Saturday, 28 January 2017

'La La Land' Film Review

Nominated for 14 Academy Awards, 'La La Land' appears unanimously to be 2016's best film, and could very well be the first musical to win Best Picture since 'Chicago' 15 years ago.

Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, after several encounters, falls in love with jazz pianist Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), enchanted by his music. Whilst their dreams and ambitions brought them together, success and failure threaten to tear them apart.

The bittersweet love story has a strong aesthetic appeal, and works well as a contemporary musical, with several songs that are sure to become classics. The often theatrical elements and tight spatial settings make this an easy adaptation to stage, and could be mistaken as an adaptation to a stage musical.

The highlight for me was the combination of jazz and musical, intertwined with the chemistry of Mia and Sebastian that really brought the whole thing together. Despite some lulls here and there, the plot was mostly streamlined, and really builds up to the final moments, with a strong and poignant finish.

Emma Stone- Mia
Ryan Gosling- Sebastian

~~~OVERALL 8/10~~~
'La La Land' is a gem in the rare genre of musicals let alone jazz musicals and fully deserves its awards nominations, but for me, is not the most amazing thing I've ever seen. Hopefully though, the publicity and success of this film will reignite the genre of music, film and theatricality, and allow more original musicals to be made. 

Thursday, 12 January 2017

A24's Untitled Film Trailer Preview

A24 dropped a surprise new trailer for an upcoming sci-fi film which has yet to receive a title. The cryptic trailer gives glimpses into what the film is about with some intriguing word play:

Beyond Reality- Realise Feeling- Feel Bare- Bear Witness- Witness Change- Change Identity- Identity Questions- Question Life- Live Beyond

Themes of cloning, identity, artificial intelligence and conspiracy are rife within these clips and despite there not being a single recognisable cast member, it is a cleverly put together teaser that has me wanting to know a lot more!

Given A24 also released the sleeper hit 'Ex Machina' in 2014, and was my favourite film of that year, I am extremely interested in what this could be!

Check out the teaser below:

Sunday, 1 January 2017

2017 Hottest Films

2016 was a mixed bag of films, but not for Disney, who keep breaking record after record with their films including 'Zootopia', 'Captain America:Civil War', 'Dr Strange' and 'Finding Dory'.

Superhero films continue to dominate the theatres with the release of 'Suicide Squad', 'Star Trek Beyond', 'Batman VS Superman' and 'X-Men: Apocalypse', along with sequels such as 'Jason Bourne', 'Jack Reacher' and 'Now You See Me 2'. 

My vote for best movie of 2016 goes to... Arrival. Denis Villeneuve's near perfect movie is brilliantly clever and one that meaningfully stands out amongst the others.

Here is what I'm looking forward to in 2017:

-Split (Jan)
-Tulip Fever (Feb)
-Ghost in the Shell (March)
-Free Fire (March)
-Kidnap (March)
-Table 19 (March)
-'Disney's Beauty and the Beast' (March)
-Kong Skull Island (March)
-The Circle (Apr)
-Wonder (Apr)
-Fate of the Furious (Apr)
-Gifted (Apr)

-Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May)
-Life (May)
-Alien:Covenant (May)
-Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (May)
-The Mummy (June)
-Wonder Woman (June)
-Pixar Cars 3 (June)
-Rough Night (June)
-Despicable Me 3 (June)
-Spider Man: Homecoming (July)
-Dunkirk (July)
-Atomic Blonde (July)

-Seven Sisters (Aug)
-Kingsman: The Golden Circle (Sep)
-Flatliners (Sep)
-Blade Runner 2049 (Oct)

-Disney Pixar's COCO (Nov)
-Thor: Ragnorak (Nov)
-Murder on the Orient Express (Nov)
-Justice League (Nov)
-Pitch Perfect 3 (Dec)
-The Greatest Showman (Dec)

Unconfirmed 2017:
-London Fields
-A24 Untitled Film 

2018 Upcoming Films:
-Black Panther (Feb)
-Annihilation (Feb)
-Game Night (March)
-Tomb Raider (March)
-Avengers: Infinity War (May)
-Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (June)
-Ocean's 8 (June)


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