CalArts professor Thom Andersen directs the digital video essay film Los Angeles Plays Itself, titled after a gay porn classic by Fred Halsted (L.A. Plays Itself). Using clips from well-known mainstream movies to lesser-known obscurities, Andersen explores the myths and realities of the city as produced by Hollywood and as viewed by contemporary philosophy. He divides the film into three segments: The City as Background, The City as Character, and The City as Subject. In addition to the pre-manufactured images, he also provides footage of the actual landscape, showcasing structures like Union Station and LAX. His commentary touches on various political and social views of the city, often voiced through criticism or praise of other filmmakers and their work. Encke King delivers the narration. Los Angeles Plays Itself was shown at the 2003 Toronto Film Festival.~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

Clear your Halloween schedule, the date for next dose of 007 has been confirmed.


 


The eagerly anticipated 22nd James Bond movie ‘Quantum of Solace’ has been announced for Friday, October 31st.


 


The film picks up from where ‘Casino Royale’ left off.  Bond, betrayed by Vesper, the woman he loves, will have to fight the urge to make his latest mission personal. Joining Craig in the film are Mathieu Amalric, Olga Kurylenko, Gemma Arterton, Joaquin Cosio, Jesper Christensen, Jeffrey Wright and Judi Dench.


 


Filming has already taken place in Panama and the United States.


 


TIDBIT: ‘Quantum of Solace’ is the first James Bond movie to take its title from an original Ian Fleming short story since The Living Daylights (1987), a gap of twenty-one years