By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

Monte Hellman

MONTE HELLMAN: I can usually tell within the first minute whether a film is good. And, if it’s bad, I turn it off after ten or twenty minutes.
That quickly?
That quickly.
What is it that you’re looking for?
I’m looking for something to surprise me.
What’s an example of something that you turned off after a few minutes?
La La Land.
I should’ve guessed.
I just couldn’t watch it.
I couldn’t make it more than thirty minutes into La La Land myself, but it obviously has some appeal. Wasn’t it just a few months ago that the Hollywood Bowl had ‘La La Land in Concert?’
You know I don’t know the answer to that question.
What do you think might be the appeal for La La Land’s acolytes?
I don’t know, but I’d bet almost anything that they’ve never seen another musical before.
It’s the biggest, loudest musical of the moment and maybe it’s just easier for people to like it?
Something like that.

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