Inside Llewyn Davis: The Freewheelin’ Coen Boys

by Ethan Alter December 6, 2013 6:00 am
<i>Inside Llewyn Davis</i>: The Freewheelin’ Coen Boys

The Coen Brothers have gone on some remarkable runs over the course of their going-on three decades directorial careers. There's the early trio of Blood Simple, Raising Arizona and Miller's Crossing followed by the back-to-back '90s favorites Fargo and The Big Lebowski. For me though, the siblings' post-No Country for Old Men career has been their most fruitful and rewarding period, so much so that No Country (which won the Best Picture Oscar, let's not forget) stands as the weakest of their recent output. With their Oscars still clutched in their hands, the Coen's moved right along to Burn After Reading, a farcical gem that's also a political satire of Strangelovian proportions. Next came A Serious Man, a masterful treatise on faith and family, as well as the best film about Judaism I've ever seen. (Needless to say, it's a dark comedy.) True Grit followed that and it's their finest studio movie to date and a superior Western -- one that de-romanticizes that era (and that genre) as successfully as Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven. Which brings us up to Inside Llewyn Davis, a soulful trip through the early '60s Village folk scene that's yet another home run for a pair of filmmakers who have proven incapable of striking a false note for four movies now.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, August 30, 2011

by Ethan Alter August 30, 2011 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Oh my god you guys! Disney totally asked me to go to prom!!!

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