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Going Down In La La Land [DVD]

Matthew Ludwinski , Michael Medico , Casper Andreas    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Matthew Ludwinski, Michael Medico, Allison Lane
  • Directors: Casper Andreas
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Peccadillo Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 23 July 2012
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007VNHPXE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,898 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Based on the novel by Andy Zeffer, cult gay director Casper Andreas follows up The Big Gay Musical with Going Down in LA-LA Land, a riveting and uncensored look at the glittering stars and studios of Hollywood, and its lesser-exposed neighbour - the seedy and cut-throat porn industry.

Wide-eyed, hunky upstart Adam arrives in Los Angeles from New York, brimming with hope for a career in the movie business. He shacks up with best friend Candy, who is also desperate to get a foot in the Hollywood door. Together they hit the red carpets and cocktail parties to network and score roles. Adam's drop dead gorgeous body and chiselled looks prove a rich picking to the needy and seedy agents, directors and studio executives of Hollywood Boulevard, and he begins almost instantly to climb the ladder of fame - or so it seems.

Featuring a slew of West Hollywood cameos from Perez Hilton, Bruce Vilanch, Alec Mapa (Desperate Housewives) and Judy Tenuta (Butch Camp), Going Down In LA LA Land is a Los Angelean lesson in the ups and downs of fast fame and bosom buddies.


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-see movie! 29 July 2012
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This is one those cases where everything works very well together. A cast that is really good. Good romantic story and good direction.
Matthew is good and secure in his role as Adam. So as Casper ( acting/directing and writing the movie) .
About Allison Lane , she shines since the beginning with her very funny Candy
And what to say about Michael Medico, he is just adorable!
Really a great movie.

And about the dvd, also have as plus, a short-film from Casper Andreas " Mormor's visit" ( Grandma's visit) with a cute story (swedish speaking ,subtitled in English).
Just buy it , you will really enjoy it as I did.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best gay themed movies ever 11 Aug 2012
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Romantic, sexy, beautifully shot, unashamedly gay and with oh my Lord Matthew Ludwinski in it...perfect. Can only be described as one of the best US made gay themed movies ever.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but not brilliant either 18 Sep 2012
By txacoli
Format:DVD
I approach every gay-themed film I watch with exactly the same open mind. Some are wonderful, some are okay and some just waste precious minutes from my life that I will never see again. This films falls into the middle category; it was okay. For a start, I wholeheartedly agree with the other reviewer who mentioned Casper Andreas' acting ability. I use the word ability, but it's more a delusional belief he has that he can emote. He can't! This film is hammy and badly acted in parts (mainly the bits that he is in, although there are others - Alex Mapa anyone??), completely over the top in others and ultimately for my taste, doesn't deliver everything that all the positive reviews have made of it.

That said, Michael Medico is the cutest thing on screen and acts the others right out of the park. Here is a guy who deserves to carry his own film. The relationship between his character (John) and Adam is rather touching, although he has to carry Matthew Ludwinski through his scenes at times. In fairness, Ludwinski is a relative newcomer to the big screen and there is promise there. He doesn't do too bad a job and is, at least watchable.

The film is a rather disjointed affair. Nick's descent into drug abuse just seems to come out of nowhere and was badly edited into the film and the romance between John and Adam is a little twee at times. The storyline had the capacity to be more scathing about the worst of Hollywood's excesses, but misses many of the opportunities it had. Despite this, I wasn't unhappy that I'd watched it, but it did leave me wanting just that little bit more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sexual freedom for the sake of love..... 20 Aug 2012
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Andy Zeffer's book Going Down in La-La Land is extremely well written, and provides a detailed look at the truth behind some of Hollywood's curtains. The movie successfully portrays this, without deviating much from the sincerity contained within the book. More specifically you cannot help but sympathise with the characters, most of whom seem to want nothing more than an opportunity. Matthew Ludwinski who plays Matthew tries like many who have gone before him to make a career of acting, and suffers the indignity of being abused by those that seek to exploit the many who seek fame. The truth is that many will fail to make the grade, and many more will fall between the gaps, preyed upon by both the commercial business interests in film and business in general. Knowing that many have to sustain their livelihoods whilst pursuing their Hollywood dreams, allows many an employer to abuse their staff, knowing that there is always someone to replace them. Then there is the seedy world of porn, which provides an alternative to the many that can't find a break. The question is which business is more seedy, the one that exploits young men and women commercially, or the porn industry that sustains them (albeit for awhile).

What I particularly enjoyed about the portrayal of young Matthew as a budding porn "star" was his sincerity and believability as a character. Far from being coerced into porn he actively makes a choice, albeit influenced by someone he cares for. Such is the power of wanting to be loved and accepted. Many exploit this, whilst others recognise it as a driving force for their own redemption.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Movie - with a storyline! 13 Aug 2012
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I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this movie. Cast work extremely well together and you really feel for the main character Adam. Given how much crap there is calling themselves gay movies which are just soft porn with a thin storyline, this breaks the mould.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No "Chemistry" like this, since..... 12 Aug 2012
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....."Brokeback Mountain." ......(*Alternate title for this review: "I Hear the Crabcakes are Excellent").

(( 3.5 STARS ACTUALLY AWARDED ))

In its first near two-thirds running time, "Going Down in Blah-Blah Land," is the typical "Hollywood meat grinder" story about all those young newbies, scrambling for a foothold, after arriving in the world's film capital. Ah, BUT, then come the very best parts, where we start to see...(well, you'll find that out, below).

NOW TO OUR CAST: And saving the best for last, here's a glimpse at the major characters...beginning with:

- *Allison Lane, as the ditzy B(Girl)FF of the male Lead. Named "Candy", she is the supportive and often funny--yet sometimes tiresome--friend from back home. (Good for Allison...she gets more screen time than anyone other than our main star).

- Next, in a major (time-wise) supporting role, we have the Director, himself: Casper Andreas, playing a "user" of a guy, who we'll later see as the true scuzzball he becomes. (This viewer thinks Andreas would do well, in future, spending all his time BEHIND the camera....for I'm starting to picture him as he appears in his last scene---or is that just effective acting?).

- AND FINALLY: Let's speak to that "CHEMISTRY" mentioned above. RARELY, in an American produced Gay film, have we seen such an emotionally deep relationship between two men. It was obviously developed by main actor, Matthew Ludwinski (as our gorgeous "Adam") and his co-lead, Michael Medico (as sweet, but closeted "John") during their shooting time with one another. Their "few" scenes together will keep you RIVETED. (And that's the shame of this movie: 56 and one-half minutes into it before we even see them one on one--except for a "prologue" of sorts).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Super hot guys
Just another gay flick from the U.S.? No. Well yes but no. You have to watch to know what I mean.
Published 2 months ago by BigAl82
4.0 out of 5 stars A tamer Boogie Nights
--------------Spoiler Alert-----------------
Don't read this if you don't want to know the ending because it is that which bothered me. Didn't lose sleep over it mind you. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael Soros
5.0 out of 5 stars Going Down In La La Land (DVD).
This Arrived On Time. We Bought It For A Friend Who Had Seen It Before, And He Said It Is A Very Good Film And A Sad Film And He SAid It Was Very Good,
Published 6 months ago by Jeff
1.0 out of 5 stars Beyond awful.
I see nothing to recommend this film; the acting is laughably bad and the characters encompass every possible cliché. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. Adrian J. Gardner
4.0 out of 5 stars Recall bits from “Boogie Nights"
A familiar enough story of a young and beautiful person hoping to make it big in Hollywood only to attain disillusionment. Read more
Published 9 months ago by WJR
2.0 out of 5 stars The usual boring stuff
I actually don't exactly know how to review this film cause it's so similar to the stream of low quality low budget gay films that I'ss just pass. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Pascalito
2.0 out of 5 stars passable
The reviewers here must have seen a diffferent version. This isn't worth the money~ best avoided. There are better gay stories out there
Published 18 months ago by Downsman
3.0 out of 5 stars "Not very impressive"
As I have not read the ludicrously high-priced novel by Andy Zeffer, it is difficult to know to what extent the film is actually based on this novel. Read more
Published 19 months ago by A de G
1.0 out of 5 stars Did I see a different film?
Going down in La La Land -I bought this on the the strength of glowing reviews, I must have been sent a dud copy. Never even finished watching it was it was so dreary. Read more
Published 20 months ago by JOHN
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