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, 2017
Branch Call Number: LA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (128 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Having heard all the hype and having checked it out from the library on two separate occasions, I finally carved out a rainy night to watch this multi-academy award winning movie. I was pleasantly surprised. The music, costumes, and sets were brillant and the quarkiness charming. While I would have written the ending different, it still makes for an enjoyable flick and harkens back to an idyllic era of true movie stars. NF

Aug 17, 2017

You don't see musicals on the screen everyday, so 'La La Land' is a treat and a wink to the contributions and reach of the arts, stage, concert hall, and magic of cinema to help imagine the world in a different way, o' what a world; it's also a way to showcase the versatile talents of its cast, musicians, and crew. A jazz ensemble performs at a night club/restaurant is where memorable portions of scenes play out: the blare of the trumpet, brushes on cymbals, pounding on percussion, pizzicato of the bass, and staccato on the piano.

In a below ground-level night club scene in LA, there is a chance meeting of the principals, Mia and Sebastian (Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling), who never speak to each other but they are aware of each other's presence, instead the scene digresses to a darkened, lacquered dance floor that has a reflection of the city lights, slightly distorted with a paint-like lateral streak effect of the streetlights in Paris, thus resembling a blackened impressionist painting from the pan of a camera's long shot, as the pair dancers time their rotations in lockstep with the melody, flowing through the surface almost as if they are gliding on a frozen pond near the Seine. We are reminded that this harkens back to happier memories, seemingly surreal memories of the two, together, at the planetarium where a dance lift of Mia initiates that both of the dancers eventually ascend up onto and weave through a diamond-sprinkled evening sky and planetary cosmos in what morphs into some kind of dream sequence, followed by the bloom of an orchestral melodic phrase that's in step with a waltz-ballet line dance in rapid measure already in motion, a seeming cinematic metaphor of some expression.

In the 'City of Stars' piece, it begins with a simple melodic riff played on the piano that effortlessly introduces Sebastian's darker, reverberant baritone notes and which is later counterbalanced with Mia's brighter, light-footed soprano bars that so naturally concludes in feathered vibrato; it illuminates this duet in a way that advances the story through the intertwining and separation of notes with spontaneous breaks in the composition through audible smiles, and we want to know what story this becomes. Don't we all want to savor dreams like this in a city of dreamers and arranged within this, city of angels? Sebastian's query, 'City of stars, are you shining just for me? City of stars,' a phrase collapsed with a pause and then completed with Mia's decelerating measure, 'you never shined so bright-ly.' It's a story about dreamers and dreams, struggles, chardonnay, acquiescence, lifts, semisweet chocolate squares, classical and improvisational music, and the belief that magic can still exist in spite of it all, but you have to believe.

Aug 16, 2017

Yawn!! Sorry, that's all I got.

Aug 14, 2017

A throwback to the old musicals (and it should have been thrown back until the writers came up with something interesting).

Aug 14, 2017

I liked it more for the music and dance than the plot. But a lot of catchy tunes that stick around for awhile.

Aug 13, 2017

Terrible movie..pure trash.

Aug 10, 2017

It is well worth the wait! maybe a few months!
pure entertaining and makes you forget your problems for a short time :) old school Hollywood style!
loved it!

Aug 08, 2017

I really don't understand all of the excitement about this movie. I think my wife and I made it to the point where they meet (1/2 hr in) and then decided we had seen enough.

Aug 07, 2017

Opening on a promising note (pun intended), La La Land advertises sweeping songs and grand musical numbers, but it quickly reveals itself to be nothing more than a clean and surprisingly small-scale indie movie about two pretentious "artists" struggling to make it in the land of dreams. If that all sounds too fairy tale cartoonish for you, that's exactly how the movie plays out. Characters reference their "dreams" and other ambitions in almost every other line of dialogue, and the romance is unrealistically devoid of messiness. That said, it is probably the best example of real moviemaking from 2016. The swooping camera frolics and thrives amongst the various scenes, even with only about 3 original musical numbers. Yes, that's right, this "musical" features only 3 truly original songs, the rest are variations on the principal themes, adding nothing wholesome to the plot. In terms of awards, the leads are fine, the music okay, and the script undeserving of a nomination even in the local middle school writing fair. Cinematography, direction, costuming, and production design are all top notch--the best of the year. If you wanna see two nice people kinda fall for each other in the 5th grade "I think you're cute" kinda way, and then melodramatically break up when one misses the other's one-person show premiere, this is your movie. If you wanna see a real movie boldly tackling dramatic themes such as suicidal teen angst and the heartbreaking pain of real-life romantic complications, told through the brilliant guise of a wildly dark and entertaining supernatural drama, I cannot recommend Twilight more. Ditch this blu-ray (which is in high demand from those easily led by the media and thus nearly impossible to renew) and pick up Twilight's instead. Almost everything is better about that movie, including the music.

Aug 06, 2017

It was more like blah blah ... land. Complete waste of my precious time. I would have stopped watching this unnecessarily long boring movie, but I kept waiting for the part that made it almost won the best movie award ... to my disappointment it NEVER happened. The story line was warped, there was no chemistry between the main actors, the dancing was monotonous , the singing was not good, etc.
The only good thing about it were the brilliant color play. The bright colors used throughout the movie was good. If that's what you want to watch for OVER 2hrs, then that's the movie for you.

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Jun 19, 2017

red_cobra_341 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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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