At the end of 2016, we need a movie like La La Land. Musicals offer an alternate universe where people don’t sit around mad at each other, they get out on the freeway and sing together. The film is a throwback to the classic era of old-school Hollywood, while still managing to be relevant and fresh. Damien Chazelle, who burst on the scene with 2014’s Whiplash, is back with another masterpiece. Chazelle writes and directs with his trademark precision, bringing together lighting, cinematography, costumes, acting, writing, and music to remind us why we go to the movies in the first place.
Join Jon and Tim as they talk about the connection between Birdman and Whiplash, Jon’s man-crush on Ryan Gosling, why Tim hates musicals, how jazz is a metaphor for relationships, Emma Stone’s Oscar chances, and the cost of pursuing your dreams.