Archive for 2013

From Philly Mag:

13 Movies Worth Your Time Christmas Weekend

Inside Llewyn Davis

Sorry to be corny, but Joel and Ethan Coen’s latest is one of those movies you feel instead of watch. Played out over a wash of a week in the frigid New York City winter of 1961, it’s a quietly visceral experience that drops in and drops out of the directionless life of Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac), a pretty-much-failed folk singer who’s exhausted his options. Broke and essentially homeless, he refuses to accept that dedication to principles doesn’t always translate to artistic success. Like all the best Coen works, it’s funny and tragic in all the weirdest places, sonically adept and reluctantly existential.

See it if: You want to hear Isaac, an amazingly convincing performer, play incredible music. “If it was never new and it never gets old, then it’s a folk song,” he offers as a sort of genre nut graf.

Best Performance: It has to be Isaac. He’s unbelievable. But a well-deserved shout also goes out to Garrett Hedlund, who builds out a fascinating character with nearly zero dialogue.


This mention from the Arizona Daily Star is also nice:

Review: Despair proves amusing in Coens’ ‘Llewyn’

When Llewyn hitches a ride to Chicago for a last-chance meeting with stoic music manager Bud Grossman (portrayed by the ever-magnetic F. Murray Abraham) he is told his music isn’t sellable. His traveling companions, bizarre Southern jazz musician Roland Turner, played with raw perfection by Coen regular John Goodman and the aloof leather coat-wearing stud Johnny Five (a quiet, captivating Garrett Hedlund), turn out to be a headache when one almost overdoses on drugs and another is arrested.


Inside Llewyn Davis - Movies to See This Weekend
26 Dec, 2013

Year in Review: 13 Unforgettable Performances That Oscar Will Overlook

Christian Bale, Sanda Bullock, Joaquin Phoenix, Oscar Isaac, Tom Hanks, Robert Redford, Michael Fassbender, and Meryl Steep, because she’s Meryl Streep, have all had heaps of praise thrown their way this year by both fans and critics. They’ll continue to see even more acclaim in 2014 and beyond, but with all those fantastic movie star performances, not all of 2013′s best have gotten the attention they deserve.

That happens most every year, of course. Only so many performances can be nominated for statuettes. After all, even after listing these 13, another 13 could have easily followed (it was a good year). In that spirit, hopefully you’ll share your picks in the comments section, but for now, here are 13 performances from 2013 not to forget when someone else is being played off stage for making their acceptance speech too long.

Garrett Hedlund – Inside Llewyn Davis

Garrett Hedlund has gotten a lot of flack over the years. That’s a little unfair, because Tron: Legacy or Troy aren’t exactly about acting. When Hedlund has been cast in the right project that lets him stretch his muscles, he shows his true talent.

Both On the Road and Inside Llewyn Davis show wildly different sides of Hedlund, and his performances in both films will thankfully land him more interesting projects and roles. William Monahan’s forthcoming Mojave should be an excellent showcase for him.

See the full list HERE – lots of great performances on it.

Film School Rejects - Overlooked Performances
22 Dec, 2013


Inside Llewyn Davis received several Golden Globe Nominations this morning. The Golden Globes will be handed out on January 12, 2014.

“American Hustle”
“Inside Llewyn Davis”
“The Wolf Of Wall Street”

Christian Bale, “American Hustle”
Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Oscar Isaac, “Inside Llewyn Davis”
Joaquin Phoenix, “Her”

“Atlas,” “Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
Music by: Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion
Lyrics by: Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion

“Let It Go,” “Frozen”
Music by: Kristen Anderson Lopez, Robert Lopez
Lyrics by: Kristen Anderson Lopez, Robert Lopez

“Ordinary Love,” “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
Music by: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen, Jr., Brian Burton
Lyrics by: Bono

“Please Mr Kennedy,” “Inside Llewyn Davis”
Music by: Ed Rush, George Cromarty, T Bone Burnett, Justin Timberlake, Joel
Coen, Ethan Coen
Lyrics by: Ed Rush, George Cromarty, T Bone Burnett, Justin Timberlake, Joel
Coen, Ethan Coen

“Sweeter Than Fiction,” “One Chance”
Music by: Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff
Lyrics by: Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff


Golden Globes - Inside Llewyn Davis Nominated for Best Picture
12 Dec, 2013


Garrett Hedlund is hungry for acting glory

HAVING lost 16 kilos for Angelina Jolie’s World War Two drama, Unbroken, Garrett Hedlund is understandably looking forward to a big meal.

Sitting down exclusively with Confidential yesterday, the Hollywood actor said he currently weighed in at 69kgs.

“We are playing prisoners of war and so we’ve been on these crazy diets,” explained Hedlund, noting his favourite Sydney restaurant as Mr Wong.

“I haven’t been this thin since eighth grade. With all the weight loss, I’m just excited to eat. “When I phone home, all I can say is I’m excited for Christmas so I can eat.”

Unbroken is the true life story of former Olympic runner Louis Zamperini, who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during the second world war.

Hedlund, 29, plays prisoner John Fitzgerald in the Jolie directed flick, that has been shooting in Australia the past month.

Production has been based between the Gold Coast and Sydney, where they’ve filmed at Fox Studios as well as on a construction site in Ultimo and Cockatoo Island.

“It is pretty special to get a water taxi to work,” said Hedlund, who wasn’t able to attend the annual GQ Australia Man of the Year Awards last month but was belatedly presented his International Man of the Year title at the weekend.

“It is a great way to start the day, having your morning coffee and then you get into the war zone.”

Unbroken also stars Domhnall Gleeson, Jai Courtney, Alex Russell, Jack O’Connell and Luke Treadaway.

Hedlund, who dates fellow actor Kirsten Dunst, is one of Hollywood’s big up and coming actors. His film credits include On the Road, Tron: Legacy, Troy, Four Brothers and Friday Night Lights.

He also appears in the short film clip for Kings of Leon’s track, Beautiful War.

Working with Jolie has been a career highlight for Hedlund.

“Within this project, she is so passionate about it,” he said. “She brings that to set every day, no matter how long the hours are she kills it. She approaches every day like she is in the film and she loves to explore how you can personalise this and how you can show the pain or beauty of these men under horrible circumstances.”


Garrett Discusses Preparing for and Filming UNBROKEN
08 Dec, 2013


There’s being chilled out and then there’s this achingly cool actor – a man making all the right moves, in his own time.

Imagine being Garrett Hedlund. You’re 18 and have just landed in LA from your hometown in Minnesota – population 2500. You want to be an actor. You get handed a script. Then, three months later, you’re standing on the set of the $185m film, Troy.

“It was everything you could have dreamt of,” says Hedlund in a husky voice that sounds like he’s been gargling an ashtray all afternoon. “I was shooting in Malta the day my senior high school class was graduating, hanging out with Peter O’Toole, Sean Bean, Brian Cox and Brad Pitt.” As you do.

Cut to today, and the 29-year-old is 
packing for his first trip to Australia to film Unbroken, Angelina Jolie’s second directorial effort. Not that he seems particularly overwhelmed by it. In fact, if he were any more laid-back, he’d be horizontal. On how he likes to have fun: 
“I read books… you know. Whatever.” On how he stays off the tabloid radar: 
“I just try to remain… fuck, I don’t know.”

Because here’s the thing: he’s young, rich and successful, with the looks of a Brad Pitt and James Dean lovechild – the stuff gossip rags were made for. And he’s dating Kirsten Dunst. Not that he’ll admit it: “Come on, none of those questions.” 
So, really, how does he avoid the paparazzi?

“I don’t have a secret,” he shrugs. “I’ve always been pretty private. Don’t go to clubs you see people leaving in the papers, I guess?”

“I guess” – it’s classic Hedlund. But just when we think he’s entirely out of fucks to give, talk turns to Unbroken and things kick up a gear. “Now Angie is directing, I basically said I would be the caterer’s assistant on this film – I’m honoured to be a part of it.”

Based on a book of the same name, Unbroken traces the story of Louis Zamperini, an Italian-American Olympic runner who ends up in a Japanese prisoner of war camp during WWII. There he meets Hedlund’s character, Commander John Fitzgerald.

“Zamperini’s life is such a tale of strength and perseverance,” he says. “And my character’s insanely heroic as well.”

It’s true – Fitzgerald was a submarine commander whose vessel was hit by the Japanese, caught fire, sunk and landed the crew in a prison camp.

“They’ve been trying to make it for years,” explains Hedlund. “I came across the story five years ago and have loved it ever since.”

Turns out we can also add “dedicated” to the list of Hedlund attributes. The role’s seen the usually brawny actor commit to a strict routine that’s shed most of his bulk. “They have a nutritionist helping you slim down. I’ve lost about 10kg already and I’ve got five more to go before I start in a week and a half,” he says. “But to be able to pay homage to these characters, I’ll do whatever it takes.”


GQ Australia's International Man of the Year
08 Dec, 2013