Christmas has been and gone. The rush for hams and turkeys and who’s going to make the potato salad is officially over. New Year’s Eve has passed as well.
Now, we’re all in that almost-relaxed-but-actually-slightly-elevated-state of being on holiday… but also knowing the end is fast approaching.
Maybe you’re a bit tired of the kids. Maybe you don’t have kids and the thought of any more alcohol is sending your liver into spasms.
Whatever your state of mind, watching a good movie is going to kick you out of it. A dark, cool cinema. Hot popcorn. A different world where you don’t have to go back to work in a week, and you don’t have to think about getting the kids ready for school.
To make choosing easy for you, the Mamamia team has reviewed some of the best movies they’ve seen this summer. Clear your calendar. You’re going to be busy.
La La Land
This one had me the moment I realised it was Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. (It’s lucky, really, they’re not married in real life. It would be too perfect. There’d be no hope for any of us… I digress). I haven’t seen it yet, but my colleagues have been sharing magical reviews.
“La La Land is the best movie I have seen in 100 years (yes, I am that old). It’s is uplifting and thoughtful and joyous and surprising. Yes, Ryan Gosling is singing and dancing, and yes, Emma Stone gives possibly the performance of her career, but it’s much more than a star vehicle for them. It manages to perfectly skewer the ironies of modern Hollwood – EVERYONE drives a Prius, EVERYONE has a shitty second job – without losing sight of the magic that draws a generation of wannabes there in the first place. The ending? Well, you’ll probably cry, but you won’t leave the cinema drained, you’ll leave whistling. Do your tired cynical heart a favour and see it. Immediately.” – Holly, Entertainment Editor.