Tangerine

18-05-2019 14:05

I went over the final exam and wrote out the solutions.  After doing some more work before going home in the rain, I sat down to watch “Tangerine.”  The film made me think about how much Los Angeles has changed since 1988, when I last lived there.  It was funny to see characters riding buses, and funny to think that I rode those buses, too.  I saw Art Carney waiting for a bus at the end of “The Late Show.”  “Tangerine” was shot using three iPhone 5S smartphones.  That might indicate that many of the rest of us can shoot a decent film, too.  Two of the main characters, Sin-Dee and Alexandra, are transgender, and part of the plot is Sin-Dee’s search for a pimp named Chester.  There is an Armenian cab driver named Razmik, who is keeping a secret from his family.  We see a musical performance from Alexandra.  There are prostitutes going about their work, and smoking of crystal meth.  In classic comic fashion, everyone meets at one place for a confrontation.  This time it is a donut shop at the intersection of Santa Monica and Highland.  Razmik’s part in it made me think back to Joe Orton.  All I could think about was how the characters in the film could be spreading diseases through their actions.  I wondered how much money Alexandra and Sin-Dee were making each day.  This was all taking place on Christmas Eve.  The one familiar actor in the cast was Clu Gulager.  I wonder if this movie was even shown in places like Alabama.  I think that the scene from this film that will remember is the ending at the laundromat.  The director was Sean Baker, who would go on to make “The Florida Project.”  I could see some connections between the two movies.  Some of the people who died on May 16 include Django Reinhardt (1953), Eliot Ness (1957), Andy Kaufman (1984), Irwin Shaw (1984), Margaret Hamilton (1985), Sammy Davis, Jr. (1990), and Jim Henson (1990).  Today is a birthday for Olga Korbut (64), Pierce Brosnan (66), and Danny Trejo (75).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for May 16, “Annie Get Your Gun” with Ethel Merman had its Broadway premiere in 1946.  In 1960, Elvis Presley’s “Stuck on You” was the Number One single.  In 1966, Bob Dylan’s “Blonde on Blonde” album was released.  In 1970, the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young album “Déjà vu” reached Number One on the album chart.  In 1984, the Prince single “When Doves Cry” was released.  In 1985, Margaret Hamilton, known as the Wicked Witch of the West in “The Wizard of Oz,” died in her sleep at age 82 following a heart attack in Salisbury, Connecticut.  In 1986, the ninth season finale of “Dallas” aired on CBS, revealing that Bobby Ewing was still alive and that the entire season was his wife’s dream.  Also in 1986, “Top Gun” was released.  In 1990, Sammy Davis, Jr. died of throat cancer in Beverly Hills at age 64.  Also in 1990, Jim Henson died at age 53.

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