Sunday, January 26, 2014

Inside Llewyn Davis

Directors: Joel & Ethan Coen
Writers: Joel & Ethan Coen
Stars: Oscar Isaac (Llewyn Davis),
Justin Timberlake (Jim),
Carey Mulligan (Jean),
John Goodman (Roland Turner)

In Inside Llewyn Davis, the titular character, played by Oscar Isaac, struggles to find his footing in the Greenwich Village folk scene. His singing partner has recently committed suicide and his first solo record isn't selling so hot. He's resorted to sleeping on friends' (and sometimes, acquaintances') couches, but he's wearing his welcome thin with many of them. It seems like everything is against him; his record label's manager isn't really trying, one of his good friends is beyond pissed at him and he can only sometimes get gigs at a local club. As the movie progresses, however, it becomes clear that many of his problems are of his own making. While he is truly talented, he's also rude, impulsive and selfish.

Mini soundtrack:

Oscar Isaac - "Hang Me, Oh Hang Me"
Chopin's "Ballade No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 38"
Justin Timberlake, Stark Sands & Carey Mulligan - "Five Hundred Miles"

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