Les Calinoires, a working list

In these noir or noir-ish pictures Sunny California is the glossy front for a corruption racket often shown to include the cops, gangsters, Hollywood insiders, television media professionals, aristocrats, city hall, and the CIA.

I thought of this while watching Inherent Vice and realizing part of the key to enjoying it was approaching it in a laid back way, as if it was The Big Lebowski. Enjoying them, and many other Calis Noir, is about letting go of the desire to solve the mystery and just enjoying the ride with odd people, rich scene by rich scene. It's a state of mind. They are similar to each other, as any family members are, but each is uniquely wonderful. I'm always…

  • Inherent Vice
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Under the Silver Lake
  • The Long Goodbye
  • The Big Sleep
  • Vertigo
  • Chinatown
  • The Big Fix
  • Cutter's Way
  • To Live and Die in L.A.
  • Los Angeles Plays Itself
  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
  • Jackie Brown
  • Body Double
  • O.J.: Made in America
  • Hail, Caesar!
  • They Live
  • The Player
  • Shampoo
  • Inland Empire
  • Rebel Without a Cause
  • Bulworth
  • Lost Highway
  • The Limey
  • Rules Don't Apply
  • Nightcrawler
  • Night Moves
  • The China Syndrome
  • Night of the Comet
  • The Last Tycoon
  • Barton Fink
  • Bowfinger
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • The Canyons
  • Killer of Sheep
  • Milk
  • Zodiac
  • Speed
  • Heat
  • Magnolia
  • Escape from L.A.
  • Repo Man
  • Criss Cross
  • Kiss Me Deadly
  • Mulholland Drive
  • 8 Million Ways to Die
  • Cisco Pike
  • Blade Runner
  • In a Lonely Place
  • L.A. Confidential
  • Menace II Society
  • Boyz n the Hood
  • Devil in a Blue Dress
  • Punch-Drunk Love
  • Boogie Nights
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  • Miracle Mile
  • Beverly Hills Cop
  • End of Watch
  • The Nice Guys
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Brick
  • The Social Network
  • Her
  • Training Day
  • Collateral
  • The Black Dahlia
  • Hollywoodland
  • 3 Ninjas
  • Mank
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  • Savages
  • The Doors
  • Blow
  • Secret Honor
  • White Dog
  • The Other Side of the Wind
  • Model Shop
  • Point Blank
  • Zabriskie Point
  • Frisco Jenny
  • A Star Is Born
  • Point Break
  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • Ingrid Goes West
  • Sorry to Bother You
  • The Green Fog
  • Knight of Cups
  • The Master
  • Crash
  • The Room
  • Charlie's Angels
  • The Running Man
  • The Net
  • Short Cuts
  • Poetic Justice
  • Basic Instinct
  • 52 Pick-Up
  • Gates of Heaven
  • The Loved One