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  • 'L.A. Plays Itself,' but do films get it right?

    'L.A. Plays Itself,' but do films get it right?
    After years as an influential but rarely screen cult classic, Thom Andersen's 2003 documentary, "Los Angeles Plays Itself," will finally be released on DVD this week. Andersen, a professor of film studies at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, made the movie to protest what he saw as Hollywood's repeated, willful misrepresentations of Los Angeles and its architecture — and to rescue from obscurity some worthy films about the city, like Kent MacKenzie's 1961 "The Exiles." But because Andersen's 169-minute movie is strung together entirely from film clips, there were always questions about getting clearances for all that material, and it became obscure itself.
  • Review: 'Los Angeles Plays Itself' ★★★★

    Review: 'Los Angeles Plays Itself' ★★★★
    Thom Andersen's beautiful, mordant 2003 cine-essay, "Los Angeles Plays Itself," screens at the Music Box Theatre for one night next week, Wednesday. It's finally coming to cable and home-viewing formats at the end of the month, 11 long years after its...

    How Overdue Actors Can Win for the 'Wrong' Performance

    The frontrunners in this year's Oscar actor races look to be made up of a lot of first-time nominees. Patricia Arquette is sitting pretty at the top of most pundits' lists for supporting actress for "Boyhood" and J.K. Simmons is most people's pick for...

    Faye Dunaway Blinks Back the Tears at Lyon's Lumière Fest

    LYON - "You've really, really got to me," said Faye Dunaway, blinking back the tears and pausing before further speech at the opening ceremony of the Grand Lyon 2014 Lumière Festival. Seconds before, a 5,000 crowd packing out Lyon's hanger-like La Halle...

    'X-Men' sequel jumps across time and earlier films

    X-Men: Days of Future Past 20th Century Fox, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99 Available on VOD on Oct. 28 This is an unusual kind of blockbuster sequel, using a time-jumping storyline to simultaneously follow up 2006's "X-Men: The Last Stand" (which was...