Cinema: L.A. Roundelay


Directed and Written by FLOYD MUTRUX

At the beginning of Joan Didion's novel Play It As It Lays, the numb and desperate heroine returns from a day spent driving along the Los Angeles freeways. She lies in her dark bedroom and stares at the ceiling, where freeway signs keep flashing overhead. It is a typical L.A. hallucination, part anxiety and part lassitude, and it comes to mind during this film. Aloha, Bobby and Rose could well be the next attraction on that ceiling.

Bobby (Paul Le Mat, of American Graffiti) is a goodhearted lunkhead whose brain is made...

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