Sunday, August 26, 2007
I'm sure this happens more often to people who live in New York or Los Angeles or even Chicago. But just now, flicking up and down the list of saved programs on my TiVo, I cranked up a movie called The Con, which I chose to record based on nothing more than the fact that I like two of the actors listed in the blurb about it (William H. Macy and Rebecca De Mornay), and in the first ten seconds I'm saying to myself: "Wow. That's the Houston skyline." And then: "Wow. That's the church where I got married!" (Christ Church Cathedral, downtown, on April 20, 1985.)
Now I know, as I watch the rest of the movie, that I'll be looking for more locations that I recognize. If one lives in New York or Los Angeles or even Chicago, does one take that more or less in stride, ignoring the familiarity of the locations?
Update (Mon Aug 27 @ 12:32am): Well, turns out that all but the first ten minutes of the movie were set (ostensibly) somewhere in Mississippi. No more Houston scenes. A predictable, clichéd, silly, sweet (made for TV) movie anyway.
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Even living near Chicago it's cool to see familiar sights, especially when something is "not quite right". Risky Business was filmed in the town where I grew up. In one shot they were driving east on one street, turned right (which would be south) but were shown driving east again one block north.
(2) Milhouse made the following comment | Aug 27, 2007 11:09:42 AM | Permalink
Most movies are filmed in Vancouver or Toronto or Romania, no matter where they're set.
(3) marc made the following comment | Aug 27, 2007 10:50:43 PM | Permalink
(4) Stephen made the following comment | Aug 28, 2007 8:39:58 PM | Permalink
As Milhouse points out, so often a film may be set someplace else, but filmed in Canada. [As a native of the Washington, DC area, I was rolling on the floor during certain episodes of the X-Files.]
The movie that was funny for me was a Norris film (starring Chuck, directed by his boy) called "Sidekicks". Aaron Norris rather incredibly shot a movie in Houston that looked like it was set in Vancouver.
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