Sunday, March 18, 2018

Kool & The Gang - Joanna (1983)

Kool & The Gang was formed in Jersey City, NJ in the early 60s consisting of brothers Robert and Ronald Bell and some of their high school buddies. The gang hit their stride in the 70s and early 80s with funky hits like Jungle Boogie, Ladies Night and Get Down on It.  In 1980, they released their festive anthem Celebration, which has been played at every wedding and party ever since.  Three years later, they returned to the top of the charts with their breezy ballad Joanna.  For the video, Kool and The Gang head on down to Joanna's Diner.  There, they serenade Joanna as she works hard for the money serving them coffee.

Joanna was filmed in Lyndhurst, NJ 

Location: Joanna's Diner
Address: 27 Orient Way, Lyndhurst, NJ  Colonial Diner

Location Visited: December 2017

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Mad Men (2007-2015)

Mad Men delves into the world of advertising in 1960s Manhattan.  In between cigarettes and drinks, the show explored the shady life of Don Draper/Dick Whitman and his cohorts at Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency.  Mad Men was an Emmy fave thanks to its acting, writing and directing.  The pilot was filmed in New York but once the show was picked up, production moved to Los Angeles.

Mad Men was filmed in New Rochelle, NY and Los Angeles, CA

Location: The Draper House (Pilot)
Address: 90 Forest Avenue, New Rochelle, NY

Location: The Draper House (Series)
Address: 675 Arden Road, Pasadena, CA

Location: The Ossining Train Station
Address: Main Street & Secor Road, Ossining, NY

I had never actually been to the Ossining train station before since it was not the train line I lived near.  I was bummed to find out that the actual train station was not used.  In the pilot, Don walks out of the ticketing office where the parking lot and some storefronts are seen in the background.  But the Ossining train station has a bridge right outside the ticketing office.  Perhaps the New Rochelle station was used since that's where The Draper House is.

Season 3, Episode 7: "Seven Twenty Three"

Location: Swenson's Bakery
Address: 506 S Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia, CA  Monrovia Bakery

Locations Visited: December 2017, October 2018

Saturday, March 3, 2018

The First Wives Club (1996)

Three long-lost college classmates are reunited after the suicide of one of their friends.  After a very long lunch, they find out each of their husbands have left them for a younger woman.  They set out for revenge but soon realize the payoff wouldn't be so satisfying and instead decide to start an organization to aid women in crisis with the help of their ex's checkbooks.

I caught this movie on cable one day and was rather entertained.  Robert Harling of Steel Magnolias (1989) and Soapdish (1991) fame delivers a hilarious script with Goldie Hawn easily being the funniest first wife.  Sarah Jessica Parker, Elizabeth Berkley and Victor Garber also account for some laughs among star-studded supporting cast.  Lesley Gore's female anthem "You Don't Own Me" is a perfect fit for this light-hearted comedy about sisters doing it for themselves.

The First Wives Club was filmed in New York, NY

Location: Cynthia Swann Griffin's Penthouse
Address: 2 E 61st Street, New York, NY

Location: Cynthia Swann Griffin's Funeral
Address: 1076 Madison Avenue, New York, NY

Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel

Location: The Post-Funeral Lunch
Address: 1 W67th Street, New York, NY  The Leopard at des Artistes

Location: Barney's
Address: 660 Madison Avenue, New York, NY

Location: Chris' Lesbian Bar
Address: 310 Bowery, New York, NY  The Bowery Bar

Location: Gunilla Garson Goldberg's Mansion
Address: 1009 5th Avenue, New York, NY

Location: Morty & Shelley's Apartment Building
Address: 1056 5th Avenue, New York, NY

Location: Elyse Eliot's Apartment Building
Address: 635 Park Avenue, New York, NY

Location: Elyse's Bar
Address: 2 E 55th Street, New York, NY  The St. Regis Hotel

This bar was also seen in The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Location: Of A Certain Age Theater
Address: 236 W 45th Street, New York, NY  Schoenfeld Theatre

Location: The Cynthia Swann Griffin Crisis Center for Women
Address: 1 Bond Street, New York, NY  Robbins & Appleton Building

Locations Visited: August 2016, June 2017, December 2019