Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Coen Brothers

Release date: December 20th

 

Anyone else looking forward to seeing some new films over the Christmas holidays?  I haven’t been able to watch and review a film this week as I’ve been busy creating a rough cut of my new documentary called “Fear”.  My sixteen week Doc Story Studio course is coming to an end and we’re working on our culminating projects.  It’s been an incredibly fruitful learning experience.

I decided to blog about an upcoming film that is being released in Cineplex Cinemas on December 20th and at TIFF Bell Lightbox on December 25th.  The Coen Brothers have apparently hit it out of the park with their new drama called Inside Llewyn Davis (2013).  It is apparently their best film since Fargo (1996) and a sure-fire Oscar contender.  It has already won the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival 2013. 

 

The film definitely has a cast that interests me:

Oscar Isaac, John Goodman, Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hudland, and Justin Timberlake, among others.

 

The story begins in Greenwich Village in 1961 with a penniless and unstable folk singer, Llewyn Davis that has continued to pursue a music career.  He is trying to keep his dream alive while sleeping on one couch after another. He makes poor choices and seems to lack any responsibility in his life and so the audience struggles to like him.  He faces insurmountable obstacles and tragedy and lives at the mercy of both friends and strangers until he finally finds a break.

 

The Coen brothers have done 18 movies, from film noir to unorthodox comedies and from indies to big-budget productions. Most of their films combine elements of comedy and drama and often centre around offbeat characters and convoluted plots.

 

Stay tuned for my review of Inside Llewyn Davis later this year.  In the meantime, let me know what you think of it.  If you are a huge Coen Brothers fan, TIFF Bell Lightbox is running a ten-film spotlight in December.

 

Films include:

Fargo – Thursday, November 28 at 6:30pm

Miller’s Crossing – Friday, November 29 at 9pm

No Country for Old Men – Saturday, November 30 at 7pm

 Blood Simple – Sunday, December 1 at 4:30pm

O Brother, Where Art Thou? – Tuesday, December 3 at 8:45pm

Raising Arizona – Thursday, December 5 at 8:45pm

Barton Fink – Friday, December 6 at 8:45pm

 The Big Lebowski – Friday, December 13 at 8:45pm

A Serious Man – Tuesday, December 17 at 8:45pm

 True Grit – Friday, December 20 at 9pm

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