Gia Coppola's Top California Movies
The Long Good-bye: the best example of a movie that knows not to take itself too seriously. A Raymond Chandler novel as slapstick comedy.
Los Angeles Plays Itself: The truest portrait of my hometown
The Conversation: I love the score and sound editing. I like movies that take place in San Francisco.
American Graffiti: I like movies about teenagers just driving around.
Sunset Boulevard: A movie told from the perspective of a dead guy. What Hollywood can do to a person.
Double Indemnity: Barbara Stanyick is one of my favorites. Good old classic.
Heat: Best heist movie & best shoot out scene. Val Kilmer.
Zodiac: A movie about a serial killer that's really a story about obsession.
Chinatown: Makes the history of Los Angeles into a Greek myth. The birth of LA. The story of LA can be whittled down to the search for water.
"For some reason, they're mostly crime movies!"