Shiny Objects

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things, golden globes, and all things La La Land.

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things, golden globes, and all things La La Land.

Have you seen La La Land yet? I did and I loved it. I think the reason people like the movie so much is that we need this right now. We need joy, we need hope, and we need to believe in dreams again.

Oooh look at these shiny objects . . .

I’ve been reading . . . Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah. It is one of my books for my reading challenge. Finished Charlotte’s Web—pure delight! [SPOILER ALERT] Of course, I cried when Charlotte died. I always do. Each time I read this book, I remember why I love it so much. 


I’ve been watching . . . La La Land. Finally saw the movie and LOVED it. I keep dancing around after seeing it. On my way home from the movie, standing on the L platform, and waiting for my train, I was shuffling my feet around dancing. Got several weird looks but who cares?

Let’s start with the basics. It’s a movie about two aspiring artists—Sebastian, a jazz pianist, and Mia, an actress. It’s set in Hollywood. The two meet and fall in love. They both have big dreams. And together, they bring out the best in each other, supporting each other to realize those dreams. But can they have a once-in-a-lifetime love and ambition? You have to see the movie to find out.

La La Land stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, who are, once again, great together. One of the great acting pairs, obviously there is camaraderie and chemistry. These two seem so naturally at ease with each other. I forget that they are Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone and see these two people with a life and a story. The music and songs are a lovely ode to Hollywood musicals. I keep humming “City of Stars.” I play “Another Day of Sun” every morning and dance around the kitchen. Speaking of dancing . . . LOVE it! The two leads are not professional dancers and that makes it so much better, relatable, and magical. In fact, the only thing wrong with this movie is I would’ve loved more or longer dance numbers with Stone and Gosling. The cinematography and the colors were so attractive and eye-catching. Every scene (with exceptions) was a Technicolor treat. I love when colors are used for a purpose and mood.

This movie was just about everything I wanted it to be. La La Land, while done in the style of the old Hollywood musicals, felt anything but old—it was fresh, alive, and joyful. The movie (and cast, crew, and director) reminds us, in the words of one of the producers, “. . . of the magic and power of cinema, to make us feel with unbridled joy and passion, to dream more urgently, to live more fervently, and to love more deeply, and now more than ever to find music and cinema that enters our minds, our soul and our hearts and unites us.”

On the surface, La La Land may seem like it’s a light, cute musical about life in Hollywood but to label it as such is a discredit to the movie. La La Land so brilliantly reminds us of the power of hopes and dreams and the importance of pursuing your dreams in spite of obstacles.

I’ve been listening to . . . the La La Land soundtrack. Seriously, like non-stop.

Have a wonderful weekend!


(Image found here. Charlotte’s Web quote and illustration found here.

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