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Monday, Dec. 30, 2013

Looking Back on the Great and the Good

 I don’t call my picks of the year the “best,” but I do play favorites. To any critic compiling a “best-of” list, I demand: define “best.” Most can’t define anything at all, including their criteria for choosing the year’s top movies. I don’t pretend to know what’s best but I can measure the ability of films
Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013

The Coen brothers revisit a lost time in music

Folksinger Llewyn Davis leans into the dim spotlight shining down onto the stage, playing guitar with homespun eloquence
12.10.2013 | | Posted at 10:56 AM

The Mayor of MacDougal Street out in paperback

By David Luhrssen
   Much has been made of the connection between the Coen Brothers’ new film Inside Llewyn Davis and Dave Van Ronk’s autobiography, The Mayor of MacDougal Street. To set things straight: the fictitious folksinger at the heart of the film is not a stand-in for Van Ronk, who was a much more prominent fixture in the Greenwich Village folk revival than the movie’s bea...
11.17.2013 | | Posted at 08:33 AM
By David Luhrssen
  The Coen Brothers’ forthcoming film set in the early ‘60s Greenwich Village folk scene, Inside Llewyn Davis, is loosely drawn from the autobiography of one of that scene’s leading lights. Dave Van Ronk’s The Mayor of MacDougal Street provided the Coens with ideas for characters and scenarios. Van Ronk was center stage during the folk-blues revival, one of the or...
Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013

The Dude Achieves Big Time

Not everyone fell in love with The Big Lebowski the first time they saw it. That includes Will Russell, co-creator of Lebowski Fest, the traveling annual festival celebrating the Dude in all his Dudeness. He admits to “feeling almost indifferent to it.” And yet, something kept drawing him back
Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A festival honoring the Dude in all of us

The Big Lebowski came and went without ringing much change at box offices during its theatrical...
Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010

Jeff Bridges stars in new Western saga

If her narrative is reliable, Mattie Ross must have been a precocious 14-year-old even before her father was shot dead by his hired hand, Tom Chaney. A pigtailed girl on the Western frontier, Mattie is as firm as an oak staff and drives hard bargains with the funeral parlor and stable in the town where her father was killed. Persistent as a river running to the sea, Mattie is determined to bring...
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008

The Coens lighten up

After winning Oscars with the unrelentingly grim No Country For Old Men, the Coen brothers lighten up a little for Burn After Reading. Their new film traverses territory more familiar to the filmmakers. Here, death doesn't descend in the form of an enigmatic hit man who tosses coins for the lives he encounters.
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008

Today @ the UWM Union Theatre - 7 p.m.

Sometimes the Coen brothers outdo even themselves, as with last year’s No Country For Old Men, a taut, violent thriller that earned the directors a sack of Oscars, including one for Best Picture. Like their best films (Blood Simple, Fargo), No Country is essentially a traditional film noir set in an unlikely locale, in this . . .
03.10.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Joel and Ethan Coen had been off-stride for several years, proffering a charmless remake of The Ladykillers and all-quirks-and-tics films such as The Man Who Wasn�t There. With No Country for Old Men, the Coen Brothers venture into darker territory than ever before, unrelieved by the few glimmers of humor penetrating the moral overcast. One or two lapses in logic should have been corrected and a...