BLADE RUNNER 2049
2017, Warner Bros., 164 min, Dir: Denis Villeneuve

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for decades. Nominated for five Oscars including Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Production Design. Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times said, “What’s remarkable about BLADE RUNNER 2049 is how good it is. The bottom line is indisputable: As shaped by Villeneuve and his masterful creative team, this film puts you firmly, brilliantly, unassailably in another world of its own devising, and that is no small thing.”


SONG TO SONG
2017, Broad Green Pictures, 145 min, USA, Dir: Terrence Malick

The Austin, Texas, music scene is the setting for acclaimed writer-director Terrence Malick’s drama of intersecting love triangles. Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Natalie Portman and Michael Fassbender lead the star-studded ensemble cast, while a “who’s who” of alternative music artists (including Patti Smith, Iggy Pop and Arcade Fire) appear in cameos. Frequent Malick collaborators Emmanuel Lubezki (cinematography), Jack Fisk (production design) and Jacqueline West (costumes) give this exploration of obsession and betrayal a rich visual component.


LA LA LAND
2016, Lionsgate, 128 min, USA, Dir: Damien Chazelle

Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Damien Chazelle (WHIPLASH), LA LA LAND tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern-day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams. “Every once in a while, you come out of a movie theater feeling like you’re walking on air. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it restores your faith in the power of cinema. Damien Chazelle’s dreamy neo-retro musical LA LA LAND is one of those rare films.” - Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly


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