Today is as good a day as any other to talk about La La Land, a movie that inspires mixed feelings in me. (Also known as the film which lost Best Picture to Moonlight in the most public Oscars flub ever.)
Beauty and the Beast was enchanting. I still prefer the live-action Cinderella, but there's enough in Beauty and the Beast to delight people who grew up watching the animated classic.
There are movies that I like, movies I love, and movies I *love*. The first are movies I think are good and will watch again, maybe once, at the most twice, such as Kingsman: The Secret Service, Birdman, The Divergent Series: Insurgent. (Anything else is overkill.) The second are movies I’ll gladly watch a few more times, like The Lego Movie and Whiplash, though I need some distance between each viewing. The last category belongs to the films that have won my heart and mind entirely, the ones which after I finished watching them for the first time in the cinema, I immediately wanted to go back in and rewatch them a second, third, fourth time. Cinderella belongs squarely in the last.
Noah is a visualisation of what Noah's ark and the Flood would be like -- if the storyteller was on acid.
Director and producer Steve McQueen celebrates after accepting the Oscar for best picture at the 86th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood…