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Comment Archives: Stories: Arts & Entertainment

Re: “La La Land glides by on superficial charm

I think you missed the point completely. I thought it was brilliant and so totally captured the love over ambition challenge. To me, it was not about the dancing or singing...or the brightly colored skirts. I am retired from professional theatre and have age and experience on my side - watched all the old musicals, as I am really ancient. Also saw many an actor who said, "I'm going to LA.", only to see them drag back into town two years later completely burned out. I got the movie 100% and would see it again!

Posted by Kate Haad on 01/17/2017 at 12:45 AM

Re: “La La Land glides by on superficial charm

"It's too long, the music isn't great, and I can't stand all the brightly colored twirling skirts." What a fucking joke you are. You probably wanted to make films yourself but you never made it so you throw out your miserable hatred on everything you can't understand. Let people dream and enjoy stuff that they believe is beautiful. Fucking Pseudo intellectual cunts.

1 like, 4 dislikes
Posted by Spike Spiegel on 01/16/2017 at 4:04 PM

Re: “La La Land glides by on superficial charm

A vastly overrated musical--Boring, too long, and irrelevant, at least to me. But, the Hollywood cronies love it. I was unable to sit through the entire film. I want my time back.

4 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by RCA1042 on 01/15/2017 at 6:27 AM

Re: “La La Land glides by on superficial charm

I love You Molly...you're just right

I apologize to "littlenightmusic" for clicking on "dislike"...was a finger error...sorry. I salute your comment instead.
Best regards from Panama

2 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Ricardo Quiel on 01/14/2017 at 2:06 PM

Re: “La La Land glides by on superficial charm

I love you. Before reading your opinion I felt like a pariah...kind of alien...now I'm alive again. Best regards from Panama

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Ricardo Quiel on 01/14/2017 at 2:02 PM

Re: “On record: For Better, Or Worse: John Prine

I couldn't agree more with the opening sentence of this review ("John Prine should be one of the four faces on songwriting's Mount Rushmore, cheek by jowl with Lucinda Williams, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen."). He's way under-rated. But I think the list should include Kris Kristofferson, and make it FIVE faces.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by alf on 01/14/2017 at 11:09 AM

Re: “La La Land glides by on superficial charm

What's next ? Remakes of those embarrassingly horrible, loony Busby Berkeley musical disasters of the 30s and 40s ?

5 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by alf on 01/14/2017 at 11:00 AM

Re: “La La Land glides by on superficial charm

La La Land is far from glorious, unless it was a glorious train wreck. As a musical theater nerd/student/performer, I found the music awful. Anyone that thinks the songs were sophisticated obviously is not familiar with the works of Sondheim, Jason Robert Brown, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Leonard Bernstein or anything else in the musical theater canon since the beginning of time. The songs were not memorable and none of them jumped out as something I would ever want to hear again. The dancing was also very lacking and that has more to do with the choreographer. Talented choreographers are able to take novice dancers and make them seem like they have been dancing all their life. If I want to watch a non-dancer dancing badly in their living room, I'll find it on YouTube. Don't make me pay for it and don't put it in a musical. I guess I was spoiled watching talented performers such as Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire and was hoping this movie would live up to the classics. This movie was complete crap compared to the great MGM musicals of the past. I felt like this film was a trick, where the producers emptied out expensive bottles of water and filled the bottles with toilet water and laughed at all the fools that drank it and thought "It's the best thing ever!". Those of us with formal musical theater training and experience we were not tricked and our well developed pallets were able to taste the sh*t in the water.

10 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by LittleNightMusic77 on 01/13/2017 at 7:16 PM

Re: “La La Land glides by on superficial charm

The fact that Gosling and Stone aren't all that as singers or dancers, or aren't model perfect made them more endearing as a couple. Has the reviewer never sang or danced around the room imagining herself to be Fred's Ginger or Jay Z's Beyonce? We can all dream can't we?

12 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by NinaNina on 01/12/2017 at 9:54 PM

Re: “On record: Blue & Lonesome: the Rolling Stones

Great review. I agree, Blue & Lonesome is a great raw and authentic album from the greatest Rock n Roll Band.

Posted by Norman St. Jacques on 01/12/2017 at 7:59 PM

Re: “La La Land glides by on superficial charm

The reviewer forgot to mention that this is by far the best, most miraculous film of the year. What she mistook as a tampon commercial (oh, the wit!) is a fabulous deconstruction and reconstruction of the great MGM musicals and the French new wave, in particular Demy's answer to that quintessential American idiom. The music is subtle and sophisticated, but perhaps not to the taste of a reviewer who prefers baby tunes that stick to the I/V format.

La La Land is glorious cinema!

11 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Terryl Dorian on 01/12/2017 at 7:32 PM

Re: “La La Land glides by on superficial charm

Like light that shines and petrifies mountain trolls and burns the skin of undead zombies...La La Land burns this critic and acts as a reminder that life exists in the empty wastelands of America.

11 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by SunnyVale on 01/12/2017 at 2:00 PM

Re: “Julie Gautier-Downes photographs the losses we leave behind

This work sounds interesting, imaginative, and creative. I look forward to seeing it!

Posted by IESDinc on 01/12/2017 at 7:43 AM

Re: “Loving's lessons stop short and safe

Since Loving v. VA is the cornerstone precedent for the Supreme Court's decision upholding gay marriage in the Obergefell decision, I think it's a brilliant move on Nichols's part to create a film that builds public support for this case. It may seem like a "too safe" topic to some, but the implications of the Lovings' story for gay marriage rights are anything but safe given the recent change in presidential leadership and the likely upcoming appointment to the Court to replace Scalia. Fostering greater public understanding of and support for marriage as a fundamental right worthy of the highest level of constitutional protection is a genious strategic move by Nichols that has wide-ranging implications.

Posted by Court watcher on 01/10/2017 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Tim Nielson paints heroes—iconic, historic, contemporary and real

As it turns out, Tim is a hero in the eyes of a lot of kids at Sentinel High.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Dan Patterson on 01/06/2017 at 7:47 AM

Re: “Clunky charm

Could this move be more shallow and simple?
The title should be The End of Intellectualism. Also, there's no acting at all, they are all just reading the script. Sorry, had to comment somewhere, I am shocked with the appeal people have for this kind a movies.

Posted by Filip Vasilev on 01/01/2017 at 4:19 PM

Re: “Kenneth Lonergan makes a masterpiece in Manchester by the Sea

I love this review. It hits the nail right on the head. That is ex!act!ly! what makes this movie so terrific. We cannot lose our capacity for empathy. If we can't somehow understand someone's pain, at least we can experience it, and learn what that kind of pain has to teach us, because at some point (or more likely, points) in our lives we will all experience that kind of pain in one way or another. I am going to see it again, and hopefully convince everyone I love to see it.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Denise Buzz on 12/16/2016 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Snoop, dogged

dude....like the previous post.MF DOom has been around a lot longer then Snoop. Peep the artists wiki page or do some research before you post such drivel.

Posted by OleScratch on 12/07/2016 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Snoop, dogged

Kanye is a substandard artist? Would like to see the grading scale that produced this conclusion.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Cory on 12/06/2016 at 4:58 PM

Re: “Snoop, dogged

DOOM has been in the game for quite sometime. Some would argue even longer than Snoop. MF DOOM started with KMD. He was Zev Love X then. They had decent rotation on MTV back then. Them with the likes 3rd Base. I remember seeing them on YO! MTV raps. Please do not lump him in with the likes of a substandard artist such as Kanye. Thanks.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by burnONER on 12/05/2016 at 6:14 PM

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