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Emma Stone’s 10 Best Movies

Emma Stone

Emma Stone broke into films using her wit and comedic timing in films like Superbad, Zombieland and Easy A.  As she’s matured (and she’ll only turn 30 this year), Stone has shown she also has dramatic chops (The Help), the ability to do deep character work (Battle of the Sexes), amazing versatility (Maniac) and a talent for song and dance that won her an Oscar for La La Land.  Stone doesn’t work as much as other actresses of her generation, but following her Oscar success she is now the highest-paid actress in Hollywood and whatever projects lie in her future she has an almost unmatched power for someone her age in picking and choosing the films that will fill out her career’s filmography.

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My Favorite Scene: La La Land (2016) “Epilogue – The Price of Dreams”

The REAL best picture from last year still has me kind of puzzled as to how a classical Hollywood musical managed to completely blow me away to the point where I ended up seeing it more in the the theater than I did Rogue One.  Damien Chazelle is come kind of mad wunderkind.  Whiplash was a work of genius, and La La Land is also about music and extols the virtue of jazz, but this couldn’t be more different.  An unabashed musical of this sort hadn’t been made since the late 1950s.  It’s charming, visually stunning, has amazing music and songs, and finishes in a surprisingly bittersweet, though charming look at what might have been for the film’s stars: Mia (Emma Stone) and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling).

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in La La Land

La La Land is about chasing your dreams, and-ultimately-if you take away a message from the film it’s that you can have your dreams and the person you love the most, but be wary, because the smallest decision, one alteration from what you know in your heart to be the right course, and you’ll end up losing one or the other (or likely both outside of the world of movies).  The film’s end flashes forward five years.  Mia’s achieved her dream of acting success and Sebastian has his jazz club, which Mia and her husband stumble into one night one the way home.  Sebastian, playing the piano, sees Mia, and begins to play their theme, and then Chazelle takes the audience on a trip through an alternate timeline, where things didn’t go wrong between them, and they still got what they wanted.  We revisit the music and locales of the film and the entire thing shouldn’t work because we’re too jaded in 2017 for something as hokey as this amazingly shot dance number…but apparently we’re not if it’s done right.  This is a perfect film, period.
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in La La Land

Battle of the Sexes Trailer #1 (2017) “Game On!”

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Fox Searchlight Pictures has revealed a new international trailer for Battle of the Sexes, telling the story of the infamous tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell, the electrifying 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King (Stone) and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Carell) was billed as the Battle of the Sexes and became the most watched televised sports event of all time. The match caught the zeitgeist and sparked a global conversation on gender equality, spurring on the feminist movement. Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposites sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. With a supportive husband urging her to fight the Establishment for equal pay, the fiercely private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past. Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis courts and animated the discussions between men and women in bedrooms and boardrooms around the world.

Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, creators of the Oscar-winning Little Miss Sunshine and indie favorite Ruby Sparks, the film also stars Elisabeth Shue, Sarah Silverman, Alan Cumming, Andrea Riseborough , Eric Christian Olsen, Natalie Morales, Austin Stowell, Wallace Langham, Jessica McNamee, Mickey Sumner  and Bill Pullman.

Battle of the Sexes will debut in theaters September 22.

Battle of the Sexes Poster

Movie Review: La La Land (2016) “Old School Movie Magic”

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2016 was a fantastic year for film and there’s so many movies that deserve recognition, but they’re out of luck because La La Land is steamrolling its way through awards season.  It broke the record for number of Golden Globe wins, it won the BAFTA, its going to be nominated for double-digit Oscars, and if you go on IMDB and start scrolling through the honorifics, it literally takes five minutes.  I’ve resisted going because…..I really don’t like musicals and I have lived in and haaaaate Los Angeles, and it doesn’t matter because Damien Chazelle has followed up his amazingly good debut film Whiplash with a minor movie miracle.  It’s worthy of the Best Picture Oscar it already has a lock on, and coming in this year, that says quite a lot. Continue reading Movie Review: La La Land (2016) “Old School Movie Magic”

2017 Golden Globes: All the Winners!

 

 

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Anyone looking to the Golden Globes to shed light on what is one of the murkiest Oscar races in memory walked away with a definite leader, but typical Globes wacky results.  Going into the show there was a pack of five or six films running about even with La La Land and Manchester by the Sea a bit ahead of the others.  The small indie drama Moonlight took home best drama but La La Land regained leader status by winning for best musical or comedy, as well as wins for Director, Actress, Actor, Screenplay, Song, and Score.  When the Oscar nominations are announced, it seems clear that La La Land is going to dominate.  On the TV side, new shows The Crown and Atlanta were honored for drama and comedy as well as for their stars, Claire Foy and Donald Glover.  Read the complete list of nominees and winners below courtesy of Coming Soon. Continue reading 2017 Golden Globes: All the Winners!