Movie House Concessions

La La Land (2016)

Episode #11

La La Land hit theaters on December 25, 2016, and has made $182M worldwide to date. Damien Chazelle directs the musical starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, and Rosemarie DeWitt.

La La Land Movie Summary

Our story begins like most days do in Los Angeles; stuck in traffic. Mia is an aspiring actress on her way to work as a barista. Sebastian is a jazz pianist who aspires to own his own night club. The two share a moment of road rage when Sebastian waves to Mia with only one finger.

Later that the day, Mia joins her roommates for a night out on the town with them. Her car is towed, so Mia walks home. Along the way, she stumbles upon a restaurant where Sebastian plays is piano. The manager fires him for playing jazz instead of Christmas songs. Mia tries to tell him how amazing his playing is, but Sebastian storms past her.

Sometime later, Mia again runs into Sebastian at a party where he’s playing in an 80s cover band. This time, Sebastian actually talks to Mia, albeit reluctantly at first, and eventually invites her to go see Rebel Without a Cause.

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La La Land hit theaters on December 25, 2016, and has made $182M worldwide to date. Damien Chazelle directs the musical starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, and Rosemarie DeWitt.

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  1. Great podcast, was really looking forward to it. Glad Lori and Molly joined. Maybe molly can make a future appearance on mhm memories(and help defend Chaplin:)
    A couple thoughts: while I enjoyed this and whiplash, I hope chazelle tries something a bit different thematically next time(both movies are about what one needs to sacrifice for their art etc)
    As far as the ending goes, chazelle is on record as saying the musical that most influenced him was umbrellas of Cherbourg and if you’ve seen that, there is no other way this movie could have ended, even if it seemed a little implausible.
    I know a lot of people who don’t like musicals, who’ve barely seen any musicals, yet love this film. That is a very impressive feat for the filmmakers, especially since this was not based on a Broadway play or anything. Can’t remember the last original musical to be this big a hit. And lastly, this is pretty much a lock to win best picture, director and actress. If chazelle wins, he will be the youngest winner(32) to ever win best director(!)

    1. You are probably right for best picture. I’d still rather ‘Hell or High Water’ though.

      I haven’t heard of ‘The Umbrellas of Cherbourg’ but if its an ending similar to La La Land, then I’d probably skip that one myself.

      Damien Chazelle’s next film looks to be ‘First Man’ a biography about Neil Armstrong, so it looks like he maybe starting to branch out to other genres.

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