Inside Llewyn Davis is the new film written and directed by the Coen Bros, starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan and Coen regular, John Goodman. And really, that should be all you need to know before making up your mind on whether to see it or not. Yes, there’s a new trailer out, but for fellow Coenheads like myself, we’ve already booked our tickets and the trailer is nothing but gravy
Joel and Ethan’s next movie will be working on a script based on the life of musician Dave van Ronk, who played a part in the Greenwich Village coffeehouse scene that played a large part in the New York folk scene of the ’60s.
Van Ronk, who passed away in 2002 at 66, was a big player on that scene, known for his “musical acumen, left-wing politics, general erudition and entertaining storytelling” as he was around during the discovery of the likes of Phil Ochs, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. His memoir “The Mayor of MacDougal Street,” published a few years after his death, is part of the inspiration for the Coens’ script.
Now admittedly, that trailer doesn’t make the movie look all that exciting (well, except for Carey Mulligan’s rather amazing soliloquy on sexual protection), but that’s completely irrelevant as at this point you either drank the Coen Kool-Aid a long time ago (I have. It was lovely. Please, can I have some more?) and realize that most Coen films look and feel far better as a whole or you think we’re all just a bunch of kooks.
The film currently doesn’t have any studio attached to it yet, but the Coens will apparently be doing a small, private screening for music industry insiders (due to the musical heritage the film is exploring) and potential studio buyers before this year’s Grammy Awards.