December 6, 2013 |
Joel and Ethan Coen's new folk-music tale "Inside Llewyn Davis" has struck a chord with critics - make that a few chords, plus a couple of verses for good measure. The film, which stars Oscar Isaac as a struggling folk singer in 1960s New York, has garnered near-unanimous positive reviews. The Times' own Kenneth Turan writes , "While the bleak, funny, exquisitely made 'Inside Llewyn Davis' echoes familiar themes and narrative journeys, it also goes its own way and becomes a singular experience, one of [the Coen brothers']
December 5, 2013 |
As much as any directors working today, the brothers Coen, Ethan and Joel, are unmistakable auteurs, filmmakers who place their own distinctive stamp on everything they do. But while the bleak, funny, exquisitely made "Inside Llewyn Davis" echoes familiar themes and narrative journeys, it also goes its own way and becomes a singular experience, one of their best films. Like the Coens' earlier "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," "Inside" sends a protagonist with links to Homer's Odyssey (here it's an ornery cat named Ulysses)
December 5, 2013 |
"Inside Llewyn Davis," the Coen brothers' latest movie, shines a light on the early-1960s Greenwich Village folk scene, focusing on a struggling folk singer (Oscar Isaac, a revelation) who can't get a handle on his career or personal life. T Bone Burnett supervised the music, as he did with the Coens' "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" and has staged a handful of concerts featuring folk songs from the film's warm soundtrack. We spoke to Joel and Ethan Coen shortly after one such show in Santa Monica about their inspirations for the movie and what it might say to artists today.
May 20, 2013 |
CANNES, France - The British reporter at the press conference had a question for Oscar Isaac--the same question on a lot of reporters' minds. “Where have you come from?” It was a logical query for Isaac after seeing him in the title role in “Inside Llewyn Davis,” the sideways folk tale from Joel and Ethan Coen that's inspired - somewhat - by the life of early folk-revival musician Dave von Ronk. As the tortured, can't-catch-a-break strummer, Isaac is on screen in nearly every scene of the movie, offers plenty of subtlety and showcased some impressive singing chops to boot.
January 23, 2011 |
Some spent years fighting to bring their movies to the screen. Others had the great fortune of seeing the pieces fall into place almost overnight. A few of the directors work so closely with their actors they almost become their therapists. One simply turns on the camera and lets his performers fly. The six filmmakers who recently came together at the Los Angeles Times to talk about their craft have dramatically different work and directing habits. And their films could hardly be more diverse: David Fincher's Facebook film "The Social Network," Ben Affleck's crime story "The Town," Tom Hooper's historical drama "The King's Speech," Darren Aronofsky's ballet tale "Black Swan," Lisa Cholodenko's family comedy "The Kids Are All Right" and Ethan Coen's western "True Grit" (directed with brother Joel)
January 11, 2011 |
Jeff Bridges calls the Coen brothers "cool," as in "no big deal. They don't get excited too much. " Josh Brolin, who, like Bridges, has worked with the Coens on two movies now, takes Bridges' description and runs with it. "They're extremely low-key ? sometimes too low-key," Brolin says, laughing. "Ethan and I had dinner once. And I see him, he's got something under the table. And I go, 'Dude, what are you doing?' And I reached over and saw that he'd brought a book. He was reading a book.