writer • director • NYU Tisch '24
commonly referred to as "Jayla on Letterboxd"
People don't really watch movies anymore. The cardinal sin of filmmaking is making a movie about making a movie. And that's frustrating to hear as a filmmaker because I always feel like I'll never be able to share my life despite shedding light on everyone else's. It's tired to tell stories that aren't yours.
Chazelle finds a nice sweet spot between telling a true honest story and committing a crime that will doom him. The story isn't biographical but…
I think under the right circumstances I would have been comparing this to Licorice Pizza and challenging my undying allegiance to PTA. This wasn't one of those circumstances but a rewatch is in order.
It had a really clear and simple heart but followed it through a really strange structure while still managing to end up right where it was always going to land. Cool! I think.