“La La Land,” Blissful Ignorance, and the Myth of Jazz

Damien Chazelle’s La La Land can be seen as being comprised of three different films: a romance, a musical, and a film about art. None of these aspects of La La Land are particularly good; not because Chazelle stretches the film thin between themes or sub-plots, but rather, because he lacks nuance as both a…

The crafted thrill of “10 Cloverfield Lane”

Directed by Dan Trachtenberg, 10 Cloverfield Lane shares a few striking similarities to two other films I’ve reviewed this year: Green Room and The Shallows. All three films are stories of survival; they’re thrillers whose narratives are focused on individuals who, against greater odds, use their ingenuity to survive. Admittedly, Green Room is a bit…