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THe Lovely Emma Stone

Family Movie Night

By Karyn Bowman

There are various actors that I love to watch because their good. Some I like because they make acting look so easy no matter what role they are playing.

Lucy needs to be bold and daring. Emma Stone has all of that!

Zombieland

I started watching Emma Stone when she appeared in Zombieland. When I see Emma Stone, somehow, I am reminded of Lindsey Lohan. Stone is having the career that Lohan should have had. It is filled with a variety of roles in a variety of genres. Stone has done musical, comic book, drama, and historical movies. She has dipped her toes in science fiction and voice over work.

Everytime I see her in a movie, I am transported. I believe she is that character and her emotions always feel true.

Zombieland starred Stone, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Abigail Breslin as four survivors after the zombie apocalypse. They are all trying to get back to a place where they think it might be safe from the zombies, they all want to find if loved ones are still alive.

Stone reminded me of Zooey Deschanel with long dark hair and a sassy attitude. But the one thing I noticed is I could not stop watching Stone. Every time she was on the screen, I wanted to see what she would do next.

Over the years, I have had the pleasure of watching Stone in a variety of movies. She has been a 1960s activist writer in The Help. She played Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man. That was followed by voicing the lead character in The Croods.

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Birdman

While these were good, Stone would really shine in The Birdman starring Michael Keaton. The movie was about a man making a comeback on Broadway after a career of playing a super-hero character. Keaton might be crazy, he might really have some powers and we never know for certain.

Stone plays his daughter who has recently come out of drug rehab. She appears much thinners, pale, and has dark shadows under her eyes. But her performance especially at the end of the movie, is spellbinding. It is her reaction to her father’s final scene that allows you to believe in something happy, something positive.

While I thought La-La Land was uneven, Stone was marvelous. Her dancing was light and airy but done by a person who appeared to be confident and learning how to be better. And that matched her character, a young actress trying to make herself better with every role and every opportunity.

Emma Stone stars in Fox Searchlight Pictures' "THE FAVOURITE."Her latest movie is The Favorite set in the early 1700s in the royal court. Stone plays Abigail, a woman who comes to find a job at the royal residence of Queen Anne and becomes the person that the queen wants with her at all times.

This actually happened as Queen Anne slowly turned from her favorite of Lady Sarah Marlborough to Abigail. As I watched the clips, I loved how Stone handled various situations and I found she sounded similar to friends of my children. For those in high school yet, Stone is an inspiration of how to act and how to be during interviews and on set.

Until next week, see you in the rental aisle.

Family Movie Night

 

By Karyn Bowman

 

In wining six Oscars, La La Land may have proved that it really didn’t need to win that Best Picture award. Yes, I am sure the mix-up was upsetting. Moonlight is a special film that I heard about all year.

 

la la landBut there is so much to like about La La Land.

For me, the # 1 thing was the OscarTM winning Best Song – City of Stars. It is a song that trickles and skips down the scale. It is light hearted and hopeful and sad all at the same time. There is something so perfect about it. I feel as if I know this song, as if Hoagy Carmichael wrote it himself. But no. That’s not how it happened. Somehow this son best reflects my feelings about this movie.

 

When the husband and I went to the cinema last Friday, I was afraid I would not like it; I was afraid the hype would ruin the movie for me. The thing that ruined the movie for me was sitting too close and getting motion sickness from the twirling scenes. I had to leave the theater and come back. I sat in the back next to someone I am sure did not want anyone sitting next to him.

 

an-american-in-paris-o-s-t-1951I started watching the movie again, allowing the music and magic take hold. At times I felt as if I was watching any number of movies set on Hollywood sets with characters from different movie genres walking across the lot. But there is also a scene that made me think of Singin’ in the Rain or An american in Paris. I am sure there were other references I missed.

 

The story is about an aspiring actress and a jazz musician who want to succeed in their professions. They both work in Los Angelos. Seb and Mia meet by accident and they meet at parties. They think they are not attacted to each other and then they fall in love. What they love about each other is the passion each has for their work.

 

Even when they break up, it is not long before one is rooting for the other.

 

This movie doesn’t feel like your usual musical and yet there are constant refernces to old Hollywood classics. I see hints of Fred and Ginger, who danced in the oddest of places. There are moody atmospheres in clubs and being alone at the home of the one you love. There is the sadness of the drive home after feeling like a failure. There is the happiness of a second chance.

 

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone capture our hearts as Seb and Mia, the couple who fall in love when they are not even sure they want to fall in love. We see their dissapointments and failures written all over their faces. It is all right there, you can see it and you can feel their pain. You can feel their passion for their work and why they continue.

 

Maybe La La Land didn’t win the award for Best Picture. But that doesn’t mean its not a winning movie.

 

Until next week, see you in the rental aisle.