Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in La La Land (2016)

La La Land: A Bittersweet Love Letter to Old Hollywood

Since its premiere at Venice Film Festival, La La Land has been everywhere, and for good reason. Directed by Damien Chazelle (of the Oscar-winning Whiplash), La La Land is like a giant love letter to Old Hollywood musicals like Singin’ in the Rain and An American in Paris. With fantastic original music, tributes to classic films from the 1940s-1960s, and a charming duo with great chemistry, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that La La Land has been nominated for Golden Globes, Critics Choice Awards, and Screen Actors Guild Awards—and I have no doubt we’ll see it at the 89th Academy Awards, too. Continue reading “La La Land: A Bittersweet Love Letter to Old Hollywood”

Into the Woods Movie 2014

Into the Woods: A Fun Ride with a Serious Message and Good Music

In a village just outside the woods, the Baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) make a deal with the Witch (Meryl Streep) to remove a family curse so they can finally have a child. But they must find a cow as white as milk, a cape as red as blood, hair as yellow as corn, and a slipper as pure as gold, which leads them into the woods. There, they meet Jack (Daniel Huttlestone), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy), and Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), all of whom have wishes of their own. Continue reading “Into the Woods: A Fun Ride with a Serious Message and Good Music”

Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables

Guys, Seriously…Les Miserables is a Musical

I was reading some user reviews for Les Misérables out of sheer curiosity when I stumbled across a true gem. One reviewer had written that there was “too much singing in this movie.” Yes, that’s exactly what they said. ABOUT A MUSICAL MOVIE. And now I’ll let Helena Bonham Carter as Madame Thenardier show you my reaction to that statement… Continue reading “Guys, Seriously…Les Miserables is a Musical”

Tom Cruise in Rock of Ages

I Wanna Rock of Ages

If you’re someone who just doesn’t get musicals, then this probably isn’t the movie for you. You can’t walk into a movie like this and be shocked when characters burst out into song and dance at any given moment, nor can you eyeroll at cheesy moments. That’s just how musicals work. And with this movie, it’s go big hair or go home. Continue reading “I Wanna Rock of Ages”