“Cynicism has become the dominant myth of our times…”
Pretty interesting documentary, until it wallows in repetition and self-afflicted, biased cynicism (doesn’t seem so much a myth now, huh, Thom?).
Los Angeles Plays Itself has a lot going on in it—I think too much. Offering an in-depth critique of the Hollywood system, the film industry, and how the medium represents L.A., along with a whole slew of branching tangents into classism, social norms, policing, architecture, racism, gang violence, road-mapping, nostalgia, trolley-cars, historical context and influence, and much, much more, there’s ultimately too much to process here in this near-three-hour documentary behemoth.
I found myself enamored by the constant showcasing of film clips and scenes, voiceover analyzing how these films came…