“La La Land,” Blissful Ignorance, and the Myth of Jazz

Damien Chazelle’s La La Land can be seen as being comprised of three different films: a romance, a musical, and a film about art. None of these aspects of La La Land are particularly good; not because Chazelle stretches the film thin between themes or sub-plots, but rather, because he lacks nuance as both a… Continue reading “La La Land,” Blissful Ignorance, and the Myth of Jazz

The crafted thrill of “10 Cloverfield Lane”

Directed by Dan Trachtenberg, 10 Cloverfield Lane shares a few striking similarities to two other films I’ve reviewed this year: Green Room and The Shallows. All three films are stories of survival; they’re thrillers whose narratives are focused on individuals who, against greater odds, use their ingenuity to survive. Admittedly, Green Room is a bit… Continue reading The crafted thrill of “10 Cloverfield Lane”