a book about glam rock and art pop - 1970s mostly - but also tracking its echoes and reflections through the 80s, 90s and into the 21st Century - footnotes to follow here soon
Friday, February 9, 2018
glam / anti-glam quotes (11 of ??)
“Here’s to the ones who dream, foolish as they may seem. Here’s to the hearts that ache; here’s to the mess we make.” Mia: "Maybe I'm not good enough". Sebastian: "Yes, you are."
Mia: "Maybe I'm not. It's like a pipe dream."
Sebastian: "This is the dream. It's conflict and it's compromise and it's very, very exciting." how much do i hate La La Land? let me count the ways the weak, weak songs - very milky-toast indeed the weaker singing that embarrassing tap dancing the way the movie has its critique and eats it (“That’s L.A.—they worship everything and they value nothing”) while still promoting the fame-chase ideology the way it congratulates itself on avoiding the happy romantic ending (while having the "they achieve their career dreams" happy ending) then there's the retroizm running through the whole thing the "jazz" the meta-showbiz aspect (not so much "an ode to Hollywood as much as it is an ode to these kind of odes" says Rich Juziak - referencing the director's inspiration from Singing in the Rain - without either the rain or the singing - also minus the pzazz, the panache, the razzle, the dazzle, the humanity, the humour, or the deep intelligence. and very minus the astonishing dancing and great tunes)