Everyone is talking about the new musical, La La Land, written and directed by Damien Chazelle. It’s one of the most dazzling and mesmerizing films of this year. The story is about a jazz pianist who falls for an aspiring actress. At first these two seem like they can’t bear to be in the same room together, but slowly they realize that they are both pursuing a dream and they encourage each other to chase after it. The director takes the audience on a self-discovering journey and teaches us that anything is possible as long as you put your heart and mind into it.
Whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day by yourself, with a friend or a significant other, here is a list of 10 films you should watch on that special day. From romantic comedies to epic dramas, there’s no better way to spend the day than to curl up on your couch with a bag of popcorn (or chocolate) and get carried away into a fantasy world for two hours.
In Baz Luhrmann’s epic adaptation of the classic novel, The Great Gatsby, one thing that stood out was the costume design. From the dazzling jewellery to the beautiful dresses, he outdid himself with his creative imagination and eye for style. Set in the Jazz Age era or the “Roaring Twenties” as they called it back in the day, women wore flapper dresses while men wore tuxedos and dark suits. Fashion played a big part in the cultural scene and that was well presented in the movie. Every piece of detail from the custom designed headpieces to the landscape settings, Luhrmann captured the essence of the 1920’s period and mesmerized the audience with his taste in clothes.
The 37th annual Toronto International Film Festival kicked off with a lot of great films this year, and End of Watch was no exception. At the top of the cast list, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena both deliver dynamic performances in their roles as two LA cops with a brotherly bond. They play off each other so well that it almost felt like they knew each other for a long time.