Printer Friendly

J. Hoberman Reviews the Coen Brothers' 'Inside Llewyn Davis'.

There's an art of contemptAlfred Jarry opening Ubu Roi with a bellowed expletive, Marcel Duchamp exhibiting a urinal as art, Johnny Rotten snarling "God save the Queen," or the young Bob Dylan hurling accusations at "Mr. Jones" over a wailing wall of sound. And then there's the artful contempt perfected by filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen.

An undeniably talented two-man band of brothers, the Coens take pleasure less in confronting their audience or authority in general, than in bullying the characters they invent for their own amusement. Theirs is a comic theater of cruelty populated by a battered cast of action figures and a worldview that might have been formulated not from a Buick 6, a la Dylan but the Olympian heights of a bunk bed in suburbia.

Continue reading "J. Hoberman Reviews the Coen Brothers' 'Inside Llewyn Davis'" at...

COPYRIGHT 2013 Nextbook
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2013 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Author:Hoberman, J.
Publication:Tablet Magazine
Date:Nov 21, 2013
Previous Article:A Holiday Sample Sale Draws a Diverse Crowd of Orthodox Jewish Women.
Next Article:For Egypt's Military Leader, a Choice: To Run or Not To Run.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2022 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters |