We'll make this really easy for you – if you see one new movie in theaters this December, the only correct choice is the Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis". We've already made this handy video to illustrate that the film – which follows a week in the life of a wayward and downtrodden folk singer in the East Village circa the early 1960s – is one of the very best movies of the year, and we've already compiled this comprehensive list of the Coens' filmography to make it clear that "Inside Llewyn Davis" is also one of the very best movies the American cinema's most perfect two-headed hydra has ever made. Of all the films released this year, this feels like the one that we'll be returning to most frequently in years to come, in part because of its cyclical nature and in part because it so thoroughly understands the sweet banality of suffering that the story – while bleak and brilliantly chilled – ultimately feels like the coldest of comforts. Our review of the film awarded it one of the highest scores in the (admittedly brief) history of our numerical scoring system, we've been singing the note-perfect soundtrack since the moment it finally came out, and Oscar Isaac's lead performance is the kind of iconic work that makes the phrase "instant classic" feel like less of an oxymoron. And we haven't even mentioned the cat.
So... yeah, "Inside Llewyn Davis" is a pretty good movie, and it's finally opening in limited release this Friday (visit the official site for more details). With only a couple of days to go before it hits theaters, we're happy to share with you an exclusive tv spot for the movie, which absolutely nails the film's comic tone without giving anything away. Enjoy, and fare thee well.