To Live and Die in L.A.

To Live and Die in L.A. ★★★★★

After months of searching, I finally found a way to watch this with the help of a local video rental store I recently found in my town called Black Lodge. (Side note, finding this place was a moment of genuine euphoria. It has been probably 10 years since I rented a movie from my local Blockbuster and that nostalgia flooded back like a tidal wave.) Pulling this off the shelf and renting it the old fashion way has got to be the best possible first viewing experience I could have had with this down and dirty crime thriller. Friedkin pulls no punches and situates us in the muck and mire of amoral characters. William Peterson and Willem Defoe are so damn good here. This is beautiful.

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