When I first saw La La Land at AMC’s Best Picture showcase I walked away feeling meh about the film and I hated the ending. But it’s weird, I’m still thinking about them film several weeks later. I can’t wait to watch this again on 4K UHD. It should be beautiful. The movie comes home April 11th. They are smoking crack if they think people are going to pay $42 for this movie, however the 4K UHD is currently available for pre-order for $29.
The 89th Academy Awards® show was a rousing success – unexpected, fun opening with Justin Timberlake performing his Oscar®-nominated son, Can’t Stop the Feeling, as he danced into the Dolby Theater; on target but carefully modulated (and funny) opening monologue by host Jimmy Kimmel (and I’m not just saying that – he made me laugh and I am definitely not a fan); some surprisingly effective banter between presenters, and unexpected winners (take a bow, Suicide Squad!).
The show was well-paced – even if it did run over a half-hour long – with some nifty surprises (Kimmel’s riff on providing food for the audience; bringing an unsuspecting busload of tourists into the theater and the resulting genial chaos) and even a mention of Bill Paxton, whose death yesterday made it impossible to include him in the In Memoriam montage (accompanied by Sarah Bareilles’ stunning rendition of Joni Mitchell’s Both sides Now).
I love a bit of innovative marketing and corporate synergy as much as the next person. In celebration of this year’s award season, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood will spotlight Lionsgate’s Oscar nominated film, La La Land, as a limited addition to the tour. From Feb. 18 to March 6, 2017, guests can find themselves in a scene from the film as they step onto the ‘Café Sur Le Lot,’ coffee shop set, which has been carefully reconstructed. I’m actually going to be in LA next month for Wondercon and can’t wait to see this in person.
La La Land won every category in which it was nominated – seven – at the 2017 Golden Globes, including Best film, Musical or Comedy, Best Actor (Ryan Gosling) & Actress (Emma Stone), Musical or Comedy.
On the TV side, The Night Manager led with three Globes: Best Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie (Tom Hiddleston), Best Supporting Actor (Hugh Laurie) and Best Supporting Actress (Olivia Colman).
There were a number of upsets as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association selected, among others, Billy Bob Thornton (Goliath) over Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) and Hugh Laurie (The Night Manager) over Sterling K” Brown (The People vs. O.J. Simpson).
On this episode, the GeekScholars host a spoiler-free discussion and review of La La Land (a presumptive Academy Award nominee for best picture) an original movie musical that tells the story of a jazz musician and aspiring actress who strike up a romance in Los Angeles.
What to Watch This Weekend is a weekly podcast from GeekScholars Movie News. Each Friday, the GeekScholars present a spoiler-free review of a film that has just become available in the past week to watch by renting, streaming, or purchasing.
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).
The 79th Annual Golden Globes nominations were announced this morning and while there were a lot newcomers on the TV side, the film noms didn’t feature many real surprises.
Coming the day after the Critics’ Choice Awards, La La Land continued to be the leader in noms with seven – including Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Best Director, Best Actress/Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.
On the TV side, four of the Best Drama noms were first timers: The Crown, Stranger Things, This Is Us and Westworld. The pêople vs. O.J. Simpson led in total noms with 5.
This is an awesome show. December 2016 is an enormous month for awesome film releases and this week’s episode of GeekScholars Movie News has you covered for everything you need to know about them! We share our thoughts on what’s going to be well-received, what’s going to flop and share our predictions for Rotten Tomatoes scores and Opening Box Office numbers.
Oh, and now’s a good time to heed our prognostications as our predictions for November 2016 were scary accurate with our lowest margin-of-error ever!