Little Fish review – all-too-brief encounter in the midst of amnesia pandemic

Olivia Cooke and Jack O’Connell are the young couple trying to preserve memories of their romance in this story of doomed love Once you get past its note of emo-mawkishness, there’s something disquieting and poignant (and rather prescient) about this doomed love story of the future, from director Chad Hartigan and taken from a short […]

Hobbit forming: how Dominic Monaghan became obsessed with scorpions

Dominic Monaghan has starred in Lord of the Rings and Lost. But neither compare to the joys of gardening in LA – and raising deadly creatures To be part of one cultural phenomenon could be considered fortuitous. To be central to two looks downright spooky. Such is the life of Dominic Monaghan, the puckish Mancunian […]

‘It’s a slap in the face’: LA activists protest mayor’s police budget increase

Families of people killed by Los Angeles police called this week’s verdict in Chauvin trial a win, but are pushing forward with demands to defund Los Angeles activists denounced a budget proposal by the mayor that includes increases to the law enforcement budget, one day after the conviction of Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis fueled renewed […]

‘I don’t want to fake the funk’ – Henry Taylor, the painter of black American life

Adored by Rihanna and Jay-Z, he finds his subjects in supermarket queues – and on the streets of LA’s toughest neighbourhoods. How has the artist found lockdown in a tiny Somerset village? “Other people look; Taylor sees.” That was Zadie Smith’s assessment of the American artist Henry Taylor. Thirty seconds into my Zoom call with […]

Waiting for a Star to Fall: Boy Meets Girl on how they made a pop classic

‘We were at a Whitney Houston concert in LA. I glanced up and saw a shooting star. It felt like a sign from the heavens’ We’d written How Will I Know and I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) for Whitney Houston, so were given tickets when she played the Greek Theatre in Los […]

The Little Things review – plodding serial killer thriller

Even Denzel Washington can’t lift the plot out of the murky LA backwater where this tired detective tale is set If it didn’t plod quite so tamely in the footsteps of films such as Seven and Zodiac; if Rami Malek had chosen to use more than one facial expression in his performance, then perhaps this […]

‘Bike lanes to nowhere’: for cyclists, Los Angeles is heaven and hell

Poor infrastructure makes LA one of the most difficult US cities to bike in. Cyclists hope the pandemic will change that With year-round perfect riding weather and a topography that allows both bike commuters to enjoy pedaling without too much strain and experienced riders to explore the nearby mountains and hills, Los Angeles in many […]

‘The horror stories are countless’: inside the LA hospital at the center of the Covid crisis

Los Angeles sees a person infected every six seconds. In a predominantly Latino neighborhood, Martin Luther King Jr community hospital faces ‘a sea of illness’ Husbands and wives, twin brothers in their 20s, parents and their children. Family members are turning up one after another at Martin Luther King Jr community hospital (MLKCH) in South […]

‘I never want to get too mean’: Benito Skinner on his savage viral parodies

His impressions of everyone from Grimes to the Kardashians have won him a huge audience – but they’re meant with love The last thing you would expect from a Gen Z comedian whose livelihood relies on being web-savvy is poor Zoom etiquette. Yet when 27-year-old Benito Skinner, AKA Benny Drama, finally appears on screen from […]

West Wing cast reunites for special performance to promote voting drive

Re-staging of 2002 episode, shot at theater in LA, reunites show’s stars in support of organization When We All Vote Fourteen years after the final episode of the West Wing aired, and as a real-life race for the White House enters its final weeks, the stars of the beloved political drama have reunited for a […]

The Killers: Imploding the Mirage review – Boss business as usual

(Virgin EMI)Brandon Flowers is in Springsteen territory again in an engaging, if bombastic collection The thing that strikes you as unusual about the latest Killers album is that it sounds just like a Killers album. It’s all here: the boosterish anthemics that rise, soar and then find another gear; the swagger of Springsteen cutting some […]

The big picture: when all roads led to LA

Photographer Dotan Saguy captures an American family’s existence in a former school bus More than 16,000 people in Los Angeles live in cars, vans and buses. Some are part of the “schoolie” movement, families who have bought an old school bus and converted it into a mobile home. Photographer Dotan Saguy met Ismael and Greice […]

Miss J Alexander: ‘I’ve been comfortable in my own skin since birth’

The former America’s Next Top Model judge and catwalk coach talks big bows, the power of Pride and a surreal meeting with Imelda Marcos in Manila This jolly outfit, which I wore to the Oscars last year, was very simple. I found the opera coat on the floor in the Savannah College of Art and […]

Penny Dreadful writer John Logan on cultural appropriation: ‘writers have to dream freely’

The writer of Gladiator on the importance of diversity in the writers’ room and how LA’s history fuelled his new series, City of Angels A city planning document might not seem like a promising place to find inspiration for a new season of a fantasy horror series – but John Logan, the Tony winning, Oscar-nominated […]

Spiky, hairy, shiny: LA abuzz with insect discoveries – in pictures

Since 2014, entomologists have sampled millions of insects around the city, identifying 800 species, including 47 new to science. The most striking of Los Angeles’ miniature inhabitants are showcased in an online exhibition of photographs taken using a special digital microscope All photographs by Lisa Gonzalez Continue reading…

Erased from utopia: the hidden history of LA’s black and brown resistance

In an extract from Set the Night on Fire: LA in the Sixties, Mike Davis and Jon Wiener look past the sun and surf to a radical fight for equality and justice In August 1965, thousands of young Black people in Watts set fire to the illusion that Los Angeles was a youth paradise. Since […]

Pell – Chirpin’

I don’t need much but I want it all, answer my phone when the money call I’m chirpin’ I’m chirpin’ I’m chirpin’ I’m chirpin’ I’m chirpin’ I’m chirpin’ Need to get off of the internet, searching for something more intimate I’m closing up all of the curtains, and hiding way under the surface I’m chirpin’ […]