Inside Llewyn Davis
If ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ is a film about being chosen for success, Oscar Issac is Hollywood’s latest choice. The young actor has distinguished himself in a wide variety of roles over the past few years, including turns in ‘Nativity Story,’ ‘Robin Hood,’ ‘Sucker Punch’ and ‘Drive’ among many others, but taking the title role in the Coen brothers’ latest film catapults him to a new level of opportunity, offering new challenges, and of course, bigger rewards. And in ‘Inside Llewyn Davis,’ he plays the role to the hilt, utilizing the Coens’ idiosyncratic creativity to create a portrait of a struggling musician that is at once blindingly specific and spectacularly universal.
Isaac sat down with us in Los Angeles to talk about the challenges of the role. In addition to discussing how the Coens complement his performance with a context that enriches the character, he explained what he felt like the film was about, for him, and finally revealed his thought process as he embarks on the next phase of a career that is growing exponentially with each new role he takes on.
The Coen Brothers' latest music-infused film, 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' follows a young folk singer as he submerges himself in the Greenwich Village music scene in the early '60s. The film is revving up for a benefit concert this Sunday, airing on Showtime, to showcase its incredible soundtrack and musical talent, and you can preview what's in store, as the first track from the film has debuted online.
Summer is over and, as Ned Stark would say, winter is coming. But, there's no reason to despair: the best stretch of the year for movies is right around the corner. The summer may offer the year's biggest films, but the fall tends to offer the best
There are no filmmakers more consistent in churning out masterpieces on a regular basis than Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, whose filmography is almost entirely made up of great films, underrated gems and, um, 'The Ladykillers.' Every new Coen Bros. film is an event and 'Inside Llewyn Davis' is no different -- it may not have the major star power of 'True Grit' or 'No Country For Old Men,' but there is no 2013 film that has us more excited.
It's arguable that the Coen Brothers are the greatest working directors of our day. Sure, there's Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino (among others), but Joel and Ethan Coen have delivered some of the best films of all time, and some of the greatest films of the last ten years. Their latest, 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' opens in December and it's likely that it will be another Oscar favorite.
In what should come as a surprise to no one, the latest film from the Coen brothers took home a big prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. In what may be a little more surprising, a French coming-of-age film about two lesbians took home the grand prize.
We have been keeping track of the features screening at the Cannes Film Festival, listening for buzz surrounding possible 2014 Oscar contenders that could be holding coming-out parties on the Croisette.
Well, the awards needle starting moving on Saturday evening when Joel and Ethan Coen’s latest, ‘Inside Llewyn Davis,’ started screening for critics and crowds. So will this be another awards contender for the Coens?