Inside Llewyn Davis

Inside Llewyn Davis

Blu-ray Disc - 2014
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Follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. He is at a crossroads. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles; some of them of his own making.
Publisher: [United States] : Mongrel Media, 2014.
Branch Call Number: FIC Insid
Characteristics: 1 Blu-ray DVD (ca. 105 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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andreajesse
May 27, 2018

One of my all-time favorite movies, without a doubt. I wish I could give it more stars. I have always been a fan of the Coen Brothers, but this film is different from their usual dark offerings. It has its dark side, but it's internal to the character of struggling folk musician Llewyn Davis. To describe the story seems like an injustice because my words can never match the beauty and insight of every frame of the film. As always, the Coens capture time and place brilliantly. It's the folk music scene in Greenwich Village, NYC in the 1960s just prior to Dylan. Llewyn's singing parter, Mike, has killed himself. Llewyn is trying to make it on his own. He plays at the folk singers hot spot night club, the Gaslight. He couch surfs around the boroughs of the city. The Gorfeins, of the Upper West Side, are borderline benefactors. They appreciate the music even when it seems no one else does and they are always willing to put him up. Then there's the cat. Just when we start to think that he's the heartless loser that fellow folk singer Jean describes, Llewyn goes out of his way to look after the orange tabby. Llewyn can't catch a break. Is it because he is not willing to keep up with the times? He is a purist. He looks down on those he calls careerist. But, the times they are a changing. Llewyn is an unlikely hero, but you'll find yourself pulling for him. Oscar Isaac totally embodies the character and his singing and guitar playing are spot on. Other great music is supplied by Marcus Mumford and the Punch Brothers.

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roblynne212
May 10, 2018

Not a fast-paced movie, but I loved the music and enjoyed the story. I think it helps to be old enough to have some memories of the 60's and the music of the day. Folk music was soooo BIG, it was what everyone listened to, "where it was at", so the plot (and ending) made much more sense once I figured out that the movie took place just before folk music made it big.

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susanmusin
Oct 01, 2017

Good stuff if you like /wanna know more about pre-Dylan NYC /US folk scene. T Bone Burnett's (American music producer) influence is ALL OVER. Special feature on T Bone, Coen Bros, Justin Timberlake (!) jammin' + MANY more insanely GREAT musicians---Get it just for the music!

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albliss
Sep 25, 2017

Not something I would want to watch again. Not a feel good movie! Glad I did not pay to see this at a movie theater.

LPL_IlkaI Jul 22, 2017

Inside Llewyn Davis is an allegorical tribute to the Folk music revival during the early '60's from New York City's Greenwich Village. Its protagonist, Llewyn Davis, a homage to pioneer, Dave Van Ronk, and other Folk touchstones are interspersed throughout, such as: Peter, Paul, and Mary, Albert Grossman, and, briefly, Bob Dylan. The Coen Brothers' attention to details makes this film feel like a time capsule from the '60's and the music performances alone make this worth checking out. It's a lovely jaunt through time before the explosion of Folk in mainstream American music.

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Ron@Ottawa
Jun 19, 2017

This is an odd-ball drama by the Coen brothers, about a struggling folk singer in NYC in the 60's. Some will find it boring, but it helps if you happen to enjoy folksy type of music.

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jarrar747
May 03, 2017

I liked the color palette in this movie and not much of anything else.

It is more exciting to watch the grass grow than this movie. There is no point to it, no conclusion. Boring.

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zacknose
Dec 17, 2016

Great movie.

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greycupchamps99
Mar 03, 2016

This is a slow and dull movie, like watching paint dry...try the Commitments for a good movie

JCLStefanieE Feb 05, 2016

Bob Dylan-esque. Great soundtrack to a road trip/coming-of-age folk music story, complete with a cat. Also, Oscar Isaac is just the cherry on top of a fantastic cast.

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aaa5756 Jun 25, 2014

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”
― Victor Hugo

aaa5756 Jun 25, 2014

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

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jimg2000
Jun 01, 2014

Davis: Don't give me rules. You
play what you play.
Goodman: Well, you don't, but in jazz, you know, we play all the notes.
Twelve notes in a scale, dipshit,
not three chords on a ukulele.
G, G, C, G. ... C, D, G.
Well, if you make a living
at it, more power to you. ...
Solo act?
Davis: Yeah, now.
Goodman: Now?
Used to, what,
work with the cat?
Every time you play a C
major, he'd puke a hair ball?

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Monolith
May 20, 2014

Jean: "Do you ever think about the future at all?!?" Llewyn Davis: ".. The future? You mean like flying cars? Hotels on the moon? Tang?"

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gsoone
Sep 08, 2016

Follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. He is at a crossroads. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles; some of them of his own making. 94%/74%

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