The Joel and Ethan Coen's movie spoof on Hollywood types, "Hail, Caesar!," is ripe with dozens of wink-wink-nudge-nudge Easter Eggs and references to real-world Hollywood scandals and events from the Golden Age of the Silver Screen. If you know what to look for, you'll find enough Tinseltown references and mashups to fill the Hollywood Bowl. So let's get digging, shall we?
Inside Llewyn Davis is a compassionate reminder of how hard it is to be an artist, and of the great legacy musicians leave behind. At the end of the day, when a civilization is assessed with the clarity of historical perspective, it is the arts that most define it: architecture, painting, plays, philosophy, music.
At a time when a movie like Django Unchained can earn a Best Screenplay Oscar, I'm grateful for the Coen Brothers. At a time when a director insists on putting hip-hop music into a Roaring Twenties period picture, I'm grateful for the Coen Brothers. Just why am I grateful? Well, let me count the ways.