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La La Land (2016)
Comedy, Drama, Music, Musical, Romance

La La Land (2016)

Aspiring actress serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and jazz musician Sebastian scrapes by playing cocktail-party gigs in dingy bars. But as success mounts, they are faced with decisions that fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  filmmaking,  christmas
Locations:elevator,  bicycle,  nightclub,  bar
Characters:actress,  musician,  waitress,  writer,  baby,  photographer,  dancer,  singer
Period:summer,  winter
Story:aspiring actress,  jazz musician,  toyota prius,  recording studio,  spilled coffee,  theatre production,  coffee shop,  movie theatre,  band tour,  jazz band,  pianist,  piano player,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  video camera,  christmas music,  christmas decorations,  backup singer,  scat singing,  pool party,  christmas tree,  singing in a car,  dancing on the roof of a car,  dancing in the street,  telephone call,  reference to new orleans louisiana,  reference to goldilocks and the three bears,  intertitle shows passage of time,  reference to boston massachusetts,  reference to richard burton,  reference to count basie,  reference to the eiffel tower,  knocking on a car window,  reference to joseph campbell,  reference to charlie parker,  griffith park los angeles,  reference to kenny g,  reference to burt lancaster,  surrealism sequence,  los angeles skyline,  honking car horn,  fall the season,  reference to china,  reference to shirley temple,  chasing a dream,  reference to miles davis,  reference to louis armstrong,  reference to george michael,  biting lip,  trombone player,  movie lot,  reference to ingrid bergman,  repeated scene from a different perspective,  bumping into someone,  pipe dream,  jumping into a river,  blowing a kiss,  unpaid bill,  snapping fingers,  stage door,  spring the season,  listening to a car radio,  playing trumpet,  jumping into a swimming pool,  bright color,  upstart,  four seasons,  knocking on a window,  smoke alarm,  chicken as food,  prius,  haberdasher,  360 degree well shot,  reference to new york city,  overhearing a conversation,  toy airplane,  barista,  one woman show,  shushing,  woman wearing a red dress,  woman wearing a towel,  bass player,  reference to elizabeth taylor,  meet cute,  bigger dreams,  reference to humphrey bogart,  saxophone player,  pendulum,  kissing in public,  planetarium,  honking a car horn,  casting director,  hispanic american,  memorabilia,  reference to james dean,  reference to marlon brando,  trumpet player,  penis slur,  samba,  alliterative title,  hula hoop,  reference to charlie chaplin,  jazz club,  makeup artist,  car keys,  waltz,  golf cart,  women's bathroom,  overhead shot,  skateboarder,  globe,  fedora,  spotlight,  freeway,  keyboard,  reference to marilyn monroe,  hermit,  woman in a bikini,  posing,  car radio,  texting,  lip synching,  short skirt,  whistling,  quitting a job,  traffic jam,  playwright,  name calling,  jazz music,  mini dress,  legs,  levitation,  yelling,  contract,  drums,  wedding reception,  bench,  dressing room,  raised middle finger,  play,  pier,  surprise,  movie set,  drummer,  aunt niece relationship,  backstage,  photo shoot,  home movie,  audience,  hollywood california,  movie theater,  crying woman,  rehearsal,  watching a movie,  vandalism,  listening to music,  recording,  babysitter,  applause,  record player,  obscene finger gesture,  fireworks,  split screen,  convertible,  flowers,  passion,  audition,  mini skirt,  champagne,  fantasy sequence,  fired from the job,  prologue,  library,  flash forward,  coffee,  theatre,  roommate,  no opening credits,  outer space,  apology,  nonlinear timeline,  concert,  band,  wine,  cooking,  telephone,  little girl,  piano,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  paris france,  camera,  los angeles california,  computer,  slow motion scene,  mirror,  swimming pool,  song,  cell phone,  brother sister relationship,  shower,  three word title,  party,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  african american,  mother daughter relationship,  flashback,  kiss

Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Characters:actress,  writer,  photographer,  dancer,  singer
Story:pool party,  telephone call,  makeup artist,  photo shoot,  home movie,  movie theater,  crying woman,  watching a movie,  applause,  convertible,  flowers,  passion,  audition,  champagne,  flash forward,  coffee,  apology,  band,  telephone,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  camera,  swimming pool,  song,  party,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  kiss,  flashback

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Adoration (2013)
Drama, Romance

Adoration (2013)

Lil ('Naomi Watts' (qv)) and Roz ('Robin Wright (V)' (qv)) are two lifelong friends, having grown up together as neighbors in an idyllic beach town. As adults, their sons have developed a friendship as strong as that which binds their mothers. One summer, all four are confronted by simmering emotions that have been mounting between them, and each find unexpected happiness in relationships that cross the bounds of convention. (Read More)

Themes:memory
Locations:bar
Characters:actress,  baby,  dancer,  singer
Period:summer
Story:theatre production,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  telephone call,  overhead shot,  wedding reception,  audience,  watching a movie,  listening to music,  flowers,  audition,  champagne,  flash forward,  theatre,  apology,  wine,  telephone,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  computer,  mirror,  song,  cell phone,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  flashback,  kiss

Amy (2015)
Biography, Documentary, Music

Amy (2015)

A documentary on the life of 'Amy Winehouse' (qv), the immensely talented yet doomed songstress. We see her from her teen years, where she already showed her singing abilities, to her finding success and then her downward spiral into alcoholism and drugs.

Themes:memory
Locations:bar
Characters:photographer,  musician,  singer
Story:recording studio,  video camera,  telephone call,  whistling,  jazz music,  legs,  contract,  backstage,  photo shoot,  home movie,  applause,  flowers,  prologue,  roommate,  apology,  band,  telephone,  sunglasses,  camera,  computer,  slow motion scene,  song,  cell phone,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  kiss

Nowhere Boy (2009) is one of the best movies like La La Land (2016)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

Nowhere Boy (2009)

The story of John Lennon's childhood and teenage years from 1944 to 1960, his relationship with his aunt Mimi and his mother Julia -the two dominant women in the first part of his life-, his first meeting with Paul McCartney and George Harrison, their friendship, their love for music and the birth of The Beatles. (Read More)

Locations:bicycle
Characters:baby,  musician,  dancer,  singer
Story:recording studio,  movie theatre,  piano player,  telephone call,  jazz music,  drums,  dressing room,  pier,  drummer,  backstage,  audience,  listening to music,  recording,  record player,  flash forward,  band,  telephone,  piano,  reference to god,  mirror,  song,  party,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  flashback,  kiss

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A Hologram For The King (2016)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

A Hologram For The King (2016)

Themes:memory
Locations:elevator,  bicycle
Characters:waitress,  dancer
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  telephone call,  reference to boston massachusetts,  reference to china,  reference to new york city,  overhead shot,  traffic jam,  name calling,  crying woman,  listening to music,  prologue,  flash forward,  coffee,  apology,  telephone,  little girl,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  computer,  mirror,  swimming pool,  brother sister relationship,  shower,  party,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  flashback,  kiss

Sing Street (2016)
Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance

Sing Street (2016)

This is the beginning of the eighties and everybody is moving to the beat of Pop music, as the brand-new concept of the music video appears on television for the first time. However, in Dublin, Conor, a teenager with a sensitive heart, is trying to deal with a tense family relationship, reconnect with his older brother while dealing with the hostile environment in his new public school. And then one day, he sees her. Tall, with long chestnut hair, a buttery complexion and big, dark eyes; an enigmatically beautiful girl standing in front of his school's gate, indolently observing people passing by. But who is she and how could a boy ever get noticed by such a distant girl? That's easy. He would form a band. Surprisingly, with every lyric Conor writes, the gap narrows and with every song he plays, her heart fills with affection. In the end, before a sea of opportunities lying ahead of them, what will the future hold for a brave love like this? (Read More)

Locations:bicycle
Characters:dancer,  singer
Story:piano player,  band,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  video camera,  overhearing a conversation,  bass player,  penis slur,  name calling,  drums,  bench,  pier,  drummer,  listening to music,  recording,  applause,  record player,  obscene finger gesture,  prologue,  flash forward,  concert,  piano,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  slow motion scene,  mirror,  song,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  kiss,  flashback

Dreamgirls (2006)
Drama, Music, Musical

Dreamgirls (2006)

Detroit, the early 1960s. Curtis Taylor, Jr., a car salesman, breaks into the music business with big dreams. He signs a trio of young women, the Dreamettes, gets them a job backing an R&B performer, James "Thunder" Early, establishes his own record label and starts wheeling and dealing. When Early flames out, Curtis makes the Dreamettes into headliners as the Dreams, but not before demoting their hefty big-voiced lead singer, Effie White, and putting the softer-voiced looker, Deena Jones, in front. Soon after, he fires Effie, sends her into a life of proud poverty, and takes Deena and the Dreams to the top. How long can Curtis stay there, and will Effie ever get her due? (Read More)

Themes:filmmaking,  christmas
Locations:elevator,  nightclub,  bar
Characters:actress,  musician,  dancer,  singer
Story:recording studio,  backup singer,  christmas tree,  telephone call,  jazz club,  quitting a job,  jazz music,  dressing room,  backstage,  rehearsal,  recording,  applause,  pianist,  audition,  fired from the job,  prologue,  theatre,  no opening credits,  concert,  band,  piano,  camera,  los angeles california,  mirror,  swimming pool,  song,  brother sister relationship,  party,  singing,  dancing,  african american,  mother daughter relationship,  kiss

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Woman In Gold (2015) is one of the best movies like La La Land (2016)
Biography, Drama, History

Woman In Gold (2015)

Maria Altman sought to regain a world famous painting of her aunt plundered by the Nazis during World War II. She did so not just to regain what was rightfully hers, but also to obtain some measure of justice for the death, destruction, and massive art theft perpetrated by the Nazis.

Themes:memory
Locations:elevator,  bicycle
Characters:baby,  dancer,  singer
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  telephone call,  posing,  quitting a job,  aunt niece relationship,  crying woman,  listening to music,  recording,  applause,  record player,  flash forward,  theatre,  apology,  nonlinear timeline,  concert,  telephone,  sunglasses,  los angeles california,  computer,  mirror,  song,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  flashback

The Artist (2011)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Artist (2011)

Outside a movie premiere, enthusiastic fan Peppy Miller literally bumps into the swashbuckling hero of the silent film, George Valentin. The star reacts graciously and Peppy plants a kiss on his cheek as they are surrounded by photographers. The headlines demand: "Who's That Girl?" and Peppy is inspired to audition for a dancing bit-part at the studio. However as Peppy slowly rises through the industry, the introduction of talking-pictures turns Valentin's world upside-down. (Read More)

Themes:filmmaking
Locations:bar
Characters:actress,  photographer,  dancer
Story:movie theatre,  audition,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  bumping into someone,  blowing a kiss,  makeup artist,  waltz,  spotlight,  whistling,  jazz music,  contract,  dressing room,  raised middle finger,  movie set,  backstage,  hollywood california,  movie theater,  watching a movie,  recording,  applause,  record player,  obscene finger gesture,  split screen,  flowers,  fantasy sequence,  fired from the job,  apology,  telephone,  camera,  slow motion scene,  mirror,  dancing,  photograph,  kiss

High-rise (2015)
Drama

High-rise (2015)

Class struggle becomes all too real as a young doctor moves into a modern apartment block in suburban 1975 London. Drugs, drink & debauchery dissolve into murder, mayhem and misogyny in this pseudo-post-apocalyptic breakdown of societal norms. This is why High-rise (2015) is one of the best movies like La La Land (2016). (Read More)

Locations:elevator
Characters:actress,  baby,  dancer
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  overhead shot,  name calling,  crying woman,  watching a movie,  listening to music,  recording,  babysitter,  record player,  champagne,  flash forward,  coffee,  no opening credits,  apology,  nonlinear timeline,  wine,  reference to god,  slow motion scene,  mirror,  brother sister relationship,  shower,  party,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  flashback,  kiss

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Almost Famous (2000)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music

Almost Famous (2000)

William Miller is a 15-year-old kid hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with and write about Stillwater, an up and coming rock band. This wonderfully witty coming-of-age film follows William as he falls face first to confront life, love, and lingo.

Locations:elevator,  bar
Characters:musician,  singer
Story:telephone call,  jumping into a swimming pool,  whistling,  drums,  raised middle finger,  drummer,  listening to music,  recording,  record player,  obscene finger gesture,  prologue,  concert,  band,  telephone,  camera,  los angeles california,  swimming pool,  song,  brother sister relationship,  party,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  kiss

Searching For Sugar Man (2012) is one of the best movies like La La Land (2016)
Biography, Documentary, Music

Searching For Sugar Man (2012)

In the early 1970s, Sixto Rodriguez was a Detroit folksinger who had a short-lived recording career with only two well received but non-selling albums. Unknown to Rodriguez, his musical story continued in South Africa where he became a pop music icon and inspiration for generations. Long rumored there to be dead by suicide, a few fans in the 1990s decided to seek out the truth of their hero's fate. What follows is a bizarrely heartening story in which they found far more in their quest than they ever hoped, while a Detroit construction laborer discovered that his lost artistic dreams came true after all. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  christmas
Locations:bar
Characters:musician,  singer
Story:telephone call,  reference to james dean,  overhead shot,  spotlight,  contract,  home movie,  audience,  hollywood california,  rehearsal,  listening to music,  recording,  concert,  band,  telephone,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  los angeles california,  slow motion scene,  song,  singing,  photograph

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Drama, Music

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Follow a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles -- some of them of his own making.

Locations:elevator,  bar
Characters:musician,  singer,  waitress
Period:winter
Story:recording studio,  telephone call,  reference to new orleans louisiana,  reference to boston massachusetts,  knocking on a car window,  listening to a car radio,  penis slur,  contract,  listening to music,  recording,  applause,  record player,  audition,  no opening credits,  apology,  concert,  wine,  cooking,  telephone,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  song,  brother sister relationship,  three word title,  singing,  photograph,  flashback

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Sleeping With Other People (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Sleeping With Other People (2015)

Themes:christmas
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer
Story:telephone call,  bumping into someone,  360 degree well shot,  penis slur,  women's bathroom,  name calling,  contract,  bench,  drummer,  split screen,  flowers,  mini skirt,  flash forward,  apology,  band,  wine,  telephone,  little girl,  reference to god,  slow motion scene,  swimming pool,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  african american,  mother daughter relationship,  flashback,  kiss

Ray (2004)
Biography, Drama, Music

Ray (2004)

The story of Ray Charles, music legend. Told in his adult live with flashbacks to his youth we see his humble origins in Florida, his turbulent childhood which included losing his brother and then his sight, his rise as pianist in a touring band, his writing his own songs and running his own band and then stardom. Also includes his addiction to drugs and its affect on his working life and family life. This is why Ray (2004) is one of the best movies like La La Land (2016). (Read More)

Themes:memory
Locations:nightclub
Characters:singer,  baby,  musician,  dancer
Story:recording studio,  bass player,  trumpet player,  jazz music,  contract,  drums,  drummer,  applause,  pianist,  fired from the job,  concert,  band,  piano,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  paris france,  camera,  los angeles california,  swimming pool,  song,  singing,  dancing,  african american,  flashback,  kiss

The Soloist (2009) is one of the best movies like La La Land (2016)
Biography, Drama, Music

The Soloist (2009)

In 2005, the only thing hurting Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez more than his face from a recent bike accident was his pressing need for story ideas. That is when he discovers Nathaniel Ayers, a mentally ill, homeless street musician who possesses extraordinary talent, even through his half-broken instruments. Inspired by his story, Lopez writes an acclaimed series of articles about Ayers and attempts to do more to help both him and the rest of the underclass of LA have a better life. However, Lopez's good intentions run headlong in the hard realities of the strength of Ayers' personal demons and the larger social injustices facing the homeless. Regardless, Lopez and Ayers must find a way to conquer their deepest anxieties and frustrations to hope for a brighter future for both of them. (Read More)

Locations:elevator,  bicycle,  bar
Characters:musician,  dancer,  singer
Story:video camera,  telephone call,  freeway,  aunt niece relationship,  audience,  rehearsal,  listening to music,  flowers,  passion,  prologue,  flash forward,  concert,  reference to god,  los angeles california,  slow motion scene,  mirror,  song,  cell phone,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  dancing,  african american,  flashback

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Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010)
Action, Comedy, Romance

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010)

Scott Pilgrim plays in a band which aspires to success. He dates Knives Chau, a high-school girl five years younger, and he hasn't recovered from being dumped by his former girlfriend, now a success with her own band. When Scott falls for Ramona Flowers, he has trouble breaking up with Knives and tries to romance Ramona. As if juggling two women wasn't enough, Ramona comes with baggage: seven ex-lovers, with each of whom Scott must do battle to the death in order to win Ramona. (Read More)

Themes:filmmaking
Locations:nightclub,  bar
Characters:musician,  singer
Story:flowers,  band,  coffee shop,  women's bathroom,  skateboarder,  spotlight,  short skirt,  mini dress,  legs,  levitation,  drums,  raised middle finger,  drummer,  backstage,  applause,  split screen,  mini skirt,  prologue,  library,  flash forward,  coffee,  roommate,  apology,  cooking,  computer,  song,  cell phone,  brother sister relationship,  party,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  kiss,  flashback

Another Year (2010)
Comedy, Drama

Another Year (2010)

A married couple who have managed to remain blissfully happy into their autumn years, are surrounded over the course of the four seasons of one average year by friends, colleagues, and family who all seem to suffer some degree of unhappiness.

Themes:memory,  christmas
Locations:bicycle
Characters:baby
Period:summer,  winter
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  telephone call,  spring the season,  four seasons,  meet cute,  flowers,  champagne,  prologue,  coffee,  apology,  cooking,  wine,  telephone,  reference to god,  paris france,  computer,  mirror,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  kiss

Youth (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance

Youth (2015)

Fred and Mick, two old friends, are on vacation in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps. Fred, a composer and conductor, is now retired. Mick, a film director, is still working. They look with curiosity and tenderness on their children's confused lives, Mick's enthusiastic young writers, and the other hotel guests. While Mick scrambles to finish the screenplay for what he imagines will be his last important film, Fred has no intention of resuming his musical career. But someone wants at all costs to hear him conduct again. (Read More)

Themes:memory
Locations:elevator,  bicycle
Characters:actress,  photographer,  musician,  dancer,  singer
Story:telephone call,  reference to marilyn monroe,  name calling,  levitation,  drummer,  applause,  flowers,  champagne,  prologue,  apology,  concert,  telephone,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  camera,  swimming pool,  song,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  kiss

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Kill Your Darlings (2013) is one of the best movies like La La Land (2016)
Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

In the early 1940s, Allen Ginsberg is an English major at Columbia University, only to learn more than he bargained for. Dissatisfied by the orthodox attitudes of the school, Allen finds himself drawn to iconoclastic colleagues like Lucien Carr, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Together, this gang would explore bold new literary ideas that would challenge the sensibilities of their time as the future Beat Generation. However, for all their creativity, their very appetites and choices lead to more serious transgressions that would mark their lives forever. This is why Kill Your Darlings (2013) is one of the best movies like La La Land (2016). (Read More)

Themes:memory
Locations:bar
Characters:writer,  dancer,  singer
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  telephone call,  trumpet player,  penis slur,  jazz music,  recording,  record player,  prologue,  library,  flash forward,  roommate,  apology,  band,  wine,  telephone,  reference to god,  mirror,  song,  shower,  party,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  african american,  flashback,  kiss

La Grande Bellezza (2013)
Drama

La Grande Bellezza (2013)

Journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city's literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafes to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. (Read More)

Themes:memory
Locations:elevator
Characters:actress,  writer,  dancer,  singer
Period:summer
Story:telephone call,  overhead shot,  jazz music,  wedding reception,  bench,  applause,  passion,  champagne,  theatre,  no opening credits,  apology,  nonlinear timeline,  little girl,  sunglasses,  slow motion scene,  swimming pool,  song,  cell phone,  party,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  flashback,  kiss

Swingers (1996)
Comedy, Drama

Swingers (1996)

This is a story about Mike, a guy who left his girl in New York when he came to LA to be a star. It's been six months since his girlfriend left him and he's not doing so good. So, his pal and some other friends try and get him back in the social scene and forget about his 6 year relationship.

Locations:nightclub,  bar
Characters:waitress,  actress,  baby,  dancer,  singer
Story:aspiring actress,  telephone call,  jazz club,  name calling,  hollywood california,  audition,  coffee,  band,  telephone,  los angeles california,  slow motion scene,  song,  party,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  african american,  kiss

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Nine (2009)
Drama, Musical, Romance

Nine (2009)

Arrogant, self-centered movie director Guido Contini finds himself struggling to find meaning, purpose, and a script for his latest film endeavor. With only a week left before shooting begins, he desperately searches for answers and inspiration from his wife, his mistress, his muse, and his mother. As his chaotic profession steadily destroys his personal life, Guido must find a balance between creating art and succumbing to its obsessive demands. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  filmmaking
Locations:nightclub,  bar
Characters:waitress,  actress,  writer,  photographer,  dancer,  singer
Story:telephone call,  spotlight,  legs,  movie set,  pianist,  convertible,  passion,  champagne,  fantasy sequence,  nonlinear timeline,  band,  piano,  sunglasses,  camera,  mirror,  song,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  kiss,  flashback

All About Eve (1950) is one of the best movies like La La Land (2016)
Drama

All About Eve (1950)

Eve (Anne Baxter) is waiting backstage to meet her idol, aging Broadway star Margo Channing (Bette Davis). It seems innocent enough as Eve explains that she has seen Margo in EVERY performance of her current play. Only playwright/critic DeWitt (George Sanders) sees through Eve's evil plan, which is to take her parts and her fiance, Bill Simpson (Gary Merrill). When the fiance shows no interest, she tries for playwright Lloyd Richards (Hugh Marlowe), but DeWitt stops her. After she accepts her award, she decides to skip the after-party and goes to her room, where a young woman named Phoebe has sneaked into her room and fallen asleep. This is where the "Circle of Life" now comes to fruition as Eve will get played like she played Margo. (Read More)

Characters:actress
Story:playwright,  aspiring actress,  play,  backstage,  piano player,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  telephone call,  stage door,  listening to a car radio,  name calling,  dressing room,  crying woman,  rehearsal,  applause,  audition,  champagne,  apology,  telephone,  piano,  mirror,  party,  flashback,  kiss

Sid And Nancy (1986)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

Sid And Nancy (1986)

Morbid biographical story of Sid Vicious, bassist with British punk group the Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. When the Sex Pistols break up after their fateful US tour, Vicious attempts a solo career while in the grip of heroin addiction. One morning, Nancy is found stabbed to death and Sid is arrested for her murder. This is why Sid And Nancy (1986) is one of the best movies like La La Land (2016). (Read More)

Themes:filmmaking,  christmas
Locations:nightclub,  bar
Characters:baby,  photographer,  musician,  dancer,  singer
Story:recording studio,  bass player,  vandalism,  obscene finger gesture,  champagne,  fantasy sequence,  nonlinear timeline,  concert,  band,  paris france,  camera,  mirror,  song,  singing,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  kiss

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I'm Not There. (2007)
Biography, Drama, Music

I'm Not There. (2007)

Six incarnations of Bob Dylan: an actor, a folk singer, an electrified troubadour, Rimbaud, Billy the Kid, and Woody Guthrie. Put Dylan's music behind their adventures, soliloquies, interviews, marriage, and infidelity. Recreate 1960s documentaries in black and white. Put each at a crossroads, the artist becoming someone else. Jack, the son of Ramblin' Jack Elliott, finds Jesus; handsome Robbie falls in love then abandons Claire. Woody, a lad escaped from foster care, hobos the U.S. singing; Billy awakes in a valley threatened by a six-lane highway; Rimbaud talks. Jude, booed at Newport when he goes electric, fences with reporters, pundits, and fans. He won't be classified. (Read More)

Themes:filmmaking
Locations:elevator,  bar
Characters:singer,  baby,  photographer,  musician,  dancer
Story:telephone call,  golf cart,  hermit,  traffic jam,  watching a movie,  recording,  applause,  record player,  pianist,  flowers,  passion,  theatre,  nonlinear timeline,  concert,  band,  wine,  piano,  sunglasses,  camera,  slow motion scene,  singing,  song,  party,  photograph,  dancing,  african american,  mother daughter relationship

De Rouille Et D'os (2012)
Drama, Romance

De Rouille Et D'os (2012)

Locations:nightclub
Characters:photographer,  dancer
Period:summer,  winter
Story:singing in a car,  telephone call,  crying woman,  listening to music,  applause,  champagne,  fired from the job,  flash forward,  coffee,  telephone,  sunglasses,  camera,  computer,  slow motion scene,  cell phone,  brother sister relationship,  shower,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  kiss,  flashback

Mortdecai (2015) is one of the best movies like La La Land (2016)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Romance

Mortdecai (2015)

Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. (Read More)

Themes:memory
Locations:elevator,  nightclub,  bar
Characters:baby,  dancer
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  telephone call,  reference to the eiffel tower,  overhearing a conversation,  overhead shot,  globe,  woman in a bikini,  name calling,  recording,  record player,  fired from the job,  library,  flash forward,  no opening credits,  apology,  wine,  telephone,  reference to god,  paris france,  los angeles california,  computer,  mirror,  swimming pool,  cell phone,  party,  photograph,  dancing,  flashback,  kiss

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Brooklyn (2015)
Drama, Romance

Brooklyn (2015)

In late 1951, Eilis Lacey, a young Irish girl, emigrates to Brooklyn. Sponsored by Father Flood, a priest from her native town Enniscorthy, she is assured to find a full-time job there. But the early days are tough, seasickness being soon replaced by loneliness and homesickness, two feelings all the more acutely felt by Eilis for having had to leave behind her widowed mother and her dear sister Rose. She nevertheless little by little manages to find her footing by adapting to her job as a salesgirl, by studying bookkeeping at Brooklyn College as well as with a little help from both Father Flood and Mrs. Kehoe, the owner of the boarding school she now lives in. And not only does graduation follow but love shows its face in Tony, an Italian-American plumber, full of adoration and respect for her. They end up marrying, although keeping the thing secret. It is at that point that tragedy strikes inciting Eilis to return to Enniscorthy to support her mother morally. And there a strange thing happens : she gradually gets lured by the charms of her native place, going far as to let herself be wooed by Jim Farrell, a young local. (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer,  singer
Period:summer,  winter
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  christmas tree,  telephone call,  blowing a kiss,  bigger dreams,  whistling,  name calling,  bench,  crying woman,  watching a movie,  listening to music,  applause,  flowers,  prologue,  apology,  band,  telephone,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  mirror,  song,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  kiss

Love & Mercy (2014)
Biography, Drama, Music

Love & Mercy (2014)

Brian Wilson is the creative soul of the Beach Boys, but he paid a heavy price for his talent. That especially shows during his peak artistic years in the 1960s, as his inner demons and obsessions trying to please his abusive father drive him to a mental breakdown that would plague him for years. In the 1980s, with Brian barely functional under the domination of the unscrupulous Dr. Landy, Brian meets and falls in love with Melinda Ledbetter. As their relationship grows, she observes Brian's crippling subservience to the abusive psychotherapist with growing alarm. Ultimately, she must take action with a love willing to stand up to oppression she cannot ignore. This is why Love & Mercy (2014) is one of the best movies like La La Land (2016). (Read More)

Characters:musician,  singer
Story:recording studio,  piano player,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  telephone call,  jumping into a swimming pool,  overhearing a conversation,  drums,  drummer,  backstage,  listening to music,  applause,  pianist,  convertible,  prologue,  flash forward,  apology,  nonlinear timeline,  concert,  band,  wine,  telephone,  piano,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  los angeles california,  mirror,  swimming pool,  song,  shower,  three word title,  party,  singing,  flashback,  kiss

Legend (2015)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Legend (2015)

The true story of London's most notorious gangsters, twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray. As the brothers rise through the criminal underworld, Ronnie advances the family business with violence and intimidation while Reggie struggles to go legitimate for local girl Frances Shea. In and out of prison, Ronnie's unpredictable tendencies and the slow disintegration of Reggie's marriage threaten to bring the brothers' empire tumbling to the ground. (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Locations:nightclub,  bar
Characters:photographer,  dancer,  singer
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  bigger dreams,  penis slur,  hula hoop,  overhead shot,  name calling,  contract,  applause,  convertible,  flowers,  champagne,  prologue,  no opening credits,  apology,  band,  wine,  reference to god,  camera,  mirror,  song,  brother sister relationship,  party,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  kiss

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La Science Des Reves (2006) is one of the best movies like La La Land (2016)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

La Science Des Reves (2006)

Following the death of his father in Mexico, Stephane Miroux, a shy insecure young man, agrees to come to Paris to draw closer to his widowed mother Christine. He lands a boring job at a calendar-making firm and falls in love with his charming neighbor Stephanie. But conquering her is no bed of roses for the young man and the only solution he finds to put up with the difficulties he is going through is escape into a dream world... (Read More)

Themes:memory
Locations:bar
Characters:writer,  musician,  dancer,  singer
Story:coffee shop,  telephone call,  drums,  bench,  drummer,  backstage,  home movie,  pianist,  apology,  concert,  band,  cooking,  telephone,  piano,  paris france,  mirror,  song,  party,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  kiss,  flashback

Odishon (1999)
Drama, Horror, Mystery

Odishon (1999)

In Tokyo, Shigeharu Aoyama is a widower that grieves the loss of his wife and raises his son Shigehiko Aoyama alone. Seven years later, the teenage Shigehiko asks why his middle-aged father does not remarry and Shigeharu meets his friend Yasuhisa Yoshikawa, who is a film producer, and tells his intention. However, Shigeharu has difficulties to approach to available women to date and Yasuhisa decide to organize a sham audition for casting the lead actress for the fake movie. They receive several portfolios of candidates and Shigeharu becomes obsessed by the gorgeous Asami Yamazaki. Despite the advice of the experienced Yasuhisa, Shigeharu calls Asami to date and he falls for her. But who is the mysterious Asami? (Read More)

Locations:elevator,  bar
Characters:actress,  dancer
Story:audition,  piano player,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  video camera,  telephone call,  woman in a bikini,  traffic jam,  aunt niece relationship,  pianist,  flash forward,  coffee,  concert,  telephone,  little girl,  piano,  computer,  mirror,  cell phone,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  flashback,  kiss

Mustang (2015)
Drama

Mustang (2015)

Early summer. In a village in northern Turkey, Lale and her four sisters are walking home from school, playing innocently with some boys. The immorality of their play sets off a scandal that has unexpected consequences. The family home is progressively transformed into a prison; instruction in homemaking replaces school and marriages start being arranged. The five sisters who share a common passion for freedom, find ways of getting around the constraints imposed on them. (Read More)

Characters:dancer,  singer
Period:summer
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  telephone call,  blowing a kiss,  name calling,  play,  aunt niece relationship,  obscene finger gesture,  passion,  apology,  cooking,  telephone,  reference to god,  slow motion scene,  mirror,  song,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  kiss

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August: Osage County (2013)
Drama

August: Osage County (2013)

Violet Weston ('Meryl Streep' (qv)) has cancer and a propensity for pills and alcohol. She's a difficult woman to deal with and her husband has finally had enough. Violet's family gathers including middle daughter Ivy, youngest daughter Karen (with her new fiance), eldest daughter Barbara (with her separated husband and teenage daughter), and her sister Mattie Fae (with her husband and son in tow). A family tragedy causes tensions to run high and secrets to come out. The Weston women will be forced to examine themselves and their lives whether they want to or not. Welcome to Osage County, Oklahoma in the sweltering heat of August. This is why August: Osage County (2013) is one of the best movies like La La Land (2016). (Read More)

Themes:memory
Characters:singer
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  telephone call,  chicken as food,  overhearing a conversation,  reference to elizabeth taylor,  aunt niece relationship,  listening to music,  recording,  record player,  prologue,  apology,  wine,  telephone,  piano,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  mirror,  song,  three word title,  singing,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  kiss

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006) is one of the best movies like La La Land (2016)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)

Despondent over his breakup with Desiree, Zia slashes his wrists and goes to an afterlife peopled by suicides, a high-desert landscape dotted by old tires, burned-out cars, and abandoned sofas. He gets a job in a pizza joint. By chance, Zia learns that Desiree offed herself a few months after he did, and she's looking for him. He sets off with Eugene (an electrocuted Russian rocker) to find her, and they pick up a hitchhiker, Mikal, who's looking for the People in Charge, believing she's there by mistake. They're soon at the camp of Kneller, where casual miracles proliferate. They hear rumors of a miraculous king. Can Zia find Desiree? Then what? Where there's death there's hope. (Read More)

Themes:memory
Locations:bar
Characters:waitress,  musician,  dancer,  singer
Story:singing in a car,  telephone call,  levitation,  vandalism,  listening to music,  recording,  record player,  flowers,  prologue,  flash forward,  roommate,  apology,  concert,  sunglasses,  computer,  slow motion scene,  song,  cell phone,  party,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  flashback,  kiss

Die Welle (2008)
Drama, Thriller

Die Welle (2008)

High school teacher, Rainer Wegner, may be popular with the students, but he's also unorthodox. He's forced to teach autocracy for the school's project week. He's less than enthusiastic at first, but the response of the students is surprising to say the least. He forces the students to become more invested in the prospect of self rule, and soon the class project has its own power and eerily starts to resemble Germany's past. Can Wegner and his class realize what's happening before the horrors start repeating themselves? (Read More)

Locations:bicycle,  nightclub
Characters:waitress,  photographer,  dancer
Story:coffee shop,  singing in a car,  name calling,  rehearsal,  vandalism,  listening to music,  applause,  coffee,  theatre,  apology,  camera,  computer,  swimming pool,  cell phone,  brother sister relationship,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  kiss

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Another Earth (2011)
Drama, Romance, Sci-fi

Another Earth (2011)

SPOILER: Seventeen year-old Rhoda Williams receives an acceptance letter from MIT and she celebrates with her friends. On the same night, a planet similar and close to Earth is discovered and called Earth 2. Rhoda drives her car looking at Earth 2 and crashes with composer John Burroughs, killing his pregnant wife and his baby son. Rhoda goes to prison and four years later she is released and moves to her parents' house. She finds a job as high-school janitor, but tries to commit suicide. She survives, however, and submits an essay to a contest where the prize is a ticket to travel to Earth 2. Meanwhile the scientists discover that Earth 2 is a mirror of Earth and the synchronicity between the dwellers was interrupted when the planets were seen by each other. One day, Rhoda decides to visit John Burroughs, whose life was destroyed after the death of his family, to admit to him that she had killed his family. However she does not have the nerve to tell him the truth. So she lies and tells him he has won a free cleaning service of his home. Rhoda wins the writing contest, but meanwhile John and she have fallen in love with each other. Rhoda has to take a decision whether she goes or stays, but she wants to tell John the truth first. (Read More)

Themes:memory
Characters:baby,  musician,  dancer
Period:winter
Story:telephone call,  listening to a car radio,  overhead shot,  keyboard,  car radio,  listening to music,  pianist,  prologue,  flash forward,  outer space,  apology,  cooking,  piano,  reference to god,  camera,  computer,  slow motion scene,  mirror,  cell phone,  brother sister relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  kiss,  flashback

Paris, Je T'aime (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Paris, Je T'aime (2006)

Paris, je t'aime is about the plurality of cinema in one mythic location: Paris, the City of Love. Twenty filmmakers have five minutes each; the audience must weave a single narrative out of twenty moments. The 20 moments are fused by transitional interstitial sequences and also via the introduction and epilogue. Each transition begins with the last shot of the previous film and ends with the first shot of the following film, extending the enchantment and the emotion of the previous segment, preparing the audience for a surprise, and providing a cohesive atmosphere. There's a reappearing mysterious character who is a witness to the Parisian life. A common theme of Paris and love fuses all. (Read More)

Themes:memory
Locations:bar
Characters:actress,  baby,  photographer,  singer
Story:movie theatre,  telephone call,  reference to charlie parker,  surrealism sequence,  car radio,  surprise,  audience,  rehearsal,  watching a movie,  listening to music,  babysitter,  record player,  obscene finger gesture,  fireworks,  split screen,  audition,  fired from the job,  flash forward,  apology,  wine,  paris france,  camera,  slow motion scene,  cell phone,  party,  singing,  photograph,  flashback

Swiss Army Man (2016) is one of the best movies like La La Land (2016)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Swiss Army Man (2016)

Hank, stranded on a deserted island and about to kill himself, notices a corpse washed up on the beach. He befriends it, naming it Manny, only to discover that his new friend can talk and has a myriad of supernatural abilities...which may help him get home. This is why Swiss Army Man (2016) is one of the best movies like La La Land (2016). (Read More)

Themes:memory
Characters:singer
Story:name calling,  levitation,  listening to music,  fantasy sequence,  prologue,  flash forward,  apology,  little girl,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  slow motion scene,  song,  cell phone,  shower,  three word title,  party,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  flashback

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The School Of Rock (2003)
Comedy, Family, Music

The School Of Rock (2003)

Down and out rock star Dewey Finn gets fired from his band, and he faces a mountain of debts and depression. He takes a job as a 4th grade substitute teacher at an uptight private school where his attitude and hijinx have a powerful effect on his students. He also meets Zack, a 10-year-old guitar prodigy, who could help Dewey win a "battle of the bands" competition, which would solve his financial problems and put him back in the spotlight. (Read More)

Locations:nightclub,  bar
Characters:musician,  singer
Story:band,  telephone call,  spotlight,  keyboard,  drums,  raised middle finger,  drummer,  rehearsal,  pianist,  fired from the job,  roommate,  apology,  piano,  los angeles california,  computer,  song,  singing

Detroit Rock City (1999)
Comedy, Music

Detroit Rock City (1999)

Four members of a high school band called Mystery do everything they can to attend a KISS concert in Detroit. In order to make it to the show they must steal, cheat, strip, deal with an anti-rock mom and generally do whatever it takes to see the band that has inspired them to be musicians.

Locations:elevator,  bar
Characters:singer
Story:telephone call,  car radio,  drums,  vandalism,  listening to music,  recording,  record player,  obscene finger gesture,  split screen,  apology,  concert,  band,  wine,  slow motion scene,  song,  singing,  mother daughter relationship,  kiss

The Doors (1991)
Biography, Drama, Music, Musical

The Doors (1991)

Oliver Stone's homage to 1960s rock group The Doors also doubles as a biography of the group's late singer, the "Electric Poet" Jim Morrison. The movie follows Morrison from his days as a film student in Los Angeles to his death in Paris, France at age 27 in 1971. The movie features a tour-de-force performance by Val Kilmer, who not only looks like Jim Morrison's long-lost twin brother, but also sounds so much like him that he did much of his own singing. It has been written that even the surviving Doors had trouble distinguishing Kilmer's vocals from Morrison's originals. (Read More)

Themes:memory
Locations:nightclub,  bar
Characters:photographer,  musician,  singer
Story:recording studio,  reference to miles davis,  spotlight,  drummer,  backstage,  photo shoot,  audience,  movie theater,  watching a movie,  rehearsal,  fantasy sequence,  nonlinear timeline,  concert,  band,  little girl,  sunglasses,  paris france,  camera,  los angeles california,  party,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  flashback

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Short Cuts (1993) is one of the best movies like La La Land (2016)
Comedy, Drama

Short Cuts (1993)

While helicopters overhead spray against a Medfly infestation a group of Los Angeles lives intersect, some casually, some to more lasting effect. Whilst they go out to concerts and jazz clubs and even have their pools cleaned, they also lie, drink, and cheat. Death itself seems never to be far away, even on a fishing trip. (Read More)

Locations:bicycle,  nightclub,  bar
Characters:waitress,  baby,  musician,  singer
Story:coffee shop,  telephone call,  makeup artist,  freeway,  vandalism,  obscene finger gesture,  coffee,  concert,  band,  camera,  los angeles california,  swimming pool,  party,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)

Eva Khatchadourian is trying to piece together her life following the "incident". Once a successful travel writer, she is forced to take whatever job comes her way, which of late is as a clerk in a travel agency. She lives a solitary life as people who know about her situation openly shun her, even to the point of violent actions toward her. She, in turn, fosters that solitary life because of the incident, the aftermath of which has turned her into a meek and scared woman. That incident involved her son Kevin Khatchadourian, who is now approaching his eighteenth birthday. Eva and Kevin have always had a troubled relationship, even when he was an infant. Whatever troubles he saw, Franklin, Eva's complacent husband, just attributed it to Kevin being a typical boy. The incident may be seen by both Kevin and Eva as his ultimate act in defiance against his mother. This is why We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011) is one of the best movies like La La Land (2016). (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Characters:writer,  baby,  dancer,  singer
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  christmas decorations,  christmas tree,  telephone call,  name calling,  vandalism,  listening to music,  flash forward,  apology,  nonlinear timeline,  wine,  telephone,  little girl,  sunglasses,  computer,  mirror,  song,  brother sister relationship,  party,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  flashback,  kiss

August Rush (2007)
Drama, Music

August Rush (2007)

The story of a charismatic young Irish guitarist and a sheltered young cellist who have a chance encounter one magical night above New York's Washington Square, but are soon torn apart, leaving in their wake an infant, August Rush, orphaned by circumstance. Now performing on the streets of New York and cared for by a mysterious stranger, August uses his remarkable musical talent to seek the parents from whom he was separated at birth. (Read More)

Characters:baby,  musician,  dancer,  singer
Story:telephone call,  skateboarder,  whistling,  pianist,  flowers,  prologue,  theatre,  concert,  band,  piano,  song,  party,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  african american,  flashback,  kiss

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Singin' In The Rain (1952)
Comedy, Musical, Romance

Singin' In The Rain (1952)

1927 Hollywood. Monumental Pictures' biggest stars, glamorous on-screen couple Lina Lamont and Don Lockwood, are also an off-screen couple if the trade papers and gossip columns are to be believed. Both perpetuate the public perception if only to please their adoring fans and bring people into the movie theaters. In reality, Don barely tolerates her, while Lina, despite thinking Don beneath her, simplemindedly believes what she sees on screen in order to bolster her own stardom and sense of self-importance. R.F. Simpson, Monumental's head, dismisses what he thinks is a flash in the pan: talking pictures. It isn't until _The Jazz Singer (1927)_ (qv) becomes a bona fide hit which results in all the movie theaters installing sound equipment that R.F. knows Monumental, most specifically in the form of Don and Lina, have to jump on the talking picture bandwagon, despite no one at the studio knowing anything about the technology. Musician Cosmo Brown, Don's best friend, gets hired as Monumental's ideas man and musical director. And by this time, Don has secretly started dating Kathy Selden, a chorus girl who is trying to make it big in pictures herself. Don and Kathy's relationship is despite their less than friendly initial meeting. Cosmo and Kathy help Don, who had worked his way up through the movie ranks to stardom, try make the leap to talking picture stardom, with Kathy following along the way. However, they have to overcome the technological issues. But the bigger problem is Lina, who will do anything to ensure she also makes the successful leap into talking pictures, despite her own inabilities and at anyone and everyone else's expense if they get in her way, especially Kathy as Don's off screen girlfriend and possibly his new talking picture leading lady. (Read More)

Locations:nightclub
Characters:actress,  musician,  dancer,  singer
Story:recording studio,  movie theatre,  piano player,  aspiring actress,  video camera,  stage door,  fedora,  lip synching,  contract,  dressing room,  audience,  hollywood california,  watching a movie,  applause,  pianist,  fired from the job,  piano,  los angeles california,  slow motion scene,  song,  party,  singing,  dancing,  flashback

The Spectacular Now (2013) is one of the best movies like La La Land (2016)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Spectacular Now (2013)

Sutter Keely lives in the now. It's a good place for him. A high school senior, charming and self-possessed, he's the life of the party, loves his job at a men's clothing store, and has no plans for the future. A budding alcoholic, he's never far from his supersized, whiskey-fortified thirst-master cup. But after being dumped by his girlfriend, Sutter gets drunk and wakes up on a lawn with Aimee Finecky hovering over him. She's different: the "nice girl" who reads science fiction and doesn't have a boyfriend. While Aimee has dreams of a future, Sutter lives in the impressive delusion of a spectacular now, yet somehow, they're drawn together. (Read More)

Themes:memory
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer
Story:telephone call,  jumping into a swimming pool,  fired from the job,  prologue,  flash forward,  apology,  telephone,  reference to god,  sunglasses,  computer,  slow motion scene,  swimming pool,  cell phone,  brother sister relationship,  shower,  party,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dancing,  african american,  mother daughter relationship,  kiss,  flashback

Mommy (2014)
Drama

Mommy (2014)

Forty-six year old Diane Despres - "Die" - has been widowed for three years. Considered white trash by many, Die does whatever she needs, including strutting her body in front of male employers who will look, to make an honest living. That bread-winning ability is affected when she makes the decision to remove her only offspring, fifteen year old Steve Despres, from her previously imposed institutionalization, one step below juvenile detention. She institutionalized him shortly following her husband's death due to Steve's attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and his violent outbursts. He was just kicked out of the latest in a long line of facilities for setting fire to the cafeteria, in turn injuring another boy. She made this decision to deinstitutionalize him as she didn't like the alternative, sending him into more restrictive juvenile detention from which he would probably never be rehabilitated. However, with this deinstitutionalization, she has to take care of him which means only being able to do home based work. Despite they always yelling expletives at each other and Steve sometimes demonstrating those violent tendencies toward her, Die and Steve truly do love each other, his emotions which are sometimes manifested as an Oedipus complex especially as he seems to need her complete attention most specifically when it is being directed at possible male suitors. Their lives, both individually and as a family, are affected with the entrance of two of their neighbors. The first is Paul, a lawyer, who does have that sexual interest in Die as he tries to help Steve through his legal problems. The second and more important is Kyla, who lives across the street with her husband Patrick and their adolescent daughter, they who are in transit in their life to wherever Patrick's job will take them. Kyla is a high school teacher on sabbatical as she deals with her own emotional issues, which are manifested in stuttering whenever she feels incapable of dealing with her life. Kyla may find that she needs the Despres as much as they need her. (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Locations:bicycle,  bar
Characters:baby,  photographer,  dancer,  singer
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  video camera,  telephone call,  360 degree well shot,  lip synching,  whistling,  name calling,  yelling,  surprise,  crying woman,  vandalism,  fired from the job,  prologue,  apology,  cooking,  telephone,  sunglasses,  camera,  slow motion scene,  mirror,  swimming pool,  song,  singing,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  kiss

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