Wang Chung's "To Live and Die In L.A." soundtrack - C/D

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The movie is an overlooked classic, but what about the soundtrack? Wang Chung creates some vaguely sinister synth-pop tunes here, even going against Friedkin's orders and writing a song that includes the title of the film in the lyrics.

I'm going to say classic, especially in the context of the film. Sometimes I'll have that title track running through my head whilst I drive past the refineries in Long Beach, too.

And jeeeeesus that ending! Wm Peterson getting....I mean...fuck! That's for another board, though...

Gear! (Gear!), Sunday, 14 December 2003 07:47 (eighteen years ago) link

Stone cold classic. (Emphasis on 'cold'.) The title sequence and Willem Dafoe's exposition would have been corny as fuck with any other music.

I have a minor quibble with the OST though : the scene where John Turturro sets off the alarm at the airport and runs away and the siren is joined by percussion - why wasn't that on the album?

Wintermuté (Wintermute), Sunday, 14 December 2003 09:17 (eighteen years ago) link

I love everything about this movie

Andy K (Andy K), Sunday, 14 December 2003 13:52 (eighteen years ago) link

The DVD was just recently released. Fantastic film, one of my favorites from the 1980s, criminally ignored of course. Maybe the runaway success of CSI will win the movie new fans on video. (Wish the same would happen for Manhunter, despite the Anthony Hopkins conspiracy to make it disappear.

Phil Freeman (Phil Freeman), Sunday, 14 December 2003 23:32 (eighteen years ago) link

Their title song is far and away the greatest achievment of their career, followed swiftly if unceremoniously by the track they donated to the "Breakfast Club" soundtrack, "Fire in the Twillight".

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Sunday, 14 December 2003 23:37 (eighteen years ago) link

love the way their tune plays over the end credits. terrific, under-rated movie, and the soundtrack is great. think i saw the soundtrack album on tape in a shop in the mid-80's - it had a very garish cover as i recall (i think it was a palm tree silhouetted against an orange/green background).

don't know much about Wang Chung, except that one of their tunes had the brilliantly unforgiveable lyric "everybody have fun tonight/everybody Wang Chung tonight."

Neil FC (Neil FC), Monday, 15 December 2003 00:33 (eighteen years ago) link

Gush gush gush. I spent a lot of time with this tape as a teen. "City of Angels" is synthpop at its best.

Chris Ott (Chris Ott), Monday, 15 December 2003 13:52 (eighteen years ago) link

i remember being deeply disappointed about that ending. i was only 14 years old back then, though. i know this isn't a film board, but should i get on dvd?

Jay Kid (Jay K), Monday, 15 December 2003 14:53 (eighteen years ago) link

should i get it on dvd?

Jay Kid (Jay K), Monday, 15 December 2003 14:54 (eighteen years ago) link

Wang Chung's music works really well in this movie. I love the sequences where they give the back ground on the counterfeiting operations.

William Petersen did this and "Manhunter" and completely disapeared off of the face of the Earth until that TV show started a couple of years ago. He is great in both, althought they are about the same character.

earlnash, Monday, 15 December 2003 15:46 (eighteen years ago) link

Get the DVD just for Friedkin's commentary re being visited by the FBI. Apparently the prop-master took some of the fake money they made for the movie home with him, and his kids tried to spend it at the candy store. The bills were one-sided, though, so they didn't get any candy. Nonetheless, all of a sudden the gov't was calling Friedkin, who (as he'd been told to do by the counterfeiter he'd hired as a technical advisor) had the following conversation with them:

Gov't Guy: "So, you're printing fake money...for a movie, you say?"
Friedkin: "Do you have a warrant?"
Gov't Guy: "No, but we'd like to talk to you about..."
Friedkin: < click >

Phil Freeman (Phil Freeman), Monday, 15 December 2003 16:23 (eighteen years ago) link

The DVD is great, good commentary too. Man if you didn't like that ending I don't know what to tell ya. Look at the alternate ending and just be glad that wasn't the one they used.

Gear! (Gear!), Monday, 15 December 2003 20:11 (eighteen years ago) link

"I love everything about this movie"
ditto

Felcher (Felcher), Monday, 15 December 2003 20:16 (eighteen years ago) link

>gear,
as i said, i was 14 years old. i'm sure i'll like it much more now, when i've become much more of a semi-educated, misantropic nihilist.

Jay Kid (Jay K), Tuesday, 16 December 2003 09:57 (eighteen years ago) link

one year passes...
somebody needs to go bangalter/falcon on black-blue-white.

:| (....), Thursday, 13 January 2005 21:18 (seventeen years ago) link

The video for the title track is awesome! It's the band playing around in the recording studio, watching the movie, and the singer 'spontaneously' coming up with the perfect words for the song. Words cannot do it justice.

Vic Funk, Thursday, 13 January 2005 22:07 (seventeen years ago) link

is it the full song at end ?
i might have to get dvd ot get the songs.
- I'm in Australia and it's imposible to get anything except Wang Chung's Mosaic cd - They were better than Survivor and almost as Glass Tiger.

mosaic mistress, Friday, 14 January 2005 06:55 (seventeen years ago) link

I'd love to hear Daft Punk cover "Everybody Have Fun Tonight"

donut christ (donut), Friday, 14 January 2005 08:21 (seventeen years ago) link

They were better than Survivor and almost as Glass Tiger.

I'd sooner place Wang Chung alongside more ambitious bands that the tepid likes of those no-mark losers. i'd say Wang Chung were more akin to Re-Flex (as in "The Politics of Dancing") and maybe Modern English that lumpen Survivor.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 14 January 2005 08:29 (seventeen years ago) link

thaN

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 14 January 2005 08:41 (seventeen years ago) link

no 'WAIT' is the killer. its really hard to get on soulseek.

piscesboy, Friday, 14 January 2005 10:35 (seventeen years ago) link

two years pass...

why in the name of god wasn't the remake of MIAMI VICE *anything* like this movie?

pisces, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 01:06 (fourteen years ago) link

i was just thinking about this movie. shotgun to the face so painful!

poortheatre, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 01:36 (fourteen years ago) link

the most shocking offing of the lead character since PSYCHO.

pisces, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 01:53 (fourteen years ago) link

anyone who doesn't like this soundtrack is a nutter.

pisces, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 17:39 (fourteen years ago) link

great movie, great soundtrack

deej, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 17:40 (fourteen years ago) link

eleven months pass...

it must be the weather that keeps bringing me back to this.

piscesx, Wednesday, 6 August 2008 03:36 (thirteen years ago) link

one year passes...

Just got this over the wknd after catching it on cable -- I'd totally forgotten the shotgun to the face! Anyway, I'm really enjoying this and agree the Bangalter remix should be forthcoming (and re the Daft Punk "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" cover -- you could be sure the "Everybody Wang Chung tonight would have major vocoder). Wonderif there's a "complete" boot of this w all the incidental music as well.

Naive Teen Idol, Sunday, 24 January 2010 14:52 (twelve years ago) link

three months pass...

I'm halfway through this film.

it's rad.

my opinionation (Hamildan), Saturday, 24 April 2010 20:22 (twelve years ago) link

Title track = ACE AS SHIT

WARS OF ARMAGEDDON (Karaoke Version) (Sparkle Motion), Saturday, 1 May 2010 06:24 (twelve years ago) link

six months pass...

i saw this movie last night on 35mm. when "shotgun to the face" happened at the end, the crowd was silent for a few seconds and then up near the front there was one girl who just quietly said "oh no!"

omar little, Wednesday, 24 November 2010 18:38 (eleven years ago) link

Still the best "breath" pad eva. Movie hasn't aged a day.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8s42fbKjtM

cee-oh-tee-tee, Wednesday, 24 November 2010 20:03 (eleven years ago) link

If I dig up the review I wrote of this record for my high-school newspaper, will post here ASAP.

no place running the schools (Eazy), Wednesday, 24 November 2010 20:06 (eleven years ago) link

haha I did one, too

that sucker is lost to the sands of time tho

tween-justin-bieber-riot-of-09-pandemonium-arrests-terror+tweeting (Edward III), Wednesday, 24 November 2010 20:29 (eleven years ago) link

also I'm pretty sure I own this soundtrack on vinyl

tween-justin-bieber-riot-of-09-pandemonium-arrests-terror+tweeting (Edward III), Wednesday, 24 November 2010 20:29 (eleven years ago) link

^ I have two copies, one mint/plastic sleeved, the other a water-damaged Salvation Army 50-cent pickup. Geffen pressed ridiculously high-quality vinyl pre-DGC.

cee-oh-tee-tee, Wednesday, 24 November 2010 20:42 (eleven years ago) link

William Friedkin liner notes:

“It will come as no surprise to anyone who has listened to Points on the Curve that Jack Hues and Nick Feldman are two of the move innovative musicians around.

It might also come as no surprise to listeners of their music that while their sound is contemporary, their musical orientation is classical….Strauss, Wagner, Schoenberg, Stravinsky.
Their work stands out for me from the rest of contemporary music, which is why I asked them to create an original score for the film To Live and Die in L.A.

What they finally recorded has not only enhanced the film — it has given it a deeper, more powerful, dimension.

While mixing the sound track I was struck by the inseparable flow of one musical piece into another.

Listening to the album, just now I discovered, to my surprise, that each track also stands out on its own — and delivers its own statement.

For me this is not only an exciting film score, but a fine piece of modern music.”

no place running the schools (Eazy), Wednesday, 24 November 2010 22:09 (eleven years ago) link

I still love the title track, I listen to it often.

That's not a "laugh track", it's an audience and you're in it. (MintIce), Wednesday, 24 November 2010 23:15 (eleven years ago) link

eleven months pass...

just watched this on canks rec and the car chase is so good, it's like one half if kafka made a car chase, one half video game with endless baddies

you think you lost the tail but then baddies show up everywhere people running around with assault rifles, you start going the wrong way down the highway, your partners in the back seat ready to hurl, questioning his very existence...

ASPIE Rocky (dayo), Monday, 14 November 2011 03:12 (ten years ago) link

William Friedkin = better composer of film than liner notes.

Good score tho.

Naive Teen Idol, Tuesday, 15 November 2011 05:48 (ten years ago) link

three years pass...

The synth-pop thread bought me back to this ace album.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7SwJ2bTAwc

with HD lyrics (Eazy), Saturday, 21 March 2015 20:36 (seven years ago) link

Wait is such an earworm that the first time I watched the film I went a full week with it in my head when I fell asleep and still there when I woke up in the morning.

ewar woowar (or something), Sunday, 22 March 2015 10:14 (seven years ago) link

I think of this album and 1984: for the love of big brother as great examples of a band creating a soundtrack through songs, and landing somewhere between pop songs and something more experimental.

with HD lyrics (Eazy), Monday, 23 March 2015 01:34 (seven years ago) link

two years pass...

Fuckin incredible movie

Gary Synaesthesia (darraghmac), Thursday, 19 October 2017 21:45 (four years ago) link

innit.

piscesx, Friday, 20 October 2017 01:34 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

I've owned the soundtrack for years but unbelievably I hadn't seen the movie until last night. I love that even if you take away the 80s tropes, it's still a great gritty b-movie crime noir: hammy/overwrought acting, killer soundtrack, moral bankruptcy, no movie stars. A bigger budget would have ruined it.

it's like one half if kafka made a car chase, one half video game with endless baddies

^^^^^

My only issue is that there isn't a 20min long remix of the title song, but even then I'm afraid that it would be too short.

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 5 December 2017 03:08 (four years ago) link

six months pass...

watching this again tonight and goddamn robby muller is a total fucking genius, so much of this movie looks incredible

real talk tho: has there ever been a leading man as bandy-legged as william petersen? motherfucker would have no chance of stopping a pig in a passage

CARL MARKS PRINCIPAL INVESTING AND ADVISORY SERVICES (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 19 June 2018 20:02 (three years ago) link

Fucking classic & this thread reminds me I have a copy of TLADILA and might watch it tonight

flappy bird, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 20:08 (three years ago) link

do it, let’s be tladila buddies

CARL MARKS PRINCIPAL INVESTING AND ADVISORY SERVICES (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 19 June 2018 20:10 (three years ago) link

"hold it right there fella!"

omar little, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 20:11 (three years ago) link

also psyched to see To Live and Shave in LA here in a week and a half

flappy bird, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 20:12 (three years ago) link

wait sorry

"Right there fella!"

this script is great, moment to moment it's kind of stupid in terms of dialogue but the overall arc and characters are so incredible that it works.

omar little, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 20:12 (three years ago) link

willem dafoe is so perfectly reptilian in this

CARL MARKS PRINCIPAL INVESTING AND ADVISORY SERVICES (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 19 June 2018 20:16 (three years ago) link

One of my fav films ever

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Tuesday, 19 June 2018 20:38 (three years ago) link

Evening viewing sorted, thanks brahs

calstars, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 21:09 (three years ago) link

this movie hits you like a shotgun blast to the face

Scam jam, thank you ma’am (Sparkle Motion), Tuesday, 19 June 2018 22:01 (three years ago) link

The money making sequence is great. I don't know if that is exactly how it is done, but it looks authentic.

earlnash, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 22:11 (three years ago) link

yeah, it’s gorgeous to look at and it’s great procedural filmmaking a la the safecracking in thief

(and this movie is better than anything michael mann ever did imo)

topless from 11am (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 19 June 2018 23:15 (three years ago) link

it’s gorgeous to look at

Its best feature IMO. Cinematography by the great Robby Müller

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Tuesday, 19 June 2018 23:18 (three years ago) link

yeah between this and repo man muller shot two of the greatest los angeles movies ever

topless from 11am (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 19 June 2018 23:21 (three years ago) link

two L.A. movies that specifically avoided the usual L.A. cliches except for the “brave heroes” opening scene in Beverly Hills, which the movie walks back so far on that by the end the brave hero is revealed as a legitimate psychopath.

omar little, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 23:25 (three years ago) link

Can you guys name any other great-looking “L.A. in the ’70s/’80s” movies off top of your head? I once had a thread on this topic on the IMDb messageboard for “The Driver,” but they deleted their boards. There were surprisingly few suggestions...

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Tuesday, 19 June 2018 23:32 (three years ago) link

The Driver is a solid one. Night Moves is half-L.A. but it’s pretty great. Very Rockford Files-type location shooting.

Hardcore, Straight Time, The Long Goodbye — all good L.A. films from this period, the former is great if you’re a Paul Schrader fan. The latter two are great, period.

The Hidden is an outstanding eighties L.A. film, great locations throughout Hollywood, works as both a cop thriller and horror/sci-fi flick.

omar little, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 23:44 (three years ago) link

body double? the long goodbye?

and if we’re defining 70s as the era the movies were made in rather than set in, chinatown

topless from 11am (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 19 June 2018 23:44 (three years ago) link

two votes for the long goodbye!

topless from 11am (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 19 June 2018 23:44 (three years ago) link

kinda feel like die hard counts

topless from 11am (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 19 June 2018 23:45 (three years ago) link

Thanks, that's helpful! Haven't heard of and/or seen most of those.
(xp - I've seen Die Hard, ha ha)

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Tuesday, 19 June 2018 23:46 (three years ago) link

Someone on that board suggested "Hickey & Boggs" - never got around to seeing it...

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Tuesday, 19 June 2018 23:47 (three years ago) link

Watched it tonight, been a few years. Yeah. Fucking awesome. The best action movie ever imo. So cool and confident and fun. Still get shocked when Chance is killed 15 minutes before it ends. Omar otm on how his character turns. So many stunning cuts: Masters burning his painting dissolving into clear blue sky, the low angle shot of his eyes gleaming just before he burns to death, Chance's face as the terrorist detonates the vest, the whole highway sequence...

flappy bird, Wednesday, 20 June 2018 05:04 (three years ago) link

saw this in the cinema for the first time fairly recently, totally great.

re. the question above: Beverly Hills Cop II sticks in my mind, for some reason. Los Angeles Plays Itself of course.

Neil S, Wednesday, 20 June 2018 08:42 (three years ago) link

oh god the alternate ending

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cD3mErQjNX0

topless from 11am (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 20 June 2018 12:12 (three years ago) link

not many movies could get away with ending vukovic’s metaphorical movie-long descent into hell with a literal fight in a blazing building but yeah friedkin really is that good

topless from 11am (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 20 June 2018 12:14 (three years ago) link

Lmfao when Chance's face is blown out into a black void and Vukovich is just cradling his lifeless body going "talk to me... talk to me... talk to me..."

flappy bird, Wednesday, 20 June 2018 17:08 (three years ago) link

Dean Stockwell had a mini Cazale run of masterpieces from 84-86: Paris, Texas; To Live and Die in L.A.; Blue Velvet.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 20 June 2018 17:23 (three years ago) link

best part is Chance doesn't even get the honor of getting killed by the guy he's after, but his hillbilly flunky.

omar little, Wednesday, 20 June 2018 17:41 (three years ago) link

Can you guys name any other great-looking “L.A. in the ’70s/’80s” movies off top of your head?

Into The Night (John Landis, Jeff Goldblum, Bowie, a dozen movie-directors-acting cameos), Echo Park (low budge), maybe Miracle Mile.

... (Eazy), Wednesday, 20 June 2018 20:22 (three years ago) link

Thanks! Several more I hadn't heard of...

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Wednesday, 20 June 2018 20:24 (three years ago) link

the 1982 film Vice Squad w/Season Hubley and Wings Hauser, with the latter as a psychopathic pimp, is really something else. Outstanding Hollywood locations, extremely sleazy low-rent vibe.

omar little, Wednesday, 20 June 2018 20:27 (three years ago) link

Masters burning his painting dissolving into clear blue sky

i think about this shot like once a month

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Wednesday, 20 June 2018 20:27 (three years ago) link

oh yeah miracle mile is a good call - it’s a kind of weird companion piece to this now that I think of it

both have the walls closing in on the main characters until a bummer of an ending

night of the comet is another good la movie imo

topless from 11am (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 20 June 2018 20:31 (three years ago) link

MM is an all-time favorite of mine

Simon H., Wednesday, 20 June 2018 20:41 (three years ago) link

i think about this shot like once a month

― flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Wednesday, June 20, 2018 3:27 PM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i wrote it into a pitchfork review once lol

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Wednesday, 20 June 2018 22:16 (three years ago) link

miracle mile is a real marvel of genre-mashing, there’s not much else out there in the nuclear-nihilism romance category

topless from 11am (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 20 June 2018 22:36 (three years ago) link

Haven't seen it probably since the 80s, but I remember "52 Pick-Up" being pretty good. Finally got around to reading the Elmore Leonard book a few years back and wanted to see it again, but have not re-watched it. It's a pretty grim story.

I'd think you could stretch to include "Less than Zero" for 80s dark and glitzy LA.

It's not LA noir, but for trashy 80s crime movies I have been wanting re-watch "I, the Jury", "Body Heat" and "Year of the Dragon" again. I loved crime movies like that as a teenager. There are a couple of others already mentioned like "Body Double" and "Into the Night" that I would like to see again too.

"Black Rain" is another one that looks really amazing, even if the movie is pretty pulpy too. That movie would be good for people that are doing all that 80s synth soundtrack music to cut up as a video with the big motorcycle sequence and the crazy rain used in that movie.

"Into the Night" is one of my favorite movies that no-one usually knows. The scene with David Bowie and Carl Perkins as hit men facing off against each other is a classic.

earlnash, Wednesday, 20 June 2018 23:42 (three years ago) link

52 Pick-Up is a nice choice, that movie is extremely trashy in the best sense. And very sweaty. Everyone in that movie sweats off ten pounds.

omar little, Wednesday, 20 June 2018 23:46 (three years ago) link

It's kinda wild that Ann Margaret is in that role.

earlnash, Wednesday, 20 June 2018 23:56 (three years ago) link

The Outside Man is a great 70s L.A. crime film. Jean-Louis Trintignant as a hitman who can barely speak English double-crossed and left stranded in L.A., chased all over the city by a manic Roy Schneider ("Where's Frenchie?!!"). Great locales, lots of funny bits with a surreal edge - Jean-Claude Carrière was co-writer. The climatic shoot-out in a funeral home is memorable, and the final shot, while not as shocking as the climax of TLADILA, is even more agonizing and downbeat.

Ann Margret's in it too!

gjoon1, Thursday, 21 June 2018 00:49 (three years ago) link

To Live and Die in LA will always be a classic to me. Pitch black darkness. Touching that brings out interesting shit in a person.

Shifting gears, Mann's Manhunter is good for the toll it takes on someone getting into the heads of psychopathic serial killers. I've had to do that in my own professional work, wouldn't recommend it!

They don't make enough "REAL" movies anymore. Always about fantasy dudes who face no consequences for facing the horrors of life.

funzone76, Thursday, 21 June 2018 01:15 (three years ago) link

Can you guys name any other great-looking “L.A. in the ’70s/’80s” movies off top of your head?

I remember the movie Angel being kind of popular in the 80s. High school honor student by day. Hollywood hooker by night.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel_(1984_film)

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 21 June 2018 01:21 (three years ago) link

Just saw this movie in the theater tonight. What was the point of the whole subplot with John Turturro's character, Carl Cody? Chance gets him out of jail so Cody will help him get to Rick Masters; Cody tricks Chance and escapes; Chance eventually gets him back... and that's it? Quite a bit of the movie is dedicated to all this, but it doesn't seem to lead anywhere. The person who actually connects Chance and Vukovich with Masters is Masters's crooked lawyer. What am I missing?

JRN, Sunday, 24 June 2018 04:04 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

I remember seeing 52 Pick-Up on VHS when I was maybe in junior high and being genuinely shocked by how sleazy it seemed. I wanted to see how it held up now that I'm old and jaded, so I bought the recent Blu-Ray edition and...holy fuck, it might even be sleazier than I remembered. John Glover is amazing in it.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 13 July 2018 15:45 (three years ago) link

this movie doesn't seem to be available to stream or rent online

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 13 July 2018 17:14 (three years ago) link

Not sure if this works for everyone..
https://youtu.be/jAM74dx9u4A
(never saw the film myself, something for tonight :)

willem, Friday, 13 July 2018 17:18 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

Re-watched 52 Pick-Up a few months ago with my wife and I’d say it doesn’t quite hold up the way I remembered. John Glover is still great but the ending is silly and abrupt and the darker strokes about the underworld that really struck me back then seem very tame and drawn too broadly now.

the 1982 film Vice Squad w/Season Hubley and Wings Hauser, with the latter as a psychopathic pimp, is really something else. Outstanding Hollywood locations, extremely sleazy low-rent vibe.

This used to be on cable a ton and now I understand why I felt that Cole Hauser never aged: I was thinking of his father in this movie.

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 20 September 2018 13:01 (three years ago) link

six months pass...

Not sure if this works for everyone..
https://youtu.be/jAM74dx9u4A
(never saw the film myself, something for tonight :)

― willem, Friday, July 13, 2018 12:18 PM (eight months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

willem eh....

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Monday, 25 March 2019 03:28 (three years ago) link

Every fibre of my being wants to mention Night of the Comet and Beverly Hills Cop 2 as films that have a particular Los Angeles feel, but I'm months too late. Beverley etc isn't a patch on the original but at the very least it looks awesome. The two films made extensive use of graduated neutral density filters, particularly Night of the Comet, and as a consequence my mental image of Los Angeles is of exaggerated dark red/burnt orange skies. And people wearing mirrored Ray-Bans.

Cobra! Cobra. Mirrored Ray-Bans. Cobra is set in Los Angeles. It was shot at sunset so that everything looked slightly purple. Has there ever been a more iconic single shot in all of cinema than the opening close-up of Sylvester Stallone in Cobra? If there is, I haven't seen it. I've never visited the United States so my only experience of the country comes from films, and when I think of Los Angeles I think of purple sunsets and people wearing mirrored Ray-Bans. I imagine the reality is completely the opposite. Green sunsets and people wearing slippers on their face probably.

Blue Thunder! Another film set in Los Angeles with Ray-Bans. And those storm drains. I will never know how the people of Los Angeles react when they see Los Angeles on the screen. For them it is everyday life whereas for me it is not real.

Ashley Pomeroy, Monday, 25 March 2019 19:03 (three years ago) link

Happy to find this album is on Spotify...

... (Eazy), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 01:06 (three years ago) link

I've never visited the United States so my only experience of the country comes from films

i live in the states and cobra is basically a documentary.

affects breves telnet (Gummy Gummy), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 01:12 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

Just realized how this album and Eurythmics' 1984 (for the love of big brother) relate to each other. Each has a combination of a few pop singles and instrumental scoring.

Also just saw the video for the title song, which makes it look like Wang Chung is editing the movie too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bf4x36XKhsM

... (Eazy), Tuesday, 16 July 2019 13:32 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

So the ever great Kaleb Horton posted this yesterday

Finally saw To Live And Die In LA. Robby Muller’s cinematography is astonishing, but more importantly: pound for pound, that car chase in oncoming traffic on the freeway is my favorite car chase ever. It’s every LA driving nightmare I’ve ever had come to life.

— Kaleb Horton (@kalebhorton) September 20, 2019

Which prompted me to dig out my copy (that Shout Factory Blu-ray is a fine, fine thing) and made me realize that the editing really is unheralded. So many scenes that start abruptly, end abruptly and are exactly the length they need to be.

And that further makes me think of the music because of the shots/edits that brutally cut through the score -- which was a great move.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 21 September 2019 17:10 (two years ago) link

Every time this thread gets bumped I get excited about watching this movie again

the public eating of beans (Sparkle Motion), Saturday, 21 September 2019 17:32 (two years ago) link

it’s so fucking good

Is it true the star Beetle Juice is going to explode in 2012 (bizarro gazzara), Saturday, 21 September 2019 18:31 (two years ago) link

nine months pass...

This article made me think of the above discussion.... I hadn’t heard of a number of the movies mentioned.

FAC 179 (morrisp), Saturday, 18 July 2020 21:52 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

Envying Jim O’Rourke’s TLADILA tee..

deep luminous trombone (Eazy), Saturday, 14 May 2022 02:11 (one week ago) link


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