JAMES ELLROY’S LA: CITY OF DEMONS
Starring James Ellroy and Barko
Anyone unfamiliar with James Ellroy’s writing, packed as it with bold intuition and amazing alliteration, might find the L.A. Confidential creator’s on-screen style not only off-putting but downright annoying in his duties hosting James Ellroy’s LA: City of Demons.
Ellroy is best known for writing the book which became the movie L.A. Confidential, but he’s been detailing the sordid underbelly of his hometown of Hollywood (“Hollyweird” in Ellroy parlance) for over 30 years now. Anyone who has seen him in person knows that he is blunt and does not suffer fools, wielding righteousness and insight like a club, which makes this six-episode examination of crime in and around Los Angeles, both a distillation of everything Ellroy and a primer on the city’s putrid past.