Saturday, March 20, 2021

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - I Love Rock 'n' Roll (1982)


After her stint with The Runaways, Philadelphia rocker Joan Jett pursued a solo career and recorded a few songs, including a cover of The Arrows' I Love Rock 'n' Roll.  After forming The Blackhearts, the song was revisited and became their debut single.  I Love Rock 'n' Roll spent seven weeks at #1 and has featured on several 80s compilation CDs ever since.  The song set the bar high and subsequent singles failed to match the success of their declaration of music.

The video was filmed at a club called Privates on Manhattan's Upper East Side, which today is a  ubiquitous Starbucks.  It mostly features the band performing the song with a few shots of Joan's imminent conquest for the night.  The only telltale sign that remains is the shot at the end when Joan looks back inside.  The buildings across the street are still recognizable, even with my longstanding curse of visiting NYC locations covered in scaffolding.

I Love Rock 'n' Roll was filmed in New York, NY

Location: The Bar
Address: 1261 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY

Location Visited: December 2020

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Saturday, March 13, 2021

The Affair (2014-2019)


A long, hot summer vacation in The Hamptons with his family turns into a long, hot affair after Noah Solloway meets waitress Alison Lockhart.  Set against the tranquility of eastern Long Island's ritzy community, The Affair brings chaos to two families with major consequences.  The series had a unique component where the story is told by the point of view of both Noah and Alison, each with varying perspectives.  Truth be told, I have actually only watched the first season of the critically-acclaimed and award-winning Showtime series.  But I made sure I stopped by a few of the filming locations on a recent trip to Montauk, referred to by locals as The End.

The Affair was filmed in Brooklyn, Amangassett, East Hampton and Montauk, NY

Location: Eastern Athletic Club
Address: 17 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY

Location: The Solloway Brownstone
Address: 270 Clinton Street, Brooklyn, NY

Location: The Lobster Roll
Address: 1980 Montauk Highway, Amangasett, NY

This popular roadside food oasis, sometimes just referred to as Lunch, has been around since the 1960s...  

The Lobster Roll was closed for the season when I stopped by but here is a photo of one I had back in 2012...

Location: Alison & Cole's House 
Address: 167 Marine Boulvard, Amangasett, NY

Location: The Lockhart Ranch
Address: 8 Old Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY    Hollow Ranch

Location: Alison's Beach
Address: Turtle Cove, Montauk NY

Just before the Montauk Lighthouse...

Here's an aerial shot from the top of the Montauk Lighthouse I took back in 2012...

Location: The Cemetery
Address: Cooper Lane, East Hampton, NY

Location: The Taxi Station
Address: Edgemere Road & Fort Pond Road, Montauk, NY  

Montauk Train Station

The last stop on the Long Island Railroad...

Locations Visited: December 2020

Friday, March 5, 2021

A Perfect Murder (1998)


Wall Street mogul Gordon Gekko Steven Taylor discovers his UN Translator wife Emily Taylor is having an affair with Brooklyn artist/ex-convict David Shaw.  When Steven's investments go south, he concocts a plan for David to murder his wife for her many millions.  Things don't go exactly as planned when Emily kills her attacker, who ends up being someone other than David.  David blackmails Steven with a recording his plot but Steven murders him.  Emily discovers her husband was behind her attack and murders him.

Remaking Hitchcock is a psychotic idea.  And while this Dial M For Murder redo certainly isn't... perfect, it's not horrible either.  Michael Douglas does research for his upcoming marriage to Catherine Zeta-Jones by being paired up with yet another dame decades younger than him.  Gwyneth Paltrow turns in a decent performance but David Suchet is the most memorable with his minor role.  The title A Perfect Murder was how the original movie was translated in some countries.

A Perfect Murder was filmed in Greenpoint and New York, NY

Location: The Taylor's Apartment Building
Address: 1 E 91st Street, New York, NY

Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Address: 1000 5th Avenue, New York, NY

Location: The United Nations Headquarters
Address: 1st Avenue between 42nd & 48th Streets, New York, NY

Steven waits for Emily on 44th Street...

Location: David's Loft
Address: 61-73 West Street, Greenpoint, NY

This area has seen much change since filming took place...

Location: Steven's Card Game
Address: 60 Pine Street, New York, NY

Location: The Fish Market
Address: Front Street & Beekman Street, New York, NY

Location: The Bank of New York
Address: 48 Wall Street, New York, NY

Location #429 in Manhattan I've visited that was covered in scaffolding...

Location: Steven's Bank
Address: 7 E 95th Street, New York, NY

Locations Visited: December 2020

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