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June 17, 2016 at 11:20 am #1201852359
Following in the footsteps of Gravity, Birdman and, erm, Everest(…..), the opener for the 2016 Venice Film Festival has been revealed as….. LA LA LAND!
Chazelle’s latest will open the festival on August 31. The film will be in competition at the fest, which finishes on September 10.June 17, 2016 at 3:31 pm #1201852427
I was surprised when I found out it would be the opening film of the festival. I figured it’d be Nocturnal Animals for some reason. But it shows how strong La La Land might be as of right now. It is in competition.June 18, 2016 at 11:44 am #1201852914
I’m not that excited about La La Land, mostly because its a musical. But Emma Stone-Ryan Gosling as couple would be delicious !!August 30, 2016 at 9:49 am #1201915449
Plan of what’s on when, and what days we’ll get those first reactions!
31st August: La La Land (aka the day the Oscar race both begins and ends)
1st September: The Light Between Oceans
1st September: Arrival
2nd September: Nocturnal Animals
4th September: Hacksaw Ridge
7th September: Jackie
7th September: The Journey
10th September: The Magnificent Seven
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Rooting heavily for La La Land to do well. Early buzz is fantastic. Also hoping for success for Arrival and Nocturnal Animals (I’m a big Amy Adams fan)August 31, 2016 at 1:54 am #1201915915
Don’t have the time to do my usual snapshot of first reactions in detail.
But the reviews and first reactions I have seen for La La Land are falling in love with this filmAugust 31, 2016 at 1:59 am #1201915917
This looks like Best Picture material to me based on the reactions I’m reading. The Artist of 2016?August 31, 2016 at 6:20 am #1201915942
La La Land is shooting to the front of the Oscar conversation while Light Between Oceans has fallen completely out. I honestly can’t wait to see this film, currently sitting at the top of my “most anticipated” list (when you’re beating out a Star Wars movie in my list, you know you’re good)August 31, 2016 at 9:28 am #1201916040
La La Land First Reactions
Peter Bradshaw: Wonderfully sweet, sad, smart – and Emma Stone has never been better
CineVue: the fizziness, most achingly romantic of movies. Chazelle does for musicals what Tarantino did for guns
Kate Muir: Loved Gosling & Stone in La La Land: heavenly and earthily comic musical
Nicholas Barber: Chazelle’s romantic tribute to old movies and jazz; La La Land is as sweet, sumptuous and colourful as an ice cream sundae
The Studio Exec: La La Land made me cry with joy. I’m in love with Gosling and Stone
Jason Solomons: I think La La Land might just be my new favourite movie. Utterly adorable, enchanting and so very cool
Robbie Collin: I’m honestly crying with happiness. That film no one makes any more? Damien Chazelle just made it.
Jessica Kiang: Unreservedly adored La La Land. A film of such unalloyed pleasures it might yet rescue 2016
David Ehrlich: La La Land is sensational. Jacques Demy for the digital age, Singin’ In The Rain for the gap between romance and reality. 1st shot = all timer.
Guy Lodge: So precious it’s *actually* precious: LA Valentine via Cherbourg and New York, New York. Iridescent design, tinderbox stars. We’re talking peak Gosling dreamboatiness here. Thank you, Mary Zophres.
Eric Kohn: It’s not on the same level as the great musicals that inspired it, but La La Land is pretty funAugust 31, 2016 at 10:39 am #1201916060
Not that it’s always reliable, particularly when aggregating reviews from a festival premiere, but La La Land currently sits at 91 on Metacritic from 9 reviews.
For reference, Spotlight ended up at 93 from a total of 45 reviews.
I am thinking Picture, Stone and Chazelle are pretty safe for nominations at this point with Gosling looking strong depending on the makeup of the rest of his category. It would be a shame if he were left out once again while his co-star of a two-hander makes it in (i.e. Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine).
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I’m eager to hear what the reactions to Nocturnal Animals will be. I really liked Tom Ford’s first film and I am hoping Nocturnal Animals can be a big contender especially for actors like Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal.September 1, 2016 at 8:00 am #1201916610
La La Land up to 92 from 11 critics – holding strong
Initial reactions to Arrival seem mixed/positive – currently at an 84 from 7 critics. Most reviews I have read do seem to single out Adams’ performance and the score, though, (plus some mentions for the cinematography) so those seem most likely for nominations if it gets in anywhere but honestly I am still not buying this as Adams Oscar vehicle after so many failed attempts. I think the movie would have had to be much better received on the whole to have a Gravity-like showing.September 1, 2016 at 8:09 am #1201916615
From the reviews, it looks like Adams has a decent shot at a nomination, but likely won’t win with both Negga and Stone getting better reviews and La La Land being more well-recieved in general.
Then again, I’m waiting for Nocturnal Animals before I make the Adams call. If she’s good enough in that, she could be nominated for it with Arrival being the “behind-the-scenes” boost that Ex Machina gave Vikander last year.