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What would you rate Damien Chazelle's La La Land?

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Re: La La Land
« Reply #40 on: December 18, 2016, 09:01:35 am »
Yeah, I'm gonna try and see this ASAP.  It's my #1 priority for film right now.
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Re: La La Land
« Reply #41 on: December 18, 2016, 03:11:28 pm »
Yeah, I'm gonna try and see this ASAP.  It's my #1 priority for film right now.
Good. Best film of the year.

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Re: La La Land
« Reply #42 on: December 20, 2016, 07:53:15 pm »
Some thoughts on this film, in no particular order:

- I've liked Gosling for a while and Emma Stone ever since Birdman, and this movie solidified my opinion of both of them. Their chemistry felt real and natural. I thought the introduction of the two was very effective, and it set the tone for the whole movie-- yes, it's a romance/musical, but it undercuts the genre in some ways that set it apart from the crowd.

- First two scenes... uh... I didn't know what to think. I was sure that this would be an ordeal. But after that, the songs are fairly spread out. For a musical, there are a lot of really long portions of the film without any singing or dancing. I personally liked that, but I know others have complained about it. This is why I would still recommend the film to people like Paasche. I think if you hate musicals, you can still get something out of this movie if you just get past the beginning.

- Cinematography is excellent, and I especially loved the way it juxtaposed the romanticized version of LA with a more realistic one. One particular cut from a party scene to something else (no spoilers) is what first sold me on the movie. And it was pretty early on, too. It's like an old-timey Hollywood musical, but with modern sensibilities and locations.

- The romance itself is believable, and more importantly, it feels like there's something at stake. It's not just a superficial thing; it's a decision the characters have to make about the kind of people they want to be. In the end, the movie's message is compelling and bittersweet at the same time.

- One of the best screenplays of the year, without a doubt. The actors sell it well, but man, this dialogue on its own is electric. Even if you can predict where a scene will go, the way it progresses is so natural and fluid that you hardly notice it. And even better, this movie is funny. I laughed out loud multiple times during this film, sometimes just because of Gosling's facial expressions, but also because the dialogue has real wit and sting to it. This is not Marvel movie banter. The two leads exchange some truly genius lines in several scenes.

- In a way, the film is a referendum on shitty music and shitty movies. Emma Stone's character is an aspiring actress, and there are a few scenes where she auditions with some lines that sound like they were plucked straight from Passengers. I laughed. And even though I don't care for jazz much, I respect it, which makes Gosling's predicament in the film sympathetic. I won't get into it, because spoilers... but there's something very relatable about his character.



While it might be too soon to say, I think this movie will perform very well at the Oscars. It's a movie about Hollywood, and man, do those Academy types love movies about the film industry. It's not undeserved either. In a year of grim, dour films about Stockholm Syndrome, screaming people in silly costumes, and jars of piss, this film stands apart. It's truly a diamond in the rough. A charming, funny, beautiful movie with a passionate driving force behind it. La La Land is inspiring.

Whether it's my favorite movie of the year or not remains to be seen. I do recommend this film to everyone here, though (except maybe Braden and Cutler).
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Re: La La Land
« Reply #43 on: December 20, 2016, 10:03:51 pm »
Glad you enjoyed it, Diego! Wasn't sure how you'd react to a musical/romance, but I'm happy to see you connected to it as much as I did.

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Re: La La Land
« Reply #44 on: December 20, 2016, 11:20:38 pm »
Hell yeah, I'm seeing this tomorrow at 1:25.
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Re: La La Land
« Reply #45 on: December 21, 2016, 01:04:45 am »
To all who have seen it: Is it better than Whiplash or are they too different to compare?

I'm rather saddened by the fact that no theaters near me are showing this until January at the earliest.


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Re: La La Land
« Reply #46 on: December 21, 2016, 01:11:49 am »
To all who have seen it: Is it better than Whiplash or are they too different to compare?

I'm rather saddened by the fact that no theaters near me are showing this until January at the earliest.

It's tough to say. In a way, I'd actually call the two films very similar. They're both about having a dream and not letting anything hold you back (hell, Gosling is a jazz pianist in La La Land, and he even gets yelled at by JK Simmons in one scene). Whiplash certainly has a darker take on the subject, while La La Land is more melancholy and nostalgic, but they definitely both have that same element to them.

As for which is better, it really depends on what kind of movie you prefer. I'm leaning towards La La Land, but that's mostly due to more impressive camerawork and cinematography. Whiplash is easily on par with it with regards to acting and dialogue.
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Re: La La Land
« Reply #47 on: December 21, 2016, 01:39:47 am »
Wow, nice to see all the positive reactions. I suppose I'll have to reconsider my stance on musicals given the awards buzz and the fact that my film brother Tatum and Diego, who I thought would hate this movie, both loved it.
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« Reply #48 on: December 21, 2016, 02:46:51 am »
Wow, nice to see all the positive reactions. I suppose I'll have to reconsider my stance on musicals given the awards buzz and the fact that my film brother Tatum and Diego, who I thought would hate this movie, both loved it.

See this instead of Passengers and all your former trespasses against good taste shall be forgiven.

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Re: La La Land
« Reply #49 on: December 21, 2016, 09:25:56 am »
Only 4 more hours...

Is it weird that I'm more excited for this than for Rogue One?
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Re: La La Land
« Reply #50 on: December 21, 2016, 09:39:17 am »
Only 4 more hours...

Is it weird that I'm more excited for this than for Rogue One?

No.
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Re: La La Land
« Reply #51 on: December 21, 2016, 11:00:17 am »
Wow, nice to see all the positive reactions. I suppose I'll have to reconsider my stance on musicals given the awards buzz and the fact that my film brother Tatum and Diego, who I thought would hate this movie, both loved it.

See this instead of Passengers and all your former trespasses against good taste shall be forgiven.
La La Land isn't coming to my theater until at least the 29th so I can't see it for a bit, sorry. My taste is destined to be bad forever, it seems.

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Re: La La Land
« Reply #52 on: December 23, 2016, 12:45:31 pm »
I'm rather saddened by the fact that no theaters near me are showing this until January at the earliest.
Update: So the IMAX theater that my family is going to watch Rogue One in today starts showing La La Land on Christmas. I shall try to watch this if possible (though said theater is a thirty minute drive or so, so if it comes to a closer theater within a reasonable time afterward I may wait a bit).

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Re: La La Land
« Reply #53 on: December 23, 2016, 08:48:23 pm »

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« Reply #54 on: December 27, 2016, 03:41:19 am »

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« Reply #55 on: December 27, 2016, 04:08:55 am »

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Re: La La Land
« Reply #56 on: February 23, 2017, 04:07:56 pm »
Ya know... I'm starting to think this one ah isn't all that.
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Re: La La Land
« Reply #57 on: February 23, 2017, 04:11:42 pm »
Ya know... I'm starting to think this one ah isn't all that.


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Re: La La Land
« Reply #58 on: February 23, 2017, 04:16:34 pm »
Ya know... I'm starting to think this one ah isn't all that.


You can get caught up in the ah music and the cinematography (and I did certainly) but at its core, it's a very poor romance centered around two selfish pricks

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« Reply #59 on: February 23, 2017, 05:45:56 pm »
You can get caught up in the ah music and the cinematography (and I did certainly) but at its core, it's a very poor romance centered around two selfish pricks

You've made claims like this before without explaining them. Didn't you say that Jim and Pam from The Office were terrible people or something? Those are some pretty high standards, especially for characters who are realistic mainly due to their flaws.

 

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