I am so glad that I got to see Los Angeles Plays Itself at the Siskel Center [“LA Existential,” October 1]. I have never left a movie needing to be grounded in a sense of location before. Being able to see a busy city block with a bustling diversity of people, along with a vibrant downtown center, calmed me down in exactly the way I needed. Taking a train line home made me feel better too.

If I had left the theater and walked into a parking lot in Naperville or Schaumburg, seeing nothing but distant minimalls on all horizons, I almost certainly would have had an attack of some sort. If I had to immediately get into a car afterward that would have been even worse.

Thanks for recommending it to your readers–it’s going to take me quite some time to get my head around that movie.

Michael Konczal

Logan Square