Win a set of posters from La La Land

One of the worst things about working at a movie theatre is that you see a trailer for a film that gets you excited for that film, you see that trailer dozens of times for months and months… and then the film comes out and you find yourself greatly disappointed by it. The trailer, and the other parts of the marketing machine, did its job effectively. It got you excited to see the film. But alas, the best parts of the film were in the trailer. It really sucks when it happens, and it happens far too often.

Thankfully, that was not the case with “La La Land.”

One of the best things about working at a movie theatre is that you get to see snippets of your favorite movies over and over again, and you really get to appreciate all the work that went in to the movie. Like in this scene, one of my favorites of the film…

A live exterior shooting location, a very tiny shooting window in order to capture the “magic hour” glow of the horizon, and synchronized singing and dancing with two actors not particularly known for either, all while the camera swoops around on a crane. And what you might not have noticed the first (and likely, only) time you watched it was that there is not a single edit in the full four-minute sequence. “A Lovely Night” is movie magic at its most magical in a movie full of the most magical movie magic. That it takes so much of the magic of my hometown makes “La La Land” not only the Best Picture of 2016 but one of my Top Ten movies of all time, and to help re-launch FilmJerk, I would like to offer one lucky winner four original theatrical posters for the movie.



The contest is simple. Post below before 4pm Pacific Time on February 26, 2017 with your favorite sequence from a Los Angeles-based movie, and what you liked about it. I’ll choose my favorite response and contact the winner via private message.
Good luck!

  • Victoria

    Haya! One of my favorite scenes in La La Land is actually the one where Mia makes a request for the band to play ‘I ran’. It always makes me laugh (I say ‘always’ because I’ve seen the movie 7 times which is CRAZY but I love it) and, also, I can’t get over how AMAZINGLY Emma acts it out, her face is so expressive… and Sebastian is all embarrassed.. and ugghh I love that scene! Besides that, I adore the ‘Audition’ scene, it is so heartfelt and it was performed LIVE in order to allow Emma to lead the song emotionally. I can’t even describe how beautiful I think the song is and every time she sings the lyrics ‘The water was freezing/ She spent a month sneezing/ But said she would do it again… it gets me, I think the ‘Audition’ song is definitely my favorite lyric-wise. Music-wise I love all the songs in the movie, I love how nostalgic they are, I listen to them and I feel this sweet sorrow, I don’t even know how to explain it better. I think Justin Hurwitz is an absolute genius, he’s so insanely talented and I CANNOT wait to hear more from him. I know I’ve written waaaay more than You asked, but I could honestly write a book about how much I love this movie, haha! Ok, ok, if I had to choose one and only ONE scene from La La Land, it would be the ending scene where Mia discovers Sebastian’s jazz club, sees that he named it SEB’S and then every time I SWEAR every time their eyes meet when Mia is sitting with her husband and Sebastian is on stage I BURST INTO TEARS. Don’t get me wrong – I love the ending and wouldn’t want it to be any different, but it is such a dagger for my heart.. And I cry throughout the whole ending scene when they show ‘A Life That Could Have Been’. Then, finally, when she’s leaving and they look at each other again, let’s say for the last time, and smile to each other almost like saying ‘Yup, look at us now’, I completely lose it and cry and cry and cry. But I absolutely love it. Uhh, sorry for such a long comment, but I just wanted to express how truly special and inspiring and magical La La Land is 🙂

  • Ritchie

    My favorite sequence in an LA based movie is the tracking shot that kicks off “The Player”. It is a spot on look at some of Hollywood’s unique character and quirks.

  • Tim Pilot

    Falling Down (1993) starring Micheal Douglas shows how the majority of us feel when stuck in traffic. Sometimes you just wanna snap. You finally get to your destination and your told that breakfast is over. The opening scene of La La Land is an excellent contrast and how we dream a traffic jam would be.

  • María José

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a112a9cf13b5463087f4ce7a2c08a1caa446158dbccf74d570195c3fd62c7e33.jpg I will try to be as concise as possible cause what I feel for La La Land is ineffable, so I’ll try my best… The subject of the movie, the music and the story really gets me, it really became my favorite movie.. But even though it’s one of my favorite things of the movie, I’m not going to talk about the emotional part of it… I’ll explain why:
    My story with LA and movies begins since I was little, like 5 maybe. At that age I was discovering lots of things, and one of those things was my first contact with filmmaking.
    I was an actress at first. My cousin used to make films and he would cast the family, so that included me. I don’t know what happened because not so long after, everyone went their own way and forgot about those beautiful movies we used to do, but I was still so fascinated by movie making. That was the first thing I really wanted to do. The first thing I remember.
    I actually live 4 hours away from LA and been there before, but since I am becoming a filmmaker and I really love Hollywood, I will adventure myself in a few months in a new journey in Los Angeles, just as Mia, but in a different way because I’ll direct my own films. I hope to be as successful as her in the movie and as Damien Chazelle as a director.
    And I need to say something about Justin Hurwitz, he was one of my favorites composers by the time I saw Whiplash, but he hadn’t enough music to say it was my favorite, but with this, he really won that by far.

    Answering the question:
    The sequence of a movie in LA that I could say it marked me, it casually is the opening scene of La La Land. The traffic, the song, the meaning that I gave it and how I identify with it. Even though it doesn’t seem to be related to the movie plot, it is! But in another way: the traffic guys singing that song about another stories about wanting to make it, and ending the same way in the same place, Los Angeles. Always talking about putting yourself first, your hopes and aspirations.
    In actual life you never really see traffic people as persons with dreams and everything. You just see them like another car, another one of the sea of cars that traffic is. And this scene makes you see that maybe traffic is annoying but it’s another day of sun, another opportunity in this city to succeed for every person surrounding you. Even for you.
    My favorite part of it is “Could be brave or just insane? We’ll have to see!” It’s just something I really feel! I will go there alone, I know I will make my dream come true in the City of Stars, because “they say ‘you gotta want it more’ so I bang on every door”. You need to want this dream so much and to believe in yourself… I do.
    Also you need to lose a lot to win a lot. And I know I am prepared for that. This movie really gave me enough confidence to do it.

    I just noticed this is getting pretty long so I’m just gonna say that when I move to that big city, I could put those posters on my wall to remember myself everyday that dreams do come true, even if that means losing something else. That life can be as beautiful as fantasy and it can also hurt you, but you need to keep going.
    I loved La La Land, I love LA, I am a filmmaker and I’ll always stick to my dream until I reach it 😉

  • María José

    My last comment was reported as spam, I don’t know why but here it goes again:

    I will try to be as concise as possible cause what I feel for La La Land is ineffable, so I’ll try my best… The subject of the movie, the music and the story really gets me, it really became my favorite movie.. But even though it’s one of my favorite things of the movie, I’m not going to talk about the emotional part of it… I’ll explain why:

    My story with LA and movies begins since I was little, like 5 maybe. At that age I was discovering lots of things, and one of those things was my first contact with filmmaking.

    I was an actress at first. My cousin used to make films and he would cast the family, so that included me. I don’t know what happened because not so long after, everyone went their own way and forgot about those beautiful movies we used to do, but I was still so fascinated by movie making. That was the first thing I really wanted to do. The first thing I remember.

    I actually live 4 hours away from LA and been there before, but since I am becoming a filmmaker and I really love Hollywood, I will adventure myself in a few months in a new journey in Los Angeles, just as Mia, but in a different way because I’ll direct my own films. I hope to be as successful as her in the movie and as Damien Chazelle as a director.

    And I need to say something about Justin Hurwitz, he was one of my favorites composers by the time I saw Whiplash, but he hadn’t enough music to say it was my favorite, but with this, he really won that by far.

    Answering the question:

    The sequence of a movie in LA that I could say it marked me, it casually is the opening scene of La La Land. The traffic, the song, the meaning that I gave it and how I identify with it. Even though it doesn’t seem to be related to the movie plot, it is! But in another way: the traffic guys singing that song about another stories about wanting to make it, and ending the same way in the same place, Los Angeles. Always talking about putting yourself first, your hopes and aspirations.

    In actual life you never really see traffic people as persons with dreams and everything. You just see them like another car, another one of the sea of cars that traffic is. And this scene makes you see that maybe traffic is annoying but it’s another day of sun, another opportunity in this city to succeed for every person surrounding you. Even for you.

    My favorite part of it is “Could be brave or just insane? We’ll have to see!” It’s just something I really feel! I will go there alone, I know I will make my dream come true in the City of Stars, because “they say ‘you gotta want it more’ so I bang on every door”. You need to want this dream so much and to believe in yourself… I do.

    Also you need to lose a lot to win a lot. And I know I am prepared for that. This movie really gave me enough confidence to do it.

    I just noticed this is getting pretty long so I’m just gonna say that when I move to that big city, I could put those posters on my wall to remember myself everyday that dreams do come true, even if that means losing something else. That life can be as beautiful as fantasy and it can also hurt you, but you need to keep going.

    I loved La La Land, I love LA, I am a filmmaker and I’ll always stick to my dream until I reach it (;

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  • Marie QM

    My last comment was reported as spam, I don’t know why but here it goes again

    I will try to be as concise as possible cause what I feel for La La Land is ineffable, so I’ll try my best… The subject of the movie, the music and the story really gets me, it really became my favorite movie.. But even though it’s one of my favorite things of the movie, I’m not going to talk about the emotional part of it… I’ll explain why:

    My story with LA and movies begins since I was little, like 5 maybe. At that age I was discovering lots of things, and one of those things was my first contact with filmmaking.

    I was an actress at first. My cousin used to make films and he would cast the family, so that included me. I don’t know what happened because not so long after, everyone went their own way and forgot about those beautiful movies we used to do, but I was still so fascinated by movie making. That was the first thing I really wanted to do. The first thing I remember.

    I actually live 4 hours away from LA and been there before, but since I am becoming a filmmaker and I really love Hollywood, I will adventure myself in a few months in a new journey in Los Angeles, just as Mia, but in a different way because I’ll direct my own films. I hope to be as successful as her in the movie and as Damien Chazelle as a director.

    And I need to say something about Justin Hurwitz, he was one of my favorites composers by the time I saw Whiplash, but he hadn’t enough music to say it was my favorite, but with this, he really won that by far.

    Answering the question:

    The sequence of a movie in LA that I could say it marked me, it casually is the opening scene of La La Land. The traffic, the song, the meaning that I gave it and how I identify with it. Even though it doesn’t seem to be related to the movie plot, it is! But in another way: the traffic guys singing that song about another stories about wanting to make it, and ending the same way in the same place, Los Angeles. Always talking about putting yourself first, your hopes and aspirations.

    In actual life you never really see traffic people as persons with dreams and everything. You just see them like another car, another one of the sea of cars that traffic is. And this scene makes you see that maybe traffic is annoying but it’s another day of sun, another opportunity in this city to succeed for every person surrounding you. Even for you.

    My favorite part of it is “Could be brave or just insane? We’ll have to see!” It’s just something I really feel! I will go there alone, I know I will make my dream come true in the City of Stars, because “they say ‘you gotta want it more’ so I bang on every door”. You need to want this dream so much and to believe in yourself… I do.

    Also you need to lose a lot to win a lot. And I know I am prepared for that. This movie really gave me enough confidence to do it.

    I just noticed this is getting pretty long so I’m just gonna say that when I move to that big city, I could put those posters on my wall to remember myself everyday that dreams do come true, even if that means losing something else. That life can be as beautiful as fantasy and it can also hurt you, but you need to keep going.

    I loved La La Land, I love LA, I am a filmmaker and I’ll always stick to my dream until I reach it (;

  • Marie QM

    I’ve been trying to comment but my comments are being reported as spam, I don’t know why but here it goes again: I will try to be as concise as possible cause what I feel for La La Land is ineffable, so I’ll try my best… The subject of the movie, the music and the story really gets me, it really became my favorite movie.. But even though it’s one of my favorite things of the movie, I’m not going to talk about the emotional part of it… I’ll explain why: My story with LA and movies begins since I was little, like 5 maybe. At that age I was discovering lots of things, and one of those things was my first contact with filmmaking. I was an actress at first. My cousin used to make films and he would cast the family, so that included me. I don’t know what happened because not so long after, everyone went their own way and forgot about those beautiful movies we used to do, but I was still so fascinated by movie making. That was the first thing I really wanted to do. The first thing I remember. I actually live 4 hours away from LA and been there before, but since I am becoming a filmmaker and I really love Hollywood, I will adventure myself in a few months in a new journey in Los Angeles, just as Mia, but in a different way because I’ll direct my own films. I hope to be as successful as her in the movie and as Damien Chazelle as a director. And I need to say something about Justin Hurwitz, he was one of my favorites composers by the time I saw Whiplash, but he hadn’t enough music to say it was my favorite, but with this, he really won that by far. Answering the question: The sequence of a movie in LA that I could say it marked me, it casually is the opening scene of La La Land. The traffic, the song, the meaning that I gave it and how I identify with it. Even though it doesn’t seem to be related to the movie plot, it is! But in another way: the traffic guys singing that song about another stories about wanting to make it, and ending the same way in the same place, Los Angeles. Always talking about putting yourself first, your hopes and aspirations. In actual life you never really see traffic people as persons with dreams and everything. You just see them like another car, another one of the sea of cars that traffic is. And this scene makes you see that maybe traffic is annoying but it’s another day of sun, another opportunity in this city to succeed for every person surrounding you. Even for you. My favorite part of it is “Could be brave or just insane? We’ll have to see!” It’s just something I really feel! I will go there alone, I know I will make my dream come true in the City of Stars, because “they say ‘you gotta want it more’ so I bang on every door”. You need to want this dream so much and to believe in yourself… I do. Also you need to lose a lot to win a lot. And I know I am prepared for that. This movie really gave me enough confidence to do it. I just noticed this is getting pretty long so I’m just gonna say that when I move to that big city, I could put those posters on my wall to remember myself everyday that dreams do come true, even if that means losing something else. That life can be as beautiful as fantasy and it can also hurt you, but you need to keep going. I loved La La Land, I love LA, I am a filmmaker and I’ll always stick to my dream until I reach it 😉

  • Marie QM

    My last few comments were marked as spam, I think because of the length of them so I had to cut the first part where I talk about being a filmmaker and inspired by Justin Hurwitz and Damien Chazelle and about me moving to LA in a few months to follow my dreams, so here’s the rest: The sequence of a movie in LA that I could say it marked me, it casually is the opening scene of La La Land. The traffic, the song, the meaning that I gave it and how I identify with it. Even though it doesn’t seem to be related to the movie plot, it is! But in another way: the traffic guys singing that song about another stories about wanting to make it, and ending the same way in the same place, Los Angeles. Always talking about putting yourself first, your hopes and aspirations. In actual life you never really see traffic people as persons with dreams and everything. You just see them like another car, another one of the sea of cars that traffic is. And this scene makes you see that maybe traffic is annoying but it’s another day of sun, another opportunity in this city to succeed for every person surrounding you. Even for you. My favorite part of it is “Could be brave or just insane? We’ll have to see!” It’s just something I really feel! I will go there alone, I know I will make my dream come true in the City of Stars, because “they say ‘you gotta want it more’ so I bang on every door”. You need to want this dream so much and to believe in yourself… I do. Also you need to lose a lot to win a lot. And I know I am prepared for that. This movie really gave me enough confidence to do it. I just noticed this is getting pretty long so I’m just going to say that when I move to that big city, I could put those posters on my wall to remember myself everyday that dreams do come true, even if that means losing something else. That life can be as beautiful as fantasy and it can also hurt you, but you need to keep going. I loved La La Land, I love LA, I am a filmmaker and I’ll always stick to my dream until I reach it (;