Saturday, January 23, 2021

Exposé - Seasons Change (1987)


Freestyle music emerged from the boroughs of New York City in the early 80s.  It crossed over into the top 40 a few years later with Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, Company B. and The Cover Girls.  One group to achieve great success was Exposé, a Miami trio consisting of Jeanette Jurado, Gioia Bruno and Ann Curless.  Incidentally, none of them were original members but became the lineup just before they recorded their breakthrough album.  Exposure spawned four top ten singles, with Seasons Change reaching number one.  In the video, the girls are shown packing up their summer rental while reminiscing.  And no beach house should be without... a harp and grand piano?  Well, it was the decade of excess.

Location: The Beach House
Address: 40 Association Road, Wainscott, NY

Back when the video was filmed, the house had two entrances.  The road the taxi heads down at the end is now gone...

Location Visited: December 2020

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Monday, January 18, 2021

The Flight Attendant (2020-)

When she's not pushing the beverage cart down the aisle, flight attendant Cassie Bowden is drinking and screwing her way across the globe.  Murray Head informed us one night in Bangkok and the world's our oyster, but for Cassie, it's a nightmare.  After waking up and finding her latest conquest's throat slit, she begins a convoluted and dizzying quest to find out whodunnit.

Based on the 2018 novel, The Flight Attendant is a dark but humorous ride.  Kaley Cuoco's cooky Cassie has no shortage of hijinks and Rosie Perez's spy subplot is just as entertaining.  Initially intended to be a limited series, The Flight Attendant has been renewed for a second season.  

The Flight Attendant is filmed in White Plains and New York, NY

Season 1, Episode 2: "Rabbits"

Location: Unisphere Asset Management
Address: 12 E 49th Street, New York, NY 

Location: Cassie & Annie's Park
Address: 60 Centre Street, New York, NY  Foley Square

Location: Jacob K. Javits Federal Building
Address: 26 Federal Plaza, New York, NY

Location: Townhouse Diner
Address: 720 N Broadway, White Plains, NY

Season 1, Episode 4: "Conspiracy Theories"

Location: Megan's Food Court
Address: 100 Main Street, White Plains, NY  Galleria Mall

I instantly recognized the food court of one of my old haunts from high school.  Interestingly enough, what was a McDonald's for the longest time is now a Burger King...

Season 1, Episode 5: "Other People's Houses"

Location: Sabrina's Apartment Building
Address: 284 W 12th Street, New York, NY

Location: Alex's Apartment Building
Address: 31 Hudson Yards, New York, NY

The Vessel structure seen in the background is the centerpiece of Hudson Yards.  There are 154 interconnected flights of stairs equaling 2500 steps.  Due to several recent suicides, it is now temporarily closed...

Locations Visited: December 2020

Sunday, January 10, 2021

The Undoing (2020)


A brutal murder in Manhattan has psychologist Grace Fraser's life unraveling as her husband Jonathan is the prime suspect, and at times, so is she.  When Jonathan is finally apprehended, Grace uncovers a plethora of secrets he was hiding.  Thought by many to be a red herring (spoiler alert!) Jonathan did indeed kill his mistress and mother of his child.  My money was on Sylvia Steinetz.

Based on the 2014 novel You Should Have Known, The Undoing has proven to be one of HBO's powerhouse shows, surging higher in the ratings each week.  With the number of British actors cast, it makes you wonder why London wasn't chosen as the setting.  It would save the audience from suffering Nicole Kidman's attempt at an American accent as well as slip ups from several other cast members.  While it lacked in story, the miniseries was beautiful to look at.

The Undoing was filmed in Kingston, East Marion and New York, NY

Location: The Fraser Townhouse
Address: 8 E 63rd Street, New York, NY

Location: The Reardon School
Address: 75 E 93rd Street, New York, NY

This was one of the locations used for The Constance Billiard School For Girls/St. Jude School For Boys on Gossip Girl (2007-2012).

Location: The Alvarez Apartment
Address: 102 E 103rd Street, New York, NY

Location: Elena's Art Studio
Address: 181 Lenox Avenue, New York, NY

Location: Grace's Office
Address: 1107 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY

Location: Franklin Reinhardt's Condominium
Address: 1215 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY

Location: The Police Station
Address: 888 E 6th Street, NY, NY

Location: The Frick Collection
Address: 1 E 70th Street, New York, NY

Location: Donohue's Steak House
Address: 845 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY

Locations Visited: December 2020