I watch movies and think about movies and sometimes write about movies.
This is not a review of Inside Llewyn Davis, a perfect film. I just did not know where to put this.
Ever since news broke that Texas had effectively banned abortion and set women's rights back several decades and other states are likely to follow suit - a development that's seemed inevitable for the last few years but still feels devastating - I've had a song from Inside Llewyn Davis in my head. Around two-thirds through the film, Llewyn sings…
Considering the first attempt at this sub-franchise nearly destroyed my faith in blockbuster filmmaking entirely, this second go did not have a high bar to clear. Fortunately, James Gunn seems incapable of disappointing, so of course this film is an absolute joy, 2+ hours of fun, gleeful carnage and a big ol' heart. A definite keeper in a time when even I find myself losing interest in the superhero stuff.
An amazing detail I never noticed before: Before the "Nothing Ever Happens On Mars" number, Catherine O'Hara and Fred Willard's married couple are backstage, her painstakingly fixing his hair for him as he fusses over the details, after which he tells her "now you can fix yours", graciously allowing her the few seconds left before they're due on stage to take care of her own appearance.
Next scene, they're on stage and he's wearing a hat.
Top 5 Reasons To Watch Reindeer Games:
5. One of the dumbest, most convoluted 'twist' endings imaginable.
4. Isaac Hayes' most inexplicable film role. It's baffling.
3. Charlize Theron
2. "I want some fuckin hAAt chAAklAAt... and some pecan fuckin pie."
1. Dennis Farina's inexplicable false teeth.
A truly breathtaking mess of a motion picture.