On the complete opposite end of the spectrum is the candy-colored La La Land, a throwback song-and-dance movie that brims with earnest love for its characters and the city they inhabit. It checks every box in a location scout's dream: Griffith Park, the Colorado Street Bridge, the Watts Towers, the 105/110 freeway interchange heading away from LAX -- which fine, that actually sucks, but the traffic jam is accurate. The production even got Angels Flight, the funicular that Gosling and Stone's characters ride through downtown L.A., to reopen after being shuttered for years.
"I was living around the corner from Angels Flight for years and it just never ran because there wasn’t the funding for it to keep it running," Gosling told the Los Angeles Times. "It just seemed like such a shame to me, because it’s such a special part of its history. It’s great to be able to do a film and say, 'Hey, can we shoot on Angels Flight?' and suddenly they’ll open it up. This version of Los Angeles is not something we created, we just framed out the rest. But what’s there really is still there."