josh (joshc) wrote,

keeping up with the livejournaling

I'm not sure if I've mentioned it, but I am a fan of the Daylight Savings Time. You see, I'd been waking up whenever it gets light outside and am philosophicaly opposed to being awake before 8 am unless absolutely necessary; so this was causing a bit of an existential crisis. The business of trying to fall asleep out of spite was getting tiresome.

And writing about the time is almost as fascinating as talking about the weather which is almost as interesting as posting about television. I could've just written about tonight's episode of the o.c. and the moral issues raised by competing plots to get Trey out of the Cohen house. In particular, the question of why Trey's theft of an item from a charity auction is so much worse than Marissa's plan to sell an essentially stolen item to its rightful owner in a charity auction.

Right. I've been spending a lot of time working.

Last night I went to see Los Angeles Plays Itself (not gay-themed adult entertainment, L.A. Plays Itself [imdb]), Thom Anderson's film essay about the way that the city of Los Angeles has been represented in movies. The thesis is not particularly deep -- films shot in Los Angeles don't accurately reflect the "real" city, it's architecture, or its citizens but sometimes unintentionally document these things -- yet the investigation holds up for much of the three hour running time. There are parts that drag sligthly or get over-opinionated, but the whole thing is pretty fascinating. I suppose that a similar argument could be made about any town, but the sheer amount of footage shot in Los Angeles makes it a good place to start.

Although clips from nearly 200 movies (relying heavily on Blade Runner, L.A. Confidential, and Chinatown) are included, I couldn't help but wonder about some that were left out. Highlighting my own lack of depth on the topic, I missed seeing recent movies like Mulholland Drive, the Anniversary Party, Spanglish, Collateral, and Less Than Zero. I did enjoy seeing all of the old movies with crappy astonishingly different styles acting and pacing. My inability to pay attention to most old films is kind of embarrassing.

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