My family and I are in LA visiting Doug this week, so I thought it would be a good time to program a marathon of movies about the city. Having already programmed fake 24-hour marathons based around cities like Chicago and New York, I was surprised at just how much more difficult it was to narrow down the field of L.A. movies to just one full day (and, in fact, I failed, as you'll see down the lineup). As such, there were a lot of titles I had to leave out, including some of the most obvious ones like Sunset Boulevard and L.A. Story. Once again, these are the movies that I would want to watch, so the first person to say "No ___________?" or "You forgot..." loses. There are just too many movies to have included them all. I'm happy with these.
Let's watch some movies!
10 a.m. - Clueless (1995, dir. Amy Heckerling)
11:45 a.m. - Rebel Without a Cause (1955, dir. Nicholas Ray)
1:45 p.m. - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005, dir. Shane Black)
Lethal Weapon to this summer's The Nice Guys is a kind of love/hate letter to the city. Of the films he's written and directed, I think this one (his first) is still my favorite in part because it has the most direct commentary about the city, including what might be my favorite description of L.A. ever written into a movie.
3:45 p.m. - Criss Cross (1949, dir. Robert Siodmak)
Chinatown and L.A. Confidential and even the aforementioned The Nice Guys) is all about heartbreak and disillusionment. This one fits that bill in a big way.
5:15 p.m. - Night of the Comet (1984, dir. Thom Eberhardt)
7:15 p.m. - Heat (1995, dir. Michael Mann)
10 p.m. - Escape from L.A. (1996, dir. John Carpenter)
Escape from New York or the really bad CG or the way Carpenter pushes the absurdity until it becomes comedy, much the same way that Tobe Hooper did in going from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Part 2. But Carpenter has been ahead of his time so often that I think people will eventually come around to the satire and cynicism of this movie. Hell, it's worth revisiting just for the incredible cast. I've always been a fan.
12 a.m. - Midnight Madness (1980, dir. Michael Nankin)
2 a.m. - Lost Highway (1997, dir. David Lynch)
Muholland Dr. could also work, but I like the idea of this one at 2 a.m. better. It's a mystery, it's a noir, it's a horror movie, it's a nightmare of Los Angeles. My favorite Lynch movie is still a total toss-up, but this one is in the running and on the right day is my number one pick.
4:15 a.m. - Starry Eyes (2014, dir. Kevin Kölsch & Dennis Widmyer)
huge fan of this movie, and in particular Alex Essoe's incredible performance in the lead role. This will be great overnight.
5:45 a.m. - Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970, dir. Russ Meyer)
7:30 a.m. - Valley Girl (1983, dir. Martha Coolidge)
9:15 a.m. - Hollywood Homicide (2003, dir. Ron Shelton)
11:15 a.m. - Repo Man (1984, dir. Alex Cox)
1:15 p.m. - Nightcrawler (2014, dir. Dan Gilroy)
3:15 p.m. - To Live and Die in L.A. (1985, dir. William Friedkin)