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March 19, 2017

India’s Masculinity and Sensuality Overlapping Art, Poverty and Intolerance

 William Gedney’s photographs of India capture the public intimacy between men in the city of Benares, or Varanasi.  

March 5, 2017

Mr. Gay Syria (A Film by Syrians)

Ayse met Mahmoud in 2011 as she was reporting on the Syrian refugee crisis at the Turkish border. Before accepting to become her fixer, Mahmoud told her: “I’m gay, are you ok with that?”. They struck up a friendship instantly.

As they returned to Istanbul, Mahmoud told Ayse about an ambitious plan: to organise a secret competition to elect - among the refugees in Turkey’s iconic city - a Mr Gay Syria who would then travel to Mister Gay World contest.

Mahmoud’s goal was obviously not to simply pick a good-looking peer but rather to put a spotlight on his community : Syrians who had to run away from war and homophobia, finding themselves in a place that did not accept them either.

We’re running this crowd funding campaign to finish our film and share the important stories of people surviving the greatest humanitarian crisis of our times.

We wanted to show a side of the migration crisis that is rarely portrayed, steering away from the depictions of nameless masses by certain media and politicians. We made a film that could be understood at a human level - getting to know our characters' dreams and aspirations as well as their daily struggles.

For the past three years, we have been following our characters in Turkey, Malta, Germany and Norway.

Please help us finish this documentary so we can share it far and wide.


Ayse Toprak, the director of this film, worked for many years at Al Jazeera reporting from Turkey. On her assignments, she met countless of people, but no one marked her quite as much as Mahmoud Hassino. He was the first LGBT blogger in Syria and her interpreter whilst on assignment at the Turkish-Syrian border.

He is Syrian and openly gay. Being open about your sexuality is an inherent risk in the region. Mahmoud knew the dangers and accepted them, he wanted to show the world that his community matters. That they deserve a voice and representation.

Mahmoud introduced Ayse to Husein, a 23-year-old gay Syrian refugee from Aleppo, now living in Istanbul. Husein's dream was to finally show his true face to the world, to remove his mask. This is why he decided to participate to Mr Gay Syria.

Last but not least, Mr Gay Syria is a proud French-German-Turkish coproduction:

Paris-based Antoine Simkine has been producing films for more than 15 years. His latest release Summer of Sangailé premiered at Sundance and Berlin Film Festival in 2015.

Christine Kiauk has been running Coin Film with fellow producer Herbert Schwering for several years. They've been at the forefront of indie filmmaking in Europe ever since.

Ekin Çalisir is a Turkish filmmaker and journalist based in Istanbul.

  Shot from Mr. Gay Syrian
for their film: learn more on their websiteVideo by  Ayse Toprak

September 24, 2016

Interview of Gay Arabs Talking About Their Sexuality


One of the hardest regions of the globe to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is the Arab world. In Saudi Arabia and Yemen, the punishment for the crime of sodomy is death by stoning, and many other countries impose prison sentences.

Also challenging is the fact that the stigma associated with being LGBT is so great, many people feel they can’t come out even to their family or closest friends.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the uncertain lives of LGBT people in Arab nations.
Joining the program:

Saleem Haddad, the Jordanian-born author of the new novel "Guapa," about the outing of a young gay man in an unnamed Arab country.
Graeme Reid, director of the LGBT rights program at Human Rights Watch.
Esra'a Al-Shafei, a Bahraini activist and director of Mideast Youth, network of online platforms that amplify marginalized voices in the region.
Antoun Issa, a senior editor at the Middle East Institute who has written extensively on LGBT issues in the region.

January 6, 2016

Questions Straight Men Have for Gay Men

First let me say that I am surprised that I am posting this video. However it does fall within the guidelines for publication of adamfoxie*blog: Fresh, Current, Provocative 
I didn't understand the conversation about the butt hole. Can someone please, write in words what they said? (the captions on the video didn't help)
+musicislife They were talking about a "prolapsed anus" but thought the term was "anal fissure". Have fun googling both of those terms!

November 7, 2015

In Viral Vid Latino kids Pound at Trump

That’s one way to get your message across.
These Latino children have hit back at Presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s racist rant in a hilarious video that has gone viral.
Their strong message contains several choice phrases as they tell Trump exactly what they think of his campaign and how proud they are of their heritage.
The kids — who introduce themselves as Ricardo and Rosa — yell obscene profanities at the camera as they state their case for the opposition in the video, "Trashing Trump: Latino Kids Pound Racism Like a Piñata."

Ricardo raises a middle finger to the camera in the hilarious video.DEPORT RACISM VIA YOUTUBE

Ricardo raises a middle finger to the camera in the hilarious video.

 At one point, the boy raises a middle finger to the camera and holds a sign that reads “Deport this.”
“I’m an American, born in the U.S.A. This is my home," the children rant. “You can’t take my rights away. If you don’t like our Constitution and what it stands for, get the f--k out of my country.”
Trump caused controversy in June when he said he would build a “great, great wall” on the Mexican-American border, and accused the country of sending “not the right people” to the U.S.

The kids poke fun at Donald Trump's unique hairstyle.DEPORT RACISM VIA YOUTUBE

The kids poke fun at Donald Trump's unique hairstyle.

“(Mexico is) sending people that have lots of problems, and they are bringing those problems to us," he said. “They are bringing drugs, and bringing crime, and their rapists.”
The video was put together by the team behind, an online movement to fight anti-Latino racism in the 2016 election.
Describing the video on YouTube, they wrote “There’s no denying the math that you can’t win the White House without the brown vote.” 



July 1, 2015

Goes Viral: Young NYC Cop Gets Down on Pride

So nice to see a young cop mingle in the safety of our out gay community! Save for posterity.

March 31, 2015

3D Animation of Doomed Germanwings Flight

February 22, 2015

Coming Out Short Video Gets Moore than 100 Million Chinese Hits


Same-sex couple Zhang Yi (R) and Hai Bei pose for their wedding photographs at Qianmen street on Valentine's Day in Beijing February 14, 2009. For a number of Beijing's gay and lesbian community, Valentine's Day is not just a day to celebrate loving relationships, but also an ideal time to campaign for same-sex marriages and the acceptance of homosexuality in China.  

“When are you going to get married?” is the dreaded question that single Chinese don’t want to hear when they go home to their parents for the Lunar New Year celebration.
Among heterosexual males, because of the gender imbalance, there are fewer females than males, which makes finding a girlfriend more challenging. For gays and lesbians, it’s more a matter of first coming out to their family and then waiting for their acceptance of their choice.
Anticipating this annual dilemma of young adults and their parents, the Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) just released a video about coming out and coming home, with the Lunar New Year as the background.
The six-minute, 46-second video has become viral with over 108 million clicks on the website, according to the Wall Street Journal. In YouTube, where it was reposted, it has almost 400,000 views.
Titled “Coming Home – Celebrating Chinese New Year” or “Huijia” in Chinese, the professionally made poignant film is one which many gay Chinese could relate.
It showed the parents in denial after their only child comes out and admits he is gay. Then they told not to come home anymore for future Lunar New Year celebrations. However, after a few years, the parents relented and finally accepted their son and asked him to join them again for the 2015 Lunar New Year.
Hu Zhijun, cofounder of PLFAG in China, said he hopes that the video could help young Chinese gays deal with the issue as they go home for the biggest holiday in China.
Hu said that to produce the video, which costs US$1,600, the LGBT group received online donations. He said the aim of the video is to increase awareness among Chinese about homosexuality since it is still a common belief in the Asian giant that being gay is an ailment which needs treatment or “just a lifestyle that people can choose to change.”

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January 13, 2015

Muslim Drag Queens; Every nationality has them! (vid)

Meet Ali, a gay Pakistani asylum-seeker preparing for his first performance as a drag queen. Ali fled Pakistan, where he was persecuted for being gay, but now faces abuse from his neighbours in London. Mentored by Asifa Lahore, the UK's first Muslim drag queen, Ali is determined to overcome his fears and express himself in a dance performance at the UK's biggest 'gaysian' club night

December 19, 2014

A Hell of a Year! Does your year matches these people?

September 8, 2014

5 Gay Videos Representing the fight for Civil rights that All should watch

 The battle for LGBT rights is viewed by many as the civil rights movement of our time. More than half the country's states—31 of them—ban same-sex marriage, and LGBT discrimination is rampant.  
There’s also plenty to celebrate. On Thursday a federal judge declared Florida’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, though the case is pending. If no appeals are successfully made, the swing state, where the issue has been especially contentious, will join Washington, D.C., and 19 other states in allowing gay people to tie the knot. Tolerance among youths is also at an all-time high. According to a recent poll, eight out of 10 young adults support gay marriage.
What’s turning the tide? A case can be made that PSAs like the ones below have made a huge difference. Shared on social media, they’ve helped educate—and amuse—a swath of the population that might otherwise be isolated from the issue.
Irish gay rights group LGBT Noise has created a genius way to promote its upcoming march for equality. In this video, gay zombies take over the world, and a married man and woman shut themselves in their home after Ireland legalizes gay marriage. Priceless quote: “We tried to blend in, but the weddings were unbelievable! I felt completely underdressed.”

Pro-Gay Olympics 
Putin’s antigay propaganda didn’t sit well with the Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion. So the group made this cheeky PSA—noting that, really, the Olympics “have always been a little gay.” 

Honey Maid’s "Love"
In March, when the graham cracker brand released a commercial that celebrates all types of families, it incited an outpouring of hateful messages. Not long after, Honey Maid responded with this thoughtful video.

Funny or Die’s "The First Gay Bachelor" 
George Takei and Jesse Tyler Ferguson parody the popular reality program, showing that a gay marriage competition would be just as entertaining and ridiculous.

College Humor’s "Gay Men Will Marry Your Girlfriends" 
This PSA hilariously threatens homophobes. 

Burger King’s Proud Whopper
In celebration of San Francisco’s gay pride week, the fast-food chain offered its customers theProud Whopper, a Whopper in a rainbow wrapper with a special message: “We are all the same inside.”

Kristina Bravo is a Los Angeles–based writer. She is an Assistant Editor at TakePart.

July 17, 2014

UN Scores Viral Hit Vid Promoting Gay Rights


File this one away under the category of unlikely success stories: The United Nations has scored a viral hit with a Bollywood music video promoting gay rights. It sounds too good to be true, but the music video, featuring a gay couple winning over a skeptical, possibly homophobic Indian matriarch, has racked up more than a million views on YouTube.
An adaptation of the Bollywood classic Uthe Sab Ke Kadam, the video is part of the U.N.'s Free & Equal campaign to encourage gay rights and LGBT acceptance, an issue that has been championed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who last week extended spousal benefits to gay couples throughout his organization. The video features the Indian actress Celina Jaitly, who is an outspoken advocate of gay rights in India, where gay sex was recently criminalized
Here’s the video in full:

May 6, 2014

This Video is Not Safe for Friends & Family of a Homophobe or Bible Thumper

Paul Provenza: My favorite piece of yours, and it's not poetry, it's comedy.
Jamie Kilstein: No, it's stand-up.
Paul Provenza: Do that one joke. Do that one joke about gay rights. Do you want to stand?
Jamie Kilstein: Ron, do you want me to stand or sit, or...
Ron White: You can sit right where you are so you can't get away if it sucks.
Jamie Kilstein: To every heterosexual, mentally-abusive, closet racist, fast food feeding, let-your-kid-run-around-a-mall-like-a-psychopath parent: Why do you have, like, nine fucking kids yet you say that gay folk can't adopt because it might screw the child up. And I know America thinks that every time a gay couple adopts a child, it forces otherwise straight and homophobic Pastor Ted Haggard to hire a gay male prostitute and engage in a week-long meth-induced fuck spree. I know! He didn't want to do it, you guys, but then a gay couple adopted and it forced him to take an injection of another male prostitute cock. I know. I get it. But I say just because your man bits fit into some girl bits doesn't mean you have to have kids.
Do you know how many straight parents shouldn't have children? Go to a movie theater or an IHOP on a Sunday. And don't tell us that two men or two women in the bedroom may cause a child to question his sexuality. Any kid basing his sex life on the sounds coming from his parents bedroom is already fucked beyond repair! If God designed marriage for a man and a woman, then statistics say that God is failing. That is below failing, just look at otherwise straight and homophobic Pastor Ted Haggard who's married with children but hired a gay male prostitute to shame-fist him into a meth coma. But you say that being gay is immoral? Really? More immoral than shame-fisting? Because I would rather have my kids being raised by the flaming queer couple down the street than have them spend another night at the church with Father Diddlyhands. Is that why you want adoption restricted, Church? You keeping all the young ones for yourself, church? If you really think that a child should only be raised by a married couple, then I have an idea: Let the gays marry, asshole!
These are people who will raise a child for a better reason than "the condom broke." You give me one valid argument besides, "But God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve." Really? Because by the looks of it, Adam and Eve fucked up big time and maybe Adam should have explored other options! So stop fucking telling us that the Bible says that being gay is unnatural because I've read the Bible. And there is a lot of unnatural shit that happens in that book! I would say that a dude dying then rising from the dead in a zombie-esque fashion is far less natural than me sucking a cock because at least cock-sucking you can prove.
Ron White: Wait a minute. I liked that. Try it standing up.
There may be small errors in this transcript.

April 26, 2014

Are You Gay? Addicted to Selfies? Read on MaN!

April 3, 2014

Ex-Footballer Star was subjected to Abuse After Filming Explicit Gay Sex Video for Cash


Football Star Cathal McCarron Gay Porn Leaked: Struggled with Gambling Addiction

Former Tyrone footballer Cathal McCarron  has been bombarded with a series of homophobic messages on the social media site after details of his appearance in a x-rated movie were published online.
The adult film is opely available on a well known pay-only gay porn site where ‘straight men’ are convinced to engage in sex acts for cash.
It was posted online within the last month and includes an interview with the young man to camera.
Before the video begins, the talented GAA star - who now plays with London GAA after emigrating from the north - can be heard discussing his sexual preferences.
Today, the footballer was being widely named on Twitter but had still made no comment on the video.
However over the last 24 hours, dozens of people had posted Tweets slagging off the GAA star.
Dozens of people have also left vile messages on his personal Twitter page abusing him for appearing in the film.
However, some other users have taken a more sympathetic view writing: “Just out of bed and wondering before looking down my newsfeed has ***** fever has died down yet? He gets my sympathy vote anyway!”
The footballer is not the first GAA star to star in a professional porn video.
In 2010, the Sunday World revealed how Wexford hurler Greg Jacob had starred in an adult movie
He was one of ten Irish men to appear in the ‘Gonzo porn’ series – called Tanya Tate’s Sex Tour of Ireland.
In each episode, amateur porn hopefuls – who are not paid for their performance – have sex with the star in a cramped camper van.
The men all had to sign a contract before shooting agreeing to allow the footage be shown– no matter how well or poorly they performed on camera.
Jacob subsequently released a statement describing his decision to sign up for the porn flick as naive.

By Niall Donald

Cathal had seen financial problems and this particular site is known to offer cash to do explicit sex with wanna be porno guys,which are not paid except for the experience of having sex with someone who calls himself  straight.  The site wants to have straight people have gay sex with this wanna guys. The straight particip[ants get paid a cash amount depending of how deep the sex go. They encourage the whole works which I believe is a $1000. The video is shot in a cramp up small trailer.
Adam Gonzalez

February 22, 2014

Powerful Video About Gay Love Might Just Make you Cry

December 9, 2013

The Pathology of The Rich

Let me just tell you something about the author in this video:

Chris Hedges, whose column is published Mondays on Truthdig , spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than 50 countries and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times, for which he was a foreign correspondent for 15 years. He has written nine books, including "Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle" (2009), "I Don't Believe in Atheists" (2008) and the best-selling "American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America" (2008). His book “ ar Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning" (2003) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction.

The Pathology of the Rich - Chris Hedges on Reality Asserts Itself pt1 

December 7, 2013

Joel and Ethan Coen’s INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

Inside Llewyn Davis
Oscar Isaac in ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’
Inside Llewyn Davis is, like a number of Joel and Ethan Coen’s films, a winter’s tale, brushed with granite grays, oaky browns, and pale whites,” begins Chris Cabin in Slant. “It’s a fitting pallor for the 1960s folk scene in Greenwich Village that the eponymous troubadour, played by Oscar Isaac, finds himself rambling through. And ramble on Llewyn does, between venues, open couches, and women, stopping most consistently at the home and, occasionally, in the bed of Carey Mulligan’s Jean, an angry, regretful singer who refers to her erstwhile lover as ‘King Midas’s idiot brother.’”
Glenn Kenny, too, finds that “Inside Llewyn Davis is a movie in which atmosphere does almost all of the important work…. The Coens’ vision of the burgeoning folk scene in Manhattan of 1961 hasn’t got a single hint of A Mighty Wind and not all that much of the redolence of the Coens’ own O Brother Where Art Thou. Even when the title protagonist is depicted being roped into joining a trio cutting a folk-novelty stinker under the aegis of a Columbia record exec (Ian Jarvis) who’s pretty plainly styled after John Hammond, the movie studiously avoids pastiche. The authenticity-in-art bugaboo was particularly pronounced, of course, during the real period depicted here, but the Coens never address it head on, and it’s to the movie’s credit that it contains no heated debates about ‘real’ folk music. Instead, it depicts Llewyn, still too young to have earned the ‘journeyman’ tag, scrupulously if not stubbornly hoeing his own row, which happens to be an old-school one, and learning in increments that he’s never going to get anywhere by doing so…. And for all that, and despite the ever-so-slightly on-the-nose evocation of a world historical cultural phenomenon at the movie’s end, Inside Llewyn Davis is an entirely exhilarating experience.”
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Again, the atmosphere: “Gray dominates cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel’s palette,” writes Graham Fuller at Artinfo. “The movie’s psychic space is not made up of the folkie landmarks, homes, or workplaces, but the dingy concrete patches and alleys adjoining them. Behind the Gaslight, Llewyn (primarily inspired by Dave Van Ronk) twice takes a beating: the mysterious dude who inflicts it embodies the return of the repressed, the ghost of the friend, perhaps, whose disappearance traumatized Llewyn and triggered his depression. This space, the New York all New Yorkers know but seldom speak or bother about, comprises the non-zones and liminal spots where nothing useful or good can happen, and where plenty of bad things do, but which, in Inside Llewyn Davis, have a less-than-noir significance.”
Llewyn “couch-surfs his way around New York, hitches rides to Chicago and back, and visits, you suspect, just about everyone he loves or needs something from,” writes Elise Nakhnikian at the House Next Door. Among these characters are “his sister (Jeanine Serralles), whose patience is fraying fast; his impossible-to-please father (Stan Carp), who’s wasting away in a nursing home; his deceptively abusive, apparently avuncular agent, Mel (Jerry Grayson); and the kind, middle-aged couple (Ethan Phillips and Robin Bartlett) whose comfortably bohemian-ish apartment is the closest thing Llewyn has to a home base…. Like so many other genuinely talented people who just never get lucky, he winds up like the movie, back where he began.”
“The T Bone Burnett-produced soundtrack certainly reinforces the notion that Llewyn’s failure has more to do with the absence of meritocracy than want of talent,” finds Martin Tsai at the Critic’s Notebook. “The Coens have always had this nagging tendency to be condescending toward their characters; but they’ve dialed it down quite a bit on Llewyn, to the point that he seems sympathetic by comparison to the obligatory oddballs (John Goodman et al) that populate the cast. Still, after enjoying nearly three decades of enormous critical and commercial goodwill, the Coens come off as completely disingenuous when they explicate the struggles of an artist largely by blaming the system.”
But Time Out New York‘s David Fear finds the film to be “a gentle ode about being one step behind a major cultural curve. While you’ll get plenty of the brothers’ deadpan humor, loopy dialogue and rep-company grotesques—John Goodman’s Burroughs-meets-Richard III hipster gets the MVP award—this isn’t one of their hermetic, formalist exercises in misanthropy. There’s an offbeat sense of humanity present in this Job of MacDougal Street.”
“One to brood on!” exclaims New York‘s David Edelstein. In the latest Cinephiliacs podcast,Peter Labuza and Monica Castillo discuss Inside Llewyn Davis, which screens today and Friday at the New York Film Festival. Earlier: Reviews from Cannes. And Anne Thompsoninterviews Oscar Isaac (13’32″).
Update, 10/16: “Scene for scene,” writes Michael Koresky at Reverse Shot, “Inside Llewyn Davis makes its main character’s every gesture and quirk a tiny revelation—there’s a lovely throwaway moment in which he strums chords on his guitar along to Bach’s Matthäus Passion spinning on the turntable. And along with cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel, the directors find elegant, inventive ways to visualize his situation, authentically capturing what makes city dwelling at once so inviting and forbidding. Rarely have the hairbreadth hallways and terrazzo floors of New York apartments looked so surreal on film. Llewyn belongs in these spaces and yet doesn’t; even in the neighborhood’s smoky basements and casual coffeehouses, like that still-standing relic Café Reggio, Llewyn is a square peg, a reminder that history’s legendary refuges for oddballs could not be sufficient asylum for all.”
Update, 12/1: “The Coens take pleasure in enacting various tortures on their schlubby, gormless anti-heroes,” grants Calum Marsh at Hazlitt, “and that, in the favored critical parlance, makes their films hateful and condescending and, harshest (and trendiest) of all,misanthropic. This assessment, though, seems to have two main problems: the first is that I doubt whether the Coens really do hate their characters after all, as many of them, though they suffer, are redeemed in our eyes as earnest or well-intentioned or otherwise endearingly flawed…. The second problem is more foundational. I don’t know, for sure, that a degree of mockery, or even punishment, is something to be avoided on principle.”
Updates, 12/5: Inside Llewyn Davis has won best feature at the Gotham Awards.
For Michael Sicinski, writing in the Nashville Scene, “the power of the Coens’ film is in its gradual revelation of the greater field of operations surrounding Llewyn. Those who judge him are, to a large extent, just as heinous as he is; they are just more comfortable with their own lies.”
The NYT‘s A.O. Scott notes that “this is not a biopic, it’s a Coen brothers movie, which is to say a brilliant magpie’s nest of surrealism, period detail and pop-culture scholarship. To put it another way, it’s a folk tale.”
“Every once in a while some kind of meaning or pattern emerges for just a brief shimmering second and then disappears from view, like the cats that keep slipping away from our lonely, dour protagonist. But if this beautiful film seems unnaturally elusive, there’s a good reason for that: The real story is happening somewhere else.” Bilge Ebiri explains.
New York‘s David Edelstein notes that “with Isaac front and center, the movie is never monotonous. With his thick, unruly black hair and scruffy beard, he evokes Lenny Bruce and Al Pacino circa Serpico—counter­cultural touchstones. He makes Llewyn an asshole of stature, chafing at his fate but always—unlike many of the Coens’ tunnel-visioned protagonists—getting the (sick cosmic) joke.”
“If the whole film is an odyssey (and the allusion is made explicit at one point), then this is a trip to the underworld,” writes Anthony Lane in the New Yorker.
At the DissolveKeith Phipps notes that “if Llewyn has a cousin in the Coen filmography, it’s Barton Fink, another young talent forced to look at the machinery of how art gets processed and sold. But where Barton Fink sometimes resembled a horror movie, Inside Llewyn Davis plays like an elegy.”
Nicolas Rapold at the L: “When DA Pennebaker’s Don’t Look Back chronicled Bob Dylan’s 1965 tour in England, the immediacy and the pretenses of both cinema verité and Dylan made for a special alchemy, feeding off the anxieties of a moment, a person, a style of filmmaking. Perhaps, building on A Serious Man, the Coen Brothers have, in resurrecting a world of folk and its jockeying over authenticity, keyed into a level of expression and empathy all the more potent after the long-form pratfalls they’ve orchestrated in the past.”
Inside Llewyn Davis is the warmest picture they’ve ever made,” writes the Voice‘sStephanie Zacharek, “and though it will never attract the cultlike adoration of The Big Lebowski and Fargo, or earn the serious-lit-adaptation accolades of No Country for Old Men, it’s possibly their best.”
Five out of five stars from Joshua Rothkopf in Time Out New York.
At SlateDavid Haglund presents a guide to the real-life figures who inspired several of the film’s characters.
“The CD, which was released three weeks ago, is a trove of sonic pleasure,” adds Time‘sRichard Corliss. “A single listen should certify the suspicion that Inside Llewyn Davis is more deserving of a Grammy than an Oscar. It’s a middling portrait but a great album.”
Interviews with the Coens: Todd Gilchrist ( and Andrew O’Hehir (Salon). And with Carey Mulligan: Charlie Schmidlin (Playlist) and Marlow Stern (Daily Beast). And Amy Nicholson talks with Oscar Isaac for the LA Weekly.
Updates, 12/6: “I might as well just admit it, I feel an abiding/irritating kinship with the cranky folk singer,” writes Glenn Kenny, declaring Inside Llewyn Davis his favorite film of 2013. He’s also given it four out of four stars at “It’s awesome. My friendMichelle Dean has a nice piece at Flavorwire taking issue with the movie’s naysayers and putting her finger on some of the reasons it resonates so naggingly with folks like herself and myself.”
Salon‘s Andrew O’Hehir adds that, “for my money, the 33-year-old Isaac—who was born in Guatemala, raised in Florida, and has been working his way toward stardom for years—gives the year’s breakout performance, and Inside Llewyn Davis is one of the Coens’ richest, strangest and most potent films. They are justifiably known for their dialogue, their pacing, their plotting and their wit, and that’s all here. But Inside Llewyn Davis, even with its meticulous portrayal of early-1960s Greenwich Village, pushes beyond realism and satire into more mysterious terrain, into the surrealism or metaphysics or even spirituality (I feel the Coens wincing) that has surfaced sporadically in their work and always thrums beneath the surface.”
“There are many ways to characterize and/or position the movie, and here’s one that seems to me to be unavoidable: as a failure of simple storytelling progression, and a supremacy of Worst Case Scenario plotting over anything more complex.” Michael Atkinsonexplains.
Also at Sundance NowNick Pinkerton: “For every Bob Dylan, how many dozens of Llewyn Davis’s were there, with albums languishing unsold on the shelves? For every Coen Brothers, how many has-beens and would-bes never got up the same ‘festival buzz’? ‘You’ve probably heard that one before,’ Davis says shortly before he cedes the stage to Dylan, ‘Because it was never new and it never gets old and it’s a folk song.’ This bit of boilerplate banter gets at something essential to Inside Llewyn Davis, a movie that’s as timeless as feeling low.”
“An undeniably talented two-man band of brothers, the Coens take pleasure less in confronting their audience or authority in general, than in bullying the characters they invent for their own amusement,” argues J. Hoberman in Tablet. “Theirs is a comic theater of cruelty populated by a battered cast of action figures and a worldview that might have been formulated not from a Buick 6, à la Dylan but the Olympian heights of a bunk bed in suburbia.”
“The entire film seems to hold its breath for Isaac’s pure, clear, plaintive voice,” writes Tom Shone for the Guardian. “The Coens could easily have taken this in the other direction, and rendered Llewyn talentless—the trailers play impishly with this possibility—but instead they tack towards a more Withnailish paradox: if only the universe could stop oppressing Llewyn and listen, then it would hear how beautiful its oppression is making him.”
“For all its grim pessimism, Inside Llewyn Davis is almost romantic in its way,” finds Slate‘sDana Stevens.
Inside Llewyn Davis feels to me like a picture in which the brothers never got in such a hole they had to find a way of believing in their own material,” writes David Thomson in theNew Republic. “It has a shrugging, routine moodiness.”
Tim Lammers talks with Isaac for Esquire.

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🔫♛🔫♛🔫♛🔫♛🔫♛🔫♛🔫♛🔫♛🔫♛🔫♛ᙛᙑᙐᙏᙎᙅᙰᙩᙍᙇ ᐗ It’s terrifying to think that the Trump administration is simply wing...