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La La Land
La La Land (2016)
7 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

La La Long

When do I finally realize that I'm not enjoying a particular movie? This realization usually comes when a scene in the film reminds me of some other movie and I find myself longing to watch that film instead of the one I am desperately trying to enjoy.

In the case of La La Land, this didn't take too long.

During the duo dance scenes between Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, I found myself longing to watch Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell.

During the jazz music scenes, I found myself longing to put on some music from Miles Davis or Dave Brubeck.

Damien Chazelle's soufflé-light screenplay made me long for some sort of story with substance. Let's face it; even your longest allowable tweet would carry as much storytelling weight as this script.

When considering Chazelle's direction, I found myself longing for a musical directed by Vincent Minnelli.

And while all this longing was going on, I was longing for a shorter film. La La Land is not a long production when compared with West Side Story or The Music Man (and let's not make any further comparisons with those great films) but, it sure as heck seemed like a long, long movie.

Dictionary.com defines the phrase "la la land" as "a state of being out of touch with reality." I won't disagree with that definition. About halfway into this flick, I was beginning to drift off into Dictionary.com's interpretation.

Luckily, I had some severe arthritis pain in my right big toe that kept me alert long enough to long for some relief; algesic or cinematic, and to keep me awake long enough so that I could make a valid critique of this picture.

Finally, I long for the day when someone will make a musical that's even half as watchable as the last good Hollywood musical - Hairspray (which really wasn't all that long ago, was it?).

Blended
Blended (2014)
16 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Since Adam Sandler and his entire crew do not put any discernible effort into making movies, then I feel it is only fair that I put forth a similar effort into reviewing one of those films:

Blended is an Adam Sandler flick.
As you can easily surmise, it stinks.