Monday, January 25, 2016

True Lies (1994)

Any movie that makes Tom Arnold tolerable deserves an Oscar for Best Picture.  But this is an action film, so the only nominations they see are the special effects and sound categories.   True Lies is a total popcorn movie with great action sequences and explosions, but perhaps the most memorable scene involves a former Scream Queen and a bedpost. Nomi Malone has got nothing on Helen Tasker in the striptease department.

True Lies was filmed in Newport, RI, Washington, DC, Miami, FL and Los Angeles, CA

Location: Swiss Chateau Exterior
Address: 16 Ochre Point Rd, Newport, RI   Ochre Court

I wasn't location scouting at the time, but luckily I snapped a photo of this mansion while strolling the Cliff Walk since it turns out it was used in the movie.  This is the back of the mansion so it doesn't match the screen shot.

Location: Chateau Ballroom
Address: 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI  Rosecliff Mansion

Photographs were not permitted inside but they did make it a point to mention the tango scene was filmed at this mansion.

Location: The Hotels

When Harry first enters the hotel, it is The Historic Mayfair Hotel at 1256 W 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA.

When he gets in the glass elevator, it is The Westin Bonaventure Hotel at 404 S Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA

When Helen goes on her assignment, it is The Millennium Biltmore Hotel at 506 S Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

It is believed that when Harry and Helen tango at the end of the film was filmed in the Crystal Room at the Biltmore.

The Crystal Ballroom is also where the Rotary Club dinner was in The Bodyguard (1992)

Locations Visited: August 2012, March 2016

Still Need to Visit:

Washington, DC locations
Miami locations

Father of the Bride (1991)

Father of the Bride is a funny yet heartwarming story about letting go.  While Steve Martin does provide much of the humor, Martin Short steals the show as eccentric wedding planner Franck.  I was never a hot dog lover but it's a good thing I never ate hamburger buns otherwise I'd probably have the same meltdown trying to figure out how much ground beef makes for eight buns. 

Father of the Bride was filmed in Pasadena, Monrovia, Alhambra, Burbank, San Gabriel and Santa Monica, CA

Location: George Picks Up The Bicycle
Address: 407 S Myrthle Avenue, Monrovia, CA

Location: The Banks House
Address: 843 S El Molina Ave, Pasadena, CA



The Banks backyard was filmed at 500 N Almansor Road, Alhambra, CA

Location: The MacKenzie Mansion
Address: 364 Saint Cloud Road, Los Angeles, CA

Location: Meeting Franck
Address: 8408 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, CA

Location: The Grocery Store
Address: 1011 N San Fernando Boulevard, Burbank, CA

Location: The Bar
Address: 41 S De Lacey Avenue, Pasadena, CA
The White Horse

Location: The Church Exterior
Address: 6116 N San Gabriel Boulevard, San Gabriel, CA   Hope Christian Fellowship

Locations Visited: November 2003, March 2016

Still Need to Visit:

The Church Interior

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Elf (2003)

Elf is a hilarious fish-out-of-water story about an elf who finds out he's actually a human.  Buddy makes the trek from The North Pole to New York City to meet his father and to help restore holiday cheer while asking that most important question - What's YOUR favorite color?  

Elf was filmed in New York, NY

Location: The Empire State Building
Address: 305 S 5th Avenue and W 34th Street, New York, NY

Location: Buddy Waves to Man

Address: Park Avenue and 47th Street, New York, NY

Location: Buddy Collects Flyers
Address: 1550 Broadway, New York, NY

Location: Buddy Jumps the Crosswalk
Address: 5th Avenue and 22nd Street, New York, NY

Location: Buddy Sees "Santa"
Address: 5th Avenue and 23rd Street, New York, NY

Location: Buddy Eats Gum
Address: E 23rd Street and Broadway, New York, NY

Location: Revolving Door
Address: 10 W 33rd Street and 5th Avenue, New  York, NY

Location: The Hobbs' Apartment Building
Address: 55 Central Park West, New York, NY

This was also used as Dana and Louis' apartment in Ghostbusters (1984)

Location: Michael's School
Address: 40 W 68th Street and Central Park West, New York, NY

Location: Buddy Waits for Michael
Address: 41 W 68th Street and Central Park West,  New York, NY

Location: Rockefeller Center
Address: 45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY

Buddy and Jovi first cross Fifth Avenue in front of Saks.


Location: Running Past Christmas Trees
Address: 118 59th Street, New York, NY

Locations Visited: January 2016, July 2016

Still Need To Locate:

Jovi's Apartment Building