Magnolia | 2000
‘Magnoliafan’ is the ultimate put-down for Kevin Smith afficionados, but Valley boy Paul Thomas Anderson’s daring, multi-centred drama barrels through its three-hour running time with blistering energy, carrying a clutch of career-best performances on board.
The film is named for Magnolia Boulevard, one of the Valley’s main east-west thoroughfares, on which you’ll find the bar in which one-time Quiz Kid Donnie (William H Macy) declares his love for Brad the Barman. The Foxfire Room, 12516 Magnolia Boulevard at Whitsett Avenue is in Valley Village, north of Studio City.
Good-natured cop Jim Kurring (John C Reilly) is caught by the unexpected frog deluge as he drives along Reseda Boulevard. The ‘Solomon & Solomon’ store, where he spots Donnie trying to climb a telegraph pole after the clumsy robbery, is LA Popular Alliances, 7222 Reseda Boulevard at Sherman Way in Reseda.
It’s in downtown Los Angeles itself that you’ll find the nine-story building where the unsuccessful suicide of the prologue becomes a successful homicide. The Bryson Apartment Hotel, 2701 Wilshire Boulevard was seen also in Stephen Frears’ excellent The Grifters.