Thursday, August 4th, 2011

"The Electric Radiance Of Los Angeles At Night"

As much as I hate Los Angeles—and, believe me, I go to bed each night praying for the city's imminent destruction even as I beseech the Lord to have mercy on the benighted souls of those pathetic creatures trapped within its confines because of ignorance, delusion or the simple lack of courage or resources that would make any sane person flee in horror, never to return or even speak of one's time there again were one able to make a safe escape—I have to admit, this is pretty cool.

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BadUncle (#153)

That was gorgeous.

Balk, if you spent a little time in LA, I think you would come to a new appreciation of its many charms.

deepomega (#1,720)

Los Angeles forgives you, Balk.

Art Yucko (#1,321)


deepomega (#1,720)

@Art Yucko TOO LATE

I pity the pathetic, small-minded ignorance that prevents you from recognizing Los Angeles' unimpeachable status as the most interesting, dynamic city in America (and quite possibly in the English-speaking world). But thanks for sharing the video, it's a beautiful (albeit non-realistic) depiction of my beloved city.

@Micah Crown-Hunt@twitter Even those of us who grew up there sometimes pray for it to fall promptly into the sea.

Matt (#26)

@Choire Sicha Way to go, Maynard James Keenan.

BadUncle (#153)

@Micah Crown-Hunt@twitter Agreed. There's a reason interesting, new art is being shown at MoCA, and not at MoMA.

@BadUncle There… is. (And this is true!) But I'm pretty sure the reason is "people that have been rich and on boards and acquisitions committees too long in New York" and/or "We flew in Jeffery Deitch to MoCA from NYC."

whizz_dumb (#10,650)

@Matt Could be Tim Armstrong too.

Ma.K. (#21,225)

typical L.A. : added 'bloom' instead of just making a normal no-effects video (a la any NYC time lapse vid.) If you think the haze is because of smog, like I did at first, then check out how even the shadows tend to "bleed" color.

owltail (#21,203)

It's because we wear shorts, isn't it?

"-You know what? Wherever Werner Herzog wants to take me, I am willing to follow."-
Alex Balk

"We lived for a while in San Francisco, but it was too chic and leisurely," Herzog explains. "New York is only a place to go if you're into finances. But we wanted a place of cultural substance. And if you look behind the stereotype of glitz and glamour, that is Los Angeles."

Herzog likes Los Angeles because, in his eyes, it is so un-chic, its treasures so unappreciated. "If you go to Florence, it has all surface beauty, but like Venice, it's simply a museum of Renaissance times. Los Angeles is raw, uncouth and bizarre, but it's a place of substance. It has more new horizons than any other place."-
Werner Herzog

@Micah Crown-Hunt@twitter "You are all wrong." -Werner Herzog

Matt (#26)


City_Dater (#2,500)

Very pretty, but until I don't have to drive all the time and smile broadly whenever I make a little joke so the natives understand I'm kidding, I'll just stay on this coast.

whizz_dumb (#10,650)

@City_Dater The coast of Lake Michigan? Correct, Chicago is the best city in the Universe.

scrooge (#2,697)

@City_Dater Of course, you hit it on the head here: that's why Balk/Buster Keaton hates LA. That and sour grapes re the climate.

gumplr (#66)

miss you cho :(

The best thing about the video is that you can see the souls evaporating.

The Herzog quote nails it. Los Angeles rewards repeat readings.

IBentMyWookie (#133)

Someone's pilot wasn't picked up…

whizz_dumb (#10,650)

@IBentMyWookie Ohhhh like TV show pilot, I read that as pilot of a helicopter for some dumb reason. Maybe because I was wondering how they stayed floating above the city for long periods of time to get some of those shots. "Somebody's helicopter pilot wasn't breast fed enough as a baby." That's a new insult. Try it out.

SjG@twitter (#21,495)

"The final story, the final chapter of Western [hu]man[ity], I believe, lies in Los Angeles." — Phil Ochs

LA was good enough for DFW

"Los Angeles is a terrific place to live, you know… It's a very nourishing place…"
-Leonard Cohen

"Los Angeles is a great city…"
-Leonard Cohen

"I find (Los Angeles) a very hospitable place to work."
-Leonard Cohen

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