La La Land (Damien Chazelle, 2016)

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Re: La La Land (Damien Chazelle 2016)

#2 Post by domino harvey » Wed Jul 13, 2016 11:20 am

Well, looks like this will indeed be a full-blown musical and they moved the release date to December, so the studio obv has confidence in it being an awards contender


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#4 Post by hearthesilence » Tue Aug 23, 2016 5:38 pm

I was no fan of Whiplash but this looks great...

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#5 Post by jorencain » Wed Aug 24, 2016 4:58 am

Somebody's a fan of "One From the Heart" (which, of course, is a good thing!).

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#6 Post by dda1996a » Wed Aug 24, 2016 5:50 am

jorencain wrote:Somebody's a fan of "One From the Heart" (which, of course, is a good thing!).
Well it is indeed a beautiful film. Anyone else notice the intertitles are similar to (I presume taken from) Jeremy Blake's work in Punch-Drunk Love?

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#7 Post by hearthesilence » Wed Aug 24, 2016 11:39 am

jorencain wrote:Somebody's a fan of "One From the Heart" (which, of course, is a good thing!).
Knew nothing of that film until I watched the trailer after reading your remark. There must have been a glut of studio films in that era trying to emulate the most lavish part of old Hollywood while fusing it with a contemporary sense: New York New York, Pennies from Heaven, 1941, this...at the very least, the other three have wonderful production values and work well as spectacle.

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Re: La La Land (Damien Chazelle, 2016)

#8 Post by jorencain » Wed Aug 24, 2016 11:46 am

It's a lot of fun - especially for fans of Tom Waits. Coppola made that film immediately after "Apocalypse Now" as a studio-bound antidote to his previous filmmaking experience.

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#9 Post by domino harvey » Wed Aug 24, 2016 11:58 am

It's handsomely made, but at the service of a pretty lousy movie overall. And this is coming from someone who likes the overblown style of Rumble Fish / Twixt et al Coppola!

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#10 Post by jorencain » Wed Aug 24, 2016 4:23 pm

Agreed. It's fun to look at and listen to, but not so much beyond that. I DO, however, like the couple of songs that express the characters' inner thoughts, which diametrical oppose the action. For instance, a love scene is accompanied by Crystal Gayle singing "Is There Any Way Out of This Dream?" There is at least one more scene like that in the film. Perhaps it isn't unique, but I like the way this almost-musical is able to express the thoughts of characters that are not able to act in a way that is consistent with their feelings.

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Re: La La Land (Damien Chazelle, 2016)

#11 Post by A man stayed-put » Wed Aug 31, 2016 8:08 am

The early reviews out of Venice have been universally positive.
Bradshaw loves it- https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/a ... emma-stone

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#12 Post by hearthesilence » Wed Aug 31, 2016 10:07 am

Qualified praise from Owen Gleiberman. At the very least he gushed over the opening which sounds tremendous.

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#13 Post by domino harvey » Wed Aug 31, 2016 10:50 am

Yet that review makes me more excited yet since it seems Chazelle is doing the right things that so so so many modern musicals do not

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#14 Post by hearthesilence » Wed Aug 31, 2016 12:15 pm

The further away he gets from recent Hollywood film musicals, the better.

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#15 Post by dda1996a » Wed Aug 31, 2016 1:23 pm

Well the comparison to Singin in the Rain has me excited, as that is undoubtedly the finest musical ever. In fact what was the only good musical from the last few years? The only ones I liked were Once and Sing Street, and even they don't have any dancing

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#16 Post by knives » Wed Aug 31, 2016 1:28 pm

There's those Muppet films plus Queen of Hearts and Love Songs out of France have come out in the last decade. Into the Woods also was good for the first half.

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#17 Post by domino harvey » Wed Aug 31, 2016 1:38 pm

Chicago was great in part because it uses all of the modern crutches of overediting to its advantage, and Reefer Madness: the Movie Musical is a low budget effort made by people who understand the genre well. I thought Stage Fright was a novel idea with decent execution, though it's not a great film

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#18 Post by dda1996a » Wed Aug 31, 2016 1:41 pm

Yeah don't know how I forgot theMuppets, considering A Muppet Christmas Carol is my third favorite musical as well. I dislike Chicago very much, same goes to Moulin Rouge! but just remembered that Hedwig was pretty great.


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#20 Post by hearthesilence » Wed Sep 07, 2016 1:42 pm

From Anne Thompson:

"This film boasts passionate supporters, while many others don’t get the movie at all. The larger media presence in Toronto and New York will continue to ripple out and build must-see for the movie. So far I am discerning a slight generational divide, as younger critics and audiences seem a tad less less critical and more enthusiastic of the innovative portrait —an homage to Martin Scorsese’s New York, New York—of young artists in love."

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#21 Post by domino harvey » Wed Sep 07, 2016 2:27 pm

Like that young whippersnapper Tommy Hanks

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#22 Post by hearthesilence » Wed Sep 07, 2016 6:33 pm

Dom is actually quoting Clint Eastwood.

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#23 Post by domino harvey » Sat Sep 10, 2016 10:12 pm

Emma Stone won Best Actress at Venice

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#24 Post by mfunk9786 » Sat Sep 10, 2016 10:42 pm

This'll make for 4 of the last 6 Best Picture winners about the movie industry in some fashion. They certainly have a type, don't they?

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Re: La La Land (Damien Chazelle, 2016)

#25 Post by The Narrator Returns » Sun Sep 18, 2016 1:58 pm

And now the winner of the People's Choice Award at Toronto.

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