La La Land

Mia, an aspiring actress, serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and Sebastian, a jazz musician, scrapes by playing cocktail party gigs in dingy bars, but as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.
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Credits: TheMovieDb.

Film Cast:

  • Sebastian Wilder: Ryan Gosling
  • Mia Dolan: Emma Stone
  • Keith: John Legend
  • Laura Wilder: Rosemarie DeWitt
  • Bill: J.K. Simmons
  • Famous Actress: Amiée Conn
  • Linda: Terry Walters
  • Coffee Spiller: Thom Shelton
  • Casting Director: Cinda Adams
  • Tracy: Callie Hernandez
  • Alexis: Jessica Rothe
  • Caitlin: Sonoya Mizuno
  • Karen: Claudine Claudio
  • Carlo: Jason Fuchs
  • 80’s singer: D.A. Wallach
  • Valet: Trevor Lissauer
  • Bree: Olivia Hamilton
  • Sarah / Hula Hooper: Anna Chazelle
  • Clyde: Marius de Vries
  • Greg Earnest: Finn Wittrock
  • Josh: Josh Pence
  • Josh’s Fiance: Nicole Coulon
  • Harry: Damon Gupton
  • Malcolm: Christopher Michael Stevens
  • Cole: Keith Harris
  • Tom: Kaveh Rastegar
  • Echo Backup Singer: Briana Lee
  • Ty: David Douglas
  • Alistair: Miles Anderson
  • Photographer’s Assistant: Bobo Chang
  • Mrs. Dolan: Meagen Fay
  • Frank: John Hindman
  • Amy Brandt: Valarie Rae Miller
  • Amy Brandt’s Assistant: Nicole Wolf
  • New Barista: Corrin Evans
  • New Coffee Shop Manager: Kiff VandenHeuvel
  • David: Tom Everett Scott
  • Jimmy: Hemky Madera
  • Chelsea: Zoë Hall
  • Charles: Dempsey Pappion
  • Dream Audience: Sandra Rosko
  • Traffic Dancer – Girl #1: Reshma Gajjar
  • Traffic Dancer – Girl #2: Candice Coke
  • Traffic Dancer – 1st Man: Hunter Hamilton
  • Traffic Dancer – 2nd Man: Damian Gomez
  • Traffic Dancer – Conductor: Amanda Balen
  • Traffic Dancer: Dominic Chaiduang
  • Traffic Dancer: Cindera Che
  • Traffic Dancer: Chris Moss
  • Traffic Dancer: Marissa Labog
  • Traffic Dancer: Tiffany Daniels
  • Traffic Dancer: Melinda Sullivan
  • Traffic Dancer: Stephanie Landwehr
  • Traffic Dancer: Britt Stewart
  • Traffic Dancer: Clarice Ordaz
  • Traffic Dancer: Nathan Prevost
  • Hollywood Party Dancer – Creepy Guy: Scott Hislop
  • Hollywood Party Dancer: Kc Monnie
  • Hollywood Party Dancer: Krystal Ellsworth
  • Hollywood Party Dancer: Sarah Mitchell
  • Hollywood Party Dancer: Khasan Brailsford
  • Hollywood Party Dancer: Morgan Larson
  • Restaurant Dancer: Becca Sweitzer
  • Restaurant Dancer: Gakenia Muigai
  • Restaurant Dancer: Michael Stein
  • Restaurant Dancer: Mario Diaz
  • Epilogue Dancer: Julie Schmid
  • Epilogue Dancer: Lexie Contursi
  • Epilogue Dancer: Eartha Robinson
  • Epilogue Dancer: Sybil Azur
  • Epilogue Dancer: Tara Nicole Hughes
  • Epilogue Dancer: Kayla Kalbfleisch
  • Epilogue Dancer: Martha Nichols
  • Epilogue Dancer: Anthony Marciona
  • Epilogue Dancer: Bill Prudich
  • Epilogue Dancer: Robert Roldan
  • Epilogue Dancer: Ryan Novak
  • Epilogue Dancer: Demian Boergadine
  • Epilogue Dancer: Gustavo Vargas
  • Angry Neighbor: Robert Haynes
  • Young Actress (uncredited): Ana Flavia Gavlak
  • Coffee Shop Customer (uncredited): Andres Perez-Molina
  • Jazz Club Patron (uncredited): Phillip E. Walker
  • Coffee Shop Customer #2 (uncredited): Milica Govich
  • Producer’s Girlfriend (uncredited): Kaye L. Morris
  • Coffee Shop Customer (uncredited): Nilla Elizabeth Watkins
  • Kissing Couple (uncredited): Holly Houk
  • Kissing Couple (uncredited): Jesse Houk
  • Coffee Shop Customer (uncredited): Kristin Slaysman
  • Jazz Club Patron (uncredited): Cameron Brinkman
  • Nathan (uncredited): Jordan Ray Fox
  • Espresso Coffee Shop Customer (uncredited): C.J. Stussi
  • Jazz Club Goer (uncredited): Margaret Newborn
  • Club Patron (uncredited): Nadia Tumanova
  • Audition Actress (uncredited): Crystal Nichol
  • Audition Actress (uncredited): Kristin Elliott
  • Casting Assistant (uncredited): Andrea Lareo
  • Cowboy (uncredited): Christopher Aber
  • Publicist (uncredited): Anna Lunberry
  • Hollywood Starlet (uncredited): Shannon Leann
  • Waitress (uncredited): Jenna Curtis
  • Young Man (uncredited): Noah James
  • Kissing Couple (uncredited): Tommy Cooley
  • Kissing Couple (uncredited): Morgan Cohen
  • Freeway Truck Musician (uncredited): Jeremy Nathan Tisser
  • Casting Director (uncredited): Patty Tobin
  • Young Man’s Date (uncredited): Heather Turman
  • Jazz Club Patron (uncredited): Susie Ganiere
  • Swing Dancer (uncredited): Ottavio Taddei
  • Audition Girl (uncredited): April Martucci
  • Sailor (uncredited): Trent Kerpsack
  • Jazz Club Patron (uncredited): Lynn Moore
  • Coffee Guy (uncredited): Vince Donvito
  • Moviegoer (uncredited): Steffen Dziczek
  • Waiter (uncredited): Melvin LaThomas Brimm
  • Bubblegum Girl (uncredited): Kelly Kennedy
  • Lighthouse Bass Player (uncredited): Clarence Robinson
  • Jazz Club Guitar Player (uncredited): Dapo Torimiro
  • Barista (uncredited): Destinee Handly
  • Extra – Robert Evans (uncredited): Tommy Otis
  • Red Head Actress (uncredited): Amanda Fields
  • Restaurant Patron (uncredited): Frederick Keeve
  • Jazz Club Staff (uncredited): Ali Arda Özdeniz
  • Jazz Club Staff (uncredited): Sasha Fine
  • Jazz Club Staff (uncredited): Eren Kayakıran
  • Hollywood Party Dancer – Agent #2: Corey Anderson

Film Crew:

  • Assistant Director: Peter Kohn
  • Production Design: David Wasco
  • Casting: Deborah Aquila
  • Producer: Gary Gilbert
  • Costume Design: Mary Zophres
  • Set Decoration: Sandy Reynolds-Wasco
  • Art Direction: Austin Gorg
  • Producer: Marc Platt
  • Supervising Sound Editor: Mildred Iatrou
  • Executive Producer: Michael Beugg
  • Set Designer: Daniel Bradford
  • Associate Producer: Jeffrey Harlacker
  • Stunts: Danny Downey
  • Hairstylist: Jacklin Masteran
  • Executive In Charge Of Post Production: Carl Pedregal
  • Stunts: David Castillo
  • Location Scout: Robert Foulkes
  • Executive Producer: John Legend
  • Lead Painter: Eric Reichardt
  • Writer: Damien Chazelle
  • Still Photographer: Dale Robinette
  • Stunt Coordinator: Mark Kubr
  • Production Supervisor: Bart Lipton
  • Director of Photography: Linus Sandgren
  • Casting: Tricia Wood
  • Rigging Grip: Steven Frohardt
  • Editor: Tom Cross
  • Production Office Assistant: Jacob Whitley
  • Location Scout: Scott Trimble
  • Property Master: Kim Richey
  • Assistant Costume Designer: Jo Kissack Folsom
  • Sound Designer: Kevin Becker
  • Producer: Jordan Horowitz
  • Executive Music Producer: Marius de Vries
  • Costume Supervisor: Lynda Foote
  • Hair Department Head: Barbara Lorenz
  • Foley: Dan O’Connell
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Andy Nelson
  • Set Designer: Kevin Cross
  • Property Master: Attila Kiss
  • Sound Effects Editor: Luis Galdames
  • Sound Effects Editor: Lee Gilmore
  • Foley: John T. Cucci
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Ai-Ling Lee
  • Boom Operator: Craig Dollinger
  • Script Supervisor: Lyn Matsuda Norton
  • Location Scout: Steve Beimler
  • Makeup Artist: Amy Lederman
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Tim LeDoux
  • Visual Effects Producer: Jason Sanford
  • Transportation Coordinator: Geno Hart
  • Set Costumer: Laura Wolford
  • Steadicam Operator: Ari Robbins
  • Leadman: Edward J. Protiva
  • Hairstylist: Fríða Aradóttir
  • Video Assist Operator: David Schmalz
  • Makeup Artist: Jed Dornoff
  • Orchestrator: Justin Hurwitz
  • Driver: Marty Osborne
  • Set Costumer: Mark Avery
  • Other: Ken Lebre
  • Makeup Department Head: Torsten Witte
  • Songs: Justin Paul
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Tom Lalley
  • Other: Thomas Conrad
  • Utility Stunts: Eric Salas
  • Rigging Grip: Michael Anthony Travers
  • Lighting Technician: Chris Weigand
  • Other: Thomas Kuo
  • Driver: John F. Teeple
  • Sound mixer: Steven Morrow
  • Stunts: Nicolas Bosc
  • Hairstylist: Medusah
  • Digital Compositors: Patrick Clancey
  • Special Effects Coordinator: Jeremy Hays
  • Utility Stunts: Jimmy Hart
  • Set Decoration Buyer: Jennie Harris
  • First Assistant Editor: John To
  • Rigging Grip: Kent Baker
  • Rigging Grip: Jose F. Barrios
  • Foley: Blake Collins
  • Foley: James Ashwill
  • Set Dressing Artist: Chad R. Davis
  • Executive In Charge Of Post Production: Timothy Scott Ralston
  • Visual Effects Coordinator: Adam Pere
  • Construction Foreman: Gregory Paul Austin
  • Set Dresser: David Ladish
  • Camera Operator: Davon Slininger
  • Production Office Assistant: Owen Patry
  • Executive Producer: Mike Jackson
  • Executive Producer: Ty Stiklorius
  • Makeup Artist: Albert Elizondo
  • Makeup Artist: Yukiko Kinkel
  • Hairstylist: Aubrey Marie
  • Makeup Artist: Lali Peer
  • Makeup Artist: Haruyo Sawada
  • Hairstylist: Steven R. Soussanna
  • Assistant Director: Paula Case
  • Construction Foreman: Eddie Acuña
  • Set Dressing Artist: David Agajanian
  • Carpenter: Christopher Branan
  • Property Master: Matthew Cavaliero
  • Leadman: Tina Charad
  • Construction Coordinator: Chris Forster
  • Art Department Assistant: Wes Hottman
  • Set Dressing Artist: Steven Ladish
  • Assistant Art Director: Steven Light-Orr
  • Other: Geoffrey Mandel
  • Standby Painter: Rick McLean
  • Assistant Property Master: John Youngblood
  • Other: Daniel Hyun Lim
  • Other: Michael Kaleta
  • Digital Compositors: Fiifi Aggrey
  • Digital Compositors: Steve Dinozzi
  • Digital Compositors: Blake Goedde
  • Digital Compositors: Bryan Haines
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Chris LeDoux
  • Stunts: Olivia Courtney
  • Stunts: Ed McDermott II
  • Stunts: Allan Padelford
  • Stunts: Brett Praed
  • Stunts: Cameron Revier
  • Stunts: Josh Yadon
  • Video Assist Operator: James Frank Brown
  • Grip: Anthony Cady
  • Other: Dustin Evans
  • Lighting Artist: Christopher Ferguson
  • Gaffer: Brad M. Hazen
  • Loader: Renee Treyball
  • Grip: Troy N. Wade
  • Other: Rachel Wiederhoeft
  • Set Costumer: Sarah Scheussler
  • Digital Intermediate: Natasha Leonnet
  • Post Production Supervisor: Kimi Rosenthal
  • Other: Ray Ruotolo
  • Post Production Assistant: Josh Stein
  • Other: Matt Wallach
  • Other: Celeste Chada
  • Orchestrator: Tim Davies
  • Music Supervisor: Steven Gizicki
  • Sound Director: Mark Graham
  • Actor’s Assistant: Liz Kinnon
  • Other: Fred Oliveira
  • Driver: Moore Brian
  • Transportation Captain: Michael Connor
  • Driver: Gary Thomas Williams
  • Finance: Malcolm Arias
  • Other: Demian Boergadine
  • Actor’s Assistant: Lauren Coggiola
  • Department Administrator: Ami Cohen
  • Production Office Assistant: Richard Lee Dalton
  • Set Production Assistant: Anna J. DeMildt
  • Production Office Assistant: Jessi Eichberger
  • Stand In: Sommer Fehmel
  • Other: Stephanie M. Flores
  • Other: Michael A. Fry
  • Actor’s Assistant: Hadeel Hadidi
  • Stand In: Ossey James
  • Finance: Sherry Kecskes
  • Set Medic: Eloy Lara
  • Other: Laurent Marchand
  • Other: Collin McShane
  • Executive in Charge of Finance: Robert M. Melnik
  • Executive In Charge Of Production: Curtis A. Miller
  • Production Office Assistant: Carly Olsson
  • Other: Carrie Prince
  • Title Graphics: Michael Riley
  • Production Office Assistant: Ross Risley
  • Production Office Assistant: Theresa Snider
  • Other: Danny Valle
  • Production Accountant: Whitney J. Willard
  • Production Office Assistant: Tyler John Young
  • Production Office Assistant: Kate Gray
  • Producer: Fred Berger
  • Production Coordinator: Kerri Smeltzer
  • Choreographer: Mandy Moore
  • Songs: Benj Pasek
  • Set Dresser: Tom Callinicos
  • Utility Stunts: Brandon Cornell
  • Set Dresser: J.R. Vasquez
  • Score Engineer: Daniel Galindo
  • Makeup Artist: Corina Kramer

Movie Reviews:

  • Gimly: “To me, _La La Land_ is like religion. I see the appeal, and I would never take it away from anyone. But I would also never stand in line for it.”
    – Jeff WInger, probably.

    _Final rating:★★½ – Not quite for me, but I definitely get the appeal._

  • 🌹 Rose: A very special, memorable film that will be iconic in the years to come.
  • Per Gunnar Jonsson: This is definitely not a movie that I would have chosen to watch all by myself which perhaps explain why I thought it was just surprisingly okay to watch. However my girlfriend absolutely wanted to watch it so I got it. As it turned out my girlfriend had only gone by the number of Oscars and not really looked up what kind of movie it actually was so in the end I was enjoying the movie a lot more than she did.

    This movie is pretty much a quite classical Hollywood musical with a non too original story, nice music and dancing. In addition the cinematography is simply excellent. This is the strong point of this movie. The rest of the movie is of lesser interest to me but the cinematography is really, really good. The scene, pictured on the movie poster, were Mia and Sebastian dances and everything in the scene are dark blue tones except Mia’s bright yellow dress is so simple and yet so beautiful.

    Everything else about this movie is…okay. Okay acting, okay story etc. As I wrote before this is really not my kind of movie so forgive me for not being overly enthusiastic. I am sure those into these kind of movies cannot understand how anyone can give it less than a full set of stars but hey, different tastes and all that.

    I cannot make up my mind about ending. On one hand I am a sucker for happy endings which this one falls a wee bit short on. On the other hand I have to commend the writer/director for not taking the path of least resistance and instead putting together something a wee bit different.

    I did feel that a part of the movie was missing though. I would have liked to see the parts where Mia and Sebastian actually fulfilled their respective dreams. Jumping fast forward to the ending like the movie did felt a bit like they either ran out of money or they manage to misplace half the story!

    Anyway, I enjoyed the movie more than I thought I would.

  • Reno: **They’d crossed each others life while chasing their dreams.**

    I am not a big fan of modern musical films. So I was not expecting it to be a great or worst. The film opened with a song that I was not happy, because I did not like the verse or the music. And again to say, the modern timeline does not suit for the musical theme, unless it is a fantasy or an Indian film.

    The best part of the film was, those song fades away as the film progresses. But I kind of liked the drama/story part and the climax track with the quick flashback (kind of). Till that scene I was considering it an average film, but that one scene changed my stance. So, now I think it is a good film, but winning 6 Oscars, I don’t know it deserved that.

    Yes, the director is known for making music and musical film, but he has not made many. He’s young and so his career. Yep, I loved ‘Whiplash’. One of my all time favourite. If that film had won 10 Oscars, I would have not surprised at all. After that flick, the people were anticipating, to exceed that success in this film. As it was received, no doubt for those people it was a different flick, but not for me. Especially if you watch lots of Indian films. By the way the film characters were nice, and so the story, but not the songs.

    Gosling and Stone were performed well. The chemistry between them was great. The narration was going decently until the end, which reminded me ‘Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya’ ending that I was not happy about, yet something different than usual. Sometimes I am okay with cliché than this kind of conclusion, just to bring a change in storytelling. Overall an enjoyable film, most people would love it. Some like me would say it is a decent flick, but there’s always a few who would never favour it. Yet worth a watch.

    _7/10_

  • r96sk: Undeniably well put together, and entertaining, even if it certainly chooses style over substance.

    ‘La La Land’ is an absolutely gorgeous-looking film, from the costumes to the cinematography to the choreography. The musical numbers are pleasant too. It is a little light on story, not that it isn’t entertaining – it is. They were, evidently to me, going for an artsy film and they nailed that. I just personally wanted more depth to the plot, rather than a song every few minutes.

    Ryan Gosling is probably one of my favourite actors around right now, in the argument at least, and he is very good here. So is Emma Stone, who is arguably the film’s standout. I wanted to watch more of Stone’s work even before this, so I knew – along with Gosling – I was going to enjoy the cast. They work excellently as a duo. Elsewhere, John Legend’s role is a tad out of place, even if it’s good to see him.

    4*. It might make for lame viewing if you absolutely do not like musicals, but otherwise it’s 100% worth a watch – even for someone with a mild taste for musicals, like me.

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