Given the torrent of absolute crap that comes from Hollywood’s movie factories year after year, I’m always grateful and hopeful when a new Coen Brothers’ film emerges.
Well, probably the nicest thing I can say about this movie is that “it didn’t suck.” Not unlike another of the brothers’ works, The Big Lebowski, Inside Llewyn Davis has a storyline that snakes around but never really goes anywhere. It’s certainly not the cast’s fault — Oscar Isaac does a fine job portraying Davis as a talented but struggling pre-Dylan folk musician who simply can’t catch a break, due to either bad luck, timing, or choices. Justin Timberlake plays his friend Jim, another East Village folkie who performs with his wife Jean, who we learn early on is pregnant with what may be Davis’ child. As usual, John Goodman makes an appearance (this time as an aging, junkie jazz musician).
The music helps carry the movie (like another Coen Bros. flick, O Brother Where Art Thou), and there are a few laughs here and there, but with no sympathetic characters to root for, I don’t think Inside will be remembered as fondly as most of their other movies.
Larry Sabato joins Politico as a regular columnist. Dems are not gonna like what he has to say in his first piece.
In a saner world, yeah, the Senate would flip in 2014, and the House would add to its already-strong majority. But never underestimate the GOP’s ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
Let’s face it: it’s been a long, long time since RS was a great magazine, or even a good one. But every so often they excrete something like this that is so totally stupid it makes sane persons’ heads explode. Nick Gillespie over at Reason.com charts the steady and apparently-still-ongoing intellectual decline of Jann Wenner’s publication.
It’s plenty cold right now, but apparently the worst of it is still a day or two away.
The Times’ editorial page argues that Catholic nuns’ officially “certifying” their objections to buying insurance plans which pay for birth control “does not rise to a substantial burden” in complying with the ACA. Well, let’s ask someone who actually understands the law about that.
Bob Swartz would like to see some from MIT. I can’t imagine anything worse than enduring the death of one’s own child. My own in-laws are members of that very sad club.
“I was better connected to people at MIT that almost anyone else, right? What happens in these instances where people don’t have these connections and this sort of level of determination? They get completely crushed.”
The U.S. Justice Dept. is primarily responsible for Aaron Swartz’ death. But MIT is the institution that hung him out to dry.
The new mayor of New York City is a leftist’s wet dream come true.
Does this mean that Bitstrips will need to pay patent money to Google?
Mrs. Cate wants to go see 12 Years a Slave. No thanks (although she certainly doesn’t need my permission). I won’t see that movie, for the same reason I didn’t go see The Passion of the Christ several years back. I don’t need to feed my brain with huge, color, 4K-digital depictions of bloody, savage brutality to know that it happened. Besides that, it’s probably not as good a movie as the Oscar-baited critics make it out to be.