The work of Joel and Ethan Coen owes much to many who went before them, but they have few equals. There is no body of work quite like theirs in the post-1980 film landscape. Even in the decades prior, only a handful of directors — Billy Wilder and Preston Sturges prominent among them — can rival the wellspring combination of humor, humanism, and pure verve that the Coens seem able to tap into almost at will. When all is said and done, the Coens will likely stand as two of the very best filmmakers, period. And we get to be around as they release new films every couple years. What a joy that is.
The Coens’ new film, Inside Llewyn Davis, premiered at Cannes this past weekend. Immediately it became the toast of the festival (so far), with effusive reviews praising its tone, humor, and performances. We’ve rounded up a few below, just to give you a hint of what’s being said, some of which helps put footage from the trailer into more context. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, February 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
When Angelina Jolie signed on last year to replace Francis Lawrence at the helm of Unbroken, she became the latest in a long line of filmmakers who’ve tried to bring the Lou Zamperini tale to the big screen. And I mean long: Universal has been attempting to make a biopic of the Olympic track star turned World War II Air Force officer for over five decades now, to no avail.
But if Jolie has one advantage over those who came before her, it’s that she’s just brought on some very strong talent behind the scenes. Joel and Ethan Coen have just been tapped to rewrite the script, after a thorough search by Jolie and Universal. Hit the jump to keep reading.
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Posted on Monday, January 28th, 2013 by Angie Han
Superheroes aren’t the only ones showing off their goods today. A batch of new photos have dropped for a trio of highly anticipated releases that don’t involve flowing capes or secret powers (at least, that we know of): Ti West‘s The Sacrament, Joel and Ethan Coen‘s Inside Llewyn Davis, and Terrence Malick‘s To the Wonder. Check them out after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, January 24th, 2013 by Angie Han
For their follow-up to 2010’s True Grit, Joel and Ethan Coen are heading to a whole other time and place. Based on the memoir The Mayor of MacDougal Street by musician Dave Van Ronk, Inside Llewyn Davis follows the a rising singer-songwriter (Oscar Isaac) through the folk music scene in ’60s New York. The film’s been at the top of my most-anticipated list pretty much since the moment I heard about it, and today we finally have a look at some footage. Watch the first trailer after the jump, but be warned that it contains a bit of salty language.
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Posted on Monday, December 31st, 2012 by Angie Han
The thing about these most-anticipated lists is that they can’t help but be woefully underinformed. While a few of the earlier 2013 releases have already revealed trailers or received film festival attention, others haven’t unveiled so much as an official still. So I’m going mostly by instinct, and as a result I will doubtlessly cringe at some of my misguided predictions when I look back on this list a year from now.
But that’s all part of the fun, of course. What’s exciting about a new year of movies isn’t any one specific title, but the hundreds of new opportunities it offers to be moved, thrilled, delighted, or surprised. That said, there are a few movies I’m especially eager to get to, and you can read my picks for 2013 after the jump.
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What we’ve got here is a remake of a classic caper movie from the writers of Fargo starring an Oscar-winner, a box-office bombshell and a naked Professor Snape. The movie is Gambit, directed by Michael Hoffman, with a screenplay by Joel and Ethan Coen starring Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz and Alan Rickman. Firth plays an employee desperate to get back at his boss (Rickman) who enlists the help of a cowgirl (Diaz) to con him into buying a fake painting. Of course, that’s just the tip of the iceberg and performances by Stanley Tucci, Cloris Leachman and Tom Courtenay all factor in. A trailer has been floating around for about a week but is just coming to our attention now. Check it out below. Read More »
The classic Marge Gunderson quote “I just think I’m gonna barf” might comes to mind when you hear that FX has begun adapting the classic Coen Brothers film Fargo for television. But don’t go tossing your cookies just yet. While the idea was already attempted ten years ago without the Coen’s blessing both Joel and Ethan Coen will be executive producing this version of the show, an hour long project “loosely based” on the film written by Noah Hawley (My Generation, The Unusuals). Read more after the break. Read More »
Posted on Monday, September 17th, 2012 by Angie Han
Inside Llewyn Davis gets a spot on our most-anticipated list simply because it’s a new Coen Brothers project, but so far it’s been tough to get a good sense of what the film will actually be like. We’ve seen a few stills and have a basic idea of the premise, but no clips, teasers, or trailer have been revealed as of yet.
Over the weekend, however, actor Oscar Isaac offered another tantalizing taste of the goods to come during an event for his other new movie 10 Year. Isaac, who plays the titular ’60s folk singer in the Coens’ movie, picked up a guitar to perform “Dink’s Song” from the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack. Watch it after the jump.
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A movie I’m really curious to see, whenever the chance arises, is Gambit. Directed by Michael Hoffman, the movie is a remake of a 1966 romantic caper movie that originally starred Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine. This version was scripted some time ago by Joel and Ethan Coen, and finally shot with Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz in the lead roles, supported by Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci, Tom Courtenay and Cloris Leachman.
The original version of the story features Caine as a slick professional thief who recruits MacLaine to help him accomplish a major theft. This version is a bit different, as it follows this path: “An art curator decides to seek revenge on his abusive boss by conning him into buying a fake Monet, but his plan requires the help of an eccentric and unpredictable Texas rodeo queen.” With the Coens scripting I’m hoping that some of the weird comic charm of the original is intact, or altered in an interesting fashion.
We don’t know much about how the project came out, but two posters have come online as part of the film’s international promotion, and there is also a very brief look at footage. It’s all below. Read More »