During my last year of high school (several years ago), there was this sentiment amongst the theatre students that Los Angeles lacked any distinctive characteristics, that metropolitan Southern California was largely dull and not visually appealing—especially when it came to film.
I do find a good amount of satisfaction in seeing films where the city of Los Angeles plays almost as much of a characteristic role as the actual characters of the movie.
I think that’s one of the things about Drive that really stood out to me, the environment was distinctively Los Angelino. The same thing prevails in In Search Of A Midnight Kiss, and maybe more explicitly, as we have these two lost souls bonding over a New Year’s Eve adventure through LA.
To a much lesser extent, I guess you could say (500) Days Of Summer almost captured LA in a similar light—but it seemed more of a backdrop than an actual characteristic of the film. You could have placed that movie anywhere else and gotten the same result.
If you want to find a place that lacks visual appeal, just travel 40 minutes out from Los Angeles. You’ll find yourself in Orange County. Maybe that’s why those high school friends of mine were so jaded about the lack of visual appeal in Southern California. McMansions and tract housing will do that to you.
I hate being so busy that I don’t have time to do things that I used to do, like blog regularly. Life can’t be that bad if this is among my larger problems right now. Still, being responsible kinda blows.