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: Toronto, Ontario : Entertainment One, [2017]
Edition: DVD widescreen version.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (128 min.) :,sound, color ;,12 cm.
digital, optical, surround, Dolby digital 5.1, rda
video file, DVD video, rda

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wyllow
Sep 23, 2017

Bittersweet, romantic film reminiscent of the Hollywood musicals of the 60's. Musicals aren't for everyone, and I'm not a big fan myself, but I enjoyed this. Well acted and the talented leads hold their own.

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7626dee
Sep 16, 2017

When they are good they are very, very good and when they are bad they are boring. The script almost overpowers the music. The characters are talented egos without personality except when there is music and then they shine brightly. Musicals are escapist by nature, Hollywood and the Chinese money men need to learn why musicals are so rare anymore, they are expensive and require a lot of very talented egotistical individuals to produce.

Library_Jill Sep 13, 2017

An ode to classic musicals that clearly shows its love for the genre that inspired it, while it still manages to bring freshness to the story of a jazz pianist and an aspiring actress who cross paths in Los Angeles, in pursuit of their dreams. I loved all of the elements that self-consciously evoked some of my favorite classic musicals--that "dream sequence!"--and I think a lot of the appeal of this movie is thanks to the nostalgic tone throughout. Great chemistry between characters, lovely costumes, and impressive piano-playing by Gosling, who apparently had never played piano before this movie--wow!

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poodlegirl
Sep 09, 2017

I just expected so much more...

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Crpalace68
Sep 08, 2017

I liked it but I didn't love it. Some catchy tunes, I really liked the song Emma Stone sings for her audition. Some of the other themes I enjoyed as well.

A real dud. Painful for me to watch. Right up there with MR. HOLLAND'S OPUS. I began to wonder whether it was the intention of the director to celebrate grating superficiality. Was LA LA LAND a slick put down of Hollywood? Well at least we know Emma Stone can dance, better than Ryan Gosling at least. I consider myself a Ryan Gosling fan, and i have to say his performance borders the embarrassing.

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readyrisa
Sep 01, 2017

Delightful and wonderful!

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Mooseum
Aug 31, 2017

When I was much younger, I loved musicals. That was the time of Rodgers and Hammerstein and others. Maybe I've turned into a curmudgeon, but I couldn't get lost in this movie like it felt so easy to do maybe 50+ years ago.

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Dark_Matter
Aug 30, 2017

So many oscars and other wins...I just don't get it.

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KennyBania
Aug 28, 2017

Ugh, from that opening awful song.... gag me with a spoon.

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red_cobra_341
Jun 19, 2017

red_cobra_341 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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blue_cheetah_7593
Apr 04, 2017

blue_cheetah_7593 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 12

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jimg2000
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...
Barefoot
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

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jimg2000
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
Again

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