I have attempted and failed to see An Inconvenient Truth six times. And last night was no exception when I went to the Los Angeles Film Festival‘s free screening at the California Plaza. Even though I arrived an hour early, it was jam-packed. It was clear I wasn’t going to get a comfy seat, so I decided to just hang out anyway and people-watch. People-watching in LA is a rare treat.
Eventually the show got under way. Instead of the traditional filmmaker intro, there was a political cluster-fuck. Endless politicos, thank-yous, and back-patting. Then we got an acoustic set with Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. It’s weird being in a semi-political setting singing “Wanted Dead or Alive” with Bon Jovi. Who knew? More importantly, Richie was without Denise Richards, and every strand of Jon Bon Jovi’s hair is delicately bleached and colored, his teeth have blinding DaVinci veneers, and his face is botoxed to within an inch of his life! When they finished, the politics continued, with LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa thanking Richie Santora. Ouch.
Finally the movie started. I watched about 20 minutes and determined that I definitely want to try and see it again, in a place where I can actually sit. So I headed over to MOCA for their After Dark series. After checking out the Rauschenberg exhibit (above left), I finally stumbled on the highlight of my evening. I saw a band called Future Pigeon (above right) and they were good. Really good.
– Randy Barbato