their work even if its undeniable qualities shine through from its opening moments.
Loosely inspired by a chapter in the life of folk singer, Dave Van Ronk, Inside Llewyn Davis is a melancholic journey through the Greenwich Village folk scene of the early ‘60s following the titular Llewyn Davis,…
"Llewyn is the cat."
Even richer on second viewing. I feel you could watch this movie 100 times and not reach bottom. I laughed more, and I was moved more, and one performance choked me up more.
Someone needs to do a video essay putting the opening and closing scenes side by side, comparing and contrasting each shot and line reading, and examining what's changed and what stays the same, and why.
''If it was never new, and it never gets old, then it's a folk song.''
Well haven't we all been waiting a long time for the brothers Coen to inject their brand of special into the atmosphere again, and with the stage set for something as intimate as the music on show, I can only say that Inside Llewyn Davis was worth the 3 year wait.
It has been said that The Coen's love to torture their protagonists (which they jokingly stated themselves about A Serious Man), but that is not the case here with Oscar Isaac's titular figure. Here is a man that is haunted by death; of his partner (who has committed suicide in the recent past) and…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
i almost burst in tears when he left the cat in the car :'(
I've been waiting a long time to see this and I'm not sure what to think. I heard so much good stuff about it and I figured whenever I finally saw it I would end up giving it five stars. And I also love the Coen Brothers' movies so I knew it would be good. Now, I'm not saying it wasn't great, but it didn't quite meet my expectations. Still, it had an awesome cast, great music, and good humor to it. So although I'm not giving it a five star rating, the rating that I think fits is still much higher than most of the other stuff I've seen.
Typical Coen movie full of characters you either love or hate.
This one hit close to home. The main character is tired, his neck has been promptly snapped with his best friend/musical partner’s suicide, and now he’s laying in the grave toiling away and pouring his heart out while others note his lack of commercial appeal or just shit themselves. The shitting scene is classic Coen comedy, inviting us to feel for this young man’s current predicament while giggling against our will at his trajectory’s future. In a way I felt like I was laughing at myself, which would have been admittedly cruel without the modicum of hope within the final moments, but more on that later. He’s been called King Midas’ idiot brother, on account of everything he touches turns…
Earlier in my life when I was somewhat proud to be a loser I secretly harbored careerist ambitions.
Now as a somewhat proud careerist, I admit that I long for days as a loser, where (maybe deceptively) moral choices were easier and more concrete.
Regardless of where I go the rest of my life, I wish for someone as kind as the Coens to tell at least part of the story
A character study wrapped around the music industry circa 1961, Inside Llewlyn Davis also shows us how we each cling desperately to the labels we impart upon ourselves, be it “musician” or “film critic” or whatever.
In following the titular, rather angry loser, we see that not only has he been abused by the circumstances around him, but he seems to wallow in that abuse. While it may be admirable to hold himself to what he considers a higher standard vis a vis the music business (burping up that old bromide that he will not sell himself out, as he is creating “art”), he is still trapped by that adherence to a misguided code of honor just as he is…
Another soulful, perfectly observed movie gem from Joel and Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis unfolds like some beautiful, foreboding, darkly funny dream. With its disquieting and clear-eyed appraisal of human weakness, it skillfully depicts one man’s bittersweet journey of artistic struggle.
It reminds me of Barton Fink and I'm not saying that because John Goodman plays a character that's a master of the black arts. In Barton Fink a lot of shit happens but it's just the Coen Bros' middle finger to the Hollywood studio system. In Llewyn Davis, which is also a show business story, a lot of shit also happens but this time it's a personal story. It's about a guy who's dealing with the loss of his best friend and other bad things in his life. The whole movie is about him finding a new place in life. The fucking cat and the poster for the original Homeward Bound are the giveaways.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the festival began in 1946.…