Cinema Gems

For the film lovers…

An extension of this site entirely dedicated to cinema, filmmaking, screenwriting, directing, acting, and producting is being created!

Whether you’re passionate about movies, or you just want to read anecdotes about movies, directors and actors, this website will fulfill your questions and ideas.

For a fresh new take on cinema, check out !

Enjoy, and bonne lecture!

Pour les amoureux du cinéma…

Une extension de ce site entièrement dédiée au cinéma, scénarios, réalisation, montage, production, et jeu d’acteur est en train de voir le jour!

Que vous soyez passionné(e) de films, ou que vous vouliez juste avoir accès à des anecdotes à propos de longs ou courts métrages, de réalisateurs et acteurs, ce site répondra à toutes vos questions et idées.

Pour une bouffée d’air frais sur le cinéma, venez visiter !



Whiplash and La La Land: Chazelle’s obsession with ambition

Damien Chazelle, a young movie director who studied at Harvard University and made his first short movie in 2009 (“Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench“) received many awards for his first movie “Whiplash” (2014) and his very recent “La La Land” (2016).

His two movies gathered widespread praise from critics; while Whiplash depicts a tyrannical music teacher (J.K. Simmons) and his treatment of Andrew, and young musician (Miles Teller), La La Land is a musical set in LA, where a young aspiring actress (Emma Stone) meets Sebastian, a jazz-obsessed musician.

The two movies have striking similarities. Jazz is central to the plot, given that Whiplash’s entire soundtrack is composed of different jazz classics, and the story revolves around Andrew trying to better himself at performing those classics. Jazz also has a major role in La La Land, associated with Sebastian. This struggling musician dreams of opening his own jazz club and idolizes old jazz icons from LA. Music is undeniably present in Chazelle’s universe (his 2009 short movie also boasts spectacular music and dancing scenes), and his two movies are an ode to music, jazz and the skill of mastering an instrument. Take those impressive drum scenes in Whiplash, for example, or Gosling’s moves on the piano in La La Land.

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In Whiplash, a spectacular scene depicts Andrew playing so intensely that he has to immerge his entire bloody hand in a bucket of ice.

Both movies also have a peculiar take on success.

In Whiplash, Andrew is so obsessed with his music and his practice, he becomes blinded by it quickly. He breaks up with his girlfriend to focus on the drums, and ends up alone, abused by his music teacher. The difficulties make him want to push people away, instead of getting closer to them. In the end, the audience and his teachers celebrate and congratulate him, and even though he achieved the success he always wanted, he jeopardized his relationships (as well as his health).

In La La Land, both protagonists have different dreams. Mia balances being a barrista and her auditions, while Sebastian dreams of re-opening a mythical jazz club. As the movie progresses, their relationship struggles through their respective careers; Mia’s one-woman show flops, while Sebastian, who didn’t have a steady income, accepted a contract with a pop band. In the end, the ellipse gives us a glimpse of their life 5 years later. In it, we discover that Mia achieved her dream of being a famous actress, and Sebastian has finally opened his club. Only thing though, they achieved their dreams, but not together. Separately, they went on with their lives. Just like in Whiplash, the romantically-involved characters grew together, shared their dreams, built their ambitions together, but ended up achieving them on their own.

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In order to portray jazz-obsessed Sebastian, Ryan Gosling learnt the piano for 4 months. The takes where we see him play are not edited; Gosling is playing everything.

In his works, Damien Chazelle raises the question: should these characters be obsessed by their careers and dreams to the detriment of their romantic relationships?

At the very end of La La Land, there is a scene when Mia and Sebastian see each other again. What would have happened had they stayed together? Several scenes pass before our eyes; them getting married, having a child. In it, they don’t achieve their dreams of acting nor opening a jazz club. They do achieve their dream of being together though. In reality, without Seb, Mia wouldn’t have gone to the audition that allowed her to break through and become famous. Without Mia, Seb wouldn’t have gotten a steady job, which then allowed him to open his club. Each of them contributed to the ambitions of the other.

In today’s world, where people strives for success, fame and wealth, Chazelle shows the issues that come up, by covering them with aesthetic colors, lively music and endearing characters.

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While the endings may seem bittersweet, they actually challenge the typical “Hollywood” happy endings. In Whiplash, even if Andrew had to overcome emotional and physical abuse he finally gets his great standing ovation, as well as the esteem of his professor. As for La La Land, even if Sebastian and Mia are no longer together, they’ve achieved everything they’ve ever wanted in their life. Hunter Harris sums it up beautifully; “La La Land ultimately is not about Mia and Sebastian’s romance. The real romance was with the shimmer of dreams.”.

Cure for boredom

If you want to check out awesome movies ….

– Pulp Fiction, by Quentin Tarantino, with Samuel Lee Jackson, John Travolta, and Uma Thurman, blood and violence, the Tarantino way

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– Rear Window, by Alfred Hitchcock, with James Stewart and Grace Kelly, the ultimate thriller

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– Stand By Me, by Rob Reiner, with River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton, and Kiefer Sutherland, a perfect coming of age movie

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– Footloose, by Herbert Ross, with Kevin Bacon, and John Lithgow, a must-see musical drama from the 80s

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– Super 8, by J.J. Abrahams, with Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning and Kyle Chandler, also a coming of age movie, with a hint of action and frights

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Enjoy !! xx

DiCaprio Madness !!!!

Cutie LeoOne of the most famous and most lovable actors, the heartthrob of entire generations; this post is dedicated to the wonderful Leonardo DiCaprio (hiiiiii).

Having seen the majority of his numerous movies, here are some of them, worth the watch !

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The Beach, with Tilda Swinton and Guillaume Canet. An island where life is supposed to be perfect, but when Leonardo arrives he realizes quickly that it’s not. Adapted from the famous novel, this movie is frightening as well as marvelous. A must if you’re craving vacation and palm trees.

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– The Great Gatsby, again, a movie adapted from a famous novel. The story is beautifully adapted, mixing nowadays musics with parties from the twenties. Leonardo, as well as Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan embody perfectly the Fitzgerald’s universe.

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– Django Unchained, one of the few roles of his career where he played an awful character. A freed slave (Jamie Foxx) try to free his wife from a plantation owner (Leo). As flawless as usual.

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– Romeo + Juliet, a wonderfully beautiful, magic and romantic movie, without being too cheesy. Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes share the most famous love story of all time, and we can’t help but fall in love with them. Don’t forget tissues.


– What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, a very young Leo, as well as Johnny Depp and Juliette Lewis embody characters from a small town in the american countryside. Leonardo DiCaprio plays an autistic kid and Johnny Depp his big brother. This beautiful movie is perfect on a warm summer night with an open window and an old vinyl disc playing…


Well, here were some of his movies worth seeing (not always his most famous ones), but let’s not forget Titanic Leonardo, because we can !


Enjoy, xx

Vous aimez les beignets?

Ce magnifique film qui a plus de 20 ans est vraiment très émouvant, et parle de deux femmes dans les années 30 dans le Sud des Etats-Unis. Elles sont radicalement différentes (l’une est plus du genre aventurière, tandis que l’autre est très sage), mais leur amitié est sans pareil.

Une vieille dame de nos jours en Alabama (Ninny) raconte l’histoire de ces deux meilleures amies à une autre dame nommée Evelyn, qui se sent inutile dans cette société où elle passe ses journées à manger et à faire des courses. Elle décide de prendre pour modèle la plus aventurière des deux amies, et de changer.

Bon, je ne vous ai bien sûr pas tout dit: il faut garder un peu de suspense pour le film, mais il est vraiment très beau et je vous le conseille ; )

Je vous met le résumé qui est au dos du DVD c’est un peu plus clair quand même…

“De nos jours, en Alabama, Evelyn Couch, femme au foyer, mène une existence monotone jusqu’à ce qu’elle rencontre Ninny Threadgood, une vieille dame extraordinaire, qui va lui redonner goût à la vie.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Celle-ci lui raconte sa jeunesse, 60 ans plus tôt, à Whistle Stop, petite bourgade du sud des Etats-Unis. L’histoire que raconte Ninny est celle de l’amitié entre deux femmes : Idgie, forte tête, véritable garçon manqué, et Ruth, douce et remarquable cuisinière. Mariée à Franck Bennett, un homme violent, Ruth finit par appeler Idgie au secours, et s’enfuit avec elle. Les deux femmes décident d’ouvrir un restaurant.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Mais Bennett n’a pas dit son dernier mot…”

J’espère que vous allez aimer!!

Nancy Drew

Ce film très frais et très sympa raconte l’histoire d’une jeune détective qui habite dans une petite bourgade des États Unis nommée River Heights, et qui doit déménager a Los Angeles a cause du travail de son père . Elle ne “rentre pas dans le moule” par rapport aux californiennes, elle qui aime les mocassins et les old-fashionned clothes !!
Elle va emménager dans la maison d’une actrice célèbre disparue il y a 50 ans et va essayer de lever le voile sur sa mort …
Ce film est vraiment cool et je vous le conseille si vous aimez les histoires sympas (sachant que l’héroïne est très drôle 🙂

I feel pretty

Retour aux grands classiques !!

En ce moment, je suis en plein dans la chanson super sympa “I feel pretty/unpretty” reprise par la série Glee

Surtout accompagnées de guitare accoustique, les très belles voix de Rachel (Lea Michele) et Quinn (Dianna Agron) vont vraiment bien ensemble et rendent une très belle chanson super agréable à écouter ! Les paroles aussi sont très bien et l’air doux et calme de la chanson sera parfait dans vos écouteurs en allant à la plage ou sur la route des vacances !

Les Stagiaires / The Internship

N’ayant pas grand chose à faire cette après midi, nous avons décidé d’aller voir  “Les Stagiaires”  au cinéma avec Vince Vaughn et Owen Wilson.

S’attendant au film d’été un peu typique, avec un scénario pas très philosophique, des blagues un peu faciles ( et tout et tout ), nous avons été bien surpris!!

L’histoire de 2 quarantenaires qui font un stage à Google (sans savoir que l’on dit ‘en ligne’ et pas ‘sur la ligne’ par exemple) était vraiment très sympa et très drôle !!! 😉  ils forment des équipes et doivent relever des challenges pour être embauchés.

Donc pour votre film de l’été, si un jour vous avez une après midi de libre, qu’il fait moche, n’hésitez pas, réservez des places pour ce film, je vous le conseille vivement !!

As we didn’t have much things to do this afternoon, we decided to to see “The Internship” at the cinema with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.

We were expecting a typical summer movie, with a not very well written scenario, easy jokes and everything, but we’ve been very surprised !!

The story of two forty-ish friends who decide to enter an internship to Google (not knowing that you don’t say ‘on the line’, but ‘online’ for example) is really nice and very funny !!! ; ) they make teams and have to complete challenges to be hired.

So for the movie of your summer, if one day you have a free afternoon, it’s cloudy, don’t hesitate, you should reserve this nice movie!!

Les Stagiaires / The Internship

Les Stagiaires / The Internship

A gauche / On the left: Owen Wilson

A droite / On the right: Vince Vaughn

Les Stagiaires, avec Owen Wilson et Vince Vaughn


Ps: Joyeux Anniversaire au 40ième post de ce blog !!!

Titanic ! (Post Bilingue)

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En Français d’abord …

Ca fait TREEEEES longtemps que je n’ai pas posté, je sais ….

Mais en revoyant hier soir Titanic, mon film préféré de tous les temps, je me suis dit (même si c’est l’un des films les plus connus, récompensé du monde) que je me DEVAIS de vous en parler !

Bien sur, tout le monde connait la tristement célèbre histoire du navire réputé insubmersible, qui heurte un ice berg dans les eaux glacées de l’Atlantique Nord…

Ainsi que le film a plusieurs centaines de millions de dollars de James Cameron, avec le magnifique Leonardo Di Caprio et la talentueuse Kate Winslet qui nous a fait vider toutes nos boîtes de mouchoirs !

Pour ceux qui ne l’aurait malheureusement pas vu, je vous met un extrait très bien fait;

Mais connaissez-vous l’envers du décor ?

Voici une petite vidéo qui montre les coulisses du film, avec en fond un remix disco assez marrant de la chanson très célèbre ‘My Heart Will Go On’ de Céline Dion. On peut aussi entendre le tic de James Cameron, avec ses ‘You Know What I Mean?’ ! Bref, l’ambiance avait l’air très sympa sur le plateau !!

Enjoy ! Et voici pour les plus grands fans, l’une des scènes les plus connues de l’histoire du cinéma!

Jack I’m flying….

In English …

It’s been a VERYYYYYYY long time that I haven’t written, I know …..

But I saw last night “Titanic”, my favourite movie of all time, I thought (even if it’s one of the most known and promoted movie on Earth) that I HAD to write about it !!!

Of course, everybody knows about the sad story of the “insinkable” ship which hurts an iceberg in the North Atlantic …

And everybody knows about the hundreds of millions movie by James Cameron, with (the SO HANDSOME !!) Leonardo Di Caprio and (the very talented) Kate Winslet which has made evrybody on every continent cry too !!

For those who had unfortunately not seen it, here’s a very well done extract ;

But do you know what’s going on behind the scenes ?

Here’s a video which shows what’s going on behind the scenes, accompanied with a funny disco remix of the very famous “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion. You can also hear James Cameron always saying ‘You Know What I Mean?’ ! The atmosphere seemed very nice on stage !! qEFD7cBjus&feature=player_embedded

Enjoy !! And here is for you biggest fans, one of the most famous scenes in the history of cinema !

Jack I’m flying….