Slide 1 of 10
10. Inside Llewyn Davis
The Coen brothers’ tale of a struggling folk musician in the Greenwich Village of 1961 nails the period with such extraordinary vividness that it’s a shock to realize the film’s authenticity is threaded with Coen-esque snark. Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is a gifted singer, but he’s also a morose, sad-sack jerk, with no idea that the folk scene he’s trying to succeed in has already passed him by. The Coens spin their own special brand of nostalgia shorn of romance, and if the result teeters on the misanthropic, the movie is also, in its cynical and haunted way, indelible.
Image Credit: Alison Rosa
January 27 2015 — 4:05 PM EST
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus in full bloom: New EW portraits
- 'Grey's Anatomy': 10 years, 20 defining moments
- 'Batman v. Superman' character portraits: Like the looks?
- 'American Crime Story' cast: Think each actor looks the part?
- Double trouble: Movie/TV characters who fight themselves
- The Clooneys, Sienna Miller, Kate & Kate and More!