Movie Marketing Madness: La La Land

Hollywood loves stories about Los Angeles. There are countless movies about the city and the entertainment industry that always wind up being big hits with the those in the business and critics. Joining that list this week is La La Land, the new movie from writer/director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) and starring the ridiculously good-looking pair of Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. La La Land is a love story but it’s also a completely original musical. Stone plays Mia, an actress who’s struggling to secure her big break. One day she meets Sebastian (Gosling), a piano player who gets by playing … Continue reading Movie Marketing Madness: La La Land

Movie Marketing Madness: Hacksaw Ridge

Army Medic Desmond T. Doss refused to pick up a weapon during World War II, citing his religious beliefs as his reason to become a conscientious objector, someone who will not actually take up arms because of some deeply-held moral or ethical belief. Now his story is being told in the new movie Hacksaw Ridge. Doss is played here by Andrew Garfield as we follow him from being drafted from his small town through the Battle of Okinawa and his eventual receiving of the Medal of Honor, becoming the first conscientious objector to be so commended. The movie comes from … Continue reading Movie Marketing Madness: Hacksaw Ridge

Movie Marketing Madness: American Pastoral

Ewan McGregor stars in and makes his directorial debut with this week’s American Pastoral. Set in the late 1960s, McGregor plays Swede Levov, an upstanding local businessman with deep ties to his quiet suburban neighborhood alongside his wife Dawn (Jennifer Connelly). That status quo is upset, though, through the actions of their daughter Merry (Dakota Fanning), who has become radicalized into the politics of the era as she’s gotten older. One day Merry goes missing after committing a crime that shatters the small town they all live in, threatening the family’s reputation among their friends and others. With her on … Continue reading Movie Marketing Madness: American Pastoral

Movie Marketing Madness: Deepwater Horizon

The last 40 years have seen an untold number of man-made ecological disasters of all sizes and impacts. One of the biggest of the last several years is when an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico suffered a major disaster and spilled billions of gallons of oil into the sea, a story that’s now been dramatized in Deepwater Horizon. Set on the eponymous rig, the movie stars Mark Wahlberg as Mike Williams, a worker on the rig when it explodes and who, by virtue of him having a wife (played by Kate Hudson) and young daughter at home that … Continue reading Movie Marketing Madness: Deepwater Horizon