Bright Lights Film Journal

The Other Los Angeles


Writing in City Beat‘s annual Best of L.A. issue, Andy Klein suggests we “rule out: Double Indemnity (1944), The Big Sleep (1946), D.O.A. (1950), Sunset Blvd. (1950), Kiss Me Deadly (1955), Rebel Without a Cause (1955), The Loved One (1965), Point Blank (1967), The Long Goodbye (1973), Blade Runner (1982), L.A. Story (1991), L.A. Confidential (1997), and, most of all, Chinatown (1974). I love them all – they really are the best Los Angeles movies – but screw it, let’s get some new (or some more obscure) blood in here.”

Klein goes on to discuss films shot in the San Fernando Valley where Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia) is king.