Movies by Mills (June 2017)

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LA LA LAND Directed by Damien Chazelle Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, J K Simmons. Winner of 6 Oscars including Best Director for writer/director Damien Chazelle, and winner of a record-breaking 7 Golden Globe Awards, La La Land is more than the most acclaimed movie of the year – it’s a cinematic treasure for the ages that you’ll fall in love with again and again. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star as Mia and Sebastian, an actress and a jazz musician pursuing their Hollywood dreams – and finding each other – in a vibrant celebration of hope, dreams and love. A bitter-sweet love letter to Los Angeles, the golden era of Hollywood musicals and the visual flair of French maestro Jacques Demy and inspired by his masterpiece The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. Mia (Emma Stone) is an aspiring actress, barely holding down a day job on a studio lot while juggling auditions for second-rate parts. Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) is a pianist struggling to keep his job at a family restaurant where he plays a freewheeling jazz instead of cheesy favourites. Mia and Sebastian are destined to meet as they are two of a kind, though their first encounter during a traffic jam on a LA fly-over holds little promise, but after a series of misunderstandings things begin to develop between them. The film is interspersed with some lovely songs and the whole movie begins to dazzle and pluck at your heartstrings leaving you with a magical movie memory.

SPECIAL FEATURES *Audio Commentary with Director Damien Chazelle and Composer Justin Hurwitz. *La La Land’s Love Letter to Los Angles. *Ryan and Emma: Third Time’s The Charm. *Song Selection.