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An Ode To La La Land And Magic At The Movies

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Here’s to the ones who dream, foolish as they may seem. Here’s to the hearts that ache. Here’s to the mess we make. She captured feeling, sky with no ceiling, the sunset inside with rain. Here’s to the ones who dream, foolish as they may seem. Here’s to the hearts that ache. Here’s to the mess we make.

There are movies and then there are movies like these. While I did talk about reading things that would elevate your thoughts, there are some movies that you need to watch which will make your heart well up. I was always someone who was wonder struck about times gone by.

The golden age syndrome from Midnight In Paris made so much sense to me that it shook me a little. I constantly feel a pull towards all things old and may be a little broken. The beauty in those classic mannerisms, that chivalrous hero, the vintage fashion is something so worthy of being cherished. Somewhere along the line,  as the world grew up and became “modern” people lost so much of soul when it came to living.

The only thing that spoke to these thoughts that have been swirling around my mind for so long, are old movies and those who viewed them in the same way that I did. Movies such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Casablanca, Singing in the rain makes one feel something that none of the new movies have managed to do; the true blue – magic at the cinemas experience. I never thought I’d get the chance to witness a movie like that in this era. And while many have tried, the only movie that came close is La La Land.In honor of it’s 14 Oscar nominations and sweeping off all the awards at the Golden Globes, I had to talk about this movie that truly touched me.

I was on the edge of my seat the first time I saw the trailer – it had everything that I loved. It was modern but timeless; it had music, dance, romance, grand sets and grand gestures. It had emotions and real problems. I remember telling my brother – “I feel so happy about this whole thing… I don’t even care if the movie is bad. The trailer has made me happier than I could have ever imagined.”

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pdqf4P9MB8]

Although I might have said that, the movie was more than I could have ever imagined, so so much better than the trailer made it out to be. It was an old Hollywood movie for those who romanticized old Hollywood movies. It was for and about dreamers and wistful thinkers. It was about love, loss and how sometimes the best thing in life might be that “What if’ question. Most of all, it was about biting on to and not be willing to let go of those dreams that most consider to be a waste of time and effort.

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Even talking about how that movie made me feel, makes me feel overwhelmed. Wrapped in its classy and elegant setting, the movie showed a story so real and so raw, that dreamers like me feel on a daily basis. Wondering whether things will ever work out, whether all this effort is really a waste of time, whether we should really just settle so that things can be “stable” and if the sacrifices we make to realize our dreams will come back to haunt us. I was a mess at the end of the movie- I cried nonstop for the last 45 minutes or so; only because the movie struck a little too close to home.

So if you feel things a little too deeply, feel sometimes that you were born a little too late and that so many movies and books of today lack something, make yourself watch this movie and then continue to watch these classic movies. They might help you find yourself and maybe push you ahead on your path. Or maybe, they will leave your heart a few sizes bigger.

If you are looking for a few movies that I think you should watch, the following makes my list after La La Land:

1. Singing In The Rain
2. Breakfast At Tiffany’s
3. Roman Holiday
4. Casablanca
5. My Fair Lady
6. The Maltese Falcon
7. Sabrina
8. Midnight In Paris
9. In The Mood For Love
10.Coco Avant Chanel

Well, that’s all for now! See you somewhere down the road when I feel like writing a little bit more.

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