Being a Broadway Baby, I live for a good musical movie!  LaLa Land is it!  Whiplash director Damien Chazelle takes the endearing old-school Hollywood musical, modernizes it with a Los Angeles back drop and drops in the vocal/dance stylings of Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling to add the cherry on top.


As an actress, I could certainly relate to the scenes with Mia (Emma Stone) going to audition after audition experiencing the highs and lows of the business.  Reliability was also ever-present as Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) kept watching his dream of being a jazz musician owning a club become derailed by ego, his relationship and unrealistic expectations.


I was actually surprised at the vocal and dance prowess of Gosling and Stone.  Their numbers never seemed contrived or unnatural and their voices were adequate for what the film required.

However, it was that opening scene of the freeway that will blow your mind!  It literally had my head spinning wondering what time of the day the freeway in LA was shut down to film a music number.  The creative team gets mad props for pulling that one-off!

The unexpected lesson of learning that moment a relationship cease to exists with the familiarity we had become use to doesn't negate the feelings you once had.  Once you fall in love with someone, a small part of you will always care about that person whether you want to or not.  There is always that moment we may wonder what would've happened if the relationship continued.  Or that moment, you fantasize about if a different ending to your chapter with that individual.

In a world so filled with hatred and disconnect, if was nice to see a film taking me out of that reality of life if  only for a moment.

La La Land is released by Lionsgate in select cities on December 9th and nationwide TODAY!!!


Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!