In this week’s episode, we’ll have our review of the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” as well as the Netflix exclusive documentary “Mitt,” a behind-the-veil perspective of the former Massachusetts Governor’s 2008 and 2012 Presidential campaigns.
Robert Kahne fills in for regular host Chris Ritter, who is out of town on a film project for the next few weeks, but joins the conversation via phone from Meredith, New Hampshire.
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Remembrance: Philip Seymour Hoffman (02:55)
Thoughts on the storied career of one of the greatest actors of our time.
Sundance Film Festival Highlights (13:07)
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Review: ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ (20:17)
Documenting one tumultuous week in the life of a singer/songwriter trying to make it in the early 1960s New York CIty folk scene, “Inside Llewyn Davis” stars Oscar Isaac in the titular role, as well as Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Justin Timberlake and Garrett Hedlund.
Nominated for the Oscars for best cinematography and best sound mixing, the film’s varied musical performances are the work of the famed T Bone Burnett, who served as executive music producer. “Llewyn Davis” is the latest from brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, and the filmmaking duo’s most musically oriented effort since “Oh Brother! Where Art Thou?”
Review: ‘Mitt’ (33:41)
Debuting on Jan. 17, 2014 at the Sundance Film Festival, “Mitt” was released on Netflix less than a week later, as a Netflix exclusive documentary. Directed by Greg Whiteley, the film presents an intimate perspective of Romney’s 2008 Republican primary loss to John McCain, and 2008 general election loss to Barack Obama.
Whiteley was reportedly an admirer of Mitt’s father George, and had become interested in a documentary after hearing that the former Massachusetts governor had attended a screening of his previous documentary “New York Doll,” which was itself nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2005.
Mitt Romney has said he was originally resistant to the idea, and that it was his wife Ann who pushed for it.
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