La La Land and the Golden Globes

La La Land May Be the End of Meaningful Awards Ceremonies

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If you saw this year’s Golden Globes, you know La La Land made a huge splash, taking home seven awards. But, there has been some backlash regarding the film’s success. And, that backlash may be the beginning of the end of meaningful award ceremonies, and that is incredibly unfortunate. Let’s talk about why the backlash occurred.

First, a quick non spoiler-review of La La Land. In short, it’s beautiful. The music is catchy and heartfelt (though the vocals are a bit rough at times), the cinematography is incredible, the acting is superb (Emma Stone gives one of her best performances ever), and all the throwbacks to old-school hollywood are fun. Go see it.

Okay, so what happened at the Golden Globes last week? Well, La La Land, as you might have heard, took a record seven awards home. Clearly, the journalists that make up the Hollywood Foreign Press very much fell in love with this little musical. But, instead of a growing sense of excitement at a sweep for the picture honoring classic tinseltown and underdogs, resentment spread rather quickly.

Critics, journalists and filmmakers all voiced their opinions during and after the ceremony, essentially lamenting the fact that La La Land did so well, when so many other pictures deserved awards.

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Apple Ad Frankie's Holiday

Apple Ads Both Inspire: One is Good, the Other is Great

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I’ve talked a lot about commercials this fall, and for that I’m sorry, but only because there has not been a great deal to talk about regarding films, since there have not been a lot of really special things releasing wide (although I have a few posts coming up that will be a treat). Today, I have one last post about two TV spots before I launch into full blown Awards Season mode. Both of these ads were made for Apple, which is interesting. It is interesting because Apple has often sought to create iconic advertising campaigns (the Mac/PC ads are a prime example), but neither of these ads are part of a larger campaign, they are selling different products, and were released within a week of one another. Yet, one of these ads is good, while the other is brilliant!

First, “Bulbs” is an ad for the new Macbook Pro. The ad opens with the greatest invention of all, fire. The shot cuts to a bulb illuminating in the darkness. Then the shots follow a line of bulbs all illuminating and one by one, exploding as one by one some of the greatest innovations are placed before us to consider.

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Wes Anderson Spike Jonze

When Advertisements Become Art: Comparing H&M’s and Kenzo’s Ads

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Well-known filmmakers are being hired to direct commercials often referred to as short films (if credits are included), and the results have been no less than art.

First to catch my eye was an ad released in September directed by Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Where the Wild Things Are and Her) and starring Margaret Qualley for KENZO Perfume.

And then on Nov. 28, H&M announced the debut of its holiday ad Come Together directed by Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom and The Royal Tenebaums) and starring actor Adrien Brody.

These singular ads are masterful in style, message, photography and approach. They are also long in duration (the KENZO spot is 3:49, H&M’s is 3:53) and they are viewed on YouTube and social media. Currently, the H&M spot is trending like crazy with over 7.7 million views in the first week alone. The KENZO ad had close to 5 million views. Compared to each other, the two ads could not possibly be more different.

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Fantasy Movie League

Fantasy Movie League Contest

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Awards season is quickly approaching (some might argue we are already in it) and what better way to celebrate than with a bit of friendly competition? Enter Fantasy Movie Leagues. You’ve heard of fantasy football, well now enjoy the box office agonizing, projection models, and fanboy trash-talk tailored just for you movie lovers.

To get everyone in the festive mood for Awards Season, I’ll be holding a Fantasy Movie League for its duration with regular analysis, doling out of bragging rights for weekly leaders, and even a prize for the winner of the season.

The Stakes:
Win my fantasy movie league and get a $25 Fandango gift card to use on seeing the movies you want the most!

How it works:
Create a free account at FantasyMovieLeague.com and find the private league I’ve created.
Enter the password and, every week, make your 8 picks to maximize your theater’s box office.

Link to join The Director’s Chair league: The Director’s Chair FML

Fantasy Movie League
FML League Info

Here is a link to the FML site for instructions on how to play: https://fantasymovieleague.com/howtoplay

For those of you who are wondering, you can play entirely from the mobile app, which is actually pretty good.

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