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Comment Archives: stories: Arts & Entertainment: Film

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!

3 likes, 2 dislikes
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.

4 likes, 11 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.

10 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by RCA1042 on 01/15/2017 at 6:27 AM

Re: “La La Land glides by on superficial charm

I love 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

6 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 I'm alive again. Best regards from Panama

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

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 ?

7 likes, 6 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.

18 likes, 14 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?

14 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by NinaNina on 01/12/2017 at 9:54 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!

14 likes, 11 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.

12 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by SunnyVale on 01/12/2017 at 2:00 PM

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: “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: “Proof

The debate never happened. The defendant, Lipstadt, refused to take the stand.It was David Irving (representing himself) against Lipstadt/Penguin's vast team of lawyers, debating not historical fact but points of law.

Separately, Lipstadt has firmly stated her refusal NEVER to debate anyone who disagrees with her about the Holocaust. What does that tell you? Irving is ready anytime.

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by N. Joseph Potts on 10/20/2016 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Own worst enemy

Let me be the first to say, this article IS...LIT

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by I Who Shall Not Be Named! on 08/04/2016 at 7:17 AM

Re: “Bettering America

Love reading you as much as ever.

Posted by Janet Abbey on 07/21/2016 at 7:48 PM

Re: “Team America

The headline is misleading as this article is not about Team America: World Police.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Anonymous on 06/30/2016 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Animal people

For anyone who'd like to explore this topic further, you can find answers to questions at the Nonhuman Rights Project's the Q&A page:…

Posted by Other Nations on 06/09/2016 at 11:57 AM

Re: “Playful excess

Very funny!

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Irratated citizen on 05/26/2016 at 5:11 PM

Re: “Bad math

Oh please it seems your review is trying to show you have a higher than average standard for criticism of films than others but I find it is precisely to impress others.I find your review of The Man Who Knew Infinity, quite harsh, especially when other comments from around the world have reviewed it and have such a high regard for this film. Your suggestion that the English language he was using in the film is not the one the real person would use is shallow criticism at best.

Posted by Robert Verrege on 05/14/2016 at 6:39 AM

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