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.

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2016 - Emma Stone

A modern throw back to classic movie musicals.

The couple meet cute over the holidays as he reluctantly plays Christmas carols on a grand piano.

Six Oscar Wins including:
Best Actress (Emma Stone);
Best Director (Damien Chazelle);
Best Original Song (City of Stars)

List - Musical Mondays
JCLHeatherM Dec 20, 2016

Musicals make a big comeback in this Best Picture Oscar nominee


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djil
May 08, 2020

As a former theater kid, I am not exaggerating when I say this is one of the best modern musicals. The soundtrack is as dreamy as its cinematography and its sweet message about pursing your interests.

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dmasterson
Apr 10, 2020

I normally don't like musicals but this one was solid. A romantic drama about artistic failure.

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stevania_k
Mar 06, 2020

I don’t like this type of movie, but this one is actually really good with great plot, cinematography, acting, and music. Mia and Sebastian’s theme is a good piece. City of Stars sounds dreamy. The movie is not cheesy at all. The actors do sing and play the instruments by themselves the whole time as part of their acting. The ending is not a typical happy ending but it is a really good ending and what makes the movie overall even better. Not everybody can stand jazz, just fast forward that part.

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madmax011
Sep 16, 2019

I loved this movie! I would watch it anytime! All the comments below are simply not true. They don't understand how great this movie really is! I would recommend this to anyone who loves to sing and dance! 5 star!

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randyleroyfowler
Aug 11, 2019

Don't remember

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candlesticktroughs
Jun 28, 2019

this one won an Oscar for Emma Stone, yet my younger (yet still old ) brother recently referred to her as 'not a good actress.' he had seen her in BIRDLAND, also, so I don't know WHAT GOES ON, in his head. Maybe he was quoting (unbeknownst to me) either my nephew, sister-in-law, or elderly father (for whom I have already found a birthday gift, from the ground, outside a metro bus station, outside crossroads shopping center, yesterday evening).

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Ba_kuPlanet
Jun 10, 2019

I know La La Land won many awards but the story wasn't anything I haven't seen/read before - struggling actor/musician romance. Colorful cinematography. For me, the Bonus Material was more interesting than the movie. It's like a Broadway story that went straight to screen 1st - watch for it on Broadway in future.

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1aa
May 11, 2019

The imagery and colours are sharp, diverse, and well complemented. The production value is top notch, the pacing is good. The story is cheesy and unimaginative. The plot is as one thought up by an ignorant eighteen year old in film school in L.A.

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Ephriam
Mar 16, 2019

The movie is about romance. It is about two people who actually love each other enough to step aside and allow the other to achieve their dream. The one wanted an old jazz club to preserve old jazz and the other wanted to be an actress. However, to stay together as a couple one of them would have to sacrifice their dream. But because they actually loved each other and was unselfish they wanted to see each other succeed in their dreams. At the end of the movie you find that each is successful in life and with their careers but they still have the compassion for each other. But they are truly happy in allowing each other reach their careers in life. It was a well performance and the Ryan Gosling was well suited for the part. The movie is of reality and does not have a fairy tail ending.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 21, 2019

I just don't understand why people were so obsessed with this movie.

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Mar 28, 2019

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Apr 04, 2017

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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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The movie starts off in California with a young woman, Mia, who aspires to be an actress, and a man, Sebastian, who desires to revive jazz by starting his own club. Other than the love they share with each other, nothing is really going good for them. Mia gets rejected from all the casting auditions she takes and Sebastian is finding it hard to pursue traditional jazz music because it doesn't appeal to the younger audience. But, one day, Sebastian, who got into an argument with Mia not too long ago, gets a call from a casting director, Amy Brandt. Brandt turns out to be one of the few people at Mia's one-woman show the other night and wants her to audition for an upcoming movie in Paris. In a span of five years, Mia becomes a famous actress and Sebastian eventually opens his jazz club that he had dreamed of for a long time, but will the two of them still maintain the unconditional love they had for each other in the past? My favorite part of the movie was when Sebastian told Mia that Amy Brandt, the casting director, was one of the people who saw her one-women show and loved it so much to call her for an audition. At this point, I really felt like all of Mia's failures and hardships had paid off! -Jana

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AMerr22
Oct 17, 2017

Coarse Language: some language, one f word

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