¡Hola Comrades! Juan Cena here again with another edition of Cubano Review. El President has chained himself to the front entrance of the Time-Warner Center in New York City with guitar in hand, protesting the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman in Batman vs. Superman. Well, to be honest, he’s protesting the Legion of Super-Heroes being canceled, But don’t let anyone know that. I would be there, but I am stuck in my cubicle doing my new job helming Cubano Review’s new OscarBaiter desk, and presenting you, comrades, with the trailer for film directors Joel and Ethan Cohen’s forthcoming film about the 1960’s folk rock scene in New York, Inside Llewyn Davis.
What is Oscar Bait you ask? It’s a film whose main reason for existence is to get Academy Award nominations, and keep worthy films like Iron Man III and Pacific Rim out of the running for the tiny gold statue. Minor technical issues like the film being either likable or watchable are things that matter not. It’s about “serious” directors making “serious” films with “serious actors” who would actually take a pay cut just for a chance to win an Ocsar. In other words, The Butler, or in this case, Inside Llewyn Davis.
Inside Llewyn Davis tells the story of a down-and-out folk singer in the 1960‘s played by Oscar Issac, who has recently appeared in The Bourne Legacy, and Driven. An actor named “Oscar” appearing in an Oscar Bait film? Coincidence? I think not! His character (the Llewyn Davis in question) More notable actors in the film are Justin Timberlake, and frequent Cohen Brothers collaborator, John Goodman.
The film also features Carey Mulligan, who most recently appeared as Daisy Buchanan in yet another huge OscarBaiter film, The Great Gatsby. Alone side her are Garrett Hedlund (Four Brothers, Tron: Legacy), Actual Oscar winner for Best Actor F. Murray Abraham ( for Amadeus in 1984), And Ethan Phillips (Neelix on Star Trek: Voyager)
Did I mention the movie is about a folk singer? It features music produced by the legendary T-Bone Burnett (who also handled the music for O Brother, Where Art Thou?). along with Mumford and Sons’s Marcus Mumford. El Presidente hates Mumford and Sons. He has said often that he would like to make sure Mumford never had any more sons. El Presidente is like this often, saying things a lowly foot soldier in the Revolution cannot fathom. This is usually before he has his morning coffee and Little Debbie snack.
Inside Llewyn Davis is based (rather loosely based, I mean) on the life of real-like folk singer Dave Van Ronk’s autobiography, The Mayor of MacDougal Street. It has already won the Cannes Film Festival’a Grand Prix Award earlier this year, and is set to open in America on December 6, just in time for Oscar Bait season to get into full swing.