Ear Candy, Coen-Style

Listening to Inside Llewyn Davis reveals an earnest side of the siblings that often goes unheard

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Joel and Ethan Coen don't exactly make it easy to get inside Llewyn Davis in Inside Llewyn Davis--at least, not through the usual channels of observing a character to understand why he does what he does. The fictional folksinger at the center of the Coens' latest tale is a lonesome Joe, trying to make it as a musician and rambling the streets of New York City's Greenwich Village in the winter of 1961. Played by a handsomely bearded Oscar Isaac, with soulful eyes and a doleful mouth, Davis just doesn't have much luck. The Village folk scene is...

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