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Jan 24 2013

Yes,No,Maybe So: "Inside Llewyn Davis"

Hello,lovelies:Beauhere,searching for distractions from the onslaught of crap coming our way in the next few months,and the fact that Istill haven't seen Before Midnight.(insert vicious,hyperbolic rant here.) Luckily for me,the trailer for the new Coen just the ticket.


Carey?Carey...are you in there?

  • Coen Brothers.Duh.
  • Carey Mulligan.Duh.

  • The folk music scene in New York underscored by Bob Dylan,easily one of if not my very favorite musical artist of all time?Duh.


  • There's something completely delicious about seeing Mulligan seething,and relishing the opportunity to do so.I grinned from ear to ear.

NO:I'm sorry,but I willnotjump on this Justin Timberlake bandwagon.I just don't get it.He was serviceable inThe Social Network,but when Aaron Sorkin isn't going on about Bigfoot,his material elevates the performance(s) ofeveryoneandeverythinginvolved with the project.If Sean Parker is meant to be this flood of enthusiasm,energy and effusive patronage,why isn't there more of a sense of his serpentine deception?

As you can tell,I still haven't forgiven him forBlack Snake Moan...


In any case,I'm not impressed by his filmography thus far,and I'm just grateful that his participation will be offset with the adorable Garrett Hedlund who has,incidentally,already treaded this territory before,albeit in a fairly unremarkable film...

Maybe So:

...which is still playing in theatres.Seriously,what's up with the influx of films about this subject matter all of a sudden?(Howl,the aforementionedOn the Road,the upcoming Sundance featureKill Your Darlings,which was recently picked up by Sony Pictures Classics,and now this?) Granted,the film only claims to be loosely based on the memoir,The Mayor of MacDougal Streetby Dave Van Ronk,so it has more artistic license with the atmosphere and the zeitgeist of New York in the 1960's than the others,but it is peculiar that we should be inundated with so many perspectives of such a tumultuous and,sad to say,bygone era.

Is there something we're searching for,culturally,that filmmakers think they may find here?Hard to say.If so,I don't want anyone other than the Coens taking it on.

I am a RESOUNDING YES.What aboutyou?

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(sigh) There it goes.There goes ANY semblance that Katie Jarvis had actual career prospects.I freely admit I did not care a lick for Mulligan's physically and verbally stiff work in An Education,but I at least appreciated her Drive work and I haven't even seen Shame yet.But,yeah.If there's any big parts for Jarvis' "type"(young angry British female) being offered by the British film industry,you can bet that,yeah,Mulligan will be taking the few that come up.Why do I even bleeping bother?

January 24,2013 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

Still,even if it probably kills a hope I've been holding for a few years,(sigh) I'm a Yes.An even bigger yes than you,because I far from hate Justin Timberlake as an actor.He's the big reason to at least watch Southland Tales,he's the Best in Show of (yes,I saw it) The Love Guru and he's at least pretty good in The Social Network.No way I'm NOT seeing this.

January 24,2013 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

Justin Timberlake.ZZZZZZZZ.

January 24,2013 | Unregistered CommenterHannibal Lester

Major yes here.Timberlake looks like he'll be a supporting role- probably fairly minor.I'll wager he'll have less screentime than that cat,which isn't a bad thing because I like cats more than Justin Timberlake.

January 24,2013 | Unregistered CommenterAustin

Beau,Craig Brewer is his cousin.

January 24,2013 | Unregistered Commenter3rtful

Justin Timberlake is a TERRIBLE actor.He's very likeable as a celebrity,but as an actor I hate him.

January 24,2013 | Unregistered CommenterSad man

Mixed.Looks all right,but a little sentimental and cliched.

January 24,2013 | Unregistered CommenterArkaan

Good for Craig Brewer.Maybe he can cast him in his home movies and out of shit I want to see.

January 24,2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeau

Omg.I couldn't even watch the whole trailer.Zzz

Maybe John Goodman's Oscar nomination??after being in a bunch of Oscar contenders the past few years.

January 24,2013 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip

Yes for the cat.

Maybe not so for the Cinematography,which is freeeezing...

January 24,2013 | Unregistered CommenterRic

Coen Bros - yes
John Goodman - yes (he's turning out to be the-Ward-Bond-to-John Ford for the Coens,with a more amusing dark side)
soundtrack - yes
the cat - yes

and it's got Salieri too!

I'm in.

January 24,2013 | Unregistered CommenterPam

I'm gonna say yes for Carey Mulligan alone.I miss seeing her at the movies.

And holy crap!STARK SANDS is in this!

January 24,2013 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

I'm a Yes but I hope there won't be scenes about how smooth that guy's musical talent is.That bit where it takes him so long to start playing totally triggerred my OCD.

January 24,2013 | Unregistered CommenterJames T

i watched the trailer with a ginger cat asleep on my lap so maybe i'm biased but YES!

January 25,2013 | Unregistered Commenterpar3182

I'm not generally on board with Carey Mulligan but her straightforward,stony hatred in this has toughened up her voice and I am enjoying it.

January 25,2013 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

YES - Oscar Isaac in a leading role.Had a close eye on him ever since he single handedly made Robin Hood not completely terrible to watch.

January 25,2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Jack

I wasn't on board for this before the trailer,mainly because the Coens haven't been wowing me lately.That being said,this looks incredible.Carey Mulligan is the reason I watch movies!She is amazing and is carving out such a fantastic filmography for herself.She bares no resemblance to any of the characters she's played before this,and she fits into the Coen's world so effortlessly.

January 25,2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

Ric: Fits better with this film than on (gag me) Man of Steel.Seriously,why are people getting hyper jazzed for a studio release to REPEAT THE MISTAKES THEY MADE LAST TIME.

January 25,2013 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

OMG!are you crazy?Oscar Isaac - YES!

Mister Isaac is a powerful actor and I've been waiting for this film to come out

also,the strong Drive duo reunites :) Oscar + Carey = <3

January 25,2013 | Unregistered CommenterYavor

I wonder why the Coens didn't use Roger Deakins again after working with him for like 20 years straight?

January 25,2013 | Unregistered CommenterEdwin

You're just biased as usual,Nat.You hate Timberlake because he's mainstream.He was great in The Social Network and nobody would've batted an eye had he received a nomination for it.He was also best in show in Alpha Dog and Black Snake Moan (yep,that one too).But hey,considering your unreasonable love for a hit-and-miss actress like Kidman,I should know never to take your opinions of actors seriously.

Your hatred for Chloe Moretz is another that makes zero sense.

p.s.Sean Parker wasn't supposed to be a serpentine villian,you twat.He was a weasel.And Timberlake played that perfectly.

January 25,2013 | Unregistered Commentertr

tr -- i did not write this article.and I don't dislike timberlake as much as Beau though i do think he's a relatively mediocre actor.Not bad at all but taking up a lot of space for the size of his gift if that makes sense.

i thought he was good in SOCIAL NETWORk though i wish there'd been a bit more subtexrt.

January 25,2013 | Unregistered Commenternathanielr

Edwin: It's not like Richard Deakins to Bruno Debonnell is at all a downgrade.More a lateral movement,and it almost looks like it's worked for them here.

January 25,2013 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

Nat,I feel there should be some more prominent indicator when an article is written by Beau.I know you usually state so in the beginning,but it somehow doesn't register.I always get disoriented when I read the comments and realize that it's not actually your writing.I'm sure it throws off other people too.Just a suggestion.

January 25,2013 | Unregistered CommenterSquasher88

Beau,I just watched Burn After Viewing,er,Reading,and OMG,what a POS!There were some nice performances,but mostly,what a mess.Even the usually sturdy McDormand was strained and stranded.The worst Coens I've ever seen.Yikes.I was wondering what you thought of this?

January 25,2013 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

tr,dial it down,bro.Nathan doesn't need to put up with your crap.

January 25,2013 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

Roger Deakins was shooting Skyfall when this film began preproduction.

January 25,2013 | Unregistered Commenter3rtful

brookesboy: Worst?Well,I guess you haven't seen The Ladykillers.

January 25,2013 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

The Ladykillers is a very funny picture.

January 25,2013 | Unregistered CommenterRoark

LOL.Hi Volvagia,I heard that's a big steaming pile of youknowwhat.I'll move that further down my Netflix queue.haha

January 25,2013 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

squasher -- i don't know what else to do.Beau says it's him in the very first sentence.Reading comprehension people ;:)

January 25,2013 | Unregistered Commenternathanielr

@tr: The script has Parker,in his very first scene in the film,exclaiming that 'There's a snake in here!' think there's any irony that Sorkin chose that particular word?Think about it.

And by the way,next time you choose to comment on a post by myself or anyone here on the site,do so with a modicum of dignity and respect.You'll go further in the world when you don't label people 'twats' with whom you vehemently disagree.

January 25,2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeau

@brookesboy: Personally?I hated Burn After Reading.Conversely,I've loved everything else I've seen of theirs.(Though I watched Lebowski long after the hype machine had taken it through the ringer,and I've never seen The Ladykillers.)

January 25,2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeau

Here's a tip that helped me,going into The Ladykillers long after I'd heard next to nothing good about it: Watch it as a live-action cartoon.

January 26,2013 | Unregistered CommenterDevin D

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