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Joel and Ethan Coen

Inside Llewyn Davis

by John Platt
Alison Rosa

There’s been a lot of buzz about Inside Llewyn Davis, the new film from Joel and Ethan Coen, which is VERY loosed based on Dave Van Ronk’s memoir, The Mayor of MacDougall Street. Some of my folkie friends had very negative reactions to it, because they were good friends of Van Ronk’s. I knew him, too, though not as well, so I figured I should try to watch the movie as a Coen Brothers creation, not a biography of Van Ronk. Even though it’s gotten a lot of positive reviews, I had a lot of problems with it myself.