After making the decision a few months back to “be consistent and start taking myself seriously” I promptly stopped writing for myself. I’ve still done a few writing projects here and there, but the blog ran dry. Maybe sweeping resolutions are cursed or maybe I was too busy drinking beer in Portland. I do feel that while my inconsistency is affected by those things (curses and beer) it stems mostly from fear of saying the wrong thing. I want to be a freelance copywriter (don’t I?) so I can only write about freelance things. Right? Isn’t that how this goes? Or so I thought.
My thoughts on the subject of writing topics are now somewhere along the lines of…”fuck it.” I just want to write. This blog will be fairly unfocused moving forward, but hopefully it will at least be fun. I just saw Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” and today, that’s what I want to write about.
This movie is so…beautiful. I know that’s what pretty much everyone is saying about Chazelle’s 3rd picture but I swear it’s true. From the costuming to the acting, the cinematography to the music -it’s a dream of a film. Rightly billed as a romantic love story to be sure though, it’s so much more than that. It’s a love story not only about the beautiful Emma Stone and the even more beautiful Ryan Gosling, but a love story about creators and their art, about Los Angeles and its many dreamers, about old Hollywood and new.
There are a hundred things I could say about La La Land, though most of them have already been said. Performances from Gosling and Stone are definitely more than worthy of the critical acclaim and box office love. I definitely shed some tears during Mia’s (Emma Stone) “Fools Who Dream”. And by some I mean lots and lots. Speaking of the music…oh the music, it’s as refreshing and dazzling as anything. I bought the soundtrack immediately after I left the theatre. You know what else is great about this score? It was written in the same studio as Singin’ in The Rain and The Wizard of Oz. If that’s not good juju, I don’t know what is.
What touched me though, what I really loved was this story. It’s nostalgic and modern simultaneously, romantic and to some extent tragic. The movie can be summed up in Sebastian’s words, “It’s conflict and it’s compromise…it’s very, very exciting!” Like jazz and many forms of art this film subtly, at times not so subtly, outlines the struggle that creative people face. Jazz musician, actress, writer -whatever your poison.
Perhaps that is what led me immediately back to the keyboard. The bravery of this and how romantic vulnerability can be. I crave that. And so, armed only with a complete disregard for what you think of this blog I’m going to move forward taking a page from Sebastian and say “fuck ‘em”.
P.S. Moonlight should still win Best Picture.