All About That Oscars, Take 3

New year, new Oscars. That’s how the saying goes, right? Anyways, it’s my favorite time of the year, once again. Legitimately, I’ve been on edge all week waiting for Sunday. Yes, I understand it is just another awards ceremony, but we can dive into my bad habits another time. Truthfully, this has been an outstanding year in film and I’m very excited to see what the Oscars brings to the table.

Best Supporting Actor

My Pick: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Who Will Win: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

If I had to pick one performance that truly outshone the rest this year, it would be Mahershala Ali’s turn as a lovable drug dealer in Moonlight. What’s even more remarkable is the imprint he leaves, despite only starring in the film for maybe 20 minutes. How was his performance so effective? Every little detail. The way he carries himself, the inner turmoil you see on his face when dealing with the main character, his heart and, honestly, the list could go on and on. One thing I constantly highlight is how his presence is still felt after he is gone. He played such a significant role in the main character’s life, and this type of feeling is unmatched by any of the other supporting actors.

Best Supporting Actress

My Pick: Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Who Will Win: Viola Davis, Fences

On any given Sunday, you would hear me singing all of the praises for Viola Davis and that isn’t going to change today. Viola Davis is a master class actress who is in a league of the best and brightest, but the problem here in the category she is in. Davis rightfully deserves to be the in the Best Actress race. Unfortunately, the supporting actress category was viewed as less crowded and a guaranteed shoo-in for a win. This leaves true supporting roles, such as Naomie Harris and Michelle Williams, out in the cold. Don’t get me wrong, Viola deserves this award. I just wish she would have chosen to run in her true category.

Back to Harris, who was a marvel in Moonlight. She dominated what a supporting role is supposed to be. Although she was a hard character to support, you wanted her to be the type of parental figure needed. You witness her cruelty driven by an addiction and the heartbreak she experiences a little too late due to the deteriorated relationship with her son. It’s a role worth examining and praising, and Harris pulled it off in three days. Just remember that years down the road.

Best Actor

My Pick: Andrew Garfield, Silence

Who Will Win: Denzel Washington, Fences

No, your eyes do not deceive you, I did say Silence. And no, I do not mean Hacksaw Ridge. I know what movie Andrew Garfield is nominated for, but we all know what role was Oscar worthy. I think very, very highly of Garfield and his acting abilities, and I think they are something that gets overshadowed because he played Spider-man. Side note, I will happily argue with you as to why he is the best Spider-man to date. Back to the main point, Silence was a hard film that was very much carried on Garfield’s back. I do not think it would have had the same soul without his presence, and I don’t think Scorsese’s passion project would have its heart without him. I would continue to layer on the compliments, but we need to get back to the actor’s race at hands.

With those nominated, Denzel Washington brings another award winning performance in Fences, even if it isn’t his best to date. It still feels raw and vulnerable, which is one of the reasons people love watching Denzel onscreen. Similar to Harris, this isn’t a character you root for, but it is a role that feels real and worthy of telling. While there is a lot of stylistic choices that I would change to Fences, Denzel and Viola’s chemistry and, at times, volatile relationship is one that I wouldn’t. It sticks out like a sore thumb and keeps you watching as you journey through this life with them.

Best Actress

My Pick: Emma Stone, La La Land

Who Will Win: Emma Stone, La La Land

Genuine, heartbreaking and loving. These are the three words I would use to describe Emma Stone’s performance in La La Land. Want another one? Effortless. While this is a musical, this film isn’t built upon her singing or dancing abilities. No, that’s just part of the charm. La La Land is based on ordinary people who dream of tackling something greater in life. If you don’t understand Stone’s talent, watch her face throughout the movie. She carries all of her best dialogue through her posture, her eyes and the subtle way she moves her mouth. She conveys emotions with ease but holds firmly in a role surrounded in reality. Fall and onwards is carried on her shoulders. Through her audition to the tear duct inducing ending, Emma Stone is the one who whisks you away and makes you feel the heartache and memories of love.

Best Director

My Pick: Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Who Will Win: Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Whiplash was not a one-hit wonder, and we should all be wondering what else Damien Chazelle has up his sleeve. While there is a lot of deservingly wonderful directors here, Chazelle created something that couldn’t be done: a modern day, original musical. The weight of those words might feel light, but we haven’t seen a musical with this much heart and soul for ages. The film serves not only as a love letter to LA but to those who try to embark on their dreams each day. Between the technicolored wonderland and intimate relationship built between Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, Chazelle never misses a beat. He has created something that will last for ages to come.

Best Picture

My Pick: La La Land

Who Will Win: La La Land

You’ve made it to the big prize, and if you read my other picks then this one comes as no surprise. La La Land stole my heart, and I partly think it is because it is the first film that has shocked me and affected me in such a long time. As I’ve mentioned before, I was lucky enough to see this at the opening of the Denver Film Festival. My god, I was blown away. Every movie should be seen in an opera-worthy auditorium. Here’s the thing, with each repeat viewing I’ve fallen more in love. In its flaws, I see a story that has been waiting to be told. At its best, it is a feeling that I want to be wrapped in forever. I don’t think I’ll ever be over the ending, and I don’t want to be. Ultimately, La La Land is something that will haunt me and move me, and I can’t wait to experience it again.

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Things to Make You Smile: Best of 2016

What’s better than beginning a new year by looking back at what was good from the last? 2016 wasn’t one of the best years on the books, but it had it’s moments that reassured everyone maybe it would be okay after all. I mean, if you can’t escape with a good movie or book, then what even is the point? If you are still looking for a little bit of sunshine, I hope this list provides you with everything you need. Here are the ten things that made 2016 all worth it (well, kind of).

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La La Land

Damien Chazelle created a Hollywood musical masterpiece, and he knows it. Unlike traditional musicals, La La Land only boasts 6 songs with actual singing, but it’s soundtrack isn’t something to brush off. The songs littered through out the movie will make you fall in love and leave you humming for days. Maybe that’s just me, I have bought the soundtrack digitally and received the vinyl for Christmas (I can’t stop singing it, and I know I’m driving my loved ones crazy).

Much like the tagline, this movie is for the fools who dream. If the opening scene doesn’t draw you in and the last 15 minutes doesn’t get your tear ducts working, then I think we need to talk. Bring back the chemistry from Crazy, Stupid, Love. and Gangster Squad, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone sparkle like they never have before. Gosling hit a stellar year with film, and has already partnered up with Chazelle for a Neil Armstrong-biopic, but it is Stone who steals your heart and doesn’t stop running. Stone brings sincerity to every role she touches, but La La Land is the next level and her career best. I’ll be forever grateful for this 2-hour romantic stroll about the ones who dream. Until it is on DVD, I guess I’ll just be humming along to the soundtrack every day (sorry loved ones).

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Sarah Kuhn’s “Heroine Complex”

Lately, I’ve had a hard time connecting to books. Graphic novels are a different story, but traditional books have eluded me this year. That was, until I stumbled across Heroine Complex at our local Barnes and Noble. If the cover didn’t suck me in, the story did. A fine mix between your soapy fantasy love story and the baddest female super heroines previously missing from DC and Marvel movies,  you’ll fall in love with Evie and her fellow companions and see why representation is so important in storytelling (and, of course, every day life).

With the sequel, Heroine Worship, set to be released in July 2017, I can’t wait to fall back into the comfortable, sassy mind of Evie Tanaka and see if her life is still ridded with evil cupcakes. Cheers to Sarah Kuhn for making such an easily lovable character, and for reminding me that good books are always waiting around the corner.

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Arrival

Speaking of women who kick ass, have you seen Arrival? One of the sharpest sci-fi movies to date, I instantly fell in love and connected to Amy Adams‘ character, Louise Banks. The story felt familiar (in the best way), and the structure of the film will make you long for more science fiction stories. The movie is based on a short story by Ted Chiang called, “Story of Your Life.” If you connected to this film like I did, I highly recommend checking out the short story and connecting to some of Chiang’s other material.

I don’t want to spoil the plot of Arrival, but if you follow along closely you will catch little bits of detail that unravel for a very hard hitting final act. Don’t sleep on this film. If it is still in theaters around you, I urge you to go out and see it now.

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Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

One of the few new shows I actually loved this year, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency captured my heart with episode one. The titular character, Dirk Gently, is such a gem, but he doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of all the supporting characters. Ultimately, this feels like the love letter Douglas Adams deserves, whose novel the show is based upon.

To anyone worried about getting too attached to a show, Dirk Gently’s has already been renewed for a season 2! That means another season full of ridiculous adventures, a new mystery to explore and an opportunity to show this show to the people you care about most in your life. With all of its quirks, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency was the show I needed in 2016.

Added bonus: If you love the show as much as I do, be sure to follow their Twitter account for a little extra pep in your step every morning.

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The Nice Guys

Shane Black created a very raunchy buddy-cop comedy, and I’m here for every second of it. I remember seeing previews for The Nice Guys in February and wanting to see it, but alas my husband and I waited until it was out on DVD. Out of all the movies we saw in 2016, I wish we would have saw this one in theaters. Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe had some of the best on-screen chemistry I have ever scene, and, much like Dirk Gently, the Twitter account did a great job of promoting that fact (enjoy).

The movie itself found a way to pair up two unlikely candidates to solve a mystery that is so ridiculous, that you will want to follow it until the in. Sprinkled with inappropriate jokes, Gosling truly owns every scene, but his character’s daughter, Angourie Rice stole the show in her own way. Crowe reminds you that he can be charming, but more than anything the movie left me wanting a Yoo-hoo! If that doesn’t sell you, I don’t know what will.

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Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Babs Tarr’s Batgirl Issue 50 (and before)

Why Issue 50? Well, that is the last issue that the Batgirl trio, Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Babs Tarr, worked on together. Batgirl of Burnside, as I like to call the journey (but it also the name of the first volume), was one of the greatest re-envisions of Batgirl and I relished in every issue. If you ever glanced at any of Tarr’s work, then you know exactly the kind of beauty you are getting yourself in for. As for Stewart and Fletcher, they help bring the images to life and create a story worth living in.

Don’t be too sad that they aren’t creating any more issues for Batgirl (even if I’m still silently sobbing in my pillow), they developed a new comic series through Image Comics called Motor Crush and it is worth diving into. Just as vivid and lively as Batgirl, this is a dynamic trio that I would keep my eye on in years to come.

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Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

When I recently read Danielle Gutierrez’s article about Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, it was everything I’d been feeling and more. With little promotion before it’s release, Popstar was one of the best comedies I’ve indulged in. The Lonely Island has always had a direct line to my funny bone, but this felt like a refinement over their past material and built a monster that I’ve watched multiple times since purchasing on DVD. Unfortunately, like Gutierrez mentioned, I was one of the few who saw it in theaters, much less to tell all of our closest friends about it who didn’t even know it existed.

If you are looking for a good laugh or some good weekend entertainment, rent it. Get stuck on the comical soundtrack, buy it and play it on repeat. After a gloomy 2016, who doesn’t need something like”Incredible Thoughts” to brighten up their day? If this is any sign of what is to come from The Lonely Island, sign me up for more. Like usual, I’ll be there waiting for it the day it releases.

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Kate McKinnon

If you’ve made it through 2016 without anyone bringing up Kate McKinnon, I’m utterly shocked. One of the brightest stars of 2016, McKinnon not only dominated SNL, but also made a name for herself in Ghostbusters amongst other comedies released this year. Even with lackluster releases of Office Christmas Party and Masterminds, McKinnon found a way to make herself stand out against a crowd of comedic superstars. If she didn’t steal your heart as Hillary Clinton on SNL, then I truly have no hope for you going forward.

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Mahershala Ali

The best parts of Moonlight and Luke Cage, I’ve been a huge fan of Mahershala Ali since his role as Remy in House of Cards. Every time Ali graces the silver screen, he brings something new to the show. Whether charming or threatening, I’m almost always captivated with what he is selling. The most disappointing part is that Ali is almost always in a supporting role. Somehow, he never lets that stop him from dominating every scene, usually stealing the light from the main performer (looking at you Mike Colter). Let’s leave it at this, there is a reason he is sweeping the awards for best supporting actor this season.

La La Land Breakdown: Part 2, Audition

If you’re like me,  you’re still a little tipsy from La La Land‘s “City of Stars” trailer. This is perfectly okay, and I’m glad to have you along the ride with me. La La Land has been such a breath of fresh air into the world of musicals, at least trailer wise. So far, they’ve been able to tackle two trailers with catchy, sing-along tunes. They’ve been able to capture the magic of musicals, which we haven’t seen since Hairspray in the 80s (I’d even argue the remake from 2007). I love, love, love, love musicals. They are infectious and a true delight to watch, when they are done right. Don’t get me wrong, I’m the first one to step up and suggest Moulin Rouge! or Chicago, maybe even Les Miserables, but this just feels a little bit more magical. Maybe because it is completely new; original music, a fresh story. Whatever it is, I’m pining for December.

Anyways, I’ve stalled you long enough. You’ve come for the main show, and I’m offering you some second-rate commentary on why it’s already so good. Snap to, the second trailer for La La Land was titled “Audition,” and believe it or not, it’s better than the first trailer. Like, a lot better, and that’s hard for me to say (I deeply loved the first trailer). While I wait for them to upload the song to Google Play (or the Music Store), let’s breakdown trailer number two.

Teaser Trailer #2: Audition

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Back to my Iris Shot, Damien Chazelle is already hitting all the right notes. To contrast from the first song, the beat is slower and the shot is inside the busy action of the city. We are pulled away from the full on blue, and are entered into a sunset of orange and blue. The city is blossoming and it’s no longer Ryan Gosling‘s Sebastian’s turn to tell the story. Emma Stone‘s Mia is pulling out all the stops on her own.

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Here’s to the ones who dream… Mia seems to contemplate herself before revealing a smile. This is the start of her journey, and she seems like she is currently happy with the life she is making for herself.

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Foolish as they may seem… A reintroduction of Sebastian. Once again, it feels firmly set that Gosling’s character knows who he is and what he wants from life. Following along with the lyrics, it seems relevant that both of them are dreamers who seem like they are reaching for foolish dreams.

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Once again, this highlights the daydream living Mia seems to embody. She’s hopeful for what lies ahead.

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Here’s to the hearts that ache… Does Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club have room for two more? But truly, a lot of these images feel like direct callbacks to the original trailer. Returned is Mia’s coffee stained blouse and diminished sense of hope, and Sebastian’s deranged coif. But, there are also two hopeful images in these shots that are directly from the original trailer, as well. One of a perfectly groomed Sebastian getting down on the piano, and one of the returned look of Mia watching from a far. Together the blend into a mix of defeated hopefulness, which might sound like an oxymoron, but bare with me.

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Here’s to the mess we make. Could that be a beautiful mess? Because these images seem to capture a life worth living. One thing to note, in the last trailer we see Mia running down the middle of the street (we will see that again later on), but we actually she her face in this scene and it is smiles. This could suggest a reflection on the film, the two-sided love story between Mia and Sebastian. From the bottom two images, it feels like this isn’t the life Mia had envisioned for herself, but Sebastian is providing her with a radiant love that’s worth it.

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While Gosling’s trailer showed him humming along on the bridge, Stone’s song is taking place at an audition. Fitting place to tell the story that is surrounding her, and maybe how she is able to take a transition from struggling actress to budding starlet.

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A highlight reel of the life Mia is building with Sebastian. But is this what she wants? Or does Mia want to be an actress? From the audition, this feels like there is a building turmoil inside of her. This is the life she wasn’t expecting, and acting is the life she has always dreamed of. Shot out to the little bit of French New Wave feel with the gradient videos of one of their shared moments.

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Another direct callback to the original trailer. As I mentioned in Part One, this still feels like the peak of their relationship. Based on the slideshow that happens before this, I see this as the point where they become ships in the night.

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I can’t help it, the connection to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers is unreal. I feel it though. I feel is so strongly. Also, I have no doubt these two scenes will feature incredible musical and dancing numbers. Will we see Stone dance backwards in high heels? Damn straight. I’m counting on it. We are looping back to the beginning of the song, with dreamers in mind. Here’s to the ones who dream…

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The two dreamers. While Stone is captured in the middle of a thought (as seen in the first trailer), Gosling seems to be signing a contract with John Legend‘s character Keith. Again, only formal introduction of a secondary character. To touch back to the first breakdown, I believe we caught a glimpse of Finn Wittrock‘s Greg. I’m now starting to wonder if Sebastian signing a contract with Keith is what pushes Mia away, and into the arms of Greg? Theories exploding everywhere. Whatever comes from this contract, I don’t think it is what Sebastian will want and maybe it will make him feel like it’s the reason he lost everything.

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With the city full in bloom, Los Angeles is the bird of the feather that ties them together. Foolish as they may seem…

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Taking a pause before uncovering more of the story, here is your introduction of Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. While this is a fresh shot of Stone, the one of Gosling is from the theater date in the first trailer. Recall the Rebel Without a Cause. All I have here is that Stone’s white blouse is asking for coffee to be split on it. I’m more making this connection because she seems hopeful and full of life, but in a coffee shop. Does her day become unraveled leading her to let down her hair and call defeat?

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I’m still calling it, big Classical Hollywood happy ending. This just feels so perfect and in tune with the music and style and the films it is referencing. The path back to each other after everything has settled. Sebastian has gone back to the musical life he wants, and Mia knows that Sebastian is the one she wants to be with. Here’s to the hearts that ache…

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After the big move, this scene reminds us of the somber nature their relationship takes. It has me hot and cold, and I’m here for all of it. Maybe the mess they made from the beginning of the trailer isn’t so beautiful after all. Or maybe this is when they learn that they need to discover what they want and find a way back to the one another.

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Another direct callback to the first trailer, Mia is running away and Sebastian standing distraught outside the theater. I wonder, if the clip of Sebastian is following from where he is performing and looks to the crowd with Mia beaming back at him. That fits more in tune with the looks and styling, which feels like that scene will be the demise of the relationship. Here’s to the mess we make.

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Ultimately, the trailer ends on another positive note. The two star crossed lovers starring into the depths of each others souls, contemplating what life has in store. Guys, I’m a hopeless romantic, I can’t help but call it as I see it.

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While this ending isn’t as passionate as the kiss to end Gosling’s trailer, it is just as emotional. It’s also fools errand to compare apples and oranges. There’s something about Stone’s side of the trailer, something that feels more rewarding. Maybe it is because we feel more of the connection between Mia and Sebastian, and the journey of their love. It isn’t in the beginning stages, it is fleshed out and real. It is beautiful and breathtaking. Where as Gosling’s trailer featured more of the aspect of falling in love, capturing a feeling and not wanting to lose it. This trailer explores the beautiful mess of a relationship, and how it’s worth every moment. The high and low points charmingly intertwined. This is the ode to a true relationship, for the idealistic dreaming souls.

This is Mia’s take on La La Land.

La La Land Breakdown: Part 1, City of Stars

Two trailers have been released for La La Land, and I’m more in love than ever. The songs are stuck in my head daily, and I find myself humming them or singing at random times. Of course I know all the words, and it’s completely, totally normal and not obsessive. I don’t need your judgement. Anyways, after watching each trailer for the umpteenth time, I started noticing connections and the storytelling going on between two trailers. I’ve been wanting to do a trailer breakdown since the first teaser, “City of Stars,” was released, and “Audition” provided me with a reason to dive deeper.

Before we get started, I’ve seen a few theories floating around that the next trailer could be a duet, taking my musical-loving little heart straight to the grave. I don’t know how I’m supposed to wait until December, but alas. Onward with the tender melodies, let’s dive into hidden layers of these beautiful trailers.

Teaser Trailer #1: City of Stars

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Oh Damien Chazelle, how did you know Iris Shots make me weak in the knees? If there is anything that sets the tone of Classical Hollywood, it is an Iris Shot. But more than anything, these specific shots seem to serve as an introduction to La La Land’s characters. With the far glance of the city and the romantic blue haze that illuminates the setting, Ryan Gosling‘s Sebastian might as well be marked as a Pisces because he is a dreamer. The full sound of piano brushing your ear drums during this scene matches the feeling established in this shot: while LA is crazy beast that can devour you in one bite, it is also a place where dreams begin and the greatest of love stories are born.

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With the sound of sweet humming flirting around, we are officially introduced to our two main characters: Emma Stone‘s Mia and Gosling’s Sebastian. We soon see that it is Gosling’s melody that is gliding us along, dawning on us that this specific trailer is his story.

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“City of Stars,” the words eagerly flow into the rhythm of the trailer. While this shot is established early on, I have a feeling that this particular scene is towards the end of the movie (more on that later). But the feeling of longing between Stone’s eyes and Gosling’s piano strokes, we know we are in for a story of two lovers.

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What follows next are two dreamy shots of Stone: one where she is making her way through a “chaotic” party, and the other where she is staring longingly out of a cafe window. But just as dreamy as they are, I think it also establishes a strong tone with her character; she’s the one trying to figure out her path.

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Gosling’s character on the other hand seems pretty settled into what his life revolves around: music. It seems fair to say that while Sebastian doesn’t feel like he has struck it big, he is rather comfortable in his way of life. He isn’t trying to reach for more, he’s attained the level of satisfaction that he was aspiring for.

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But Mia is the struggling character that is trying to find her way. Really driving this point home, folks.

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It feels like Sebastian is trying to help Mia establish her way. While this next bit of info is gathered more from pictures, it looks like this matches the setting with them on a date at a movie. If I know my movies like I think I do, that is James Dean and they are seeing Rebel Without a Cause, which totally comes into play later on. Plot wise, this is still early on in the movie and in the relationship. Sebastian helping Mia realize what she wants? Or that she is better than how her circumstances are at the moment?

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The next shots establish a taste of the Hollywood lifestyle, and it feels like maybe Mia is starting to catch her break or maybe just showing Sebastian why acting is important to her. I’m leaning to the former. I bet this is when we start seeing the cracks forming in their bond.

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Continuing her no good, very bad day spirit, Mia is on the next level of fed up. And the huge coffee stain emblazoned on her shirt might be why. Matched in between these two scenes, this feels very out of place. Maybe to fully establish that Mia isn’t where she wants to be in life.

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Because in this shot, it’s back to another reality with Sebastian.

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Because love is real, and the chemistry between Stone and Gosling is palpable. I haven’t even seen the movie and I can feel the Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant vibes through my monitor. Maybe I’m crazy, but this movie is an ode to Classical Hollywood and an open love letter to Los Angeles. And these scenes, in their simplistic form, scream the film bonds that have eluded us for such a long time.

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This feels like the peak of their relationship. Mia is starting to blossom as an actress, her makeup and clothing has already started to change. Sebastian looks like he is in the prime of his career. They’re happy. Who knew…

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Is this the start of something wonderful and new? All these glitzy shots of their beautiful relationship. From the riches of blues, to the brightness of the day and we end on an subtle red hue that is creeping into their love story. While this musical might be based on some of the golden eras of film, it seems like this will match place with real life struggles and triumphs, meaning it won’t venture too far into the dreamland of musicals past.

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Leaving this scene to echo of a couple that is no longer in the company of one another. Why? Gosling is a hot mess, his hair no longer groomed as it was before. Stone is starting to look the full transition of an actress who has arrived at her big break. Coming to reminiscence over her long lost lover, Mia sees the mess that was caused by her departure.

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Glistened up by their lighthearted melody, the series of shots end with Mia running away down the middle of the street. I also want to highlight that it is snowing in this scene, or maybe it’s leftover glitter from the one before. Or one last dream…

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That I cannot make true. Although these are a lot of highly stylized shots of Stone and Gosling, I’m fairly confident this pool shot is Finn Wittrock‘s Greg. This feels like it might be the same party we see Mia entering towards the beginning of the trailer.

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Sidetrack from the last few shots suggesting sorrow, we enter into the Observatory. The same one from Rebel Without a Cause. My heart beats with excitement for these little nods to the classical era.

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Then it explodes when it feels like it is reaching Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers territory. Side note: I’m a huge Astaire and Rogers fan, and I feel like La La Land has played on their dynamic more than any other of the Classical Hollywood duos.

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Insert Gosling to tell us his story is coming to an end (for now).

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Which leads us to mirage of dazzling shots, including the introduction of John Legend‘s Keith. Please note, that Legend’s character is the only supporting character to have a established introduction. Of these shot, my favorite is the top one, which seems to be a continuation of their first date. They look like they are running through a Monet styled painting. My hope is that the bottom picture lead us in to the closing of the trailer.

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Before we get to that, Gosling and Stone get their last look at each other. This seems to be from the scene where I felt like they were no longer together. My hopes that this is the climax of the movie, and not the actual ending.

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Because if there is one thing that is imperative to a Classical Hollywood movie, it is an over-the-top happy ending. But perhaps this isn’t a Classical Hollywood movie, it is just a nod to a genre that is no more.

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So let’s tie my jumbled mess of thoughts together. Gosling’s Sebastian sings of falling in love with Stone’s Mia. He feels like she is a gift from the galaxy, but fears that she will slip away because nothing in life is guaranteed. Based on the images throughout the trailer, we can probably conclude that they depart from one another for awhile causing Sebastian to slip into self destruction. While the City of Stars can cause broken hearts, it is also known as the City of Dreams, leaving me to believe that they find their way back to each other. Point of the story? No matter how much you may be struggling in life, it is better to struggle together than struggle alone. There’s a hidden magic when you are in the company of the one you love. And with that:

This is Sebastian’s take on La La Land.

Next up, La La Land’s “Audition” Teaser Trailer.