La La Land: Something old, something new…

SPOILERS ahead for La La Land!  Damien Chazelle's latest movie seems to be sweeping everybody off their feet, and for me, it has prompted more in-depth conversations than perhaps I had anticipated.  On the surface level, La La Land is everything that people have been saying it is, a dazzling romance with amazing songs and... Continue Reading →

La La Land & the break-up letter with Old Hollywood

SPOILERS ahead if you haven't seen La La Land yet! Many, including myself, described La La Land in their reviews as a "love-letter to Old Hollywood", and indeed on the one hand it is. It is a glowing and heartfelt love-letter to Tinseltown; its stylised romantic whimsy, vibrant colour palette, and aesthetics deliberately reminiscent of... Continue Reading →

LFF 2016 – La La Land Review

Director: Damien Chazelle Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, JK Simmons  The Overview A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. (Source: IMDb)  The Good  After the roaring reception of Chazelle's debut film Whiplash at London Film Festival 2014, followed by its award success and general critical acclaim, it is no surprise... Continue Reading →

The Big Short Review: Money Talks

Director: Adam McKay Starring: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Brad Pitt The Overview Four seemingly insignificant people predict the credit and and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to try and take down the big banks whose greed and lack of foresight is setting them on the path to certain disaster. The... Continue Reading →

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