Babylon is basically a remake of Boogie Nights, except that instead of being set in the pornographic film industry in the 1970s and 1980s, it's set in the Hollywood film industry in the 1920s and 1930s. We follow an array of colorful characters as they fall from the sexy heights of their screen careers to the desperate depths, thanks to… read more!
Movies Directed by Damien Chazelle (in alphabetical order)
After The Right Stuff, Apollo 13, and countless fictional astronaut dramas, it's surprising that Neil Armstrong, history's most famous spaceman, hadn't been the subject of a Hollywood biopic until now. But after seeing First Man, a painstakingly accurate, vérité-style account of Armstrong's life and career between 1961 and 1969, I can see why: Armstrong, who passed away in 2012, was… read more!
La La Land
From its opening number through much of the film, I have to say that I liked La La Land very much, but I could not love it. Writer/director Damien Chazelle caused such a stir with his incendiary first feature Whiplash that, when I heard he was following it up with an old-fashioned musical about Los Angeles, I couldn't wait. And who can resist the pairing… read more!
Whiplash has been earning raves ever since it debuted at Sundance 2014, where it won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award. All these months later, is it worth the hype? Yes, it's worth the hype. Miles Teller, who resembles a young John Cusack, only infinitely more focused, stars as Andrew Neyman, an aspiring jazz drummer who, in… read more!