City of Gold

City of Gold ★★★½

63/100

MKE Film Fest #2

Initially seemed like a disjointed, cobbled-together docu-portrait, but the beginning blandness somehow works in the favor of our main, ultimately fascinating subject. Flawed in many conversational moments because it doesn't seem like director Laura Gabbert understands the concept of depicting reality, instead settling in on abysmal scenes of pretend office work and review pitches, but its filmmaking soon winds its way into an LA groove which proves to be irresistible. There's a series of twilight cityscape dissolves fading into one another set to Funkadelic's 'Maggot Brain' which had me entranced, lucidly becoming aware of the city's vastness, its gigantic, ethereal scope.

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