GTO 3987 on Mulholland

GTO 3987 on Mulholland

Friday, December 4, 2015

Bleeder and Bates at Good Neighbors

One of the many things I like about Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch novels is that Harry knows all the cool places in Los Angeles and especially the great places to stop in for lunch or dinner. As a native of Los Angeles, Philippe's, Musso & Frank, the Pacific Dining Car, Dusty's The Pantry, Roscoe's and the like are familiar territory.

I like to insinuate these shared favorites into my films and Philippe's French Dip Sandwiches was seen in Fait Accompli, Pierre's Los Feliz Inn was featured in Dead Right and in Bleeder and Bates we see the Pacific Dining Car restaurant and Good Neighbors, a breakfast and lunch restaurant where I could often be found enjoying polish sausage and eggs for breakfast.

This scene from Bleeder and Bates takes place in Good Neighbors and follows on the death of Jimmy Beacon and the squad's investigation of the crime scene. They've been up all night and are having breakfast before launching into their investigative tasks. I wanted to show these guys as friends who know how to push Bates' buttons and get away with doing a minimized amount of work. I put it in early in the story and it is one of the few intentionally light moments in the movie.

Once again, apologies for the time-coded work print.

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