So, this year’s smash: La La Land.
Love it or hate it -- love or hate the genre -- it's an unarguable commercial and critical success. Now, one of the things I mentioned at the beginning of this was that other article. Why? Because of how grossly inaccurate it was and my feeling I needed to address. Of course, I don’t believe in firing shots across any bow without justification so, as quickly as I can:
Mr. Corti wrote, “The zig-zagging camerawork is reminiscent of Robert Elswit’s in Boogie Nights.” Robert Elswit was the (very talented) Cinematographer on Boogie Nights but Director Paul Thomas Anderson asked for the shot while Steadicam Operator Andy Shuttleworth made it happen. Sticking with the technical for a moment, Corti wrote, “‘Another Day In The Sun,’ a single-take wonder of 100 performers that impresses thanks to Linus Sandgren’s swift cinematography and Mandy Moore’s choreography.” Here again the Cinematography and Choreography are extraordinary but to suggest the shot was a genuine oner isn't just spotlighting a naïve eye but takes away from Sandgren and Moore designing how much to do where and when as well as Chazelle conducting and Editor Tom Cross orchestrating. Praise the end result, even incorrectly, at least praise the whole team.
-- except they’re both the kind of moment we want from them.