Movies: La La Land  

La La Land, a 2016 American romantic comedy-drama musical, is written and directed by Damien Chazelle and stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. The plot follows a musician and an aspiring actress who meet and fall in love in Los Angeles, but as success elevates them in their careers, the dreams they worked so hard to maintain threaten to tear the duo apart.

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The film’s title not only references the city that is home to Hollywood, Los Angeles, but also allegorically references the difference between real life and reel life. The musical genre, which is resurrected by this film, might go some way to filling the void left by Bollywood films here in Pakistan. This is just the movie for dating couples who are tired of sneaking about and secretly meeting at the movies only to find an annoying litany of superhero action movies. We recommend you share a bucket of popcorn for this one. The movie releases on December 9 in the US, with a world-wide release soon after.

Books: The Undoing Project —Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis describes the relationship between Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, two psychologists whose groundbreaking studies on how our minds trick us into making bad judgments earned them a Nobel Prize in Economics (of all fields). Their theory has become the foundational framework of Behavioral Economics. Their peculiar area of research—human decision making—has had implications for a wide variety of academic and professional fields from professional sports to military thinking and strategy.

Lewis’ books have a knack for being picked up by Hollywood executives. He first started working on this book as a sequel to Moneyball, the book that was adapted into a screenplay and later enacted on screen by none other than the studly Brad Pitt. When he began doing research, Lewis found an even more compelling story. That of an intellectual partnership with a falling out, a story of betrayal and intrigue all to do with the realm of ideas. Be sure to get your hands on The Undoing Project, for who knows you might want to beat the lines at the cinema when it is adapted into a movie one day.

Music: Disclosure Top 5 Songs

Disclosure is an English electronic music duo consisting of brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence. Their music marks the end of many an evening, as the guests are ushered out and the hosts prepare the mood for the select few invited to the after-party. Here are 5 songs from the duo that you want on your post-party playlist:

 

Television Shows: Peaky Blinders

Peaky Blinders is Britain’s answer to the much loved Gangs of Wasseypur, which enjoys more than just a cult following in Pakistan and India. The television drama is based upon the exploits of the Peaky Blinders gang that operates out of Birmingham, England in the aftermath of the First World War. The gang comes to the attention of Chief Inspector Chester Campbell (Sam Neill), a detective sent over by Winston Churchill to clean the streets of Birmingham from the dual threat of the Irish Republican Army and the rising tide of Communist agitators in the wake of the Ocotober Revolution of 1917 that elevated the Bolsheviks into power in Russia. The show does well to marry intrigue and violence, all the while representing the various threats to the crown in the inter-war period. With three seasons available on Netflix, Peaky Blinders is a good show to have on your radar.

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