It’s been a long time without suggesting any movie at The Game’s Afoot. Begoña and I have recently seen:
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), an American comedy-drama, written, directed and edited by Joel and Ethan Coen. Inside Llewyn Davis follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is at a crossroads. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles—some of them of his own making. Living at the mercy of both friends and strangers, scaring up what work he can find, Llewyn’s misadventures take him from the baskethouses of the Village to an empty Chicago club—on an odyssey to audition for a music mogul—and back again.’ (Official website). Although Llewyn Davis is a fictional character, the story was partly inspired by the autobiography of folk singer Dave Van Ronk. The folk songs performed in the film are all sung in full, and, with one exception, were recorded live. (from Wikipedia), I found it highly enjoyable and will certainly recommend it if you like folk music.
Gravity (2013), a British-American 3D science-fiction thriller and space drama film. Directed, co-written, co-produced and co-edited by Alfonso Cuarón. ‘Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) in command. But on a seemingly routine mission, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalski completely alone—tethered to nothing but each other and spiralling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space. (Official website).’ Highly recommended. My special thanks to Martin Edwards for his review HERE, without his recommendation I may not had seen it.