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(Slate)   Why do critics love "Inside Llewyn Davis" so much? Because they all think it's about themselves   (slate.com ) divider line
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2014-01-17 12:21:52 PM  
had no idea the lead guy was the cholo from "Drive", that amazed me
 
2014-01-17 12:22:40 PM  
Kick Ass 2 was totally unnecessary.
 
2014-01-17 12:22:50 PM  
"Them."
 
2014-01-17 12:29:17 PM  
i saw it last week and loved it. i loved it for many reasons, but mainly because the main character is *spoiler alert* an asshole who gets what he deserves.
 
2014-01-17 12:29:32 PM  

BalugaJoe: Kick Ass 2 was totally unnecessary.


This needed repeated
 
2014-01-17 12:32:34 PM  

BalugaJoe: Kick Ass 2 was totally unnecessary.


Kick Ass 2 was so utterly terrible and without merit that I've declared the first one dead to me as well.
 
2014-01-17 12:33:50 PM  

Pocket Ninja: BalugaJoe: Kick Ass 2 was totally unnecessary.

Kick Ass 2 was so utterly terrible and without merit that I've declared the first one dead to me as well.


It was so bad it made me feel even guiltier having fapped to Chloe Moretz
 
2014-01-17 12:34:59 PM  
Not everyone
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2014-01-17 12:50:30 PM  
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Sadly, some critics were confused, and thought it was Inside Doug Llewelyn.
 
2014-01-17 01:08:21 PM  

LessO2: [img.fark.net image 250x188]
Sadly, some critics were confused, and thought it was Inside Doug Llewelyn.


I really don't want to admit that I once tried looking for info about the movie in Google and ended up doing a search for "Inside Douglas Llewelyn".  Needless to say, the results were confusing.
 
2014-01-17 01:47:39 PM  

Kazaa:  "Inside Douglas Llewelyn".


the dude had fallen on hard times after wapner's death. porn was his only out at that point.
 
2014-01-17 02:22:39 PM  

FlashHarry: i saw it last week and loved it. i loved it for many reasons, but mainly because the main character is *spoiler alert* an asshole who gets what he deserves.


I couldn't decide whether I loved it or really disliked it after leaving the showing.  It has grown on me as the days have gone on.  I agree with you entirely.  I had completely, though, avoided knowing anything about the movie before I saw it, so it was not at all what I was expecting, which I think played a part in that.
 
2014-01-17 03:05:21 PM  
the last 5-minute sequence is brilliant, but only because the first 95 minutes of exposition were boring as shiat.
 
2014-01-17 03:23:42 PM  

FitzShivering: FlashHarry: i saw it last week and loved it. i loved it for many reasons, but mainly because the main character is *spoiler alert* an asshole who gets what he deserves.

I couldn't decide whether I loved it or really disliked it after leaving the showing.  It has grown on me as the days have gone on.  I agree with you entirely.  I had completely, though, avoided knowing anything about the movie before I saw it, so it was not at all what I was expecting, which I think played a part in that.


i already want to see it again.
 
2014-01-17 03:27:17 PM  
As much of a fan of the Coens as I am, they don't bat 1.000 with me. Everybody loves Barton Fink but me. Everybody loves A serious Man but me. I don't think I was alone in not liking Burn After Reading. But I loved The Man Who Wasn't There. I'll have to give it a chance.
 
2014-01-17 03:42:34 PM  

Crewmannumber6: As much of a fan of the Coens as I am, they don't bat 1.000 with me. Everybody loves Barton Fink but me. Everybody loves A serious Man but me. I don't think I was alone in not liking Burn After Reading. But I loved The Man Who Wasn't There. I'll have to give it a chance.


You forgot the horror of The Ladykillers.

/testing their fans' patience
 
2014-01-17 03:52:17 PM  

yakmans_dad: Crewmannumber6: As much of a fan of the Coens as I am, they don't bat 1.000 with me. Everybody loves Barton Fink but me. Everybody loves A serious Man but me. I don't think I was alone in not liking Burn After Reading. But I loved The Man Who Wasn't There. I'll have to give it a chance.

You forgot the horror of The Ladykillers.

/testing their fans' patience


Even that had a few good moments. Same with Intolerable Cruelty, it was ok for what it was. Besides I could look at Catherine Zeta-Jones all day long.
 
2014-01-17 04:22:04 PM  
I just got Inside Llewyn Davis. More corn chunks than expected.
 
2014-01-17 04:30:24 PM  

Crewmannumber6: Everybody loves Barton Fink but me.


i hated barton fink.
 
2014-01-17 04:30:39 PM  

FlashHarry: i saw it last week and loved it. i loved it for many reasons, but mainly because the main character is *spoiler alert* an asshole who ....


I didn't like it overall, some parts were amusing.  I wouldn't say it ended that way either.  This is more the story of a guy who lives a certain way, and at the end of the movie he's still living the same life.  The part of the ending you refer to is just the lastest in a long line of things that he goes through.  For me, watching this movie was like watching the air slowly leak out of a tire.
 
2014-01-17 04:41:28 PM  

FlashHarry: Crewmannumber6: Everybody loves Barton Fink but me.

i hated barton fink.


I find the amount of like for Barton Fink is equal to or near the amount of smug a person has
 
2014-01-17 04:59:42 PM  

Crewmannumber6: As much of a fan of the Coens as I am, they don't bat 1.000 with me. Everybody loves Barton Fink but me. Everybody loves A serious Man but me. I don't think I was alone in not liking Burn After Reading. But I loved The Man Who Wasn't There. I'll have to give it a chance.


I hated A Serious Man and was bored to tears by BAR. I did like Barton Fink though. I don't think I'm smug. A cop once wrote in an arrest report that i was arrogant though.
 
2014-01-17 05:25:00 PM  
Still no explanation for why "All is Lost" got snubbed.


you are a puppet: Crewmannumber6: As much of a fan of the Coens as I am, they don't bat 1.000 with me. Everybody loves Barton Fink but me. Everybody loves A serious Man but me. I don't think I was alone in not liking Burn After Reading. But I loved The Man Who Wasn't There. I'll have to give it a chance.

I hated A Serious Man and was bored to tears by BAR. I did like Barton Fink though. I don't think I'm smug. A cop once wrote in an arrest report that i was arrogant though.


Add me to the list who didn't quite get "Burn After Reading". The only part I really enjoyed was the last bit with JK Simmons and the guy from "Sledgehammer".
 
2014-01-17 06:31:27 PM  

FlashHarry: Crewmannumber6: Everybody loves Barton Fink but me.

i hated barton fink.


I hated it when it came out, but it's grown on me, like a fungus.  Goodman is good (as always) and the Faulkner character is hilarious.

/where my hunny!?!?
 
2014-01-17 06:38:52 PM  

you are a puppet: I hated A Serious Man and was bored to tears by BAR. I did like Barton Fink though. I don't think I'm smug. A cop once wrote in an arrest report that i was arrogant though.


I loved A Serious Man because it's so pointless.  I hated BAR, but I was drunk both times I tried to watch it.

The only Coen Brothers film I truly despise is the pointless remake of The Ladykillers.

Yes, they're hit or miss, but just because I don't like some of their films doesn't mean they're not good
 
2014-01-17 07:24:58 PM  
David Lee Roth on Elvis Costello: "Music journalists like Elvis Costello because music journalists look like Elvis Costello."
 
2014-01-17 08:04:13 PM  

Dwight_Yeast: I hated it when it came out, but it's grown on me, like a fungus.  Goodman is good (as always) and the Faulkner character is hilarious.

/where my hunny!?!?


maybe i just need to see it again.
 
2014-01-17 08:24:42 PM  

FlashHarry: Dwight_Yeast: I hated it when it came out, but it's grown on me, like a fungus.  Goodman is good (as always) and the Faulkner character is hilarious.

/where my hunny!?!?

maybe i just need to see it again.


yes. i liked it for the l.a. noir. having goodman, tuturro, and busceme all in the same thing means goodness.

barton is supposed to be annoying if thats what turned you off.
 
2014-01-17 10:43:06 PM  

D Ray Morton: David Lee Roth on Elvis Costello: "Music journalists like Elvis Costello because music journalists look like Elvis Costello."


Always loved that line from Roth because it's so farking true. Not to threadjack, but here's another one of his zingers:

"I used to have a drug problem. Now I make enough money."
 
2014-01-18 12:01:02 AM  

fusillade762: Still no explanation for why "All is Lost" got snubbed.


you are a puppet: Crewmannumber6: As much of a fan of the Coens as I am, they don't bat 1.000 with me. Everybody loves Barton Fink but me. Everybody loves A serious Man but me. I don't think I was alone in not liking Burn After Reading. But I loved The Man Who Wasn't There. I'll have to give it a chance.

I hated A Serious Man and was bored to tears by BAR. I did like Barton Fink though. I don't think I'm smug. A cop once wrote in an arrest report that i was arrogant though.

Add me to the list who didn't quite get "Burn After Reading". The only part I really enjoyed was the last bit with JK Simmons and the guy from "Sledgehammer".


Here's why I think "Burn After Reading" fails: everyone in that movie is a scumbag and/or an asshole.  So you find yourself wondering "Why am I watching these douches?"  The Coen Bros movies that succeed, to me, have at least one redeemable character you do care about to guide you through it: Marge in "Fargo", The Dude in "The Big Lebowski", Sheriff Bell in "No Country", H.I. in "Raising Arizona", etc.  Otherwise, it just feels nihilistic.  It's just bad people doing bad things to other bad people.

That said, "Barton Fink" works for me even though Barton is a douche, so that's not really a set in stone rule.  I have yet to see "inside Llewyn Davis", but I suspect it might be like that too.
 
2014-01-18 12:02:26 AM  

Crewmannumber6: As much of a fan of the Coens as I am, they don't bat 1.000 with me. Everybody loves Barton Fink but me. Everybody loves A serious Man but me. I don't think I was alone in not liking Burn After Reading. But I loved The Man Who Wasn't There. I'll have to give it a chance.


You're not wrong, but you know? A Coen brothers' miss is still better than most directors' hits.
 
2014-01-18 12:16:57 AM  

jake_lex: fusillade762: Still no explanation for why "All is Lost" got snubbed.


you are a puppet: Crewmannumber6: As much of a fan of the Coens as I am, they don't bat 1.000 with me. Everybody loves Barton Fink but me. Everybody loves A serious Man but me. I don't think I was alone in not liking Burn After Reading. But I loved The Man Who Wasn't There. I'll have to give it a chance.

I hated A Serious Man and was bored to tears by BAR. I did like Barton Fink though. I don't think I'm smug. A cop once wrote in an arrest report that i was arrogant though.

Add me to the list who didn't quite get "Burn After Reading". The only part I really enjoyed was the last bit with JK Simmons and the guy from "Sledgehammer".

Here's why I think "Burn After Reading" fails: everyone in that movie is a scumbag and/or an asshole.  So you find yourself wondering "Why am I watching these douches?"  The Coen Bros movies that succeed, to me, have at least one redeemable character you do care about to guide you through it: Marge in "Fargo", The Dude in "The Big Lebowski", Sheriff Bell in "No Country", H.I. in "Raising Arizona", etc.  Otherwise, it just feels nihilistic.  It's just bad people doing bad things to other bad people.


That was my problem with "House of Cards". Though everyone seemed to think I was crazy when I said that.
 
2014-01-18 12:30:24 AM  

fusillade762: That was my problem with "House of Cards". Though everyone seemed to think I was crazy when I said that.


There is a good character (who is slowly corrupted) in House of Cards: the reporter.
 
2014-01-18 03:25:40 AM  
I thought it was about Dave Van Ronk.

/dnstfm
 
2014-01-18 03:59:22 AM  
To my eyes the Coens' latest is an almost perfect movie for critics in that it is, in some ways, a movie about one. The title character is a guy who is, among other things, so extraordinarily proud of his discerning taste that he sometimes confuses it with his actual talent. He looks at the world, and at his fellow artists, through the prism of his own carefully curated standards, and he seems brought up short over and over by the fact that everyone else does not see what he sees (or, more accurately, hear what he hears). Although the movie is a period piece, Llewyn is the perfect hero for a Twitter-driven age in which "It is incomprehensible to me that anyone who isn't completely delusional could like [or dislike] this movie" seems to be everybody's opening, shut-down-the-debate gambit. As one of your colleagues, Glenn Kenny, said to me-and I was persuaded by his take-the scene in which everyone in the club starts singing along to "500 Miles" and Llewyn looks around as if to say, "Is it just me or-wait, you're singing along to this?! Man, I guess it is just me" is the bemused and lonely heart of the movie.

This guy does not like critics does he?  Then again, since Llewyn Davis is a selfish prick, comparing anyone to him is probably a good sign that you think the other guy is insufferable.
 
2014-01-18 04:46:58 AM  

Dwight_Yeast: fusillade762: That was my problem with "House of Cards". Though everyone seemed to think I was crazy when I said that.

There is a good character (who is slowly corrupted) in House of Cards: the reporter.


I've only made it through the first few episodes of HoC, so am requesting clarification- Are you referring to the blogger girl, or some other character?

I ask because she didn't seem to me like a good person so much a person with no connections or power, but she's as corrupt as everyone else, she just lacks the means to match them.

/Maybe it's just me.
//Perhaps I should watch the British original then try again
 
2014-01-18 09:02:43 AM  

llortcM_yllort: Then again, since Llewyn Davis is a selfish prick


that's the great/farked up thing about the movie. he's a selfish prick, yes, but he's so talented you have to kind of root for him.
 
2014-01-18 10:18:15 AM  

Dwight_Yeast: fusillade762: That was my problem with "House of Cards". Though everyone seemed to think I was crazy when I said that.

There is a good character (who is slowly corrupted) in House of Cards: the reporter.


Kate Mara was "good"?

OK. OK. Listen up, people. Important data point.
 
2014-01-18 01:24:42 PM  
I can't say I "liked" A Serious Man. I "got it" though. It's like being beaten with a bag of hammers, and you think, "I recognize these hammers."
 
2014-01-18 01:28:34 PM  
Almost finished reading the first paragraph of that article .
 
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