The Sounds of Elysium
Jack & Ellie's Playlist for Deadbeats
The songs featured in this playlist are vignetted themes for the two main characters of the story, Jacksen and Ellie.
While learning creative new ways to introduce readers to the fiction world ofElysium, I've also already learned countless new lessons as a writer that have ultimately sharpened my pen as a storyteller. One of the most valuable lessons I've learned in particular is that through the many versions and drafts of revisions, the characters you create will never stop to grow until you've finalized your story.
With that being said, there is work that is yet to be done.
A Classic Bohemian Tale in Modern Hollywood
Here's to the ones who dream. Foolish, as they may seem.
Directed by Damien Chazelle (writer and director of Whiplash), La La Land presents classic bohemian ideals with an intentionally dramatic yet subtly stylized reach to appeal to the dreamers and hopeless romantic in us all.
Still, to be fair, I think it's important to note there's a different type of romantic in us all. I often take any hype with a grain of salt, because at the end of the day, my taste in film (like most movie goers) and major film critics.
What I did appreciate was that there was relatively little buildup leading to the release of the film; so little that even the trailers may have created some ambiguity and false expectations from the start.
Come to think of it, going into the theater I was never really clear on the overarching plotline and point of the story I was going in to see. All I knew was that it starred Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, both of which have an amazing chemistry that clearly vibes from their previous work together. Still, even though I was unclear what the story was about in the trailer (other than about an actress and musician fall in love and struggle in Los Angeles), I shamelessly admit I was charmed by the classic and energetic vibe that stood out from the rest of the silver screen flicks this holiday season.