They Don’t Make Them Like That Anymore? “La La Land”

The mystery of musicals
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling
Directed by Damian Chazelle

The feel-good La La Land, director Damien Chazelle's prohibitive awards favorite, is a movie of mystery. Can Emma Stone sing? (She can.) Can Ryan Gosling sing and dance? (As a singer, he makes an OK dancer.) The real and lasting question rising from its smoggy, sunny success, however, is this one: Why don’t they make more musicals? Every week a pigeon flies in from “The Death of ... more >

Deconstructing Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash”

This is based on Blake Snyder's Beat Sheet
Film got a 95% fresh rating

I received a great response to my deconstruction of the "Birdman" screenplay based on Blake Snyder’s beat sheet model. Here, I will tackle one of my favorite screenplays of last year: ‘Whiplash’ written by Damien Chazelle. Caution: Please read on only if you've already watched the movie (this article contains spoilers) Opening Image Damian Chazelle’s opening is simple, economical, bursting ... more >