Inside Llewyn Davis Review By Tarek Fayoumi

I have not always been into folk music, but when I saw Inside Llewyn Davis I was captivated by the folk music played in the film. The Coen brothers Joel and Ethan Coen direct this cinematic tail that had a limited release in early december. As of now though it is starting to expand nationwide due to its oscar buzz. I would hate to see that this film is not playing in many locations. Considering the fact that The Coen brothers had a lot of successful films ranging from Fargo, No Country For Old Men, O Brother Where Art Thou, and many more. 

Inside Llewyn Davis follows the tail of a folk singer Llewyn Davis (played by Oscar Isaac), a folk singer that is struggling to make business with his music as well as have a fit relationship with the one girl he loves who name is Jean (Carey Mulligan). Throughout Llewyn’s journey to find where he can play music, he has a bunch of issues. cannot pay rent, carries a cat, a guitar, and always is living on the streets traveling the the Greenwich Village.

Llewyn is keeping his goal to be back in the business of being a professional folk singer. What makes this film as captivating as it is, is how Llewyn is always frequently trying to find business in music. He honestly does not really put much effort into it because of his suffrage with being poor, but he does have talent. His guitar-playing and his vocal performance is top-notch, but his record deals are not so dazzling.

Inside Llewyn Davis was charming to me. I am one of the most frequent music listeners to random music stations as I drive in my car. Sometimes a folk song comes on the radio and grabs my attention. Normally though, I skip that station. As I heard the song Hey Mr Kennedy, I felt like tuning to the station where the folk music is playing in hopes of finding that song or something similar to it. Inside Llewyn Davis’s music makes you want to be in the moment of the music that is being played in the film.

In the Oscars, I hope Cohen brothers win another award for best music like they did with the film O Brother Where Art Thou back in the year 2000. With their song I am a man of Constant Sorrow. That song was one that I listened too consistently and I still do today. Inside Llewyn Davis has a bunch of songs that are oscar-worthy. However I will not say which ones, because I do not want to ruin the film for people who plan to see it.

This film was honestly a good movie, a solid three and a half star film. It is not to be missed. For you Coen Brothers fans out there, this is a must-see.




Her Review by Tarek Fayoumi


Her is charming film that is fairly enthralling. Spike Jonze writes and directs this film taking place in a futuristic setting with technology advanced to the extreme. The movie stars Joaquine Phoenix (as Theodore), and Scarlett Johansson (as the social operating system named Samantha).  Even though the film is getting a variety of great reviews, it really involves people’s full-on attention to understand the message.

Her gears on the main character Theodore. He is a man who is alone and has many struggles. He is going through a divorce, feels he does not have many friends, and is just in need of fun. Her spends a generous amount of the movie on technology that is way advanced than the technology we have in today’s generation. Everything voice-activated and whatever is done on the computer is done automatically by voice. Meet Samantha: supporting, heartfelt, and Theodore’s operating system. Samantha gets to know Theodore in an instant through advanced background checks and realizations of how Theodore lives his life. Theodore loves Samantha but faces social issues. He loves Samantha, is going through a divorce, and is just not sure of who he would rather be with in his life.

This movie was one I enjoyed but I did not see it as amazing. I enjoyed the scenery, the funny moments, but just I could not understand what the movie was trying to say entirely. It just makes me wonder to myself one question. How much more advanced does our technology get? Overall, it was an enjoyment to see how a man becomes so attached to his operating system.

This movie is not one to be missed. However, just it is one of those films to go with an open-mind. Three and a half stars.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Review by Tarek Fayoumi




Won best original song award- motion picture( Ordinary Love)
A film where Idris Elba, gives an award-winng performance, but focuses more on the violent life than the biography side of Nelson Mandela. Mandela: Long walk To Freedom is a film that I expected to honor Mandela after his passing. I guess the movie was already finished before his death. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, has its moments where the film seems amazing, but really there is nothing happy about this movie. It is just disturbing and depressing through most of the film.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom gears on the legendary South African President Nelson Mandela (Elba). He is a fearless man and cares about freedom and does not care about going over the limits until everyone is treated equally. His protest movements, his gangs, and his enemies keep expanding. His wife, Winnie Madikizela (played by Naomie Harris) supports him entirely in what his strategies are to gain freedom. This is all setup around chaos, not very much background on Mandela, which I would have rather watched than people getting shot and places burning down.

Mandela serves prison time for leading a sabotage campaign against the apartheid government. He is sentenced to life in prison but continues to provoke the government. His words, his requests, and his attitude sum him up to be a man of his word until he gets what he wants. Even if what he wants requires his life.

I am not saying this movie was good or bad, it was just average. I am into films about real people. The film’s violence is more centered making it look like Mandela wanting nothing but violence which makes Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom seem like a film to skip and watch a documentary on National Geographic instead.

Overall, I was a bit disappointed, it had good moments but for now two stars. Its honestly a hit or miss.

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