50 Movies, 50 States

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  1. Denim Chicken

    Denim Chicken Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Bakersfield, CA
    Here’s a list from Rotten Tomatoes that picks the movies that best represent each state. They claim that it is a requirement for the film to actually be filmed within the state so a film about Maine that was filmed in Vermont wouldn’t qualify for the list.


    What do you all think of the picks? What do you agree or disagree with?
  2. Bender Rodriguez

    Bender Rodriguez RIP Exene, best dog ever. 2005-2016

    New Jersey
    Seriously? Point Break best represents California???
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  3. Parachute Woman

    Parachute Woman Sorry I can't stick to one avatar. I get bored.

    Pretty interesting list. Some thoughts:

    - Strange that they included two animated films (Lilo & Stitch, The Iron Giant). I'm a huge fan of The Iron Giant but surely there is nothing more "Maine" than Stephen King? I believe The Shawshank Redemption was actually filmed in Ohio, but if they wanted to be strict about their "filmed in" criteria they shouldn't have put animated films on the list. Or just pick Pet Semetary, which WAS filmed in Maine. Seriously, Maine = Stephen King.

    - I'd have picked Jaws for Massachusetts.

    - Point Break was indeed a bizarre choice for California, one of the states with the most choices for films set in and depicting it.

    - Lots of North Dakota natives in the comment section seem to be ticked about Fargo being selected for their state, as that film was famously mostly filmed in (and mostly depicts) Minnesota and Minnesota culture.

    - Washington, D.C. left out again. I mean...All the Presidents Men would seem the obvious choice there.

    - I'm fairly happy with the picks for my two home states (Bull Durham and Singles).
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  4. marcel

    marcel Alea Iacta Est

    Eh, I would've nominated "Big Wednesday"...
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  5. Denim Chicken

    Denim Chicken Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Bakersfield, CA
    Pet Sematary would be a good choice. I mean instead of animated movies they could have totally just picked Casper and 50 First Dates at least :laugh:
  6. Vahan

    Vahan Forum Resident

    Glendale, CA, USA
    There are many, many films set in California that would represent this state way more than Point Break ever could.
  7. keefer1970

    keefer1970 Metal, Movies, Beer!

    New Jersey
    Before clicking the link I said to myself, "New Jersey better be represented by Clerks, or I'm calling B.S. on this entire list," haha.

    Aaaaaand there it is! I approve! :D
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  8. JozefK

    JozefK Forum Resident

    That list svcks even more than I thought it would
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  9. What he said!
  10. Paul J

    Paul J Forum Resident

    Diner and Tin Men represent the time and the place more so, to me, than Hairspray.

    Waters is more Mad Magazine, Levinson is more Frank DeFord.
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  11. the pope ondine

    the pope ondine Forum Resident

    Lilo and Stitch over Blue HAWAII ?????? or i don't know... From Here to Eternity?? or....
    this is a horrible list even more than most horrible lists....
  12. mj_patrick

    mj_patrick Forum Resident

    Elkhart, IN, USA
    Not surprised by Hoosiers being listed for Indiana, but I will say it's a great, great film.
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  13. PonceDeLeroy

    PonceDeLeroy Forum Resident

    Mississippi: Well, ain't this place a geographical oddity. Two weeks from everywhere! --Oh Brother, Where Art Thou

    Mississippi: I'm not sure that's Pete (Everett looking at the frog they think Pete got turned into. --Oh Brother, Where Art Thou
  14. PonceDeLeroy

    PonceDeLeroy Forum Resident

    I knew these people ... -- Paris, Texas
  15. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

    Yes, as a former resident born and bred in Indiana, I can attest to the fact the the film is titled after a word that is often seen on their license plates. Big whoop. Why not Breaking Away, or better still A Christmas Story, a film that eerily conjured for me a perfect likeness of life in Terre Haute IN, at an age where I should have been too young to recognize it...but did. (Also, author Jean Shephard shares a name with my Uncle Gene. So sue me).
  16. Holerbot6000

    Holerbot6000 Forum Resident

    NOT! I won't even look at the list if they say that. Point Break represents a couple of beaches in LA. We're mostly farmland you know. How about the Grapes of Wrath? :uhhuh:
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  17. Stone Turntable

    Stone Turntable Dedicated Listener

    New Mexico USA
    Should be The Descendants.
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  18. A Christmas Story was filmed in Cleveland, I believe.
  19. Al Kuenster

    Al Kuenster Forum Resident

    Las Vegas, NV - US
    How about the film Hawaii
  20. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

    Inspired by his childhood in East Chicago and Hammon, Indiana. Cleveland, an older, working-class metropolis, offers many more architecturally-resonant staging opportunities (I admit I haven't been there since the very early '80s, and there was already progressive urban improvement underway) for the spiritual childhood of Jean Shephard's writing, although there's enough colloquial authenticity for many boomer-aged Midwesterners. The charm of the movie is less about the specificty of location, as the recognizable "days-gone-by" atmosphere, be it Ovaltine or a Chinese restaurant being the only thing open on Christmas. It's the same phenomenon that brought so many audiences in the '70s, an Archie Bunker they remembered from their own family histories.
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  21. Barnabas Collins

    Barnabas Collins Forum Resident

    I'm surprised On Golden Pond wasn't picked for my state. As far as I know, it's the most popular and critically acclaimed movie filmed here. I've never even heard of "In Your Eyes".
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  22. AidanB

    AidanB Forum Resident

    Indiana, USA
    Part of me was hoping for Close Encounters

    EDIT: Forgot part of that was shot in Wyoming, duh!
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  23. the pope ondine

    the pope ondine Forum Resident

    I think its basically "50 Movies Currently Available on Netflix...."
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  24. Tree of Life

    Tree of Life Forum Resident

    Captiva Island, FL

    Point Break is a great, great movie
  25. Tree of Life

    Tree of Life Forum Resident

    Captiva Island, FL
    MoonLight represents Florida lol

    Trying to be politically correct there a RT's I guess

    There's a Slew of movies that better represent Florida

    MY vote would have been the Masterpiece that was......

    "Body Heat"
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