La La Land

La La Land

DVD - 2017
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A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. This original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing dreams.
Publisher: Santa Monica, California : Summit Entertainment : Lionsgate, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
Branch Call Number: DVD LA 1DISC
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1
digital,optical,surround,5.1 Dolby Digital Audio
4 3/4 in
1 videodisc (128 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: LaLa Land


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Best Directing, Best Actress in a Leading Role-Emma Stone, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Original Score, Best Original Song-"City of Stars"

Best Directing, Best Actress in a Leading Role-Emma Stone, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Original Score, Best Original Song-"City of Stars"

Nominated for Best Picture, Actor-Ryan Gosling, Actress-Emma Stone, Directing, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing, Production Design, Original Score, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Song-"Audition (The Fools Who Dream)," Song-"City of Stars,"

Nominated for Best Picture, Actor-Ryan Gosling, Actress-Emma Stone, Directing, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing, Production Design, Original Score, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Song-"Audition (The Fools Who Dream)," Song-"City of Stars,"

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As far as movies go, i was actually really excited to see La La Land ( having that it won more academy awards than most other films ). However when I did get the chance to get around and see it, i was slightly disappointed. Now '' Disappointed '' in to way means '' Bad '' but the problem with having high expectations is that sometimes, unfortunately, you can be vulnerable to being let down ( even a little ). The acting was very good and I loved the sense of Jazz in this movie that you don't get to see or hear a lot in present day films. Having said that, do I think Emma Stone deserved the Best Actress award at the Oscars? Well, no I don't, I think it should have gone to someone else. There were a couple awkward moments in the film, like when she was singing in to be exact, when the audiences could see that she was plainly uncomfortable. Though La La Land was being raved about for having '' Brilliant '' dance/ choreography, I felt like throughout the movie, ESPECIALLY the opening number ( Another Day In The Sun ) all the scenes that included any type of dance were not at all as brilliant as everyone made them out to be. They were not poor, but they definitely lacked something vital to any dance number. Ryan Grosling did a great job playing his character and it was also fun to know he had to learn to play piano for the movie. Yes the La La Land might have been good ( and i applaud that ) but I also think it was very overrated, much too like movies like Frozen, Moana, Avatar ect. Good movie but not at all what it was ( and is ) made out to be.

gordonma Jul 20, 2017

[La La Land] is an essential film of 2016, directed by Damien Chazelle, the youngest winner of the Oscar for best director, scored by Justin Hurwitz, undoubtedly one of the youngest winners of the Oscar for best original score, and starring that modern demigod duo of Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, the 2010s version of the 1990s duo of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

Youth in its spring defines this film musical, inspires its score and its choreography, while pushing it forward to the uncertain future that awaits all youth: maturity. And gifted with a splendid and clever first half, including an excellent scene at L.A’s Griffith Observatory, with all the charm, pizzazz, and choreography of musical comedies of old, e.g. [Singin’ in the Rain] and [An American in Paris], our modern day Bonnie and Clyde or Siegfried and Brunnhilde, walk that trajectory of all the dreamy-eyed Hollywood faithful, with stars in their eyes. That is until the obligatory “reality check” second half.

It’s okay to give Ryan Gosling, and apparently his body double, a pass for trying and failing to replicate Gene Kelly’s iconic and dope moves from [Singin’ in the Rain] during “A Lovely Night,” those are both iconic and really hard moves to do in slacks. Plus, he was awesome in [Drive]. It is also okay to give a pass for the temerity of our thirtysomething Calvin and Hobbes or Tyrion and Bronn in a Hollywood where Jimmy Fallon can transition from breaking character on SNL to hosting the Tonight Show. But, I think it would be fairly difficult to stomach how the second half, sadly and predictably and with much cliché, tosses all that was good and said to underline: this is how it is in Hollywood. And then throw that aside, too, in an attempt to achieve a mellowing denouement that was erstwhile claimed solely by the French and the West Germans.

My sister told me that she found the ending of [La La Land] to be quite sad. But, I corrected her and said that sadness in film already had a name and it was [The Umbrellas of Cherbourg]. For me, what was disappointing was how [La La Land] broke cohesion and never picked itself up, emotionally or intellectually or thematically, to achieve a satisfying balance. On the other hand, [Moonlight] is an example of a film that aptly handled time skipping, that maintained its narrative cohesion throughout, and that won the Oscar for best picture….

In the end, yes, it is okay to state that any iota of success, in the way one initially wanted it, ought to be perfectly acceptable in the Russian roulette that is Hollywood, but that would be so cliché. Why not a homage? Instead of “this is show business” how about a love-triangle a la [Sabrina] or [My Fair Lady] or [Wayne’s World], between Gosling-Stone and some older billionaire-professor who owns a zoo and who has some serious dance moves? The outsider genius that is Tommy Wiseau? Perhaps. Paul McCartney? Sure. What film could not be improved by closing with “Maybe I’m Amazed” or a recitation of a lentil soup recipe? The possibilities were endless, as it is with all that is young and unbroken.

With the Oscar for best picture in grasp, perhaps that reach should’ve been taken.

Many questions remain: Who is the man that Mia marries? When will Sebastian achieve his comeuppance? How big are Emma Stone’s eyes? Which Avenger(s) shall perish in [Infinity War]? But when it was all said and done, it was a good film and show business is show business.

Jul 19, 2017

I really enjoyed the music and look of the film. Reminded me of Umbrellas of Cherbourg with all the singing, the love story and how it ends.

d2013 Jul 18, 2017

Excellent music score, especially "City of Stars" and visuals and dancing in the film was good and colorful. I think the ending should have been on a happier note, but then that is the ups and downs of show biz.

Jul 16, 2017

Watchable musical but not worthy of the academy awards.

Jul 14, 2017

Disappointed. Lyrics in the opening scene, which should have set the tone for the movie, were unintelligible. If one misses the "5 Years Later" chapter title toward the end of the movie, one has no idea what is happening. SPOILER ALERT: I have absolutely no idea who she married, other than it wasn't the jazz musician.

Jul 10, 2017

So disappointing. Boring. I kept waiting for something to decent dancing. Never happened. I kept fast forwarding hoping......I love Emma Stone so I really wanted it to get better...... but it never did.

Jul 07, 2017

Kinda bemused at the vitriol being flung at this. Yes, it's a musical that takes place in L.A. and references Hollywood's history - that in and of itself shouldn't condemn it. The film doesn't pander to the Academy the way stuff like The Artist, The King's Speech, Crash (three Best Picture winners which aren't nearly as creatively, stylistically assured/distinctive), whatever historical biopic Eddie Redmayne is starring in, and various other Oscar bait-y films do. And it's not a smug, look-at-me! gimmick like Birdman, which attempted to be some hard-hitting, edgy satire of the entertainment industry, but was instead so far up its own pretentious, shallowly drawn arse, so caught up in its own delusions, that it undermined the few banal points it had.

Chazelle is a rare talent whose cinematic instincts & tastes, based on just his two breakout films alone (Whiplash & La La Land) span a vast spectrum. Here he melds his love for Jacques Demy & Golden Age American musicals in effortless fashion, infusing the whole work with a melancholy usually absent in traditional Hollywood musicals - part and parcel of its more modern, anxious sensibility (despite the constant description of it as some old-fashioned "love letter" to Old Hollywood). When have we had an American musical that looked and felt like this? That used color, framing, camera movement, cinematic reference, etc. so deftly? In a ballsy move, the film even discards a lot of the 'musical' element altogether for the film's second half, in lockstep with the characters' growing disillusionment with their careers/lives, before pulling out a showstopper of an ending. The music is buoyant & lovely; and no, Stone and Gosling aren't professional-level singers/dancers (tho Stone has a sweet voice), but this film isn't trying to be a Gene Kelly/Fred Astaire musical, even if draws from their influence: the two of them are just normal, charming, fumbling people who occasionally break out into song and dance to express their fantasies, mirroring the way the characters are trying to break out of the mundanity & disappointments of their lives. Emma Stone - who I've always enjoyed but never been that impressed by - is particularly good here (although Huppert deserved that Oscar!). I have quibbles with it, of course - it's not a masterpiece - but they're insignificant next to the genuine joy this beautifully crafted film gave me, so rare from Hollywood these days.

Jul 01, 2017

Reading the comments, it just goes to show you - one man's meat is another man's poison. I am of the great musicals era (Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire), and this movie is a stupid attempt to imitate them. Yuk!!! Save your energy. The only good thing I can say about this film is the piano playing. it's good. I'm not into jazz, but there is some other, good music at the piano.
The photography is insipid at best. I kept watching hoping something would change. It doesn't. Boring !!!!

Jun 28, 2017

I have now seen this movie 4 times, know all the words to all of the songs, can play part of one of the songs on the piano and still I am not tired of it. It never gets old, that's how amazing this movie is. Anyone who loves fun musicals would love this movie. The ending left me depressed and in tears every single time. I highly recommend this movie. This is the best movie I have ever seen, and I'm not just saying that. I truly and wholeheartedly believe it. Please, please watch it! Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are absolutely wonderful at singing, dancing, acting etc. You won't be sorry.

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Jun 19, 2017

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Apr 04, 2017

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Jun 16, 2017

Quite a few in IMDb already but here is one not there -- Audition (The Fools Who Dream)

Stone's aunt P1 of 2:

My aunt used lived in Paris.
I remember, she used to come home and tell us...
These stories about being abroad and...
I remember she told us that she jumped into the river once...
She smiled...
Leapt ...
Without looking
And tumbled into...
The Seine
The water was freezing
She spent a month sneezing
But said she would do it again
Here's to the ones who dream
Foolish as they may seem
Here's to the hearts that ache
Here's to the mess we made
She captured a feeling Sky with no ceilling

Jun 16, 2017

Stone's aunt P2 of 2:

The sunset inside a frame
She lived in her liquor And died with a flicker
I'll always remember the flame
Here's to the ones who dream
Foolish as they may seem
Here's to the hearts that ache
Here's to the mess we made
She told me...
"A bit of madeness is key"
"To give us new colors to see"
"Who knows where it will lead us?"
"And that's why they need us"
Bring on the rebels
The ripples from pebbles
The painters, and poets, and plays
And here's to the fools who dream
Crazy as they may seem
Here's to the hearts that break
Here's to the mess we made
I trace it all back to then
Her, and the snow, and the Seine
Smiling trough it
She said she'd do it


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