Re Peter Rainer's Feb. 24 commentary on "L.A. movies":
In most movies, Southern California is just a place to put action. Films such as "Colors," "Lethal Weapon" and "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" all looked like L.A. but they didn't feel like L.A.
The fact is that only a handful of films, such as Henry Jaglom's "Always" and Robert Dornhelm's "Echo Park," remind me of the L.A. I know--where most of the characters are oddball transplants, the mood is relaxed and hopeful, and the scenery is comfortable. Just like home.
(An L.A. native)