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More than in most of the Coen Brothers films, the music of Inside Llewyn Davis is essential to the story. Character facets are revealed through the songs various musicians play, and the actors’ musical performances are as essential as their dramatic turns.

The SoundWorks collection has turned its attention to the film to create a video in which production mixer Peter Kurland and re-recording mixer Greg Orloff talk about the practical aspects of capturing and presenting the performances. Then there’s a long interview with the film’s music producer T-Bone Burnett, who discusses his work with the Coens. Read More »

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Stream the ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Soundtrack

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T Bone Burnett has worked with Joel and Ethan Coen on the musical component to the brothers’ films a few times, starting as a “musical archivist” for The Big Lebowski, and most notably acting as producer for the O Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack. That album became a hit in its own right, and there’s reason to expect that Burnett’s contribution to the Coens’ new film, Inside Llewyn Davis, will find a similarly warm reception.

The film is out on December 6, but you can listen to the soundtrack now. I’d understand wanting to wait to hear the music until the film opens, especially for the songs performed by star Oscar Isaac, but in reality the record stands on its own. There’s a mix of folk songs and traditional tunes here, and it’s a lovely set of tunes.  Read More »

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Here’s a new long trailer for Inside Llewyn Davis, the new film from Joel and Ethan Coen. Oscar Isaac stars as the title character, who is making his way through a music career in ’60s New York as he also navigates a few tricky personal and business relationships with the likes of Carey MulliganJustin Timberlake, and John Goodman.

Everything we’ve seen of the film has been aces so far, and reactions out of festivals have been enthusiastic and full of praise. You’ll get a taste of that praise in the trailer thanks to a slew of pullquotes, but you’ll also get the feeling that the praise might just be justified, thanks to the exquisite tone of the performances, the comedy, and the film’s imagery. Read More »

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This weekend has an incredible collection of indie movies opening for your enjoyment; it has been called the best moviegoing weekend of 2013, and for good reason.

But there’s still a lot to look forward to in the colder days of the year. Chief among the much-anticipated films coming this fall is Inside Llewyn Davis, the latest effort from Joel and Ethan Coen. The film features Oscar Isaac as a folk singer in ’60s New York, and he’s not having the easiest time. The guy’s former singing partner committed suicide, he’s on the outs with his former lover and his family, and even his career might be stalling.

For all that might sound dour, this is a Coen Brothers movie, and “dour” is their playground. We’ve seen a couple trailers for this film that play up the character moments and the setting, but this one is poignantly, dryly funny. Hilarious, even, if John Goodman critiquing one person’s method of suicide is your idea of a good comedy bit. (It’s evidently mine, because I laughed a lot.)

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I’m not going to present the whole thing, but what follows is a lightly edited transcript of the bulk of our conversation. The director goes into great detail about his ambitions for the film, which follows three high school kids as they run away from home and spend a summer building their own home in the woods.

We talked about his view of where the film industry stands now, and quite a lot about the use of music in the movie, and why the soundtrack ranges from classic rock to modern hip-hop to the influence of 8-bit video game sounds. And Vogt-Roberts explained just how he designed the house these kids build as something people could conceivably construct in real life.

Vogt-Roberts also detailed some of the happy accidents that ended up being defining moments for the film. The great “playing on the pipe” sequence released as the teaser trailer, for example, was something they just fell into shooting on a day off. As a filmmaker, Jordan appears to be organized and able to plan, but also able to seize a moment and properly work it into the film. Sounds easy, but it’s something that people don’t always do well. Our talk about some of those instances gives a good insight into the birth of this film.

The Kings of Summer is in theaters now, and it’s a great feature debut. Check out the long-read interview below.

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