I am trying to see all the top movies of last year before the Oscars. This weekend worked to get in two. Saturday we saw "Inside Llewyn Davis" and today we saw "Nebraska".
Joel & Ethan Coen (O Brother) is known for different movies. "Inside Llewyn Davis" is one of those. It takes place in NYC in 1961. Mr. Davis is a folksinger who is suddenly a solo act since his duo partner jumped off a bridge. The movie is one week in his life. There is not a plot, its just life. He goes through his friends sleeping on one couch and then another. We see his gigs, his stupid mistakes and his bad quirks. It is a slow-paced movie with good music and some funny lines. It is R for F-bombs that come with regularity.
A slice of life that I give *** stars. 2014 Movie #5
We did go see "Nebraska" today. The Bruce Dern movie about an old man who thinks he has one a Million Dollars because he gets a Junk Mail piece that says "You may have one $1,000,000 dollars."(One of Those magazine things) He gets his son to drive him from Billings, Montana to Lincoln, Nebraska , the company headquarters listed on the junk mail. There is a stop along the way to his home town, a small Nebraska town and a family reunion. This is another slow paced, slice of life story. Will Forte and Bruce Dern are the main characters and are great.
Let me stop a make a couple of statements: First, the movie is in Black and White. I liked it because Color from not have helped the scenery or towns at all. Nebraska in the winter IS black and white.
Second, If you have seen August Osage County, you will instantly compare the Nebraska family with the Oklahoma version. Take out the F-bombs and the Okie family wins. The family in Nebraska is just as authentic but just a grating. These are people that you know and stay away from. One trip to this hometown and I was remembering why I don't live in my hometown. Osage was fun but Nebraska was downright uncomfortable. It is an excellent father son road movie and has very thoughtful and thought provoking as we consider our aging parents.
A slice of life that I give **** out of five stars. 2014 Movie #6