I’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?
“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.
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.
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.