“La La Land” Review

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La La Land (2016)

Universally acclaimed, “La La Land” is the kind of a film which could melt the most cynical and toughest of critics. As romantic as it is visually stunning, the main charm of the film lies in its simplicity: a guy, Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), and a girl, Mia (Emma Stone) both dream of a professional success in Hollywood, and first find true happiness in each others’ arms, before the practical realities of their chosen “star” professions separate them. With an uncomplicated plot and an absolutely stunning soundtrack, “La La Land” has all the appeal of an old musical, while keeping things interesting and original with notes of modern music, the showcasing of modern technologies and with the demonstrations of a competitive side of today’s Hollywood business. In “La La Land”, Damien Chazelle (director) shows that, in 21st century, you can still not only make a financially successful old-school musical-comedy film, but also produce a real gem of a movie capable of leaving the audience breathless with its heart strings’ pulling and sheer inventiveness. 

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La La Land tipped for Oscars glory after win at Toronto Film Festival 2016

The following news article is posted on the Guardian Film’s online page: 

“La La Land has taken the top honour at the Toronto film festival. The Los Angeles-set musical world premiered on the opening night film of the Venice film festival and screened in Telluride, before debuting in Toronto. The movie – Damien Chazelle’s third – has attracted raves from reviewers, with especial praise for Emma Stone’s performance as a struggling actor, whose relationship to her jazz pianist boyfriend (Ryan Gosling) becomes strained when his career begins to overtake hers. Stone was named best actress at last Saturday’s Venice film festival awards. Read more of this post

“All Good Things” Review

All Good Things (2010)

Directed by Andrew Jarecki and starring Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst, ‘All Good Things’ is a mystery crime drama which was criticised fiercely by some critics, and which currently holds a 32% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but, probably, quite unjustly. The film begins as it is so ‘in fashion’ nowadays – the main character, David Marks (Ryan Gosling), the heir of a grand real estate, tells his tale of woe. Beginning with his traumatic childhood, and then the conflict with his father and ending with the loss of a girl (Kirsten Dunst) he so dearly loved, the audience is taken through an emotionally intense account of his life events.

Some say that if you haven’t heard of a film before and that film has been around for awhile, it cannot possibly be good. Sometimes this is true, but there are exceptions. The main appeal of ‘All Good Things’ is that it is based on a real story, which, on the face of it, is really fascinating. The eerie disappearance of young and beautiful Kathleen Durst in 1982 shook local community, and her husband Robert Durst’s statements to the police were sometimes contradictory.

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“Drive” Review

Drive (2011)

 ‘There’s something inside you, it’s hard to explain’

Starring Ryan Gosling and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, ‘Drive’ may give the impression of being another cheap Hollywood crime thriller filled with pointless action scenes and meaningless dialogues. However, this first impression is false. Compared to other action films, ‘Drive’, is, in fact, gold itself found on top of some pile of garbage. With an amazing soundtrack, cast, performances, script and, above all, that nostalgic and unforgettable 80s feel to it, ‘Drive’ becomes an impressive movie, giving off brilliance of some kind of a cult movie, maybe only comparable to ‘Taxi Driver’ (1976).

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