Posts Tagged ‘Emma Stone’

La La LandSimply put, La La Land is empty calories.

The film is a beautiful confection of color with huge amounts of artificial sweetener added to hide the rather stale ingredients that constitute the story. The resulting concoction produces a sugar rush of excitement initially, but the effect wears off well before the end of the 128-minute runtime, leaving viewers logy and dispirited.

It’s boy-meets-girl, boy-gets-girl, boy-loses-girl all against the painfully familiar backdrop of HOLLYWOOD!, because in HOLLYWOOD! anything can happen and does with absolute painful predictability. After all, it’s HOLLYWOOD! Mia (Emma Stone) is an aspiring actress and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) is a pianist who dreams of opening a jazz club. Gee, you think the odds might be against them? Well, then you don’t know…

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THE-AMAZING-SPIDERMAN-SCREENCAPS-00If you are wondering whether The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is as good as the first one, you are asking the wrong question. You should be considering the possibility that the new movie, which opened in Europe this week in advance of its May 2 premiere in the United States, is as bad as Spider-Man 3, the movie that put the stake through the heart of the franchise the first time around. Actually, this latest tale blows past the badness of Spider-Man 3 and winds up in the company of Superman 3 and 4 and both Fantastic Four films as one of the worst major character comic book movies since the modern era began with the Christopher Reeves Superman in 1978. (Catwoman, Daredevil, Elektra, and Ghost Rider are second-tier titles at best and do not merit inclusion in the discussion.)

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