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LAist Watches: Down in the Valley

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Edward Norton must have not caught our great Valley debate earlier this year. If he had, he would have not spoken yesterday, on KCRW about the Valley as "north of Los Angeles" rather than being "northern Los Angeles." But that debate gets annoying.

Although, maybe Norton had a good point in his statement. His movie being released this Friday in select theatres, Down in the Valley, is yet another movie to be added to the list of movies that use Los Angeles as one of its main characters. And this characterization gives those basin snots who never make it up to the Valley, (because, why would they anyway?) a good taste of what lies beyond the Ventura Blvd. and the NoHo Red Line Station: the depths of North Hollywood, the Newhall Pass, Sunlund/Tujunga and Sepulveda Dam to name a few.

At last night's sneak peak at the Laemmle's Sunset 5, there was a very modest showing of people. We think it could have been packed if it were at the Laemmle's Town Center 5 in Encino, because, you know, Encino is down in the Valley. Or better yet, has anyone been to the Fallbrook 7? Nevertheless, a movie that is indirectly about Los Angeles playing in Los Angeles should be something of excitement, right?

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Maybe not. We overheard some people who were annoyed with Norton's character, as complicated or uncomplicated, as he seemed to be. And the pace of the plot seemed to make some uneasy as it turned from poetic love story to crazy story.

That said, we enjoyed. It was raw and if blindly so, it was real. There was some wonderful cinematography, uncomfortable laughs and best of all - good ole' single action shooting (that's right you members of SASS, this Western movie is for you). If you are a L.A. nerd like many of us in the blogosphere, check it out. Even if you are not, try it anyway.

Down in the Valley stars Edward Norton, Evan Rachel Wood, David Morse and Rory Culkin.

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