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LAist DVD Review: Garden Party

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Los Angeles survives on its image, be it through tourism or the entertainment industry or the weather. Lots of people come here for lots of reasons; some stay, others move on. But the truth is, for anyone with family in a small town somewhere else, the reality of Los Angeles, day in and day out, is usually much more mundane. We all have to go to work, or to eat, or to pick up the kids from any number of unknown locations. There is a grind in LA that falls well below the radar once you leave the left coast. And it almost always slips by the movie industry.

Not everyone who enters Los Angeles proper is the homeless heartthrob with a voice like an angel, or the ruddy real estate agent with a penchant for pervery. But that doesn't stop the film industry from trying to make us believe it. Sometimes, the delusion works better than others. We can watch Collateral take on the darkness of downtown over and over again, or (depending on your take of the film) enjoy the interweaving plotlines of 2004's Crash. These are films that showcase the bigger stories on the big screen, without getting too self-involved or overrun with the clichés that feel the entertainment machine.