Do NOT even waste your money!!!


This film (sic) was previewed at our film club (VA) this morning.

I walked out.

Lots of close, grainy shots, little dialogue, repeated scenes and absolutely horrible. It is a student film & someone should have put it back in the oven because it wasn't done. I stayed 20 minutes and walked out because my time could have been better spent reading a book.

Do not waste your hard-earned money.

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Hmm.. I'll spend my soft earned money instead.

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I agree there were too many close-ups. I feel like many independent filmmakers use close-ups a lot because they think it automatically adds drama. It's like if they show someone's face, they think they're creating groundbreaking cinema.

Close-ups aren't a bad thing. They can be powerful when used at the right moment. I'm saying it's bad when you use them TOO MUCH. Don't put the camera 3 inches in front of someone's face for 70% of the movie.

It's obvious why this had a hard time getting distributed in theaters. I think it's above average for a student film but below average for theater distribution.

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I agree with all of this. I watched it for free on Netflix, so I luckily didn't waste any of my money, just my time.

I appreciate some of the reviews that point out the influence of French New Wave, Jacques Demy, etc. on the film. I get that. But those comparison films are GOOD: they have likable characters and make for captivating cinema. This was really a failed attempt at making a contemporary French New Wave musical. Too bad.

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repeated scenes and absolutely horrible.... I stayed 20 minutes and walked out.

Yeah, that's what ya gotta do. I walked out on the movie Groundhog Day for the same reason. What bad editing. They actually repeated part of the movie so I walked out. There could never be an intentional point to repeating a scene in a movie.

I mean, have you ever had a thought repeat in your head more than once? I sure haven't.

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The guy was 25 when he made this...

A first film by a young guy just doing something. Your doing what with your life?

'Too many close ups'
'Repeated scenes and music wah, wah.'

For a first film. Low budget full of unknowns. It was pretty great. Whiplash was amazing. I cannot wait to see what happens next.

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watching this then WHIPLASH is seriously change for Damien Chazelle. He might be the next iconic filmmaker!

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Now try watching La La Land.

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Now I'm afraid to see La La Land. I really disliked this. I like musicals, new wave cinema and even Umbrellas of Cherbourg, but I felt like Guy and Madeline is another example of a filmmaker referencing old movies and calling it original. On the other hand I thought the french movie Loves Songs to be a great modern take on musicals.

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I see La La Land as a more Hollywood-ized take on "Guy and Madeline" since they share a similar concept.

Also, there is a Guy and Madeline Easter egg.

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