Movie Review: La La Land

La La Land Movie ReviewI’ve always loved the phrase “La La Land.” It reminds me of my dad, who often used the moniker as he’d drive my family from the San Francisco Bay down the 5 and onto the 405. As we entered the land of palm trees, I’d envision the other passengers stuck in traffic next to me singing “la la la” as they waited not-so-patiently for the parking-lot freeway to pick back up again. For me this pet name of my now-home continually reminds me why I love living here: Wouldn’t the world be a more dynamic, happier place if people went through life singing?

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Christian Marclay’s “The Clock” at LACMA

Last week I had the pleasure of experiencing Christian Marclay‘s “The Clock” at LACMA. The masterpiece, a 24-hour video counts the day away, combining thousands of film clips containing clocks, timepieces, or references to time. What might sound quite dull is one of the most mesmerizing art instillations I’ve ever encountered. The video, which ticks along at real time, makes the viewer wholly aware of the time. But, by constantly drawing attention to time, its passing becomes meditative, almost nullifying the significance of a second, minute, or hour.

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What to Watch OnDemand: “The Gambler”

What to Watch onDemand The Gambler Movie Film

“The Gambler ” begins with heavy breathing on a dark screen, the presumed focused yet anxious gasps of a gambler with everything on the line. Instead the camera opens to an elderly man on his death bed. It’s Jim Bennett’s (Mark Wahlberg) grandfather, whose ghost the protagonist gambles for and against during the rest of the film.

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Oscar Nomination Catchup: Interstellar on OnDemand

I admit, I was a little concerned about spending three hours in a movie theater with no bathroom breaks, which is why I didn’t watch “Interstellar” until it came out on OnDemand.

Interstellar Oscar Nom Watch OnDemand

After seeing the film, I do regret missing the Oscar-winning visual effects and spectacular views of space in IMAX, yet the cinematography along with the detailed plot and acting performances make the movie one worth watching, even on the small screen.

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Last Minute Oscar Nomination Recap (So you know what to say at your Oscar parties)

Oscars 2015

Oscars 2015

Today is the day. The Oscars are mere hours away, and if you haven’t done your Oscar nomination homework already, you’re in for a tough battle with time. Fortunately, I’ve spent the last few months watching as many movies as I can, and present you with a last minute Oscar nomination recap.

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‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ premiere: Watch it live at 6

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Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson and more stars of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” are expected to walk the red carpet tonight for the film’s world premiere. Hero Complex readers can watch the red carpet event live at 6 p.m. PDT, as well as see an exclusive clip from the Marvel sequel.

“Winter Soldier,” due in theaters April 4, sees Evans reprise his role as the star-spangled hero of “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “The Avengers.” In “Winter Soldier,” Evans’ Steve Rogers remains in he employ of S.H.I.E.L.D., occasionally teaming with Johansson’s Black Widow on key missions. Yet even as he bonds with a military man named Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), Cap finds himself with few people he can trust as his past quite literally comes back to haunt him in the form of a close friend turned enemy.

Steve doesn’t have to look too…

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