Liz Bien: Would you excuse me for a minute? I'm going into the bathroom to take an overdose of sleeping pills.
Michael James: I like you. You're a nice stable girl.
I went to see What's New Pussycat at the Paramount last night. It was my first time there, and I was blown away. It's so crazy that this is what is inside a building I pass by everyday. When I was in Los Angeles, I worked a few commercial shoots in the Tower, the Los Angeles Theater, and the Orpheum. Don't be fooled. Those photos are designed for location scouts. The theaters, at least when I was working there, were fairly well taken care of on the inside, but the exteriors were fenced in and tagged and had "undesirables" squatting around. The architecture on Broadway in Los Angeles is truly beautiful. It's probably close to a mile of incredible 1920-30's buildings. It's surprising that of all places, Los Angeles doesn't have the initiative to use these classic theaters as a way to restore downtown. The city has some great conservation societies, but I guess the theaters make a lot more renting out the theaters to film crews than ticket sales would be.
Broadway, the Downtown Library, the Theme Building and the grassy knoll across from the airport (well, and this place) were where I felt most at home during my time in l.a. And looking at photos is making me very excited (!) about my upcoming trip.
What's New Pussycat (and, my apologies if you have the song in your head for the rest of the day) was one of those movies that while watching, I only laughed out loud a few times. But when I did it was really hard, and today I can't get it out of my head.
It seems sorta backwards, but I feel like the older I get the more I like really silly slapsticky humor. And it had plenty of that. It also had the Manfred Mann version of "little red book" and a cameo by Francoise Hardy (who is so insanely beautiful - I think even more so than the half dozen other sex-pots in the movie). Plus, it had a fantastic animated opening by Richard Williams. Which only adds weight to my speculation that if it opens with animation, it's gonna be good.
Here's what I can think of off the top of my head...