Review: “Manchester by the Sea”

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“Manchester by the Sea” stars Casey Affleck as Lee Chandler, a quiet, boorish janitor who is called back to Manchester after his brother, Joe Chandler (played by Kyle Chandler), passes away.  There, he mourns his brother’s death, as well as handles the difficulties of becoming the new guardian for Joe’s only child Patrick (played by Lucas Hedges), forcing Lee to face his past.  We follow these two in an agonizing story of hardships and mishaps as Lee tries to figure out what is best for both of them in one of the most heart wrenching movies of the year. Continue reading

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Review: “Inside Llewyn Davis”

llewyn-blog-pic“Inside Llewyn Davis” starring Oscar Isaac as Llewyn Davis, takes us along with Llewyn, an unlikeable folk singer, as he attempts to traverse a rocky and misfortunate trail ahead as he tries to break onto the music scene alongside a few cats he finds on the way.  This movie takes a true look at authentic folk music and how it was changing through the 60s, and the difficulties of trying to keep the authenticity of folk music as an artist.  Through Llewyn’s exhausting journey to “make it” while attempting to stay authentic to the music and himself we see his heartfelt side and his ugly side, causing us as the audience to see a muddled impression of who Llewyn truly is. Continue reading