Carrie, Debbie & La La Land

January 9, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Hello and Happy Monday, I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Here in Oklahoma, we were dealing with winter weather much of the weekend like the rest of the country with cold winds and snow blowing through overnight Thursday, we spent much of the weekend at home just staying out of the cold and mess, cooking and doing a little housework. Saturday evening we decided that we wanted to go to the movies on Sunday morning ( our favorite time to go, cheap and no crowds) so we bought tickets online for La La Land, something I’ve been wanting to see since it came out and I’m so glad we did, especially since it won 7 Golden Globe Awards on Sunday evening. But, before we made it to the movies we watched the new HBO documentary on the lives of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds called Bright Lights that premiered Saturday night.


I have to start off by saying that I was SO sad when I first heard about Carrie Fisher’s heart attack on December 23rd and then her death the day after Christmas and then for her mother to die the next day was so sad and heartbreaking. Carrie was a major part of my growing up as a child of the 70’s, she’ll always be Princess Leia to me and so many of my friends, and I love “old” movies so Debbie Reynolds has always been a favorite for me starring in Singin’ In The Rain, The Unsinkable Molly Brown and The Gazebo.


Bright Lights pulls back the curtain on the private lives of the mother/daughter duo of Carrie and Debbie, showing us what it’s like to be two Hollywood icons living next door to each other and watching the roles reverse of caretaker and worrier from Debbie to Carrie. I really enjoyed this film, and perhaps it’s because their deaths are still so fresh on my mind, I have to say that you can definitely see the love these two people have for each other and understand just how jarring this was for Debbie Reynolds that when her daughter died she didn’t want to go on without her. Sit down and watch Bright Lights when you get a chance, you’ll be glad you did, it’s on HBO and available on HBO Go.


La La Land was also a joy, this movie is billed as a musical and it has some wonderful musical numbers starting at the very beginning with a rousing number set in a Los Angeles traffic jam. The film is set in the current time and is the simple story of two people trying to accomplish their dreams in Los Angeles.


Along the way, we get some wonderful song and dance numbers set against the familiar backdrop of Hollywood, with palm trees, the Pacific Ocean, starry skies and the Griffith Observatory all making appearances. Ryan Gosling is the often out of work musician/piano player Sebastian Wilder and Emma Stone is the often auditioning actress Mia Dolan and together these two lead us along the ups and downs of chasing your dreams, John Legend also appears in the film as the leader of a group looking for a piano player.  I really enjoyed this movie, the dialogue was witty and sharp and the songs and dancing were a joy to hear and watch. La La Land has already been nominated for several awards as have the lead actors, check this out when you get a chance and I’m sure it will give rise to many more 21st-century movie musicals.



I know today’s post doesn’t have a lot to do with design but I also consider Tabulous Design a Lifestyle Blog and enjoying sharing things with you that I enjoy and make me happy and hope they do the same for you. Have a great day!!!

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