>> Sunday, January 18, 2009
Time for some Hometown love. I was recently playing around, researching for an upcoming list (best biopics) and realized how many of my favorite movies are filmed in my favorite city (and closely surrounding areas).
So, if you watch these movies, they will often try to play things off like they are actually in Seattle. But they are not. Tacoma is much more awesomer! I mean, we are prettier, and have the Glass Museum, and we have a Truck named after us!
You may notice, a tie for first place. I love both movies so much that I could not choose.
1a. I Love You To Death.
Tacoma's triangular Bostwick Building on Broadway is Joey Boca's (Kevin Kline) Pizzeria while the second floor serves as the Villa Rosalie apartments. Other locations include: Bob's Java Jive, Stadium High School Bowl and Holy Rosary Church.
1b. Say Anything.
Bob's Java Jive in Tacoma was used for the famous "Friends with Potential" scene.
3. Ten Things I Hate About You.
The Majority of this was filmed at Stadium High School and a beautiful old North Tacoma home that was owned by our senior class president. My locker on prominent display, as it was the storage unit of choice for that strange girl who was in love with Shakespeare. I have trouble actually watching the storyline of this, I know so many people in the background its hard to focus.
The majority of this was filmed at the University of Puget Sound that was converted in to Hayward Field in Eugene. If you look closely, you can see me as a blur in the audience on the opposite side of the track. I am the white guy on the left.
5. War Games
The Goose Island scenes were filmed at Anderson Island which you can see from my beach house.
6. Black Sheep
Not so much Tacoma, but Buckley, which counts if you ask me, same County anyways.
7. Three Fugitives
The Bank that Martin Short Holds up is actually Old City Hall in downtown Tacoma.
8. The Hand That Rocks the Cradle
Filmed all over Tacoma. Most Famous for the house in the Stadium District of North Tacoma. Its creepy in person too, I sold wrapping paper there once. Yeah, wrapping paper. Something my Catholic Elementary school thought was a good idea, go door to door with tubes of paper in hand. I am surprised I did not get mugged by some Martha Stewart wannabe.
9. Rose Red
Made for TV but still slightly awesome. Filmed in various locations from Tacoma and Lakewood.
Alright, this movie kinda sucks, but the locations are beautiful. A lot of the outdoor town stuff is filmed in Gig Harbor.
Get Carter, Born To Be Wild, Countdown, Black Circle Boys.