While waiting for their big breaks, two proper L.A. dreamers, a suavely- charming, soft-spoken jazz pianist and a brilliant, vivacious playwright, attempt to reconcile aspirations and relationship in a magical old-school romance.
WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.
The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.
F. Murray Abraham,
Aspiring actress serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and jazz musician Sebastian scrapes by playing cocktail-party gigs in dingy bars. But as success mounts, they are faced with decisions that fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart. Written by
The plot has strong ties to Emma Stone's real-life history. The movie is based in LA, and Mia is discovered as a college dropout actress pursuing her dreams. Stone is a school dropout herself, moving to LA at the age of 15 in pursuit of an acting career. See more »
Right before they meet Keith for the first time, as they are sitting down at the table, something (necklace?) falls off of Mia onto the table, Sebastian quickly swipes it away with his right arm as he takes a drink with his left. When the camera switches, he is drinking with his right arm. See more »
La La Land (2016) Written and directed by Damien Chazelle, and that's the problem. A textbook example of the folly of letting a writer direct his own script. I've rarely seen such a pretentious, muddled, incoherent mess. The basic problem is that Chazelle doesn't know whether he's written a romantic drama or a musical romance. An independent director would have cut and rewritten the script to be firmly one or the other. Either way, it would have been a good movie. As it is, two fine actors are wasted, as are some fine musicians and dancers. Worst of all, the movie was boring. Only plus: some well done jazz.
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