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re-Play It As It Lays

I recently re-watched Play It As It Lays. (I could do with re-reading the novel at some point.) It’s hard to articulate how I feel about it, but, of course, I’ll try. First, there’s the fact of Joan Didion. I … Continue reading

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Thom Andersen on Modernist Architecture

Hollywood’s Anti-Modernism: An Update and Reconsideration at the Hollyhock House Barnsdall Gallery Theater some notes, from memory, since I forgot to take notes: Andersen begins by showing the architecture section from his 2003 documentary Los Angeles Plays Itself, then (after … Continue reading

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movies mentioned in Los Angeles Plays Itself (take 2)

Movies in order of appearance The Crimson Kimono (1959) Pushover (1954) He Walked by Night (1948) Nocturne (1946) Pushover (1954) The Strip (1951) Out of Bounds (1986) Hickey and Boggs (1972) The Glimmer Man (1996) They Live (1988) Out of … Continue reading

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The Decline of Western Civilization &c. [screening]

I finally saw the first Decline of Western Civilization. Dir. Penelope Spheeris spoke and did a q&a afterwards. Notes from the movie: How much does it take for lyrics to lose their meaning (to the audience and to the singer)? … Continue reading

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as angeleno as baseball and buses?

Tonight there was an exhibit of the Artists and Architects in Residence Program of the MAK Center in the Schindler House in West Hollywood. Two of the projects were of particular interest to me—the first because I like baseball, and … Continue reading

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