Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we get the UK version of Inside Llewyn Davis, literally raise the roof, get weird with Lana Del Rey, catch something worse than the herps with a one night fling, and be entranced by a blacksmith…blacksmithing.
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All movies have soundtracks. Some of them have really good soundtracks. Very few of them have soundtracks so exceptional, they’re able to inspire a concert and a subsequent documentary of their own. But leave it to the Coen Brothers to be that exception.

Their latest film Inside Llewyn Davis centers on a musician (Oscar Isaac) struggling to make it on the folk scene in ’60s New York. To complement that premise, T Bone Burnett has produced a killer soundtrack filled with performances by Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Marcus Mumford, Punch Brothers, and more.

All of them plus a few more famous friends (including Joan Baez, Colin Meloy, Patti Smith, and Jack White) got together for a benefit show in New York City this fall, and Showtime is now releasing that one-night-only concert as a documentary. After the jump, check out a trailer for the network’s Another Day, Another Time, plus another new clip from the movie itself.

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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 »

Showtime Will Broadcast ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Concert

Inside Llewyn Davis

The new film from Joel and Ethan Coen is Inside Llewyn Davis, which stars Oscar Isaac as a singer/songwriter who finds his way through the folk music scene in Greenwich Village in the early ’60s. As happened with the Coens’ O Brother Where Art Thou?, which also featured a strong musical component, the music from the film is hitting a real-life stage. In this case, the Inside Llewyn Davis tunes will be brought to life in a benefit concert called Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis.

The concert takes place this coming Sunday, and since most of you won’t be able to attend (because you’ll be home watching Breaking Bad, I expect) Showtime has done everyone a solid and made a deal to broadcast the show. There won’t even be a conflict with the Breaking Bad finale. Since Inside Llewyn Davis doesn’t open until December 6, Showtime will wait to broadcast the concert until December 13.

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The Coen Brothers Are Going Digital

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The number of filmmakers who continue to shoot movies on film dwindles every single day. Now, one of the most well-respected holdouts are going to the digital side. The Coen Brothers, Joel and Ethan Coen, believe their new movie Inside Llewyn Davis will be the last one they ever shoot on film. Read More »

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Unless you were at a film festival recently, you’re probably still waiting for the new Coen Brothers movie, Inside Llewyn Davis. The tale of a ’60s New York folk singer got stellar reviews out of Cannes and Telluride. It hits US theaters on December 20.

Of course, with the pending release of one Coen Brothers movie, fans can start to look towards their next work. At the Telluride Film Festival, Joel and Ethan gave a small hint at what they’re currently writing. It’s a film with an opera singer as the main character. Read More »

Inside Llewyn Davis

Whereas some filmmakers prefer to stick with one mode or another, the Coen Bros. have shown an ability to leap from Depression-era Greek musical epic to ’90s stoner neo-noir comedy to violent Oscar-winning thriller. Their newest film, Inside Llewyn Davis, sees them dropping by ’60s New York for an intimate character study of a folk musician.

Oscar Isaac stars as the title character, who’s loosely based on real-life singer Dave Von Ronk. Backing him up are an intriguing supporting cast, including Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Justin Timberlake, and Garrett Hedlund, and a poignant soundtrack mostly comprised of folk covers. Watch the newest trailer and get the soundtrack info after the jump.

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This BBC doc on Joel and Ethan Coen is hardly new — it was created in 2000, during the production of O Brother, Where Art Thou?. But seeing the brothers in action is rare enough that even a 13-year old behind the scenes look is going to count as new for many people. There’s even some interview footage with cinematographer Roger Deakins, who almost as reclusive as the Coens.

The films of Joel and Ethan Coen are so fully formed, and so specific to a recognizable point of view, that viewers seem to want an explanation for the origin of that sensibility. It’s a fool’s errand to some extent; explaining anyone’s artistic work tends to be, and the Coens are more reluctant than most to discuss “reasons.” The ready affability of the brothers in this interview even mocks any attempt to paint them as weird, aloof geniuses. And given that the doc opens with some explicitly outlandish myth-making, it’s worth keeping in mind that there could well be some low-level mythologizing going on throughout. But the Coens’ work is so good that such legend-building is pretty natural.

There’s great stuff here, notably the contradiction between what seems to be a very easygoing shoot, and the rigorously structured production that allows it to be that way. Then, of course, there’s the communication between the brothers, which is so ingrained that it barely even looks like communication at all. And the idea that Fargo was shot just because it was the cheapest script they happened to have laying around at the time is the sort of thing that will make some other filmmakers bang their heads on a table in frustration.

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