Angels Flight, below.)
Encke King) -- Andersen wrote, produced and directed this film -- is wonderfully literate, thoughtful, funny, incisive, with loads of specifics, some of which you may already know but most you will not.
The Replacement Killers -- playing the L.A. airport.
When it comes to architecture, the documentarian also shows us -- rightly, I think -- how Hollywood films tend to quite unfairly "trash" the modern, making it so often the home, as in L.A. Confidential, below, of villains and sleaze.
The Outside Man, Andersen takes on movies' "tourism" and divides this into what he calls high and low tourism, with Woody Allen and Alfred Hitchcock examples of (this may surprise you) the latter, while the Jacques, Deray and Demy, excel at the former (Deray with The Outside Man and Demy with his Model Shop (above).
Blade Runner. From L.A. Confidential, we move to cop stories like Dragnet (that's TV, mostly, though several movies were made from the series) and Altman's Short Cuts. (Notes Andersen: "Condescending directors know only a few parts of this city.")
Chinatown, above), and we see again some wonderful city landmarks like the Pan Pacific auditorium and the Richfield Building.
Kent Mackenzie's perhaps over-rated but still important film, The Exiles (above), and now we get Billy Woodbury's Bless Their Little Hearts (below) and Charles Burnett's Killer of Sheep. It's a fitting finale for a film this inclusive, this important, this... great.
IFC Center, where it will play through January 9th and where it deserves to find a huge audience. I hope it will play elsewhere around the country, and this time also find its way to DVD. If anyone out there knows more about playdates for the film and/or a possible DVD release, please alert me and I will add that info to this post.