Joel and Ethan Coen Talk INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, Casting Oscar Isaac, Working with Cats, Shooting on Film, and Working with T-Bone Burnett

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From Academy Award winners Joel and Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis follows folk singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac), who is struggling to make it in the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.  Relying on friends for a couch to sleep on and scrounging for whatever work he can find, Llewyn attempts to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles, many of which are of his own making, while never really catching a break.  The film also stars Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, F. Murray Abraham, Adam Driver, Stark Sands and Max Casella.

At the films press day, filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen spoke at this roundtable interview about what led them to cast Oscar Isaac as their lead, the challenges of finding someone who could convincingly act and perform music live, the unusual nature of working with cats, why they chose to shoot this on film instead of digital, what their working relationship with executive music producer T-Bone Burnett is like, and why they think there haven’t been as many popular representations of this period in music.  Check out what they had to say after the jump. 

Is the Coen Brothers’ Next Film About Iconic Folk Artist Dave Van Ronk?

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A few weeks ago we brought you some quotes from the Coen Brothers’ appearance at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center in New York which suggested that their next film would be music-centric. At that time, the key quote came from Joel Coen who claimed:

“We’re working on a movie now that has music in it but it’s pretty much all performed live, single instrument…”

Today, 24 Frames is doing its best uncover more info behind the project and is reporting that the pic may center on one of the Greenwich Valley folk scene’s most revered names: Dave Van Ronk. Per the report, the Coen’s script is “loosely based” on van Ronk’s life as an influential musician and left-wing activist, and may even draw from Van Ronk’s posthumous memoir entitled The Mayor of MacDougal Street. If it comes to fruition, the project would be the Coens’ second musically-intensive film with the first being 2000′s O Brother, Where Art Thou? which garnered two Oscar nods. For a little more on the project, including a synopsis of Van Ronk’s memoir, hit the jump.

The Coen Brothers Might Be Making A Music-Intensive Project Their Next Film

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The Coen brothers have no problem picking and choosing what they want to do next, and might be utilizing music as a major part of their next film. While Joel and Ethan Coen were gathered with Noah Baumbach to discuss film intros at the new Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center in New York, they briefly touched on what appears to be an unannounced project. The Coen brothers have a long list of potential projects but they seem to suggest this unnamed film is what they are working on now. For more on the project and what the Coens had to say, hit the jump.

A SERIOUS MAN DVD Review

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After 25 years in the industry, Joel and Ethan Coen have filmmaking down to a fine art.  And as such, A Serious Man plays like a meticulously orchestrated symphony.

With equal parts reverence for and mockery of suburban Jewish society in the 1960s, A Serious Man is unlike any other movie from 2009.  Then again, each and every one of the Coen brothers’ films stands out from its contemporaries.  In this updated Job story, Michael Stuhlbarg plays Larry Gopnik, a middle-aged Jewish physics professor who doesn’t know how good he’s got it until his world comes crashing down at his feet.  The film hits DVD this Tuesday, and it’s definitely one for the collection.  Follow the jump to see why.

A SERIOUS MAN Review

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Combined with “No Country for Old Men” and “Burn After Reading”, The Coen Brothers’ latest movie, “A Serious Man” could complete an unofficial “Existentialist Trilogy”.  “No Country” says that the world is an uncertain and unforgiving place.  “Burn After Reading” says the same thing but the idea is played for laughs instead of drama.  “A Serious Man” takes a different approach and wonders if uncertainty is so bad when certainty can be far worse.  Furthermore, what good is reason if the world is an irrational place?

PREDATOR 2, FARGO and THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY Blu-ray Reviews

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On one hand it’s great Fox has been releasing their catalog titles in 1080p and in DTS looking great. On the other hand, they haven’t put in that much work to jazz it up for audiences buying it a second time. None of the films here have anything new, but all look appreciably better in their Blu-ray iterations. After the jump are my reviews of “Predator 2″, “Fargo” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” on Blu-ray.

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