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La La Land Rejuvenates Movie Musicals!

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La La Land is a strange beast – influenced equally by Hollywood musicals like Singing in the Rain (to which there is a fun reference) and Jacques Demy’s The Umbrellas of Cherbourg – that is something more than mere colorful fun.

Damien Chazelle’s second film is the story of two struggling artists – jazz pianist Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and wannabe actor Mia (Emma Stone) – who don’t exactly meet cute, then do before going on to have a very real relationship (cleverly camouflaged as piece of fluff musical).

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Opposite Day Trailer: La La Land!

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When Damien Chazelle was asked how he planned to follow up his brilliant debut feature, whiplash, he said he’d like to do a musical.

He wasn’t lying.

Check out the trailer Chazelle’s second feature, La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, after the break. It’s incredibly charming. La La Land opens on December 16th.

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DVD Review: Whiplash!

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Whiplash, my favorite movie of 2014, is now available on DVD.

It’s a tale of the lengths someone will got to to be great, and the lengths someone will go to to push someone to be great. Whiplash won three Oscars® this year – including Best Supporting Actor for J.K. Simmons for the role of Mr. Fletcher, the abusive instructor/conductor of the top-rated music school’s jazz band.

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CIFF Review: Whiplash – Yes, It’s That Good!

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Although one of the joys of covering a film festival is the cool movies that you might never otherwise see, there are always a few that you have to see even when you know they will being getting some kind of mainstream release. Whiplash – which won both the Jury and Audience prizes at this year’s Sundance Festival, is one of those. And it is just as good as those awards would suggest it is.

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