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"Inside Llewyn Davis" opens December 20.



It's a Coen Brothers film about a Greenwich Village folksinger in the '60s -- supposedly inspired by Dave Van Ronk's memoir "The Mayor of Macdougal Street." Let's see it December 20 or 21.

We will be going to the 7:30 PM show at the Landmark on 12/20. Try to get there early before tix sell out. Fortunatley you can't buy tickets online, so just try to get to the box office early. If you miss the 7:30 PM show, there's also one at 8:00 PM See showtimes: http://www.moviefone.com/showtimes/chicago-il/60611/theaters?theaterChain=&selectedShowDate=20131220&amenities=&mileValue=25&page=3

After the 7:30 PM show, let's congregate and head to a nearby bar or pub to talk about the movie. For now let's plan on going to the Duke of Perth. See link: http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-duke-of-perth-chicago#query:irish%20pub

http://youtu.be/t-vC6DZJmlw

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I really liked the movie. I didn't feel that I was supposed to dislike the character; I saw him as more tragic than unpleasant. He did some stupid things, but they were out of pain and loneliness, not because of meanness. Did the cat perhaps represent him trying to take care of himself and finally giving up? He also paid for his own mistakes: losing his love, being rootless, trying to connect and being unable to. Did anyone else sense a return to (a much looser) "Odyssey/Iliad" reference? He was a sailor, stuck on land, trying to find his way but always coming home. References to being away from home: the folk song "500 Miles"; going to Chicago then coming home, trying to get back to sea but not succeeding, and the poster for "The Incredible Journey." I may see it again with friends and see whether I can see more themes. It's a movie that gets inside you and then keeps flowering.

    4 · December 21, 2013

    • Margaret

      Hey, excellent point Al. In fact, I think Llewyn and the cat are almost one and the same. The cat is the symbol for Llewyn. Llewyn and the cat are both bruised and beaten by the end. Llewyn carries him around under his arm, like wearing his heart on his sleeve (and the cat is the most visible breed there is-orange tabby). Llewyn is, like the cat, very vulnerable. In fact, his biggest fault is that he doesn't stand up to anyone: Mel, Jean, the guy that beat him. When the record producer in Chicago says he won't make money, Llewyn doesn't even try to protest. Like the cat, he has no "scrotum". Interestingly, Ulysses comes back, which shows that if Llewyn just had "grit", he might have come back like Ulysses. But he was like the female cat he mistook for Ulysses.

      3 · December 22, 2013

    • Al

      Nicely said, Margaret! Good point on the color - in fact I think it even mentions in the article Nancy posted that the cat's supposed to be the most colorful thing in the movie. It's quite a metaphorical gold mine - like how he keeps thinking of the wrong gender for the cat, or the different times it crosses his path, like the female cat showing up during his argument with Carey Mulligan in the cafe.

      (Plus, I wonder how this movie compares with "The Long Goodbye", the anti-noirish noir film from Robert Altman featuring Philip Marlowe and his wayward cat).

      1 · December 22, 2013

  • Jessica

    It was a really interesting movie and I'm still thinking about it.

    December 22, 2013

  • Kristine

    I was happy to see the film last night in the company of Nancy and Jeff! I'm sorry I had to bail on the "epic discussion" ... I had a rather draining week at work. (Actually, I resigned from my job on Tuesday. I am a personal assistant, and you would have thought that the world ended. Draining.)
    My thoughts about the film were colored in a way that is likely unique to this group. I attended the 12/12 taping of "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me" and if you are a regular listener, you know that Oscar Isaac participated in that episode. The actual discussion between Peter Sagal, the panelists and Oscar was much longer and more involved than what was aired. Because Oscar conveyed (I thought) some affection for his character during this talk, I went into the film with a good deal of pre-existing empathy. So then for 90 minutes the film is insisting that I hate this guy, making for a somewhat frustrating viewing experience. That said, there are many, many things to appreciate about this film.

    2 · December 21, 2013

    • Al

      For me, I think most of the main characters in Coen movies are these self-involved, short-sighted jerks, so I didn't go into the movie expecting to 'like' Davis, but to watch how he'd react to the disastrous events the Coens would bestow on him. And while he may not be the most pleasant guy to hang around with, I don't think he does anything so awful as, say, abducting a baby. And I find it fascinating how by the end of the movie, Davis gets an awareness of his place in the world - a rare blessing for a character in a Coen brothers movie! Between that and the obvious reverence they show for his music, could Davis be one of the brothers' best-liked characters?

      1 · December 21, 2013

    • Kristine

      Re abducting a baby: But Al, they had more than they could handle!

      2 · December 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If anyone else didnt get to see it today and wants to go this weekend let me know :)

    December 20, 2013

    • Louis

      Hey amyna would you be interest to see it tomorrow?

      December 21, 2013

  • Nancy B

    We've read a lot of reviews of this film but I just read Steve Prokopy's review in Gapers Block today. I thought it was good and rather insightful, especially this last paragraph.

    "The movie manages to be rough around the edges, yet poignantly elegant. ... The parallels between the character and the person playing him are not lost, but one is rising to the occasion while the other is frequently buckling under pressure. Inside Llewyn Davis is easily one of the best films you'll see this year, but it may be difficult to pinpoint why. So don't try — just let the music, the humor, the look and feel of it all wash over you and take you to a place that feels like another world.

    Read Steve's whole review here--scroll down to the third review in his column.
    http://gapersblock.com/ac/2013/12/20/american-hustle-anchorman-2-inside-llewyn-davis-walking-with-dinosaurs-3d-some-velvet-morning/

    1 · December 21, 2013

    • Al

      Nice article, Nancy! One of the ways "Llewyn Davis" is most successful is in evoking a time and place of 1960s Greenwich Village, and in taking a genre too often dismissed as Bob Dylan's audition tape and presenting it beautifully so people can (re)appreciate it.

      (That said, it was also great to find out in that article that Neil "Company of Men" LaBute's new movie is playing this week at Facets!! What better way to celebrate the holidays than with the master of the toxic relationship?)

      December 21, 2013

  • Nancy B

    Film was excellent with so much music history represented. Coen brothers really recreated the era with naturalistic detail. Also it was great to meet afterwards at a place that was not as noisy as most bars. We could actually carry on a conversation!

    December 21, 2013

  • Al

    A fascinating film leading to a wide range of impressions about both the movie and its main character. This led to an epic discussion at Renaldi's on Broadway, where there were some great insights on the movie over hot wings and pizza!

    1 · December 21, 2013

    • Al

      One of the topics brought up was this awesome movie site called LetterboxD. I posted my impressions of the movie on the site at: http://letterboxd.com...­

      December 21, 2013

    • Al

      Some of the insights from Renaldi's (slightly spoilery):

      * the one-in-a-million opportunity the musicians struggle over
      * how the musician's life can be an endlessly-repeating performance (like a record itself!)
      * the differences in how we appreciate the great music vs. how the other characters do
      * the needs and (end) results of a musical partnership
      * Davis treats the cat the way he does due to something else missing in his life

      December 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Won't be able to make it. I have to work...

    December 20, 2013

  • Rohit

    Excited for this film! See everyone soon!

    December 20, 2013

  • Brian

    I'm afraid but I won't be able to make it today. It was finals week today and I'm really in recuperation mode now. Anyway guys, have fun.

    December 20, 2013

  • Jeff

    Since I saw the trailer for this, I've been watching every Coen Brothers film in chronological order, averaging about 1 per week over the last couple of months. Will be watching "True Grit" tonight, which was the most recent, and I am super excited to see this!

    2 · December 14, 2013

    • Al

      Impressive, Jeff! (especially to get through "The Ladykillers" and "Intolerable Cruelty" within the same month 8). You'll be in perfect shape to see where "Llewyn Davis" fits in the Coenosphere!

      December 20, 2013

  • Lauren P.

    Have to cancel :( so disappointed!

    December 20, 2013

  • Louis

    Have to cancel... Enjoy the film

    December 20, 2013

  • Jessica

    This is my first meetup with you guys. Where do you usually congregate at Landmark?

    December 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Should we perhaps buy tickets early?

    December 15, 2013

    • Rebecca M.

      That's up to you, if you feel like it would be best, go for it!

      December 15, 2013

  • Nancy B

    See interesting Slate review of the film and its insights on the folk scene. Also be sure to link to the Elijah Wald companion essay to the film. Wald was coauthor of Dave Van Ronk's memoir. http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2013/12/inside_llewyn_davis_the_coen_brothers_have_made_the_best_ever_movie_about.html

    Wald essay: http://www.insidellewyndavis.com/about/before-the-flood

    December 12, 2013

  • Lauren P.

    I can't wait!

    December 7, 2013

  • Rebecca M.

    Would anyone be opposed to moving this movie meetup earlier in the month? The movie is released 12/6. Nancy you make the final decision since it was your idea. Thanks!

    November 20, 2013

    • Rebecca M.

      My bad, it's a limited release on 12/6, so it probably won't be out until 12/20

      1 · November 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Love the Coen Brothers; really looking forward to this film.

    1 · November 17, 2013

  • Christopher B.

    I couldn't be more excited for this one, but I'm clueless and double booked myself. Not going to be able to make it.

    November 5, 2013

  • Marissa L

    I am so excited about this movie that I pushed back my plans to go home so that I could go to this meetup. THAT is how much I want to see this.

    2 · November 4, 2013

    • Rebecca M.

      WOW! That's commitment there, amazing :). I'm excited too :)

      November 4, 2013

  • Nancy B

    I'm excited about this film. Anyone else?

    1 · November 3, 2013

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