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INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (2013) – My rating: 7/10

InsideLlewynDavisI can’t say I liked Inside Llewyn Davis.  I found it a little weird.  I understand the movie was about a young folk singer who had no where to live in 1961 and that he slept on anyone’s couch, and that he was unsuccessful at being discovered, and of course, he had little to no money but, because the film only spanned over 1 week of Llewyn’s (played by Oscar Isaac) life, I didn’t really get a since of consistency or relevance.  The cast was awesome but the story, for me, was not.  I’m not sure why this movie received high ratings (I looked it up in IMDB and found it received a rating of 7.8) and 2 Oscar nods.  Maybe I’m missing something.  I found it boring, discombobulated, slow and dreary.  I might add Justin Timberlake played Jim, another singer and friend to Llewyn.  John Goodman also starred in the film as another homeless person (Roland Turner).  The movie took place mostly in Greenwich Village in New York.  Apparently, Llewyn had a singing partner who committed suicide by throwing himself off the George Washington Bridge.  Like I said, this movie was all over the place.  It’s probably worth seeing if you’re into folk music and a bit of Greenwich Village history.  Other than that, I would skip this one.

[INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS is nominated for Achievement in Cinematography and Achievement in Sound Mixing]

NEBRASKA (2013) – My rating: 7/10

NebraskaNebraska is a well told and well acted story about a man who is elderly and like many elderly folks (including my 96 year old dad) believes the endless onslaught of cleverly worded sweepstake mail.  In this case, he thinks he has won 1 million dollars and is determined to get to Lincoln, Nebraska to pick it up.  Nebraska comes off as sad and pitiful but picks up midway through the movie.  Bruce Dern does a fantastic job of emulating an old man who doesn’t have too many cares, doesn’t have too much to say and drinks entirely too much.  Filmed in black and white, Nebraska shows us how money can change the complexity of your life and the lives around you.  I found it interesting, slow and a little boring at times.  This is a wait for the video movie unless you’re trying to see all the Oscar nominated movies before March 2nd when the Academy Awards air.