Do This Today: The Greg Proops Film Club: Bill Durham

(photo via HERE)

Come see the hilarious Greg Proops record his Film Club podcast live. Then watch the awesome Bill Durham film. It’s a great way to spend a Monday!

Event: Cinefamily/Silent Movie Theatre (event link)
Location: 611 N. Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Time: Monday July 28, 2014, 7:30pm
Cost: $10 tickets HERE

Do This Today: LA Historic Park Film Series



Well if you can’t make Hansen at House of Blues and relive the 90’s, then Mmmbop your way over to LA’s Historic Park for their new film series. The screening is held under the North Broadway Bridge, which was once the Buena Vista Viaduct, hence this spot is being called The Viaduct. Tonight’s film is In A Lonely Place (1950). It’s FREE and has great views of downtown, and how many people can say they’ve seen film noir under a bridge… not many.

Event: LA Historic Park Film Series (event link)
Location: Under the North Broadway Bridge, Downtown LA
Time: Sept 26th, 2013 at 8pm
Cost: Free!

Do This Today: I Am Not A Hipster (Film!)

Since my usual “Weekend Guide” is on hold while I’m employed, I’m going to give you a bonus “Do This Today” to try to make up for it. Tonight the indie film I’m Not A Hipster is playing at the Downtown Independent Theater. Tickets are $10, and there is a pre-screening reception starting at 6pm before the show. The film starts at 7pm. Check out the trailer above.

Event: I Am Not A Hipster (event link)
Location: Downtown Independent Theater, 251 S. Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Time: 6pm reception, 7pm film
Cost: $10 (get tickets here)

Do This Today: The Last Elephants in Thailand (film!)

Tonight the Echo Park Film Center is showing the film The Last Elephants in Thailand. This film tells the story of a woman who opens an elephant hospital in Thailand. It also explores the exploitation of these animals in Thailand. The filmmaker Don Tayloe will be there in person for a q+a.

Event: The Last Elephants in Thailand (movie screening)
Location: The Echo Park Film Center, 1200 N. Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA
Time: 8pm
Cost: $5 suggested donation

L.A. Movie Monday: Yes, Man

I’ve decided to add a new regular segment to the blog. Drum roll please…
L.A. Movie Monday! The blog Design Sponge does an amazing segment called Living In every Tuesday, where they take famous movies and make design boards inspired by the films. I’ve decided to adapt Design Sponge’s idea and examine films set in Los Angeles. I’ll make design boards as well as explore the real locations in LA, where these films were shot. Get ready to be inspired by these films and Los Angeles!

I’m starting off L.A. Movie Monday with the underrated film, Yes Man. This film is shot all over Los Angeles and visits a few of my favorite places. A couple years ago when I began my own awakening I found this movie very inspiring. It made me very aware of how much I say no in life, and made me start saying yes.

Carl (Jim Carrey)’s apartment has a mid-century flare, which is a lot of fun. The pieces are all so clean (not ornamental), and muted with subtle splashes of color in the accessories. Say YES to Mid-Century Modern! This awesome looking apartment (exterior) was shot at the Park Plaza apartments on Rowena Ave, in Los Feliz.

Paint Chips: Pottery Barn for Benjamin Moore Sparrow (AF-720), Cappuccino Froth (CSP-1055), From The Archives (CSP-1060), Silken Blue (CSP-670).
1) Colin Leather Chair 2) Brass Pendant $720 3) Wall Clock 4) Magazine Rack 5) Cheery Blossom Artwork 6) Ikea Plant, $8

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Many of the scenes take place inside Bigfoot Lodge East, in Atwater Village. This bar is so much fun and it’s forest/cabin themed. They do bingo on Sunday, and trivia night is every Wednesday. This is a common shooting location for films in LA, since the interior is so unique. It was so popular they opened a west-side location. Check it out and try their toasted marshmallow drink, yum.

Paint Chips: Benjamin Moore Classic Brown (2109-10), Burnt Caramel (2167-10), Citrus Blast (2018-30).
1) Cardboard Deer, $52. 2) Hersey’s Chocolate 3) Lantern, $70. 4) Fondu Set, $40. 5) Rustic Candle Set, $22

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Here are more fun-to-visit locations they shot at throughout the film:

“Lets Get Snappin’ and Crackin'” -B.C.

“Lets get snappin’ and crackin'” – Bill Cunningham

Bill Cunningham, New York
I’m watching this movie as I write to you. If you know me at all, you know I-Love-Old-People. So much. And this movie is all about Bill Cunningham and his life in New York as a photographer for the New York Times (he takes fashion photos on the streets of NYC). I want so badly to be his friend. Just to grab a coffee and play some dominos with him, that would be a fabulous morning.

Watching this movie makes me so happy with my impulse purchase today at the Bitchcraft Trading Post Summer Bazar in Atwater Village. It was $24 for this beautiful pair of shoes, which is the same price for a new pair of shoes (at Payless) and I’m happy the money could go toward these girl entrepreneurs and in return I get such a unique artistic pair of shoes. These shoes feel so architectural, I love them.

Shoes purchased from the ladies behind The Sailor’s Muse, designed by 9 West.

LA Story

Are you new to LA? Have you lived in LA your whole life? Either way, you need to see the Steve Martin film LA Story if you haven’t already. I own this film, partly because I’m a giant comedy nerd who loves Steve Martin, but also because it’s really ALL about Los Angeles. The film creates a caricature of Los Angeles, and anyone living here will appreciate it and anyone new to the city needs to see it to get LA. Many of the scenes were shot on location all around LA, and I even recognize some secret stairs. Here are a few of my favorite scenes from this classic.

Did you watch the clip above? If you did, you got to see him driving down several sets of Secret Stairs. This next clip is one of my favorite scenes from the movie and takes place at the LACMA.

I swear there’s much more LA packed into this movie, and the above was just a taste. Rent it, Netflix-it, buy it. One last taste of this film: