Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is a struggling folk singer whose life is less than glamorous. He has no money – instead he has a floundering solo album. He doesn’t have an apartment – instead he crashes on friends’ couches until they kick him out. He doesn’t have a girlfriend – instead he sleeps with Jean (Carey Mulligan) who is actually with Jim (Justin Timberlake). And Jean is pregnant and needs an abortion because she really doesn’t want Llewyn’s child. So Llewyn has to figure out a way to make it happen.
Inside Llewyn Davis breaks my Coen Brothers rule: I usually only ever like every other film they make and it wouldn’t have been their turn to be liked, but it worked out that way anyway. I was enchanted by Llewyn and the hypnotically slow pace of the film.
Barry (Jonathan Silverman) works in Human Resources in a reserch company, hating his job and pining after Lisa (Helen Slater), one of the scientists he hasn’t dared to talk to yet. What starts as an ordinary working day ends with Lisa getting shot, Barry getting drunk and then shocked by his nightstand lamp. When he wakes up the next morning, it isn’t the next morning at all, but the last day happening all over again. Now Barry is on a mission: He will use the time loop to save Lisa and to stop the loop from happening at all.
12:01 is one of those movies that you start watching – and then you realise that you’ve already seen it a long time ago when you were still a kid. I remember liking it then and I liked it now, too. It’s not awesomely brilliant or great, but it’s perfect afternoon TV.