While Damien Chazelle‘s La La Land wears its fondness for old school Hollywood productions proudly on its sleeve, his portrayal of present-day Los Angeles is hardly unflattering. It’s a movie so appealing to the eye it’s almost impossible to see nothing except beauty in La La Land, but it captures a genuinely lovely part of the city: it’s a place a lot of driven and passionate people move to every day.
After seeing the film a second time, it made me want to revisit a few movies set in Los Angeles, including Boogie Nights, The Graduate, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and a few others, which all feature some commentary tracks worth listening to.
Below, check out this January’s movie commentary recommendations.
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Another Stephen Soderbergh film may make its way to the small-screen. The 2011 action movie Haywire was a very modest box-office hit, and proved that MMA fighter Gina Carano has real screen presence, given the right circumstances, of course. Will she return to play Mallory Kane in the television series? Little is known about the project at this point, but it’s an exciting prospect, to say the least. Read more about the potential Haywire show after the jump.
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A bootleg trailer for Stephen Soderbergh’s two part Che Guevara biopic Che has hit the interwebs. The Benicio Del Toro film which premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival in May has yet to find a domestic distributor. It certainly seems like a hard sell, especially as two films. I think I’d rather see a four-hour cut the combines both films. Check out the trailer below in it’s dark flickery goodness. And as always, tell me what you think in the comments.